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What does the Promise of the Spirit of Truth mean for us?

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 12:00
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?

My peace I give to you… Do not let your hearts be troubled or be fearful

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 12:00
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.

The Flow of God’s Energy—Jesus Explains how to be Connected to the Vine

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 12:00
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!

The Breathtaking Invitation by Jesus into a New Dimension of Connection to God

Sun, 03/08/2020 - 12:00
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!

Let not your Hearts be Troubled—Jesus Reveals Surprising Things about the Father

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 19 (John 14:1–14) As he faces the most horrific death that any human faced, Jesus feelings are instead for his disciples, deeply caring for them. But what is even more surprising is that in this act of selfless empathy, Jesus is revealing to us the heart of the Father.

The God who will Love You to the End and Wash Your Feet

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 18 (John 13) Peter misunderstood foot-washing and so do many Christians, but Jesus tells us how blessed we will be if we understand and receive it. But most of all this chapter is about how Jesus loves his own ‘to the end’, and never abandon us to the end of time.

Jesus’ last days of teaching: Why so few really ‘got’ him. Can you?

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 17 (John 12) Let’s walk with Jesus through his last days of teaching. How come so very few really ‘got’ him? Does his final challenge connect with you?

How come Jesus weeps before raising Lazarus? —The Good Shepherd in Action

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 16 (John 11) Just before Lazarus is raised, Jesus weeps along with Mary. Why not just tell her everything will soon be ok? If this account was just about Jesus’ power to raise the dead it would be told in just 7 verses, but the other 43 tell of a Shepherd who loves each of his sheep in a unique way.

The deeper, fuller meaning of the parable of the Good Shepherd

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 15 (John 10) It is easy to read through John 10 on a surface level and miss what is going on. Here, at the final climax of Jesus’ public ministry he presents an image that will leave you enthralled with it’s beauty, and deeply moved by it’s implications.

How the Man Born Blind challenges you and me

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 14  (John 9) On the surface this is a simple healing story, but John has beautifully put together a series of events and conversations that build up to a startling revelation from Jesus, that his light can actually lead people to become blind, and we ourselves need to pay close attention.

“The Lord is my Shepherd” brought to life with David’s Own Stories

Sun, 12/29/2019 - 11:00
(Psalm 23) This is David’s best loved Psalm, but how did he come to write it? We piece together stories from throughout his life that could have provided inspiration for each part of the song.

Immanuel: Experience empathy from Jesus who is truly With Us and understands our weakness

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 11:00
(Hebrews 4:13–16) The stories from when Jesus walked this earth with us, show a man who experienced a full range of emotions, and was deeply empathic with those around him. Hebrews 4 encourages us to experience this deep compassion as we engage with him in prayer.

Getting Free from the Lies that Drag us into Darkness

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 13  (John 8) There is a voice inside you that is telling you lies! — Experience what it is like to have the truthful words of Jesus bringing freedom from this darkness.

If Anyone is Thirsty

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 12  (John 7) Are you feeling dry and thirsty? Jesus is offering cool refreshing water—abundant, life-giving and free. Come and drink!

A deeper look at the strange words: ‘Eat my flesh and drink my blood’

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 11  (John 6:25–71) These strange sounding words can be, for your, a deep source of life.

What on earth does it mean to ‘feed on Jesus’ and why this is one of the most important things you can ever learn

Sun, 11/24/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 10  (John 6:1–35) After feeding the 5000 and walking on water, Jesus was asked to provide more food. The answer he gave was very strange, and resulted in many people walking away from him.

New Life at the Pool - Healing followed by some radical claims

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 9  (John 5) How might you be like the man at the pool? Most of those who have studied this chapter see it as disorganized and repetetive, but in fact there is a beautiful logic to Jesus’ reasoning.

A Challenging Story about the Journey of Faith

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 8  (John 4:43–54) Even if you are a Christian, there are some deep challenges in this story. Jesus wants to keep moving you along the journey until you really know who he is, and act accordingly.

The Woman at the Well - Jesus Sees your Deepest Need

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 11:00
Gospel of John Part 7  (John 4:1–42) There’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye, from why she misunderstood Jesus, to connections with several other well-encounters in the Bible, and finally all the talk about food at the end being a clue to what really satisfies us.

God’s Love for Humanity

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 6  (John 3:16–36) John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible, but it has a hidden depth and richness that makes it (and the rest of the passage) well worth studying.