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JESUS in big lettersThe Gospels give us a brilliant picture of a compassionate and fearless teacher who was loved by many but made enough enemies to suffer an early death at their hands. Later, the apostle Paul wrote about him like this:

Colossians 1:15,17
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation... and in him all things hold together.

These words give us a starting point for our new series, exploring JESUS in big letters, searching the Scriptures for as complete a picture of Him as we can find. But a picture only hangs on a wall and looks nice. The real JESUS is actually calling His followers to be like Him, not to be two-dimensional images looking nice, but 3D human beings, living like He did! That’s some challenge – but it is what we are being transformed into!

Romans 8:29
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. NLT 

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV

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Our Bible teaching series through to Easter is "Pray!"

If asked the question "Why pray?" the best answer is probably, "Because Jesus did!" If he needed to pray then those who claim to be His followers can hardly expect not to! Yet it is true that many Christians find prayer difficult or feel guilty about their lack of prayer.

This series is not intended to make anyone feel guilty. We'd much rather see people motivated by encouragement than guilt! So we hope that this series will open up the possibilities of prayer in all kinds of ways that deepen our relationship with our loving God and see lives changed. That's exciting isn't it?

When Jesus' disciples saw the power of prayer in their Master's life they wanted to know the secret. He taught them. He gave them a radically different way of connecting with God by talking about Him as Father and giving them the Lord's Prayer. That's where this series begins.

Radical Kingdom jpegWhen Jesus began His ministry He started to talk about a Kingdom – the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven.  This “rule of God” in people’s lives was His great theme and He illustrated what it meant in a whole variety of ways. It was totally radical and thoroughly transformative for those who accepted it and committed themselves to it as His followers.

This Radical Kingdom changed the world.

The question is, what does it mean for us today? Are those of us who call ourselves Christians, the Church, actually providing a great example of God’s Kingdom to a world that needs to discover it? If not, what do we need to change?

In this series we’ll look at some of the things Jesus said and did and find out how we too can be part of His “Radical Kingdom” and true to His teaching.

The teaching themes for February to May in 2015 will take us on a journey following the disciples as they lead up to and then watch Jesus’ death and resurrection and then on into the Spirit powered launch of the church. Our overarching theme through that time is described by these three words:

Reflection : Resurrection : Revolution

We're inviting you into a journey of following Jesus that involves reflection, resurrection and revolution in our lives.

We’ll observe, mark and experience the key festivals of Lent, Easter and Pentecost.

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When did you last climb a mountain? Not just Beacon Fell – a real mountain! It’s a challenge for many of us that becomes beyond our physical limitations as we grow older. We are content with low level walks beside rivers and streams.

God often met, and still meets, with people on mountains. Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John and many more are just a few examples. The good news is that we don’t have to climb a mountain to meet with God! But if you can it might be worth the effort! Many people in Bible times also had encounters with God beside – or even in (!) - rivers, Naaman, Jesus, Lydia amongst them.

There is actually nowhere we can go in life that is beyond God’s reach! That is good news for anyone who wants a relationship with Him, not so good if you’re running scared! But, in this summer 2016 Bible series, we’ll be exploring life-changing encounters with God in our series, “River Deep Mountain High”.

To access the talks as they happen, click here, select a title and then scroll down for an audio link / visuals.

When politicians, bankers, police, clergy and even your best friends betray your trust, who can you really trust? When God does not anwer your prayers, can you even trust Him?

We explore what it means to have a ruthless and relentless trust in God that wins through and gives us a sure foundation for life, starting with stories from Hebrews 11. We take inspiration from people of faith from Bible times, from history and from today.

Brennan Manning, author of the book "Ruthless Trust" and lifelong battler with alcoholism, wrote this:

Ruthless trust is an unerring sense, way deep down, that beneath the surface agitation, boredom and insecurity of life, it's goona be alright. Ill winds may blow, more character defects may surface, sickness may visit, and friends will surely die, but a stubborn, irrefutable certainty persists that God is with us and loves us in our struggle to be faithful. A nonrational, absolutely true intuition perdures that there is something unfathomably big in the universe (kabod), something that points to Someone who is filled with peace and power, love and undreamed of creativity - Someone who inevitably will reconcile all things in Himself.