CentrePiece, part 8. We’re in a culture that loves new things. Rather than fixing something broken, we replace it with the latest model. But Jesus doesn’t give up on us. He takes the broken world and makes it new.
Part 7. Jesus is a fully emotional person, and lives a very rich and colourful emotional life. Experiencing emotions is not a barrier to Godliness. Instead, we can learn to use them well for the good of ourselves and others.
Part 6. Jesus is the bread of life: all you could ever need is found in him. The things of this world cannot satisfy. But whoever believes in Jesus will have everlasting life, and they will not hunger or thirst for anything.
Part 5. To talk about being a friend of sinners is to delve into the heart of God — that’s when we really see Christ. He embraces both the outcasts, the traitors, the untouchables; and those right at the centre of society.
Part 4. The statistics paint a picture: wars, poverty, crime, suicide, anxiety, pornography, addiction… the world is a dark place. But there is no contest. Jesus is the light, and light always expels the darkness.
Part 3. Most of us don’t like to think of ourselves as sheep. We prefer to think of ourselves as rugged, sovereign, independent, I-did-it-my-way individuals. But the lives we lead and the choices we make are suspiciously similar to everyone around us.
In Mark 2 Jesus is confronted by four men so eager to get their paralytic friend to him, that they take the roof off what was probably Jesus’ own home. It was bold, risky and expensive.
The message of the gospel is good news to all people everywhere. Jez highlights three different individuals in the book of Acts. All encounter Jesus in different ways, but all have the same basic need: to be set free.
Part 2. The gospel of John kicks off with some of the most profound and controversial words found in the whole of Scripture: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.