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Christmas Day 2017 – God With Us

Christmas Day 2017 – God With Us John 1:1-14 Christmas traditions John tells the Christmas story … What matters? The Beginning v1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” “The Word” = “Jesus” John’s audience was familiar with the Old Testament Contrast – Light &…

Christmas Eve 2017 – The Gift Of Jesus

Christmas Eve 2017 – The Gift Of Jesus Bursting forth in song? What caused Mary to sing… a) Mary is excited – v 46-47 “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”. “Blessed are you Mary among women, and blessed is the child you bear” … a spirit inspired exclamation b) Mary is blessed – v 48-49…

Questioning Jesus… Are You Sure?

Who do you think Jesus is / was? “How would you describe the Christian Christmas story?” A certain level of embellishment? Facts recorded by eye witnesses? Why you can be certain. Luke carefully investigated everything – Was not following popular opinion about Jesus. – Not details Mary would make up “Who do you think Jesus was or who do you think he…

Choosing The Perfect Gift

How do you choose the perfect gift for someone you love? Questions to ask – What do they need? – What don’t they have? – What is good for them? – What have I already promised them? – Will it last? – Can I afford it? – What will be the effect if I do not give this gift? The Context Sennacherib,…

Mary’s Song

God is mindful of us (Luke 1:46-49) A transformed life (Luke 1:50-53) Jesus the link (Luke 1:54-55) My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me –…

Mark 5:21-43 – Putting Your Faith In Jesus

Are you convinced that Jesus is real? Do believe he was born, died and rose again? Are you convinced that he really is the Son of God? Have you really put your faith in him? Could you learn to trust him more? Lake Galilee (show on map) … come to his place to heal his daughter. …an unnamed woman had come up…

Mark 1:1-20 & 16:1-8 – Jesus, The Son of God

The world of Jesus Caesar Augustus … “new breed of men come down from heaven”. Mark 1:1 “This is the beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God” The ultimate proof … he was raised from the dead. Minimum accepted facts Jesus was crucified & died, he was placed in a tomb, the tomb was found empty he was…

Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal Son

What do you long for in life? Context Luke 15:1 Jesus is teaching a bunch of tax collectors and sinners. The religious people  – “This man welcomes sinners … and eats with them” The Two sons and their Dad   What does this parable mean?   Qu: Have we approached the Father like the younger or older son? Who is the person…