n 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.
Do you see others in life as the Villain in the story, the villain in your story? Do we see ourselves as victims? In this blog, John Harding dives deep on the topic and the character of Judas, the villain in the story of Jesus and asks what lessons we can learn for our own lives.
How do we get the most out of reading Scripture? Can the Bible be trusted? What can the Bible teach us? These are all great questions. Christians talk a lot about the Bible, so how do we go about reading it? This week we are going to look at a Story with Jesus and Mary and look at how we can get the most out of reading the Bible.
One of the big problems that those outside the church have with those who profess to be Christians is the level of hypocrisy that they see. Christians are hypocrites. They say one thing but then do something completely different. Why do they not simply practice what they preach? Well, that is what we are going to get into today. Are Christians hypocrites? And is it hypocritical to call someone a hypocrite? (There’s a question that is a head spinner!) And the only person really qualified to answer it is Jesus, which is exactly what He does in today’s passage. He is going to accuse the religious of being hypocrites and then explain why they are hypocrites...
Ever been so tunnel-visioned on something, so focused in on the detail that you didn't see the bigger picture? In this week's Livestream, Jesus meets a group of people who had done just that...and as a result, they missed the most important lesson of all.
This week we will be hearing from James Sloan, who is the Chief Exec of Imagine If Trust who will be talking about what it means to Love your neighbour as well as introduce to us Imagine If Trust - part of our church's social outreach.
Have you been thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021? Got your new diary and goal-setting mindset? Most of us do. It’s a New Year. It’s a New Start, and given the strangeness of 2020, we are hoping that 2021 will be a lot better. Well, as we carry on our Bible Study of Mark’s Gospel, we have a chap who goes to Jesus and basically asks Jesus to summarize everything down to a simple point that he can both understand and apply to life. It’s as if this chap goes to Jesus and says to Jesus, “Listen - I am planning for 2021 - what’s the most important thing that I should focus on this year?” And this answer Jesus gives him won’t just set us up well for the new year, but also for life.
Thinking and planning for 2021? The new year is fast approaching and this week's story from Mark's Gospel is so timely for us as we think about and plan for 2021. This week, Jesus is talking to a group of leaders, smart well-educated people about the root cause of a serious mistake that they are making, a mistake that we don't want to carry into 2021 that is for sure.
The Christmas season is special here at CROWD Church! Whether you’re exploring Christianity for the first time, or whether it’s been a part of your life for many years, we invite you and your family to join us for our online Christmas Services. Come & join us to celebrate the miracle of Christ together!
Wherever Jesus went, it seems crowds would gather around him. The crowds could be small, or they could be large but the folks that made up the crowd were all divided in their opinion about this Godman. So how did Jesus deal with the crowd? What was his MO? And what can learn from that for our own digital church? Well, this week, Matt unpacks why we changed the name to CROWD church, what the purpose of the church is and what some of the core principles are.
In this week's Livestream Jenny Mariner tackles the topic of politics! Oh yes! Very apt at moment given the recent US elections that is for sure. Jenny will carry on our journey in Mark's gospel and looks at how Jesus deals with this topic of politics, asks should we mix religion and politics, and how should Christians approach the topic of politics?
The parable of the talents ask us lots of questions about stewardship and leadership. How well do we steward the gifts that we have to help those around us grow and develop? How well do we steward the gift of life that God has entrusted to us? What is our response to that? Join in our Church Livestream as John Harding looks at the Parable of the Talents and digs into these questions and much more.
Have you ever had to deal with difficult people? They look to build themselves up at your expense, maybe even ridicule you. They are ... well, just plain old difficult to deal with. Well, you are not alone. Jesus had the exact same problem. So how does He deal with them, and what can we learn from that? What can we learn about how to deal with criticism, how to deal with haters and how to deal with difficult people?
Overcoming adversity - part 4. The power of forgiveness is something that we talk a lot about in the Christian church. Christ forgave us, so we can and should forgive others. And it is no coincidence that Jesus talks about forgiveness at the end of our mini-series on Overcoming Adversity.
Overcoming adversity - part 3. When it comes to overcoming adversity, we often find ourselves praying and asking God for help. But does that make sense? Does God even care about my prayers? Does He even listen? And if He hears me - will he actually do anything? This week we take a look at what Jesus says about prayer, and how we can know what God's plan for our lives is.
Overcoming adversity - part 2. If positive thinking isn't the answer (what we talked about last week), then what is? What is Jesus' strategy for overcoming adversity and obstacles? This week we carry on looking at Mark 11, where Jesus tells about mountain-moving faith...but it's not what you'd expect!
We all have obstacles and adversity to deal with - heck, we are in the middle of a pandemic that is affecting us all. So how to do we overcome such things? Well, the standard answer is just to think positively, be optimistic, see the glass as half full..but does that really work? Or does Jesus have some other advice to give us?
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?
This week, Sharon carries on our journey into Mark's Gospel and looks at what happens when God doesn't act or respond as you think He should. What happens when He doesn't something different? What if you don't understand that?
In this service, we look at a conversation that happens between Peter and Jesus, where Jesus asks Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" This is such a powerful question, and Peter's answer, "You are the Christ" holds a lot of amazing truth
In this week's talk, Sarah talks about the story of the feeding of the 4000. It's a story demonstrating Jesus' compassion to the hungry. It's also a lesson in reminding ourselves of what God has done in the past and how that will give us hope and faith for today.
This week, as we carry on our conversations in the Gospel of Mark, Sharon talks about Jesus' encounter with a lady, who wasn't Jewish and looks at how Jesus' response to her was extraordinary and ground-breaking for society.
Even after hanging out with Jesus for three years, and seeing the church grow through the most extraordinary time - Peter still had issues with prejudice, so as we continue our study in Mark, we look at a passage where Jesus talks about our hearts and how it is the key to dealing with our prejudice.
Easter is the best time of the year for Christians. But Why? Why is the resurrection so important and is there any evidence at all to support that it has happened? OR have Christians been caught up in a fairy tale for the last 2000 years?
Welcome to our 2nd Livestream as a Liverpool Church Plant :-) In this weeks video, Abi updates us on all things YWAM and Matt shares the next part of Mark's Gospel - the story of Jesus Walking on Water. This takes place after Jesus feeds the 5,000 (see last week's video for that talk) and there are some key lessons for us here too.
This is our first ever Livestream as a church plant! In the wake of the virus and recent events, we are coming in digitally. In this week's message, we are carrying on our study of Mark's Gospel. Specifically, we are looking at Mark 6:30-44 - the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and the key principles He outlines that we can use to serve the world today.