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Gospel of John Part 37 (21:24-25) John’s desire is that we should meet Jesus through his writing. Even if we are Christians, we can meet him in a new and powerful way as we engage in these pages with the one who is both God and human.
Gospel of John Part 36 (21:15-23) This story helps us understand how Jesus deals with our failure. Come to him and let him gently restore you and give you strength. Just honestly tell him about it, and accept it is the same gentle Jesus that talked with Peter on the beach that morning.
Gospel of John Part 35 (John 21:1-14) People get fixated on the 153 fish, Peter’s clothes or odd behaviour, and miss the wondrous and life-changing point that this story is making.
Gospel of John Part 34 (John 20) Life from the resurrected Jesus brought life to those around him. You can experience more of that life, as Mary did.
Gospel of John Part 33 (John 20 & 1 Cor 15) The resurrection of Jesus was not simply coming back to life, but the start of a new kind of humanity. It gives us access to a new kind of life within us—empowered for victory.
Gospel of John Part 32 (John 19:31-42) We believe the Bible because it is God’s word, but nevertheless it is encouraging to our faith so see the strength of the evidence. Plus it helps us to visualize and conceptualize what actually happened at a real place and date.
Gospel of John Part 31 (John 19:17-30) John is very selective, but this is because he is very focused in the unique way he wants us to relate to Jesus as he suffers and dies on the cross, a way that we miss if we don’t follow his references
Gospel of John Part 30 (John 18:28-19:16) Pilate was faced with a choice that in some ways is very similar to ours, even if we are a Christian. The challenge is to see what it is for you!
(1 Cor 11:17-34) The simple celebration to remember Jesus is so often misunderstood. If we get what was so terribly wrong with the way the Corinthian church was breaking bread, then we have the key to bringing joy to the heart of Jesus.
Gospel of John Part 29 (John 18:1-27) Jesus was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, denied and abused. Yet those were the very people he came to die for! What manner of love is this?
(Psalms 54, 142) A third of the book of Psalms is devoted to bringing complaints to God. But the form of these complaints is very specific. By giving us so many psalms in this form, God is telling us that he wants to hear the honest cries of our heart, but also teaching us how he wants us to bring these complaints to him.
Gospel of John Part 28 (John 17:24-26) We are a gift from the Father to Jesus: his beloved ones. He gives our love back to the Father as a gift: to be revealers of God’s self-giving love to the world (and universe). This is the highest expression of the Christian faith you will ever hear. More than that, it is the highest point of human existence
Gospel of John Part 27 (John 17:20-23) Jesus highest teachings, given just to his disciples in John 14-17 come to a climax in his prayer at the end, and now we reach the very pinnacle of the prayer
Gospel of John Part 26 (John 17:14-19) Jesus’ words move from comfort to challenge, from ‘Safe’ to ‘Sent’ as this amazing prayer in John 17 moves towards it’s climax.
Gospel of John Part 25 (John 17:1-13) What it would have been like for the disciples to hear Jesus praying for them in a way that was so loveing and caring, was so challenging in the mission he gave them, and raised their identitiy and destiny so high?
Gospel of John Part 24 (John 16:16-33) Jesus saud, “In a little while… your sorrow will turn to joy.” Do this, he says, and you will receive a joy that no-one can take from you.
Gospel of John Part 23 (15:26–16:15) Do you wish you could have been there with Jesus, heard him teach and seen the miracles? Jesus says you are actually better off with what you have now — the very Spirit of God living inside you and empowering you. How do we experience this?
Gospel of John Part 22 (John 14 15) Our connection with Christ, the vine, grows as we hear his words, believe them, and do them. In these troubled times, chose to believe these words of peace, and walk in them, rather than words of fear.
Gospel of John Part 21 (John 15:1–17) At the very centre of Christ’s last hours of teaching comes an idea that is striking and life transforming. To enhance its vividness, and help it to stick, the thoughts are laid out in semi-poetic form. They are like two beautiful flowers, with leaves around the outside, and vivid blooms in the middle. If Jesus has chosen to express himself in this way, we need to give attention and listen!
Gospel of John Part 20 (John 14:15–31) ‘If you love me, you will obey my commandments’ —Do we have to perform well enough at this love to get rewarded? The answer is both surprising and extremely encouraging!