Allan Bartlam | John 11:17-44 

How many people were recorded as being brought back from the dead in the Bible? The full answer to Allan's quiz question can be found here. In this talk we confront the reality of the one who not only has the answer to death, but is himself the answer to the greatest problem all of us must face.

Jesus said to [Martha], "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

August 18, 2019

I am the good shepherd

Bobbie Frere | John 10:11-21 

Even in an urban society, we understand something of the role of a shepherd. It's what the word "pastor" means and Bobbie has a recent example of someone who fulfils that role well. But Jesus goes far beyond what any other shepherd has ever done: going to the cross to rescue us and bring us into the flock.

[Jesus said,] "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."

August 11, 2019

I am the gate

Chris Turner | John 10:1-10

A sleep-deprived week spent camping with thousands of Christians of all ages... maybe not the ideal opportunity for sermon preparation, but it inspired Chris with a vision of what life could and should be like for those who gather in local churches. Jesus offers not just a way in to life but also the means to enjoy safety, growth and community.

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One of the camping villages at New Wine: a temporary home for people of all ages and backgrounds

Jesus said again, 'Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'

Susan Haynes | John 8:12-20

If you've ever been in pitch darkness, you'll know how frightening it can be. Speaking in an All In service, Susan reminds us of the many ways in which light can help us - and that only Jesus' light is true and lasting. What kind of light do we need most at the moment? 

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” [The Message version]