In a short message, Matt will be unpicking the story of the first Easter, when two ladies called Mary and Mary went to visit the tomb of Jesus only to find it empty. We look at the extraordinary events that followed and ask how it impacts us today.
This week's Church Livestream focuses on the common question - how is God seemingly so different in the Old Testament (first part of the Bible) to the New Testament (the second part of the Bible)? How can God be Loving when He seems so Angry?
In a short message, Sally will be unpicking the topic of betrayal and abandonment by sharing her own, difficult story as well as looking at how Jesus dealt with being betrayed and abandoned by His closest friends.
Faith and motherhood. Do these two things mix? Does faith make a difference to being a Mum? What about when things go wrong? Here are the stories from everyday Mum's and their journeys of faith and motherhood.
There is a story in the Bible where Peter, one of the most ardent disciples of Jesus, ends up denying Jesus - the very person Peter swore he would never deny. It is easy to look at Peter and think that was just Peter. But Peter is a lot like the rest of us (it's one of his most redeeming features). So this week, James Sloan is going to look at this story and looks at the lessons we can learn.
Where do you currently get your sense of meaningful connection and belonging from? It's a great question to ask yourself. Let's look at the Last Supper, a meal Jesus has with disciples and look at some amazing promises He makes about how we can belong, how we can find meaningful connection.
We all face situations which make our blood boil. How are we to respond and did Jesus really get angry? As we look at this encounter with Jesus clearing the Temple, we see that even Jesus gets angry and yet never sinned. Indeed it is not our reaction that matters but how we respond that's important. This week, Jack Mariner deals with this subject of Anger. Is it OK to get Angry?
We are all leaders, irrespective of our job title - which is handy, as this week we are talking about Transformational Leadership and how Jesus brings out 4 unusual lessons that will really help us take our place and lead. For instance, we see what Jesus and the Friends TV set have in common, as well as why, in this instance, talking to the plants didn't actually help them grow faster (it had the opposite effect!). As I said, unusual lessons...
Who were the greatest rulers in history? Google throws out some interesting answers, but what about you? What does a great King look like? What does their Kingdom look like? If you were to write a novel chronicling the journey of that King, what would be included in the story arc? This week, we look at how Jesus entering Jerusalem turns all of those ideas upside down, signalling to the world around that he is a new kind of King, starting a new kind of Kingdom.
Have you ever had to deal with seriously negative people, energy vampires that suck life out of your rather than helping you move forward? Well, in this week’s livestream, we are going to look at the story of a blind man and understand his unique approach to dealing such people (spoiler alert…this guy is actually a hero of mine).
The journey with Christ doesn’t always feel safe. There are times when we have to confront the reality of what is in front of us, and we need people to help us find the courage to face our fears. In this weeks message, we look at a pivotal point for Jesus and the disciples. They are about to enter some dark times. They don’t feel safe and they are confronted with the overwhelming reality of what is about to happen. Do they face their fears? Or do they walk away?
A rich man approached Jesus asking Him about heaven and in this week's session, Abi is going to look at the relationship between wealth and the Kingdom of God, and answer the question of why you cannot buy your way into heaven as well as how our money and other idols (gods) can hold us back from all that God has for us.
On the whole, parents want good things for their kids. And we see this in the time of Jesus too - as mums and dads kept bringing their children to Jesus so that He to bless them - a good thing, right? So why did the disciples scold the parents for doing this? What do you do when Christian ministers seemingly are pushing kids away? It’s a great question…so we thought we ask someone, an expert in being a kid, their opinion on the matter.
At the time of Jesus, there were some crazy ideas about marriage and divorce (that often resulted in a bad deal for women). Jesus deals with these issues head-on and talks about what Marriage is actually about, why people get divorced, explains the exceptions to the no divorce rule and validates singleness…it was a busy day for Jesus…and it is just as challenging for us today.
Jesus is getting the disciples ready for the next chapter of their story - leading the church and carrying on the ministry of Christ. Before that can happen though, Jesus needs to help the disciples deal with some key issues in their own lives. And these are character issues that all leaders must deal with. So join us in this week’s Livestream as Dave Connolly leads us through our study in Mark’s Gospel and we see how Jesus gets to the heart of the matter.
Do you want to be the greatest? The greatest spouse? The greatest at work? The greatest at school? Our ambition, our drive to be great is often seen as something dirty, something wrong...but the truth of what Jesus said about this may surprise you. His disciples wanted to be great too - and they wanted to be the greatest disciple. This week’s Sharon looks at the conversation between Jesus and the disciples about who will be the greatest...
Our friends, our inner core, are essential for us to grow in life but all too often our friendships are impacted by the stress of living and work. So what are some of the principles we can learn from the Bible that help us have a better approach to life and to our relationships with folks? Well - that’s what we will uncover as we continue our study in Mark’s Gospel.
This week, Abi looks at Mark 8:34-38 where Jesus says "..if anyone wants to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me". Who is Jesus talking to? What does He mean when He tells us to take up our Cross? And What has this got to do with why Abi decided to follow Christ?