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Author: Steve Hollick

Tough Questions: Will You Abide In Jesus?

When the storms hit and you’re surrounded with uncertainty, you need to know how you will stand firm. John’s gospel offers the invitation that holds firm. If Jesus is like a tree, we can be like branches – so close, so connected, so aware of the life of Jesus flowing through us. Enough for the best of days and for the very worst of days.

We Need A New Heart

One of the questions that crops up at regular intervals throughout life is one of the most basic ones: ‘Can we change? Can the direction of my life change?’

Jesus offers hope that things are not fixed, that change is possible to all who are open.

It begins with the heart.

Character That Changes The World: Starving From A Lack Of Kindness

Character That Changes The World: Starving From A Lack Of Kindness

Jesus said just a cup of cold water would make all the difference.

What is the equivalent for us today?

What is the small action that shows a heart of kindness in action?

Character That Changes The World: You Know What?

Character That Changes The World: You Know What?

Today knowledge can feel just 2 clicks away on Google. But is that knowledge, information, what Peter meant? Sometimes it can feel like it is, and those who have this knowledge can feel superior to everyone else.

That’s dangerous.

But what if Peter meant there was a different way of growing in knowledge? What if it was about a growing relationship – both with God and others. What does it take to get that sort of knowledge?

What if Jesus meant it? (Part 3)

Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount with the simplest of commands – don’t just listen to all this, live it out!

What if life was simpler? (Part 3)

It’s hard being right all the time!

What if we could take the burden of judging others off our shoulders.
What if we believed that they don’t have to answer to us?
What if we practised grace a bit more?
Would that mean we would become gullible or lose discernment?

Can you be discerning and not judge?

Tune in for Others

Prophecy is for the sake of others. It’s a clear reminder that we listen to God because we are part of a community that we care for.

Hearing from God is not a personal luxury – it’s a church necessity.

This is Jesus – Shepherd-King

They came looking for a king. But they had no idea what sort of king he would be – or indeed the type of leadership/service he would ask of his followers.

Recognising Our Interdependence – We Need You

The people are gathering ready for their return to Jerusalem. However they can’t commence their journey until everything, or maybe more appropriately everyone, is in place.

Offer Grace – Be Gracious

We’ve spent a good deal of time looking at how we offer hospitality to one another, but what does it look like to offer hospitality to those people we find difficult to deal with?

How can we change the story?

Uncomfortable Mission – When It’s Difficult

Paul and Silas continue on the mission to Philippi, but very soon life becomes increasingly difficult.

What can we learn from their story, about continuing in missional activity, when life gets difficult?

Acting Like Jesus – Faith Not Fear

After his conversion Saul arrives back in Jerusalem, but not to the welcome he had hoped for.

The disciples there are fearful of Saul and his intentions. Saul needs someone to be his advocate and stand with him.

Barnabas is just the man for the job…