Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
The story of the Syrian woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter poses difficult questions about who the good news is intended for. Barry unpacks more of this story from Mark’s Gospel.
Rules are necessary although sometimes they seem restrictive. Mairwen looks again at the Ten Commandments and the effect they had on Israel and have for us today.
In the last of this section on John’s Gospel we look again at Jesus the Bread of Life and at how Jesus was trying to get his audience to look beyond the physical and see their own spiritual needs and their need of a deeper, persistent connection with God, through Jesus.
Revd Bashir Masih Gill, a pastor at one of South Korea’s Megachurches, speaks to us about our need to feed daily on Jesus the Word of God.
Jesus as the bread of life is a well known phrase. Here Rana explores some of the themes of sharing and justice associated with it, and how Jesus is just as essential to us as the very food we eat.
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, speaks of God’s grace being given to all believers in different ways to equip each one of them for works of service.
Amos brought God’s word, his call for justice and equality, to the kingdom of Israel. But they were a kingdom with wealth, influence and military might and they did not listen.
Mark’s gospel tells of the disciples trying to send away children being brought to Jesus, and Jesus reminding them that the Kingdom of God belongs to children such as these.
Peter Madley preaches his last sermon as a regular member of St Edmund’s and talks about the teaching that’s been important over the years. And Gill tells a story to illustrate what we’re all here for.
Special guest Bob Hartman joins us as part of the celebration of 10 years of Open the Book in Crickhowell, and shares with us some of his re-tellings of the stories of and about Jesus.
With the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the Christian church was born and great commission started to be enacted.