CentrePiece, part 11. Jesus says “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world”.
Part 10. Why did Jesus come? To “seek and to save the lost”. He came to reach the broken, the fallen, the despised, the guilty, the ashamed. He came to reach you and me.
Part 9. Jesus has come and conquered Satan. For all of us who are in Christ, when Jesus wins, we win. As Romans 8 proclaims: “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”.
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.