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Matthew 13:18-23 The Sower

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

If Jesus is so great, why do more people not follow him?

It’s a good question. The Jesus we read about in the Bible certainly is great. He could heal the sick. He could raise the dead. His teaching kept the crowds spellbound.

And yet, even in his own day, only a very small group were his genuine followers. And today, the number of Christians is growing all the time, but you’d expect more wouldn’t you, if Jesus was for real.

It could put you off sharing your faith with others. It could even make you question your own faith.

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John 17:1-5 Part 3: The Glory of Jesus

Sun, 29/01/2017 - 10:00 -- James Oakley

It’s easy to think that Jesus of Nazareth is fairly unimpressive.

To the unbeliever, he was a man who taught some great things, maybe did some miracles, but whose life was tragically cut short. He didn’t know how to play politics, so his enemies caught up with him.

Even for we Christians. We love Jesus, but it’s hard to feel we do him justice. There must be more to him than it sometimes feels there is.

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Matthew 13:1-17 Ears

Sun, 22/01/2017 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Why doesn’t everyone follow Jesus?

If Jesus is the person we believe him to be. If Jesus is the person he claimed to be. If Jesus is the person the gospel-writers portray him to be. Then surely everyone would follow him!

He could heal the sick, control the weather, and raise the dead. He could hold vast crowds for hours, spell-bound with his teaching, while the boffins wondered how he hadn’t been to school.

Sure, Jesus could pull a crowd. They loved a miracle But he had precious few followers.

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Matthew 12:46-50 Why follow Jesus

Sun, 15/01/2017 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I don’t know what your experience of family is.

Some people have the most wonderful family life. Others have proved all too painfully that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. In fact, maybe some of you feel that family is overrated.

When you get married, you find you’re part of two families, and that can make for even more fun. Join a church, and you’re in another family.

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Matthew 12:38-45 Why not follow Jesus

Sun, 08/01/2017 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

We’re one week into the new year. How are your resolutions coming along?

People plan all kinds of things. Giving up alcohol or chocolate. Getting up earlier. Exercising more. And 101 things that are very specific to you.

There’s one more. Many people plan to give church a bit more of a go in 2017. And maybe you’re one of them.

That’s a good thing. But you want to keep your resolution, so it’s worth thinking about why so many people choose not to follow Jesus.

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Revelation 3:14-22 Laodicea

Sun, 20/11/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Who would you like to have a meal with? Sit down. Eat. Chat.

Last May, a photo was circulating. It showed Barack Obama having a casual dinner with a TV chef. They were in a run-of-the-mill diner in Hanoi, and it cost $6. The reason the photo went viral was because the other diners seemed totally unfazed by the President of the United States of America sat at the next table.

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John 17:1-5 Part 2: The Gift of Jesus

Sun, 30/10/2016 - 10:00 -- James Oakley

Which of us is not drawn by the desire to be fully alive? To experience life to the full? Not to be missing out on the best that life has to offer?

We all want it. It’s why people party. Take exotic holidays. Climb to the top of the mountain. Swim to the bottom of the ocean. We all want life, with a capital L.

For our combined services we’ve started looking together at one chapter of the Bible, John chapter 17. We only join together like this 4 times a year, and I think we’ll be in this chapter for some time.

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Revelation 3:7-13 Philadelphia

Sun, 16/10/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Being excluded feels horrible.

Children in the playground, deliberately leaving out a child they don’t like. A group of work colleagues going out for a drink, deliberately not telling one of their number where they’re going.

Even worse is religious exclusion. Being told that you’re not a proper Christian, not a true member of the people of God. If you care about God and his purposes, that hurts.

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Revelation 3:1-6 Sardis

Sun, 09/10/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I greatly respect our doctors. They work hard. And a good doctor knows how to measure a person’s vital signs. Not every death can be prevented. But if they spot that body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing are getting weak, quick intervention could save them.

That’s people. What about churches? They die too. How would you know if your church was on its last legs? What could be done to nurse a church back to health?

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Revelation 2:18-29 Thyatira

Sun, 25/09/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

It’s hard to keep going if you feel isolated.

Picture the scene. You’re at Kings Cross, boarding a train to Edinburgh. A large crowd is watching the departure signs. Finally, a platform number: platform 4. The crowd surges that way, and you’re among them. But once you’re through the ticket gates, most people board the train the other side, on platform 3. You get on the Edinburgh train, along with a number of others. And you sit watching platform 3 fill up. And you wonder. Did I get on the right train?

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