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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!

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.