Over 2 billion people call themselves Christians today. Christianity is the dominant religion in the world. It begs the question, "Who is this Jesus Christ - the one whose name they all take?" This year we are on a voyage of discovery to find out Who Is Jesus? Our guidebook will be the gospel of Mark which starts with the opening sentence, The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God… So, if you want to prepare a bit, read Mark's gospel (you can probably do it one or two evenings!). We'll discover that Jesus is God, but also man; that we can know him today and that he will return. It's a riveting story.
Jesus was undoubtedly the most influential leader the world has ever seen. Pete explores what following the Jesus model of leadership can look like for us today with some help from a friend Tom.
What is compassion and why is it important for us to respond to our communities with compassion? Liz looks at Mark 6:30-34 and interviews Tim to find out what it is about Jesus that compels us to respond to others suffering with compassion.
How do we keep Jesus central in our lives through thick and thin? Anne looks at Mark 4:21-25 and interviews Sue for an example of keeping Jesus as our light on a stand.
What gets in the way of us following Jesus, and what can we do to get back on track when we've taken the wrong turn? Sarah looks to Mark 10:13-16 and interviews Alice to find out how we can approach Jesus.
How do we deal with the shame and guilt in our heart? David starts at Mark 14:12 and shows why it is so important to understand how Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away our sin.
We long for a happy ending to the story, it is hard-wired into us and in Mark 16 we see the gospel story turn from tragedy to triumph. David challenges us to believe in the resurrection and open the door into eternal life.
Jesus was prophesied about as a King and on Palm Sunday he fulfilled that prophecy. We have a choice to make in response – do we allow Jesus to be King in our lives? A gentle King, who comes in peace on a donkey.
He had the choice, he faced up to it and then went through with it. David examines Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane in Mark 14:32-42
Does Jesus really know what we are going though? Drawing on Jesus’ experiences in the Garden of Gethsemane, we see that Jesus was emotional and distressed, alone, and let down by the people around him...
In Mark's gospel Jesus asked Peter 'Who do you say I am?'
Sally looks at how Peter discovers more of who his Messiah and Lord is, and challenges us that Jesus wants to reveal more of himself to us.
Using the story of Jesus calling His first disciples in Mark 1:14-20, Molly shares bits of her own story and about who Jesus is and how we are to respond as individuals.