In this passage, we see people struggling to see Jesus clearly. With the crowds, with the Jewish religious leaders, and even with Jesus’ disciples, they struggle to see who Jesus is and why he’s here, because they struggle to see past their own pride, or expectations. But by the end of the passage, Jesus could hardly state it more clearly: He’s here to die, and anyone who follows him should expect to follow in his footsteps.
In this three-week holiday series, we are starting the year by hearing Jesus’ call to abide in him. In this final talk, Jesus reminds us that if people have hated him, they will hate his followers, but that he won’t leave our side.
In this three-week holiday series, we are starting the year by hearing Jesus’ call to abide in him. In this first talk, Philip helps us hear Jesus’ call to abide in the vine, Jesus, as our source of life.
In this three-week holiday series, we are starting the year by hearing Jesus’ call to abide in him. In this first talk, Jeremy helps us to hear Jesus’ call to being the only way to God.
In the lead up to Christmas, we’re going to be singing a lot of carols and Christmas songs. But in this three-week mini-series, we will be going all the way back to the original Christmas story, to hear some of the songs that were sung about the birth of Jesus. In this talk, we look at Mary’s song of joy and faith, and how it points us to the Christmas story.
In this one-off talk before the carols, we see two young boys explain God’s kingdom to a proud and fearful king. Because God’s kingdom is so simple that even (or especially) a child can understand it: Trust in your Father, who has done provided everything for you in Jesus, and depend on him.
We’ve just seen Nineveh come to repentance. But in this final chapter of Jonah, we will see God turn his attention to Jonah. We will watch God’s incredibly patient mercy with Jonah, trying to soften his heart towards the Ninevites, and to broaden his understanding of God’s mercy.
Jonah finally arrived at Nineveh, and gives his sermon. And against all odds, the people turn to God. As a prophet, should have been Jonah’s dream. But God loves to work through weak and broken people to show his strength and glory. And so, God is powerfully at work, even through this reluctant, cold-hearted prophet.