No matter how tall your grandfather was, you have to do your own growing!” Benjamin - a man who’s planted more churches than most of his listeners have had hot dinners - tells us about ordinary people in the hands of an extraordinary God – and how we must just get on with it right now, rather than wait for the right technology or circumstance.
Terry talks about passion for justice, as we consider how Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey not on a warhorse. We are called to love one another, even in the darkest places. We learn about Mala, how IJM’s team rescued her, cared for her, and how she is now free and setting up her own business. Terry welcomes the way St Thomas is becoming more involved with IJM, and encourages us to pray.
God made Abraham the father of nations – but why? God chooses people like you and me and uses us. God says “Trust me, walk with me, and my grace will be with you”. Abraham said yes to what God asked, and Abraham’s trust in God was absolute. We will find the rest that comes through grace when we let go of everything we want so desperately.
Join the 11 service, and hear Willi in a discursive mood, as he explores how we always want to appear like we’re sorted – to have our “shiny side out.” He challenges us, what are we relying on? If it’s not Jesus, then we need to do something about it.
Seen Masterchef? Willi tells us about a deconstructed cheesecake, and explains how Jesus deconstructs – but it’s how we respond that matters. Are we like the rich young man, or like St Paul? Hazel leads us in our prayer response.
The world didn’t make you so don’t let it mould you, says Ian as he challenges us to think again about what troubles us. Using his India trip as a starting point, he shows that God is in the restoration business. If we want to be part of putting the world right, we need God’s Spirit to show us how.
In Luke 4 when Jesus said he fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, he had just come from 40 days in the desert. Overcoming the temptations he faced in the desert that targeted his identity, authority and knowledge of the goodness of God, created the launch pad for his public ministry and qualified him to proclaim freedom for others.
We face these same battles but we can claim our freedom through Jesus and when we do, we carry the same anointing and can then free others.
We’re always told that Peter let Jesus down big time - but was it really so bad? For Paul Cowley, Peter has a crazy kind of courage, he was a man who stuck by Jesus and wasn’t afraid to own up to his failings. Yet, as Paul tells us, God has a plan. Peter was made for more. So are we, and God will send us the resources we need to help those in need.