Chris Turner | John 6:25-40
One moment the crowd want to make Jesus king, but soon we read that many of his disciples turned back from following him. Why were Jesus' claims about himself so hard to accept, and why do people follow him even today? Chris explains with hope and a challenge.
Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.'
John Lanchbury | 1 Timothy 2:1-6 | Hebrews 7:23-28
"I can't do anything else, so I might as well pray." When confronted with a world full of evil and suffering, it's hard to believe that prayer should be a starting point or that it could really make any difference. Yet through John's guests we hear about a country where a prayer movement led to a peaceful revolution, and another where Christians who were once persecuted are now in positions of influence and need our prayer. Here's an encouragement to join together as God's people and be a blessing to the world.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Because Jesus lives for ever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Geoff Lanham | Colossians 1:1-14
In his final sermon as vicar of Christ Church, Geoff returns to a constant challenge we face: in all our activity and busyness, to put our relationship with God first. It's spending time reflecting on Jesus that makes us more like him - truly a people of love who can make a real difference in the world.
Geoff preaches his final sermon as our vicar
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people - the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world - just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.
Rachel Fasham | Luke 15:1-10
Something's missing... that's annoying. Or, maybe, someone's missing... panic! Rachel has experienced both kinds of loss, and in this All Age service she reminds us how important it is that we seek the people who are currently missing from God's family.
Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home... I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.’