On Easter Sunday we looked at the accounts of Jesus's first appearances to his disciples after the resurrection, where their lives were changed forever by the unexpected good news of God's victory over sin and death. From John 20:1-29.
On Good Friday, we finished our 'Because of the Cross' series with a reminder of the power of the Cross of Jesus to restore our relationship with God and with others. Tim Johnson looks at 2 Corinthians 5:6-21 and our new role as 'ambassadors of reconciliation'.
This week, we reflected on how the Cross of Jesus makes us right and heals our nature, the topic of 'justification'. Andrew Bowles considers the teaching of Paul in the letter to the Romans (5:1-11).
In our second sermon in our series on the Cross, Tim Johnson considers another angle on what Jesus achieved - the topic of 'redemption', being set free from an old way of life in order to serve God. 1 Peter 1:17-21.
In our first sermon in the series 'Because of the Cross', Tim Johnson speaks to us about how on the Cross Jesus takes the 'cup' of God's wrath and judgement and drinks it on our behalf. The Bible passage is Matthew 26:36-46.
Our series on Jesus’s parables of the Kingdom from Matthew 13 closes with a look at the parable of the ‘drift net’, and Kirk Mackenzie considers how we face the challenge and comfort of the judgement of God.
Among Jesus’s parables of the Kingdom of God are two that characterise the kingdom as a treasure that is worth seeking. Tim Johnson considers the parables of the treasure in the field and the precious pearl as they challenge us about what we truly value. From Matthew 13:44-46.
In our third ‘parable of the Kingdom’, Jesus explains how the kingdom of God grows from small beginnings, and how God works with ordinary people to have a great impact on the world. From Matthew 13:31-34.
In the second sermon in our series on Jesus’s parables of the Kingdom, Andrew Bowles considers the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds in Matthew 13:24-30 &36-40. This parable gives us insight into how we can understand the classic ‘Problem of Evil’ from the perspective of God’s Kingdom.
We began our first Term together this year with the start of a series on Jesus’s parables of the Kingdom. Tim Johnson considers the famous ‘Parable of the Sower’, about the different responses that people make to the Word of God. From Matthew 13:1-23.