Whole – Mark 1:21-45

Q : What do you want ? Q : What do you think God wants ? There were a variety of responses to what God wants in Jesus’ time. Many greeks and romans believed in a great variety of Gods. They were always fighting and wanted some sacrifice. To a large extent people didn’t want to be noticed by a roman God. The Jews fiercely believed in One God who wanted them to be ‘clean’ or holy. Another Roman/Greek belief system was one by a guy called Epicurus. They believed that if there was a God, then that God was so remote that everything humans did was irrelevant to them. “At a stroke, this philosophy offered liberation from any fear…


Signs : Earth : Was Solomon right ? As the poet Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” McManus once resonated with the loneliness of Solomon’s words. He wondered what good could come from the emptiness of the world. Then he looked more closely. He saw sprouts cracking dirt. He saw God breathing warmth into dust. And he saw earth transform from darkness to a source of life. Earth explores the contrast between spiritual barrenness and God’s promise that He is doing a new thing for His creation. Signs : Wind Is there anything more mysterious than wind? We can’t see it, and yet we feel it brush our faces every day. In the Scriptures when “God’s Spirit…

Ed’s Story

A seven-part film series about hope, featuring Ed Dobson. This DVD includes all seven films: It Ain’t Over, Consider the Birds, Be There, My Garden, Ask Forgiveness, Grateful, and Healing . It Ain’t Over – Ed reminds us that life isn’t over yet and that we don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the struggles we’re facing today. Difficult news can sometimes make us feel like our lives are over. Ed shows us that we don’t know the future, and that things may turn out quite differently from what we expect. Ed has Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) and this can be a tough watch if you have friends on this difficult journey. I couldn’t watch it while my friend was dying of this.


Trends come and go in our culture and the church seems to follow. BASIC is a seven-part series of short films that challenges us to reclaim the church as Scripture describes it to be. Francis Chan put this 7 session DVD together for  those who have questions about the church and to those who may have lost interest in the church.  He does tend to gush forth ideas and you may not agree with his assumptions, but he will get you thinking and talking about what Church is. (Hint: We are church).

Life Group Resources

We seek to build a library of resources that might make it easy to run life groups. As part of this we generally produce notes from a Sunday message that we hope are suitable for small group discussions. We’re also building a library of DVD material that might make it easy.  

Mark 1:14-20 Called

How is John’s declaration of the Kingdom of God and of repentance different to Jesus’  ? Not many of us experience the immediate and complete life change that Peter has when he begins following Jesus.  He is dragged out of his comfortable world and ends up confronting economic, social, political and spiritual  forces much bigger than him. He is invited to learn of a kingdom which has very different values to our own. Why would he accept the invitation ? Imagine that you are approached by Jesus to go on the road and give up your house, family, occupation for 3 years, with no promise of money or a career path ? What would it be difficult to give up…

Mark 1:9-13 Wetter

Mark 1: 9-13  (In which Jesus get’s baptised and and tempted). Start by discussing people’s experiences of being baptised or not. Where and where did you get baptised ? Who baptised you ? Why did you get baptised ? The Passage 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by…

Mark 1:1-8 Can I have a witness

On the Way with Mark  Mark 1: 1-8  : Can I have a Witness? When artists like Grunewald paint John the Baptist, they usually take one hand and have him pointing at Jesus (hint : he’s the one pointing at Jesus). John is a witness who tells people “Don’t look at me, but look at Jesus”. Followers of Jesus have the same task. We can’t save people, but we can point at to the one who does. We might think it was easier for John the Baptist. After all he was so different, dressed in camel hair clothes (that would always be scratchy and uncomfortable), eating only locusts and wild honey. John was different. So what about us ? How…


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