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Meeting Jesus in the pages of John

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 12:00
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.

Peter’s Restoration from Sin and Shame to Strength

Sun, 08/30/2020 - 12:00
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.

A Meal on the Beach with Jesus

Sun, 08/23/2020 - 12:00
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.

What we can learn from Mary Magdalene at the Empty Tomb

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:00
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.

How Jesus’ Resurrection Directly Empowers Us

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 12:00
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.

Jesus’ Burial, with some Insights from Archeology

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 12:00
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.

Why John is so selective when telling the story of the Crucifixion

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 12:00
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

What we can learn about ourselves from Pilate

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:00
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!

Bread Wine: the Body of Christ United

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 12:00
(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.

Betrayed, Arrested, Abandoned, Denied and Abused —John 18

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 12:00
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?

How We Should Bring our Complaints to God (Psalms 54, 142)

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 12:00
(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.

Our Destiny: to Receive and to Give Divine Love - John 17

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:00
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

The High Point in the whole of Jesus’ Teachings

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 12:00
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

Safe and Sent — Coming to Grips with the Challenge of Jesus in John 17

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 12:00
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.

John 17: The Greatest Prayer in the Bible

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 12:00
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?

Do This… so that Your Joy may be Full

Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:00
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.

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!