The story of Jonah and the big fish is very familiar. But Jonah’s story shows us that if we truly understand God’s mercy and grace it may take us in directions we would rather not go and towards people we would rather not care about. We are reminded we do our own running away from God , we should respect and love those who are different to us, we need to understand afresh God’s grace, His undeserved favour towards us, which is the central message of the gospel.
An expert in the law is intent on catching Jesus out. Each time, though, Jesus turns the questions back onto him! Seeking to justify himself, having acknowledged the summary of the law, to love God with everything he's got and love his neighbour as himself, he asks 'Who is my neighbour?'
The great story of the 'Good Samaritan' leaves him in no doubt. The man who put himself out. The man who put himself at risk. The man who put his hand in his pocket.
The final words of Jesus give us all the same challenge, to 'Go and do likewise'
In our all age service we look at how we meet injustice in our lives and how we overcome this.
We hear the story of the King who placed the stone in the Jericho road to represent the obstacles in our lives.
Will you be like the Farmer, the Soldier or the Miller's daughter?
In this talk we hear about the way Jesus relies on people in every age to develop a rock-like, dependable faith to sustain His church (as was the case with Simon Peter), but that He is the Church’s foundation, builder and owner.
The power of God is mightily at work when Jesus meets the demon possessed man! The 'before and after' contrast is amazing. From total chaos to total calm! What the man had to do in response was to go and tell everyone all that Jesus had done for him.
The same Jesus wants to meet us at our point of need and bring us to a place of peace and calm. The same challenge, is for us to share our 'faith story'.