Maybe you're concerned that you won't feel comfortable at church. One way to help you decide is listen to one of these sermons (a fancy word for a talk that helps understand a passage of the Bible). We're convinced that Jesus is the smartest person who ever lived, so what he has to say on life still makes sense today. More than that, what he has to say actually puts life into full vivid colour.
Jesus doesn't want you to fear the future. It's easy to read the news and think disaster is on it's way. Jesus has a better way to live.
Jesus wants us to know how to live right now, not just the future, what matters and what will count for eternity. You might be surprised what he says will be remembered. Or maybe you'll see, yes, that just the natural outcome of a life shaped by loyalty.
Give someone a gift and tell them not to use it? Crazy. Yet, maybe that's how we respond to God's kindness and generosity to us. Explore this theme with a short sermon from a man who should have known better.
Jesus' harsher words are saved for leaders. It is a sad fact of history that many of those who claim to lead in the name of Jesus have failed him. What does Jesus expect of leaders?
What makes my contribution to the world come alive? Jesus offers us an alternative to being conservative or liberal, choosing Left or Right, carrying the burden of "making it happen".
At least admit it to yourself, even you like a royal wedding. That's one of the concrete image Jesus gives us to understand heaven. What does it tell us?
How do you behave in someone else's house? This is God's world, how do you behave here in his "house"? Will you respect his Son?
If you think that the only way to get justice is "maintain the rage", Jesus disagrees with you. He says there is a more powerful way to honour justice and break the cycle the cycle of revenge.
How do we live with each other? What would it look like to live in better harmony, even when we disagree? Jesus, the best teacher who ever lived, has words of life about how to live with others.
"Get behind me Satan." Jesus strong rebuke to Peter, must mean that something very important, super important, is at stake. In fact it is, the very self that we hope to be.
Jesus and politics do mix. Actually, Jesus is intent on bringing order out of chaos and creating a people who do the same.
Since 1548, the Anglican church has remembered this pagan woman every time they meet at the Lord's Supper. She teaches us how to approach Jesus.
Does following Jesus seem like you might miss out on life? Or is Jesus actually the Lord of the Feast, the true life-giver?
Is your vision of what Jesus wants for you the same as his? Its easy to think that Jesus wants to reduce our life, but these parables show us he wants to do the exact opposite.
This can be a dangerous and even evil world. Can we be safe here? Jesus says yes. More than that, he believes that in the end, if you listen to him, you will shine like the sun. The sermon starts with a kids talk.
The ways of God are learnt like a child learns maths - from an expert teacher. Jesus is that expert teacher who will show us how to remove the hardness, rock and thorns that affect our souls. The surprising thing is, he can do that through the simple act of listening.
What is the gospel tune and can we hear it? Or are we caught up in our own way of doing life and our burdens?
Will you receive Good News?
The nature, or principal, of Jesus' message can be summed up as "receive." Why is this so hard if you're a seeker, and why is this so hard if you're a follower?
Jesus wants his followers to be like him, with authority, which means dealing with what can happen to disciples, like persecution. Jesus answer may surprise you.
The vision of Jesus is that we might move from harassed and helpless to his co-workers with the same authority. The recording starts with the kids' talk and a lost sheep.
This message is a chance to meet Thaddeus, one of the first disciples. Why did he doubt that he should worship Jesus? What changed his mind?
Fire. Beautiful, warming, life giving, and also dangerous. Why does God use this image? What would it mean if that fire were in you? The sermon begins with a kids' talk about fire
What would it look like if God prayed for you? We don't need to guess, but we have the opportunity to listen in, and maybe even learn to pray for ourselves like Jesus does. The sermon begins with a kids' talk about gold and glory.
Jesus encourages us that he never leaves us. His Spirit is active in our lives when we seek him.
Jesus says that we can particpate in the current reality of heaven. How is that possible? (includes a kids' talk building a house with duplo at the start)
Jesus says that he came to bring us abundant life. What does he mean, and under what conditions will I experience this?
Is the resurrection of Jesus like a fairytale, too good to be true? Or is it the true fairytale from which actually makes sense of history and offers us as reality the best future we could dream of?
Christianity stands or falls on the event of the resurrection of Jesus. But isn't faith just a leap in the dark, a feel good moment? This message helps you explore these questions.
The Resurrection asks us to deal with reality, intimacy and our deepest fear. This message was shared on Easter Sunday. The "bangs" you might hear are party poppers to emphasisie the joy.
Jesus does not waste a word, but tells us emphatically what he is doing and what it means for us. Our thirst freed to drink from God again so that we might know him as Father and live as a restored family. This message was shared on Good Friday.
This message was shared on the Thursday before Easter. It's answering the question, If life is chaotic, what would give me a true experience of feeling safe?