The Power of Weakness
Judges 7
Sometimes you’ll never know God’s all you need until he’s all you have. What we learn from the example of Gideon is that our weakness can often be our greatest advantage.

 
November
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Has Science Buried God?
Are science and religion in conflict? Are there contradictions between modern science and the Christian faith? What about the Big Bang Theory and Darwin's Theory of Evolution? Jonny explores with the help of some friends...

 
November
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Science? | Q+A
In a time of open questions, Jonny Mellor and James Ashley (MSci in Human Evolution) address a number of issues related to Jonny's talk 'Has Science Buried God?'.

 
November
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Faith For The Future: West Site Vision Talk
Hebrews 11:1-3
What are you looking forward to? When you look at the future, do you see reason for hope? As Christians we have a solid and secure foundation for hope, based on what God has said and done. As a church and a site, God has a bright future for us. How do we get there? Owen shares...

 
November
05
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
Fight For Freedom!
Judges 6
As Christians we know Jesus has set us free! Yet we all find it hard to live in that freedom day to day. Why is that? How can I break free? The story of the Israelites - and our first glimpse of Gideon - in Judges 6 provide the answers.

 
October
29
Speaker
Rich Pitt
It's Time To Step Up
Judges 4-5
In this talk we learn how God works through our weaknesses so that, through our dependence on him, all glory goes to him.

 
October
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
One-Off Talks
[ 28 Episodes ]
These talks are not part of a series, they just stand alone!
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Big Questions
[ 5 Episodes ]
Exploring questions about faith in God
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Acts
[ 31 Episodes ]
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The Kingdom of God
[ 3 Episodes ]
At our 2017 Weekend Away, we spent three sessions exploring how a true understanding of the Kingdom of God should impact our lives, both together as a church and as we relate to the world.
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Colossians
[ 11 Episodes ]
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Wish You Were Here
[ 4 Episodes ]
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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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A Story for the World
Luke 24:44-53
This week we reach the end of our series in Luke. Like any author Luke finishes his story with important information he wants his readers to hear. Jesus has risen, he is the messiah and no power can defeat him but what happens next is surprising!

Luke
April
17
Speaker
Andy Martin
What does the resurrection mean for us?
Luke 24:35-43

Luke
April
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
This changes everything!
Luke 23:50 - 24:12
If the resurrection really did happen, then it pushes us to beyond simply believing some stuff, it changes absolutely everything! In this talk we explore a few of the implications of believing Jesus is alive today.

Luke
March
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
The Good News
Luke 23: 26-43
As we follow Jesus to the cross we can see many aspects of the amazing gospel and what Jesus endured in order for us to receive forgiveness and our relationship with God to be restored. But there is also provocation as Jesus calls us to follow him in laying our lives down for others.
 


Luke
March
06
Speaker
Andy Martin
Dealing with rejection
Luke 22
In this talk we learn from three separate episodes where Jesus experienced rejection. They teach us about the darkness in our own hearts and reveal what Jesus came to do about it.
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Luke
February
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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 did the cross mean for Jesus?
Luke 22:39-46
As we eavesdrop on his impassioned praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, we get a profound glimpse into the mind of Jesus and how he viewed all that was about to happen.
 

Luke
February
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Peter - Sifted like wheat
Luke 22:31-34
This week we zoom in closely to the story and look at Jesus telling Peter that Satan wants to test him. What is going on? What power does Satan have and why would Jesus give him permission? As we answer these questions we will see that God is always working out his purpose for good.
 

Luke
January
31
Speaker
Andy Martin
A Radically New Community
Luke 22:19-34
Through Jesus' death we're invited into a new family and a counter-cultural community where there's hope for those who fail. In this talk we look at how the cross turns you into a person who creates this radical new community.

Luke
January
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
The Lord's Supper
Luke 22: 7-20
On the night before he died, Jesus explained to his disciples the meaning of his death. And afterwards, when it was all over, they remembered it and they accepted it and it changed them. It changed them… and it’s been changing people all around the world ever since... and if we grasp this message, it'll change us too!
 

Luke
January
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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 struggle for faith
Luke 20:45 - 21:4
A big part of the reason we don’t believe is often down to our fear of the implications of faith – we’re scared of losing control! In this talk we explore what it means to let go of our fear and give our life fully to Jesus.
 

Luke
August
16
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Handling difficult questions
Luke 20:20-44
For all the debates we get into today, the central question regards the identity of Jesus and our response to him. In this talk we get a masterclass from Jesus in tackling questions designed to catch us out. He wasn’t afraid to engage with his critics, but always left them considering the greatest question of all.
 

Luke
August
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Caesar and the Kingdom
Luke 20:19-26

Luke
August
02
Speaker
Andy Martin
God's Vineyard
Luke 20:9-19
It’s official. The Chief Priests and teachers of the law want to kill Jesus. He calls them out through this parable and announces that they will be deposed, He will be vindicated, and the ‘Vineyard’ of God’s kingdom blessings will be given to others. As those who are now tenants in God’s vineyard, there’s much we can learn here about how we can produce good fruit for the kingdom in our lives.
 

Luke Events
July
26
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
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
Compassion for the city
Luke 19:41-44
Although what was going on with Jerusalem was unique, there are still some important things we can learn here from Jesus' compassion for the city.

Luke
July
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who is you King?
Luke 19:28-40
We’re all crowning something as ‘king’ in our lives. Jesus is the one king that you can live for and not be crushed. But what does it mean for him to be your king?
 

Luke Courses Events
July
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Remember who you are
Luke 19:11-27
All through the gospels Jesus tells stories about the kingdom of God. One reason is because Israel are in danger of missing it and forgetting their role in God's purpose. We need to ensure we don't forget who we are and what God has called us to.
 

Luke Sputnik Events
June
28
Speaker
Andy Martin
Encountering Jesus
Luke 19:1-10
Being challenged by God’s word is a great start; but without application it counts for nothing. The ultimate motivation for life change is encountering Jesus and seeing him for who he really is.
 

Luke
June
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
How to escape the power of money
Luke 18:18-30
There’s nothing wrong with money in and of itself but it can very easily distract you from what’s of most importance in life. This talk will help release you to be generous with your money, rather than being a slave to it.
 

Luke
May
31
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Living inside out
Luke 18:9-14
In every culture, in every generation, there’s a hunger for approval, acceptance, self-esteem, honour or glory. Jesus shows us two approaches to satisfying this hunger – one that’s doomed to failure and one which works every time!

Note: the first verse of the bible passage is missing from the beginning of the talk

Luke
May
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Persistent prayer
Luke 18:1-8
Although we know we should pray and we know how to pray, it can still be a real struggle at times. Jesus provides the ultimate motivation for prayer and gives us an invitation too good to refuse.
 

Luke
May
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Mistaken Identity
Luke 17:20-37
Jesus does not always fit expectations of what a saviour should be. This was the case for the Pharisees and can still be the case today. We need to let Jesus define who he is and what he does. When we do, the gospel is even more good news.
 

Luke
May
03
Speaker
Andy Martin
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
Faith to forgive
Luke 17:1-10
It can be a real struggle to forgive others. In this deeply challenging passage, Jesus shows how faith in him frees us to forgive radically and live generously.
 

Luke
April
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Be careful what you wish for!
Luke 19:19-31
Nowadays it's inappropriate to say that anyone's going to hell. But the doctrine of hell actually provides the greatest comfort to anybody who hears it!
 

Luke
March
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Investing for the future
Luke 16:1-14
Sadly, the world is a lot shrewder than a lot of Christians when it comes to planning for the future. If you want to make some financial investments that are guaranteed to pay dividends, then this message is not to be missed!
 

Luke
March
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Lost and Found
Luke 15
Jesus tells three famous stories that challenge the way we think about ourselves and the people around us. More importantly, it helps us see Jesus for who he is and explains the extreme reactions to him that we find in the Gospels. If you want to see and savour Jesus in a fresh way, then this message is for you!
 

Luke
March
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Feast
Luke 14:15-24

Luke
August
24
Speaker
Rich Pitt
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
Passion and sorrow
Luke 13:31-35
In Luke 11-13 Jesus has given many warnings not to reject His Kingdom. Here we see the lengths that the King is prepared to go to in order to rescue us, and the sorrow He personally feels over those that refuse to be rescued.

Luke
August
10
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
The narrow door
Luke 13:18-30
God’s kingdom is both wider and narrower than most people think! In this talk we see Jesus providing an incredible invitation to those who are outside and a sobering warning to those who think they’re inside.

Luke
August
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Freedom from law
Luke 13

Luke
July
27
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Are you ready?
Luke 13:1-9
Amidst all the uncertainties in life, there are two unavoidable appointments awaiting us all. Jesus warns us to do all we can to be prepared in advance!

Luke
July
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Inclusive Exclusive
Luke 12:49-53
Jesus prepares us for the conflict that accompanies resolving to follow him. In this message we explore why conflict is inevitable and how we should view it.

Luke
July
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Do not worry.
Luke 12:22-31
The things you are most devoted to tend to be the things you worry about the most. The solution to your worry isn’t trying harder to stop worrying, or merely pretending the problems have gone away – the ultimate direction is redirecting your devotion.

Luke
June
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Don't waste your life
Luke 12:12-34
Jesus shows us two ways to find financial security – one that’s doomed to failure; the other is guaranteed to be a success! Which one will you choose?

Luke
June
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Gospel vs Religion
Luke 11:37-12:3
This talk highlights the fact that your relationship with God was never meant to be private. The more private you make your struggles and your walk with Christ the more religious you become. And the more public you’re able to walk in your relationship with Christ – the more sin loses its power over you, because Christ is present in your life.

Luke
May
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Believing is seeing
Luke 11:29-36
The light of God in Christ is continually shining into our lives. How we react is the crucial thing. This talk contains both a stark warning and a stunning offer.

Luke
April
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Shameless persistence
Luke 11:5-13
In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us what to pray, here he teaches us how to pray. What two words would you use to describe your prayer life? Jesus want us to pray with shameless persistence, confident in our heavenly Father’s desire to hear, answer and give us what we need. If we can learn to persist in prayer, it will do us much good, and change the world.

Luke
March
30
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
Test or Trial
Luke 11:4

Luke
March
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Temptation and Forgiveness
Luke 11:1-4

Luke
March
09
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Daily bread
Luke 11:3

Luke
March
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
God our Father
Luke 11:1-2

Luke
February
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Teach us to pray.
Luke 11:1-5

Luke
February
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Mary and Martha
Luke 10:38-42
Which do you relate to more out of the two sisters, Martha or Mary? Is this about personality types, or something more significant? From Jesus’ response it’s clear that Martha prioritised her culture, whereas Mary prioritised her hunger. We have a similar choice to make in our priorities. If we hunger after God, whatever the cost, and make him our ‘portion’, it will not be taken away from us!

Luke
January
26
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37

Luke
January
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Jesus sends us
Luke 10:1-4

Luke
January
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Putting Jesus first
Luke 9:51-62

Luke
September
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who is the greatest?
Luke 9:37-50

Luke
September
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Successful witnesses
Luke 9:1-10
Jesus has called us and sent us out, but he hasn’t sent us empty handed. We are sent in his own authority and with his own power, we are invited on His mission and given an eternal purpose, and we are entrusted with a life changing message that demands a response.

Luke
August
18
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
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
Power over demons
Luke 8:26-39

Luke
August
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God's powerful word.
Luke 8:19-25
We suffer from information overload. Subconsciously, we’re constantly sifting the messages we receive and we only act on the ones we think are most important. With this in mind, how should we train ourselves to hear God’s word?

Luke
July
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Be careful how you hear.
Luke 8:1-18
Whenever God speaks to us, we face a challenge: Am I simply going to listen, but go away the same as I was before? Or am I going to hold onto what I hear and apply it to how I live my life? Because, Jesus promises that if we use what God’s given us, it’ll increase. But if we don’t do anything with it, we’ll find that even what we thought we had will be blown away.

Luke
July
21
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Worshiping Jesus
Luke 7:36-50
The most ardent moralist and the most passionate sinner are both looking for freedom! The moral person concludes that I can find freedom and fullness of life if I keep the rules. The immoral person concludes that I can find freedom and fullness of life if I break all the rules. Both are wrong! Both have embarked on burdensome salvation projects. Both are depending on themselves to deliver the freedom and fullness of life that they’re desperate for. And Jesus, in this story, comes with the power to set both free.

Luke
July
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Two perspectives.
Luke 7:24-35
All of us have a perspective on life; parameters that define what we accept and what we reject. Jesus addresses a crowd that contained people with two differing persectives; one allowed them to undertsand and accept the message of John the Baptist and Jesus, the other didn't.

Luke
June
30
Speaker
Russ Lowman
Handling doubt.
Luke 7:18-23
John the Baptist was described by Jesus as one of the greatest men ever born – yet even he grappled with doubts about Jesus. As we observe what John did with his doubts and how Jesus responded to him, we get a phenomenal insight into how to handle our doubts today.

Luke
June
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Faith
Luke 7:1-10
There are only two occasions in the Gospels where we’re told that Jesus was amazed – and both times it was related to faith. As we’re exposed to the faith of a Roman Centurion, we’ll discover just what it takes to have amazing faith.

Luke
June
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Blessings and woes.
Luke 6:20-26
Do you want to know the blessing of God on your life? If so, Jesus spells out what we need to do. But he doesn’t go along with conventional wisdom. He takes everything we’re taught to believe and turns it completely on its head. If we can get past the shocking nature of his words, they have the power to totally transform our lives.

Luke
May
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
What happens when Jesus is present?
Luke 6:17-19
When Jesus was present, people flocked in their droves to hear him and be healed. How much can we expect the same things today?

Luke
May
05
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
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
The Lord of the Sabbath
Luke 6:1-11
Seeing Jesus as Lord and viewing our lives in the context of God’s big story frees us to enjoy God’s gracious provision of a day of rest every week.

Luke
April
21
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
The Main Thing
Luke 15:1-8
If you could ask one question and get it answered, what would you ask? Without wishing to downplay any of the questions we’re grappling with, Paul refocuses our attention onto the main thing; the thing of greatest importance.

Luke
March
31
Speaker
Andy Martin
The scandal of grace
Luke 5:27-32
Jesus shocked people by accepting an invitation to a party with a bunch of notorious sinners. Those who criticised him missed the point that his grace has to be big enough for everyone, or it’s not big enough for anyone!

Luke
March
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
What we need most; Forgiveness
Luke 5:12-26

Luke
March
10
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Chosen for a mission
Luke 5:1-11
It’s a familiar story, but we could easily miss the significance of what happens. As we dig beneath the surface, we get a fascinating insight into the kind of people Jesus calls, the reason he calls us and the most appropriate response to him.

Luke
February
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Prepare for the unexpected
Luke 4:16-30
With the coming of Jesus, a radically new way of defining the people of God is set in motion. He thought it was good news… his audience begged to differ. Our preconceived ideas of what Jesus should be doing mean that we too could end up missing him completely.

Luke
February
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
It's time for self assessment
Luke 3:1-20
Despite the fact that crowds of people not only gathered round Jesus, but also seemingly repented and confessed love for him – when all is said and done, there are only 120 people left in an upper room. John the Baptist provides us with a helpful framework for assessing where we stand with Jesus.

Luke
January
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Sons of God
Luke 2:41-52 & 3:21-22
Jesus had a relationship with his Father that’s beyond, different and deeper than anyone else ever had… And now he offers it to us. In this talk Jonathan helps us understand and experience the radical power of this relationship in our day to day lives.

Luke
January
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
When things don't go to plan.
Luke 1:67-69
Looking at the examples of Zechariah, David, Paul, the Samaritan woman and the rich young man we learn that God’s aim when things don’t go according to our plan for our lives is always that we would see and know him more. If we choose to press into him, it will ultimately result in us experiencing more joy.

Luke
January
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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
Birth and big picture
Luke 2:1-20
Through the people and the events surrounding Jesus’ birth we get a big picture view of the nature and purposes of God; his majesty, his kingship and authority, his identification with us through Jesus and his desire to save a broken and sinful people.

Luke
December
25
Speaker
Russ Lowman
Mary's song
Luke 1:46-55
Mary’s in a season of life where she has a lot to worry about. But rather than worrying, we find her worshipping. Instead of focussing on her situation, she chooses to focus on God… and that changes everything!

Luke
December
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Taking God at his word
Luke 1:5-38
What do we do with the promises of God when they seem impossible? Luke provides us with two ways of responding – one good, one bad!

Luke
November
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A gospel for skeptics
Luke 1:1-4
20th century archaeologist William Ramsay described Luke as “a historian of the first rank. . . . This author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.” Rather than dismissing Jesus, we really do owe it to ourselves to examine the facts. Luke is a great place to start!

Luke
November
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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