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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.

Born from Above

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 5  (John 3:1–15) Jesus challenged Nicodemus to think outside his religious box. In a similar way he challenges us, not to live ordinary lives limited by the expectations of this world, but to embrace the amazing reality of the age to come, now in the present.

Anger and Love in the Temple

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 4  (John 2:12–25) What exactly made Jesus so angry? Why did he gave such a strange answer to the Pharisees? When we can truly resonate with Jesus’ anger and feel his love, we can get what this story is all about.

A Different Take on turning Water into Wine

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 3  (John 2:1–11) Why does Jesus answer Mary in such an odd way? It is almost rude and seems very out of character. Yet it turns out that this answer is what unlocks the challenge to us in the story.

Audio problem fixed: Why the very first believers were so drawn to Jesus

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 2  (John 1:19–51) Before Jesus even started doing miracles, John is very interested in the impact he had on people. Some people didn’t care, but others were drawn to him powerfully. We can engage with Jesus today like those those first followers did.

Why the very first believers were so drawn to Jesus

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 2  (John 1:19–51) Before Jesus even started doing miracles, John is very interested in the impact he had on people. Some people didn’t care, but others were drawn to him powerfully. We can engage with Jesus today like those those first followers did.

The extraordinary poem hidden in the first 18 verses of John

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 12:00
Gospel of John Part 1  (John 1:1–18) -Be impacted by the power and the beauty of this painting of Jesus at the beginning of John. My Jesus, God from all eternity, came down to earth as a human so that I might have new life.

The Temple, from Eden to Revelation

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 12:00
(Rev 21:1–22:5)
  • There are amazing connections between Eden, the Temple, Jesus’ teaching, and the book of Revelation.
  • Our understanding of parts of the Bible will come into sharper focus if we get these themes and connections.
  • Grasping the power of the temple imagery throughout the Bible will impact our own lives and mission.

A Psalm that will change your life

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:00
(Psalm 90) Psalm 90 starts out as one of the most depressing scriptures: “You live 70 yrs and die. If you live to 80 it will just be pain, and so on…” But by an extraordinary twist, which you need the handout to really see, everything is turned on its head. Make sure you view the handout here:

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