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 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.
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 6. You can believe many things about Jesus, but if you don’t have the resurrection you don’t have the gospel. The resurrection and ascension are both absolutely vital to Christianity.
Part 5. So much of baptism isn’t actually about us. We’re declaring what Jesus has done: that he has paid the price, set us free, and brought us into new life. We get to be a footnote in his story.
Part 4. Why did Jesus die? Because of love. He wants no one (literally no one) to perish, no one to miss the rescue boat, no one to miss out on life.