What hope does God have for the weak? What wisdom is there in weakness? In God’s design, he has so much grace and beauty for those who are in need, and ultimately we can see God’s power in weakness through the cross of Christ. In this two-week holiday series, we will explore these ideas and see what blessings that God has for us. In this first talk, Ross McKenzie shares with us about his journey with weakness, and how Jesus has shown him the wisdom in it.
Jesus has just stepped down from the mountain (where he gave the Sermon on the Mount), and he shows us what he’s just been teaching about for three chapters: That he has the authority of God himself, over creation, and in his understanding of the Old Testament law. So in story after story, told in quick succession, we will see Jesus reversing people’s expectations of who God seeks out, reversing the curse of sin, and even reversing some of God’s own laws in the Old Testament, to show the new way that he was going to bring in through his kingdom, with the confronting glory of our all-powerful and all-merciful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
There are ways that Jesus confronts every culture, and Christians are forced to wrestle with Jesus’ call to follow him. In this talk, Jeremy walks us through a time when the religious leaders of Jesus’ time called him evil, and brings us into the modern days, to think about how we today can think through the ways that Jesus confronts our culture.
In this passage, we see Sabbath stories and servant songs. The Sabbath stories show us Jesus’ compassion for those in need, and the cold hearts of the Pharisees, in making love illegal on the Sabbath. In the servant songs, we hear about why Jesus has this beautiful heart: Because he’s the Spirit-filled, suffering servant, whose heart goes out to all the bruised reeds and flickering wicks of the world.
To many, it can seem like Jesus and Christianity are good enough for others, but there isn’t enough to make them want to change, or give up their lives. But Jesus doesn’t give us this option. In this talk, Jeremy helps us wrestle with Jesus’ words, and his challenge to overturn each of our lives.
As we farewell Marcus, Anna and Reuben in their commissioning service, Sam reminds us of Jesus’ deep love for those who need it most, and how essential this is for everyone to live with, from the ends of our toes to the ends of the earth.
Jesus teaches his disciples and us that we can’t expect to be treated any better than he was. Rob from BST takes us through this difficult part of God’s word, where we’re challenged with being treated like our Lord was.
We often bring to the table a variety of different ideas about Jesus: he should act a certain way, or help me at a certain time etc… And when our expectations aren’t met, Jesus becomes the target of our anger. In today’s sermon we’re going to look at these perceptions and see if Jesus has something that can help us see him through a different light.