Jesus welcomed all to come to him and “find rest for your soul” (Matthew 11: 28 - 30), taking on his yolk which is easy and light. Matthew 12 shows the alternative heavy burden religion puts on people’s shoulders. In this series we’ll be seeing how Jesus is against dead religion, showing it cannot bring the true soul rest of knowing God that only he can deliver.
At the start of his gospel Luke says that everything we’re about to read has been drawn from the eyewitness testimonies of people who saw and met with Jesus. Luke is a historian. He wants us to know that what we’re about to read is fact not fiction. To show us this he kicks off his gospel with the personal stories of five people who witnessed the first Christmas. Join us in the run up to this Christmas as we listen in to their stories and discover why Jesus’ birth matters for us today.
Jesus looks at the world and says “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. We often think it the opposite, the harvest is sparse and there is loads of us not knowing what to do. We’ll be looking for Jesus to change our mindset to see the world in the way he does as he seeks to multiply workers for his harvest. We’ll get first hand training from Jesus about what it will look like go out into our communities, social clubs and family with his gospel so we’ll be ready for what we face.
We are living in turbulent, volatile, fearful times. Like the people of Isaiah’s day, we can be tempted to turn to and trust in all the wrong things. Join us as we work through the introduction to Isaiah and discover Good News for Turbulent Times