When The Power of God Comes
Acts 11:19-30
We talk a lot about God sending his power to us. But what does that look like? In this talk we get to see five defining marks of what happens when the power of God comes on a community.We talk a lot about God sending his power to us. But what does that look like? In this talk we get to see five defining marks of what happens when the power of God comes on a community.

 
June
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Acts 10:44-48
The filling of the Holy Spirit is a recurring theme in the book of Acts but what is it and does it matter?


 
June
04
Speaker
Andy Martin
Who Are We To Stand In God's Way?
Acts Acts 10:1-11:18
We have a chance to demonstrate a depth of multi-cultural unity that magnifies the power of the gospel in our city. The key question is whether we’re willing to say ‘yes’ to God.

 
May
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God Moves Forward His Story
Acts Acts 9:1-31
In Acts 9, we come to a key turning point in the book of Acts. In fact, we come to a key turning point in history. In Saul’s conversion, we see the author of the story moving along the plot quite dramatically in his intended direction. Jonny explores how this event serves as a picture of what He is doing all the time as He continues to write His story.

 
May
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Exclusively Inclusive
Acts Acts 8:25-40
Christianity is way more exclusive and way more inclusive than perhaps you’d expect. In this talk we learn how it can not only be both, but how one inevitably leads to the other!

 
May
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy Blockers
Acts Acts 8:4-25
When the gospel lands in a life, it’s meant to result in much joy! But, like Simon in Acts 8, we often fall for two classic joy-blockers that hold us back on the journey to joy. Here, Rich highlights those joy-blockers and points to the truths that obliterate them!

 
May
07
Speaker
Rich Pitt
One-Off Talks
[ 25 Episodes ]
These talks are not part of a series, they just stand alone!
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Colossians
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Wish You Were Here
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Elisha
[ 4 Episodes ]
Elisha was an ordinary guy from an ordinary background. Yet he performed more miracles than anyone else in the Bible, except for Jesus. In this series we learn a host of lessons from his incredible faith.
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Elijah
[ 6 Episodes ]
An angry king. Devastating drought. Epic opposition. And one man who overcomes it all! When the world around us is spinning out of control, where do we turn? Join us for this series as we learn from Elijah.
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Luke
[ 93 Episodes ]
Luke invested a lot of time and energy putting together a thorough work for us from things he’d read and from eyewitnesses of Jesus. He researched it, tested his findings, picked it all apart and found that it stood up to the most rigorous scrutiny. Luke’s Gospel is perfect for anyone who is serious about getting to know the authentic Jesus.
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Prayer = Life
[ 13 Episodes ]
Prayer’s all about relationship. It’s our response to a living God who speaks, acts and comes close to us. It has the potential to change our life. This series looks at a number of examples from the Bible in which people prayed and encountered God in the midst of everyday life.
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The Big Story
[ 18 Episodes ]
The Bible is hard to get your head round. 2000 pages. 66 books. And if you get lost in the detail you can lose sight of the Big Story. This series is accompanied by an art project. Some of the artists are just starting out on their creative journey, others are more experienced. You can view it at bigstorybible.tumblr.com.
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What kind of Church?
[ 8 Episodes ]
This series explores the kind of Church we want to be.
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I believe in God but
[ 7 Episodes ]
Maybe like so many, you’re a member of a church, but you’re secretly ashamed of your past. Perhaps you’ve heard about the love of God, but you’re still not convinced that God totally loves you. This series addresses these struggles with the aim of closing the gap between our behaviour and beliefs.
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Habukkuk
[ 8 Episodes ]
In this series we get to eavesdrop on Habukkuk's no-holds-barred conversations with God.
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Destinations
[ 4 Episodes ]
Is what we are experiencing of God and his work in bringing about his kingdom now in the UK 'Normal'? Is it actually that we're stuck in traffic and that Normal Service is yet to resume? In this series we explore what 'Normal Service' looks like in the Bible and what application that has for us today.
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Where's God?
[ 3 Episodes ]
We all face times when it feels like God is far away; our prayers are unanswered and our circumstances go from bad to worse. In this series we explore the lives of three characters from the New Testament - each faced circumstances which suggested that God was absent.
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Nehemiah - Building for the future
[ 8 Episodes ]
Nehemiah's wise leadership got a seemingly impossible task done in record time. There are huge lessons and encouragements for us in this series as we seek to do something great for God in our city.
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Finding Joy (Philippians)
[ 11 Episodes ]
We live in a society that's obsessed with trying to find joy. This series on the book of Philippians shows us how to find joy in the midst of some of the main pressure points of life.
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Esther
[ 7 Episodes ]
There's much to learn in this series on the story of Esther about how to face difficulties in life without losing confidence in God. The message is simple; despite appearances, God is still at work!
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James
[ 9 Episodes ]
What we believe and what we do often differ. There is no benefit to our faith if we do not apply it to our lives. The book of James gives us practical direction on how to use our faith.
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God Moves Forward His Story
Acts Acts 9:1-31
In Acts 9, we come to a key turning point in the book of Acts. In fact, we come to a key turning point in history. In Saul’s conversion, we see the author of the story moving along the plot quite dramatically in his intended direction. Jonny explores how this event serves as a picture of what He is doing all the time as He continues to write His story.

 
May
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11
When God comes near, people get healed, communities get knit together and Christians get bold. Also, sin gets called out. Jonny addresses 3 questions this passage raises and encourages us to treat sin fearfully.
To read more on this, check out our sermon+ post: churchcentral.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/…oss-sermon/

 
April
02
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Miracles in the Real World
Acts 3:1-16
As we come across the first healing miracle in Acts, Jonny looks at another foundation of the revolution: miracles. Some Christians have no expectation of miracles nowadays, others seem to expect them all the time, but perhaps there is a middle way!
Please listen to this alongside the accompanying blog that clarifies a couple of points: https://churchcentral.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/jonnys-talk-on-miracles-questions-answers-and-apologies/

 
February
26
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Witnesses of the Resurrection
Acts 1:9-26
When Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples took on a new role. No longer were they the guys who followed Jesus around. Now, they were the witnesses of the resurrection! Jonny explores today how we, like them, can have a confident conviction in the historical reality of the resurrection of Jesus, and also like them, can build upon this foundation with lives that change the world!

 
January
29
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Family On A Mission
Colossians 4:7-18
As we finish Paul's letter to the Colossian church, we see far more than just the end credits! The tone of Paul's final greetings and instructions is a tone that has been present throughout the whole letter: it is a tone of both family and mission. However, these two values are not in tension as many may imagine, but feed each other necessarily. Jonny encourages us to set the same tone at Churchcentral.

Colossians
December
18
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Wives Submit To Your Husbands
Colossians 3:18-19
What is this? The 1950s! Who would take such an instruction seriously today? Well, Jonny and Jemma Mellor would be two such examples! They talk through how they’ve tried to live out God’s instructions in this area and how, although they’ve both struggled with this kind of teaching in different ways, they’ve discovered God’s wisdom as they’ve looked to faithfully live out leadership and submission in their marriage.

Colossians
November
20
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
All We Need Is Jesus
Colossians 2:16-23
The letter to the Colossians was written in response to a problem: there were other voices speaking into the church leading them away from the gospel. These voices had one overriding message- Jesus isn't enough. He's not enough to make you happy. Not enough to make you wise and not enough to make you holy. This whole letter is a response to this and for the first time, in today's passage. Paul hits these voices head on.

Colossians
October
30
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Three Things To Know About The Gospel
Colossians 1:1-14
If we were starting a letter to a group of people we'd never met before, we might like to kick things off with some pleasantries and a warm hello. Not so Paul! The introduction to his letter to the Colossian church powerfully lays out the gospel that has come to this church and to all Christian ever since. Jonny picks out 3 things that Paul highlights about this amazing gospel.

Colossians
September
25
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Wish you were wise?
Proverbs 1:4-7
Everyone wants to be wise. Wisdom seems to be one of the most universally appealing characteristics that there is. However, the Bible makes it clear that there is only one way to get on to the path of wisdom and it’s not quite so unanimously popular: to get wise we must learn to fear God.

Wish You Were Here
August
28
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Is God still a God of miracles?
2 Kings 4:1-7
In this passage God multiplies oil supernaturally to help a widow. Yet another miracle! In fact, it’s hard to find a passage in this series where there isn’t a miracle. Therefore, today, Jonny zooms out to ask the vital question- do we really believe that miracles can happen? Even today? And if so, how?

Elisha
July
24
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Leaving a legacy of people
2 Kings 2:1-15
Elijah was a man who made a mark and left a legacy. As his life ends (kind of!) we see that legacy, and it is not just a legacy of famous deeds and mighty miracles, but it's a legacy of people. Jonny explores how we can learn from Elijah in this by rejecting the lone ranger method of changing the world, and look to make our mark by investing in those around us.

Elijah
June
26
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
We Can Be Like Elijah!
1 Kings 18:41-46
James 5:17-18 makes it very clear that Elijah isn't a spiritual superhero to gawp at, but an example to emulate. While our exploits of faith may look very different to his, we too are called to walk in his footsteps to advance God's kingdom in our lives and the key way we can do that is by putting prayer at the centre of our lives, as he did.

Elijah
June
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
A Different Kind of Kindness
1 Kings 17:17-24
As Elijah gears up for his return to public ministry in Israel, he encounters a tragedy and responds with incredible kindness. What he models is a challenge to all of us to act the same: to keep our eyes open to the need around us and respond with kindness- a costly, selfless, compassionate kindness that is totally at odds with the expectations of the society around us.

Elijah
May
08
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Seeing Jesus
Luke 24:13-35
What do we get from the resurrection? While there are loads of things we gain from Jesus rising again, the key thing is that we get Jesus himself. Today, Jonny explores an occasion when two disciples discover this for the first time and asks whether we too need our eyes opened to see Jesus for who he really is- One to be valued for who he is not just for what he can do for us.

Luke
April
03
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
The death of Jesus
Luke 23:44-55
In the lead up to Jesus' death, we've looked at many different aspects of this pivotal event in human history, but as we look at the moment when he breathed his last, Jonny hones in on his final words. Jesus died as he'd lived and as he wants us to live - with a simple trust in his Father.

Luke
March
13
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Who's in charge around here?
Luke 22:66 - 23:25
As events seem to spiral towards disaster and Jesus heads towards execution, Luke throws us into the complicated world of 1st century politics to examine how the different powers that be play their part. But as the chapter unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that none of these authorities are actually in charge at all. When we find out who is- it has the power to fill us with hope, even 2000 years later.
 

Luke
February
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
What can we learn from Judas?
Luke 22
Judas is not featured in the Bible to make us fearful and worried, but to make sure that we are careful. In today's talk, Jonny outlines how we can follow Jesus carefully to avoid going the way of Judas

Luke
January
17
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Jesus' prayer for unity
John 17:1-26
John 17 is a bit like Jesus' deathbed prayer so the things he prays here are things he felt were of the utmost importance. As we delve into this mighty prayer we see a challenge to pray like Jesus but also a challenge to action- to press on to maturity for unity so that the world might think better of Jesus.
 

Prayer=Life
December
06
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Daniel - confessing our sins
Daniel 9:1-20
Daniel responds to a desperate situation by praying. However, while he longs for God to act, his prayer is mainly one of confession. Jonny uses this passage as a springboard to explore this topic of confessing our sins: why we should build confession regularly into our lives and also important confession is for us as we pray for our nation.

Prayer=Life Community
November
15
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Show me a sign!
Judges 6 & 7
Many of us have asked God for a sign before. Sometimes our requests may have been inspired by Gideon's rather novel use of a fleece! However, is that really what we learn from the story of Gideon? Jonny explains how God is actually just as eager to look for signs from us, and that whatever 'fleeces' we may construct for him, it is our obedience that is always most important in guiding our lives in the right direction.
 

Prayer=Life Events
October
04
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Fighting with God
Genesis 32:22-32
The popular stereotype of a Christian is of a gentle, quiet, unassertive person. Most of the heroes in the Bible on the other hand are fighters! Christians should learn then to 'fight' in the right way, and this is particularly true in our prayer lives.
 

Prayer=Life Community
September
20
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Preparing for that day
Luke 21:5-36
As we continue to look at Jesus' sombre prediction of Jerusalem's downfall, we see several timeless principles that apply to us today. Just as the disciples had to live in a world under the judgement and direct punishment of God, so do we. This realisation should affect both how we look ahead to the future and how we prepare for 'that day' today.
 

Luke
August
30
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
What kind of God would destroy His own temple?
Luke 21:5-7
Jesus has been preparing his followers for this news since he began teaching and now finally he reveals that the unthinkable is going to happen- God is going to destroy his temple. Before next week looking at this mysterious prophecy in detail, today we simply pause on this shocking historical and event and ask what kind of God would do such a thing.
 

Luke
August
23
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
The Jesus Takover
Luke 19:45 - 20:8
Jesus does not enter Jerusalem as someone passively accepting death, but he enters the heart of the city as someone who is carrying out a takeover and total redefinition of the religious life of God's people. We must remember that he approaches our hearts in much the same way today. It may be a benevolent takeover, but Jesus is definitely still intent on taking over. The only question is- will we let him?
 

Luke
July
19
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
The treatment for spiritual blindness
Luke 18:31-43
Jesus has always been good with eyes. He heals at least 4 blind people in the gospels and int today's passage we see one of these healings. However, he also heals a deeper kind of blindness that affects us all. Today Jonny explains what this spiritual blindness is and how we can apply Jesus' treatment.
 

Luke
June
07
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Where are you?
Luke 17:11-19
In today’s passage Jesus heals 10 lepers and only one returns to thank him. Rather than serving as a gentle encouragement to say thank you to people who are nice to us, Jesus wants to ask all of us the same question he asks of these absent lepers- where are you? Are we overcome by gratitude and worship at Jesus’ feet or elsewhere, busying ourselves with religious activity.
 

Luke
April
19
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Looking the part is not enough
Luke 16:14-18
Today's passage throws up all sorts of issues- from the interpretation of the Old Testament to divorce and remarriage- however it's main thrust lays down a serious challenge for us all. Will we just look the part or press forcefully into Jesus?
 

 
March
29
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
How does the gospel reach the ends of the earth?
Acts
Last week we saw how God sent his Spirit to us so that we could take his wonderful rescue plan to the ends of the earth. But how exactly should we go about this monumental task? Today we look at the rest of the book of Acts and find the answer to that question.
 

The Big Story
January
25
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
How the Spirit fits into the story
Acts 2:1-12
With Jesus' work completed there is a real sense that 'it is finished', yet in another sense, it has only just begun. How then should we understand the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?
 

The Big Story
January
18
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Tragedy of the Kings of Israel
1 Kings
The story of the Kings of Israel after Solomon is one of the most tragic parts of the entire Bible. Jonny explores this awful tragedy and asks the question ‘why would God include this in his Big Story?’
 

The Big Story
November
09
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Who is the Lord
Exodus
A good story is not just about advancing a plot; it is also about developing the characters. It's the same with the Bible and in this section of the Big Story, we learn a lot about the main character in the story: God. We may think we know these characteristics inside out, but as we look at the time when Moses and the Israelites found them out for the first time, let God's power, love and righteousness hit us afresh again.
 

The Big Story
October
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Cure for bloaty head syndrome
Luke 14:1-14
We can all get a bit of a big head at times. All of us are tempted to puff ourselves up and push ourselves forward. It's a spiritual sickness with very nasty side effects. In today's passage, Jesus acquaints us with this condition, how you catch it, its symptoms and most importantly how to cure it.

Luke
August
17
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Freedom from law
Luke 13

Luke
July
27
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Be ready.
Luke 12:35-48
There are two ways to live- we can 'take life easy, eat, drink and be merry' or we can 'be ready'!' Today, Jonny looks at how and why we need to do the latter.

Luke
June
29
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Temptation and Forgiveness
Luke 11:1-4

Luke
March
09
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Making sure the centre is the centre
Luke 11:2

Luke
February
23
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Holy is your name.
Luke 11:2

Luke
February
16
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Where God lives
Ephesians 2:19-22
God wants to meet with his people. More than that, He wants to live with his people! This affects us as individuals but the place he is most at home is in his church. But practically what does this mean for us?
 

What kind of Church?
November
03
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Jesus our only hope.
Luke 9:18-36
In Luke’s gospel, the question ‘who is Jesus?’ has loomed large in the last 5 chapters. Finally, in this passage Peter gives us the answer- ‘you are Messiah sent from God’. But what’s the big deal? Why is this declaration so important and why has it taken the disciples so long to come to this conclusion? In this talk, Jonny looks at these questions and asks what it means to accept Jesus as your only hope today.

Luke
September
01
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Counting the cost
Luke 14:25-33
Hate your nearest and dearest. Carry your cross. Give everything away. It would be hard to imagine a more controversial passage! Jonny unpacks these difficult sayings to help us understand the radical lives that Jesus expected of his followers in the 1st century and still expects of us today.

Luke
August
31
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Welcome them or send them away?
Luke 9:10-17
The feeding of the 5000 is quite some miracle. However it would never happened if Jesus hadn’t done an apparently simple thing- he welcomed the crowds. The disciples would have sent them away. As we look for God to do great miracles through us, this same crucial question remains: will we welcome the crowds or send them away?

Luke
August
25
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Faith in action
8:40-56
In today's passage, we see once again how crucial faith is in allowing us to receive Jesus' limitless power. But what we also see is that faith is not simply a mental exercise, but it shows itself in radical, vigorous action. This is the faith that released Jesus' power to Jairus and the bleeding woman, and it is the faith that releases his power to us today.

Luke
August
11
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
When kingdoms collide.
Luke 7:11-17
In today's passage, we see two crowds collide, one a crowd of joy and hope, the other a crowd of tragedy and despair. In the mighty miracle that follows, we see a wonderful picture of the good news of the kingdom of God and an encouragement that Jesus really can cut it when he crashes head on into the real world.

Luke
June
16
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Love your enemies
Luke 6:27-36
So Jesus has started his new community, but how are they going to live? Today we look at his first moral instruction to his apostles. Is he going to go in gently and give them something easy to try out? Far from it! 'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you...' Three questions spring to mind: 'What?', 'How?' and 'Why?'

Luke
May
19
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Love Jesus; love his church
Luke 6:12-16
Luke has served us up a feast so far! Its been Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Miracles. Forgiveness. Excitement. Intrigue. Now, suddenly, he decides it’s fitting to divert our attention to 12 very ordinary blokes instead. However, what could be seen as a most unwelcome plot diversion, is actually a moment of startling importance, as Jesus lays the foundation stones of the Christian church. As you’ll see, he’s excited about his church. Are you?

Luke
April
28
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Fasting or feasting?
Luke 5:29-35
Jesus said that to follow him someone must 'deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me' (Mk 8:34) but in 1 Tim 6:17 Paul encourages us to put our ‘hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.’ So which is it? Is Christianity all about self denial or is it all about enjoyment and pleasure? Jonny continues our series on Luke to explain Jesus' answer to this question.

Luke
April
14
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
What we need most; Forgiveness
Luke 5:12-26

Luke
March
10
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Carrying Jesus' authority
Luke 4:31-44
Jesus’ authority amazed people. It shone through his teaching and it was demonstrated in his miracles. He carried himself with authority and he acted with authority. What is perhaps even more amazing though is that he gives his authority to us. Therefore, it is vital that we get hold of this authority that we’ve been given and learn to exercise it appropriately in our lives.

Luke
February
17
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Being a Son of God like Jesus
Luke 3:21-38
What kind of 'Son of God' is Jesus? A son of God like Adam? A son of God like Israel? Luke is eager to leave us with no doubts that Jesus is a very different 'Son of God' to any who had carried this title before him and we mustn't miss the massive implications this has on our own sonship.

Luke
February
03
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
The way of the law and the spirit
Luke 2:21-39
Joseph and Mary visit Jerusalem to fulfil the requirements of the law, yet, while there, they bump head on into the Holy Spirit. Here we have a wonderful picture of what Christianity is all about, its not about doing what we have to, its about meeting God and chasing after his presence.

Luke
January
06
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
...I don't talk to Him
Luke 6:43-45

IbelieveinGodbut
October
28
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Learning how to fight
Judges 2:20 - 3:4

Destinations
July
01
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Wisdom for the journey
Deuteronomy 1:26-28

Destinations
May
08
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Looking ahead
Mark 6:1-6

Destinations
April
22
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
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