What Do We Expect Of Jesus? | Sonia Home

Do we expect Jesus to meet needs in our community? To do this in a way that goes beyond the bare minimum to overflowing provision? To be utterly gracious, entirely forgiving and to bring the supernatural into everyday environments? John challenges us to raise our expectations of Jesus, perhaps even to re-imagine who He is and can be for us.

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Sonia Home
Becoming | James Stevenson

All of us are becoming something but what or who are we becoming. The good news in John’s Prologue is that God became human in Jesus so that we can have the right to become children of God.

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James Stevenson
Is This How It Ends? | Michael Hillman

As Paul’s journey continues so should ours as followers of Christ. To be witnesses we need to prepare ourselves to allow time for the Holy Spirit to come and enable us to spread the Gospel. This is not how it ends. The Gospel continues to spread in Bishopston & St Andrews. There is work to be done.

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Michael Hillman
Storms and Shipwrecks | Sheila Melot

Paul knew all about storms at sea and even got shipwrecked. Here on land we all experience the storms of life and the shipwrecks too. Seeing how Paul responds, we can follow him by facing the facts, facing our fears and above all, praying.

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Sheila Melot
Do You Know Jesus Is Alive? | Charles Auld

Do you know Jesus is alive? As we read about Paul's trial, the main dispute is around Paul's claim that Jesus is not dead, but alive! The others in the story have differing responses to that news, what's your response? And does it make a difference to your life?

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Charles Auld
Who is in Control? | Wayne Massey

In Acts 22, just after his arrest in Jerusalem, Paul defends himself and his actions to the Jewish crowd. He has much to say but in essence it boils down to this: I do what I do because of who is uncharge of my life. I wonder who is in charge of your life?

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Wayne Massey
God is in the Detail | Fiona Dorman

This long chapter starts with a diary-like recounting of the ordinary everyday of travelling on mission. It can sometimes feel in life like God is only present in the big, life-defining moments, but God is also in the detail. How has God worked in your week?

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Fiona Dorman
What Should We Be Like? | Emma Ineson

This passage is a snapshot of what God was doing in a time and an age 2000-ish years ago and 2250 miles away from B&A. It's a time and context very different to ours, but people are still people, God is still God and the good news of Jesus is still good news, so what can we learn from them?

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Emma Ineson
Good News You Can Understand | James Stevenson

Sometimes even good news get's lost in translation because it doesn't seem relevant to the hearer or they can't understand the message. The new movement of 'Little Christs' that we read about in Acts had a message that is Good News everyone can understand if they hear and listen.

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James Stevenson
Holy? | Adam Smith (The Seven)

What kind of vow makes Paul cut all his hair off? Paul set himself aside, dedicating himself to God. Often we forget to set ourselves aside each day; when someone becomes a Christian, they make a vow of sorts – to be set aside to Jesus. Do we need to reconsecrate ourselves?

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Adam Smith
The Love of God Compels | James Stevenson

All through the Bible when Paul is mentioned we see him doing 3 things: announcing the Good News of Jesus, showing people a new way to live, and building new communities of faith. These actions look a lot like Jesus, but Paul is not trying to mimic Jesus, he's allowing Jesus to compel him.

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James Stevenson
What Provokes Your Spirit? | Adam Smith

As Paul waits in Athens for the rest of his team to join him, his spirit is provoked by the way the city works. Paul sees the Athenians searching for God in all sorts of places without success and does the only thing he can to improve the situation: he brings Jesus.

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Adam Smith