When The Power of God Comes
Acts 11:19-30
We talk a lot about God sending his power to us. But what does that look like? In this talk we get to see five defining marks of what happens when the power of God comes on a community.

 
June
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Acts 10:44-48
The filling of the Holy Spirit is a recurring theme in the book of Acts but what is it and does it matter?


 
June
04
Speaker
Andy Martin
Who Are We To Stand In God's Way?
Acts Acts 10:1-11:18
We have a chance to demonstrate a depth of multi-cultural unity that magnifies the power of the gospel in our city. The key question is whether we’re willing to say ‘yes’ to God.

 
May
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God Moves Forward His Story
Acts Acts 9:1-31
In Acts 9, we come to a key turning point in the book of Acts. In fact, we come to a key turning point in history. In Saul’s conversion, we see the author of the story moving along the plot quite dramatically in his intended direction. Jonny explores how this event serves as a picture of what He is doing all the time as He continues to write His story.

 
May
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Exclusively Inclusive
Acts Acts 8:25-40
Christianity is way more exclusive and way more inclusive than perhaps you’d expect. In this talk we learn how it can not only be both, but how one inevitably leads to the other!

 
May
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy Blockers
Acts Acts 8:4-25
When the gospel lands in a life, it’s meant to result in much joy! But, like Simon in Acts 8, we often fall for two classic joy-blockers that hold us back on the journey to joy. Here, Rich highlights those joy-blockers and points to the truths that obliterate them!

 
May
07
Speaker
Rich Pitt
One-Off Talks
[ 25 Episodes ]
These talks are not part of a series, they just stand alone!
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Colossians
[ 11 Episodes ]
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Wish You Were Here
[ 4 Episodes ]
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Elisha
[ 4 Episodes ]
Elisha was an ordinary guy from an ordinary background. Yet he performed more miracles than anyone else in the Bible, except for Jesus. In this series we learn a host of lessons from his incredible faith.
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Elijah
[ 6 Episodes ]
An angry king. Devastating drought. Epic opposition. And one man who overcomes it all! When the world around us is spinning out of control, where do we turn? Join us for this series as we learn from Elijah.
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Luke
[ 93 Episodes ]
Luke invested a lot of time and energy putting together a thorough work for us from things he’d read and from eyewitnesses of Jesus. He researched it, tested his findings, picked it all apart and found that it stood up to the most rigorous scrutiny. Luke’s Gospel is perfect for anyone who is serious about getting to know the authentic Jesus.
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Prayer = Life
[ 13 Episodes ]
Prayer’s all about relationship. It’s our response to a living God who speaks, acts and comes close to us. It has the potential to change our life. This series looks at a number of examples from the Bible in which people prayed and encountered God in the midst of everyday life.
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The Big Story
[ 18 Episodes ]
The Bible is hard to get your head round. 2000 pages. 66 books. And if you get lost in the detail you can lose sight of the Big Story. This series is accompanied by an art project. Some of the artists are just starting out on their creative journey, others are more experienced. You can view it at bigstorybible.tumblr.com.
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What kind of Church?
[ 8 Episodes ]
This series explores the kind of Church we want to be.
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I believe in God but
[ 7 Episodes ]
Maybe like so many, you’re a member of a church, but you’re secretly ashamed of your past. Perhaps you’ve heard about the love of God, but you’re still not convinced that God totally loves you. This series addresses these struggles with the aim of closing the gap between our behaviour and beliefs.
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Habukkuk
[ 8 Episodes ]
In this series we get to eavesdrop on Habukkuk's no-holds-barred conversations with God.
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Destinations
[ 4 Episodes ]
Is what we are experiencing of God and his work in bringing about his kingdom now in the UK 'Normal'? Is it actually that we're stuck in traffic and that Normal Service is yet to resume? In this series we explore what 'Normal Service' looks like in the Bible and what application that has for us today.
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Where's God?
[ 3 Episodes ]
We all face times when it feels like God is far away; our prayers are unanswered and our circumstances go from bad to worse. In this series we explore the lives of three characters from the New Testament - each faced circumstances which suggested that God was absent.
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Nehemiah - Building for the future
[ 8 Episodes ]
Nehemiah's wise leadership got a seemingly impossible task done in record time. There are huge lessons and encouragements for us in this series as we seek to do something great for God in our city.
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Finding Joy (Philippians)
[ 11 Episodes ]
We live in a society that's obsessed with trying to find joy. This series on the book of Philippians shows us how to find joy in the midst of some of the main pressure points of life.
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Esther
[ 7 Episodes ]
There's much to learn in this series on the story of Esther about how to face difficulties in life without losing confidence in God. The message is simple; despite appearances, God is still at work!
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James
[ 9 Episodes ]
What we believe and what we do often differ. There is no benefit to our faith if we do not apply it to our lives. The book of James gives us practical direction on how to use our faith.
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When The Power of God Comes
Acts 11:19-30
We talk a lot about God sending his power to us. But what does that look like? In this talk we get to see five defining marks of what happens when the power of God comes on a community.

 
June
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who Are We To Stand In God's Way?
Acts Acts 10:1-11:18
We have a chance to demonstrate a depth of multi-cultural unity that magnifies the power of the gospel in our city. The key question is whether we’re willing to say ‘yes’ to God.

 
May
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Exclusively Inclusive
Acts Acts 8:25-40
Christianity is way more exclusive and way more inclusive than perhaps you’d expect. In this talk we learn how it can not only be both, but how one inevitably leads to the other!

 
May
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A Fresh Perspective On Suffering
Acts 6:13-8:1
In this talk we learn the secret of handling seasons of suffering with courage and hope.

 
April
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
It Takes Courage
Acts 5:17-42
Jesus spoke of giving up everything to follow him – taking up our cross, dying to ourselves and living for him as Lord of every area of our lives. The key question is: ‘Is it worth it?’ In this talk we not only find the answer to that question, but also the source of courage!

 
April
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Fake or Genuine?
Acts 4:23-37
It’s healthy, every now and again, to examine whether or not you’re living in a way consistent to what you claim to believe. In this message we go back to the origins of the church in the book of Acts and explore what
authentic, real Christianity looks like.

 
March
26
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How To Make The Enemy Tremble
Acts 12:5-17
If you’ve ever struggled with motivation in your prayer life, it could be that you’ve had too small a view of God and his mission in the world. The church in Acts saw breath-taking answers to prayer. In this talk we learn from them and gain a crucial insight into how to pray with power.

 
March
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Community Matters
Acts 2:42-47
Where the individualism in our culture breeds loneliness, the church can be a place of healing. The first church has much to teach us about how to experience genuine community today.

 
February
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The Power of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-13
In this talk we look at the crucial role of the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the first church… and, by implication, in our lives too!

 
February
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A Great Awakening
Acts 1:1-8
These opening verses in Acts provide the explanation for the conviction, passion and determination of the first church to share Christ with the world whatever the consequences. In this sermon, Jonathan argues that the great need of our day is an awakening in the church to the power of the message we believe.

 
January
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Devotion & Multiplication
Acts 13:1-3
The early church experienced phenomenal multiplication. But preceding the call to ‘go’ was the invitation to ‘come’. This sermon explains our reason for existing as a church and is an appeal to prioritise devotion to Jesus above all else!

One-off Talks
January
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Children, parents, antelopes & leopards!
Colossians 3:20-21
Nothing reveals our need for grace like the relationship between children and their parents. We all get this wrong at times, but Paul encourages us not to give up in trying to live in the good of God’s perfect plan for family life.

Colossians
November
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Motivated By Grace
Colossians 3:1-17
In this talk we learn how the gospel absolutely changes your life – not merely in spite of God’s grace, but because of it!

Colossians
November
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who are you?
Colossians 2:9-23
The desire for identity never goes away. This talk will both help you work out where you’re currently finding your identity and also challenge you not to settle for defining yourself in really limited, finite ways.

Colossians
October
16
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
All Things
Colossians 1:18-23
In this message we learn the vital part we have to play in God’s eternal plan for the world!

Colossians
October
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
World Changing Hope
Colossians 1:1-8
In this talk Jonathan commissions us to go with fresh confidence in the gospel, a fresh sense of the part we have to play, and a fresh motivation – not one of duty or pressure, but of hope!

Colossians
September
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Moving from doubt to faith
Psalms 73
All of us have doubts about faith at some point. Psalm 73 provides an incredible model for dealing with doubt in a positive way. Through being real about his doubts, the psalmist uses them to move to a whole new level of faith.

Wish You Were Here
September
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Getting back what you've lost
2 Kings 6:1-7
The story about Elisha and the young prophet who lost the axe-head provides two helpful lessons about how we get our edge back.

Elisha
July
31
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Faith that works
2 Kings 3:9-20
In this talk we look at faith that’s not just effective, but active; faith that so believes that God’s going to act that we demonstrate faith in action.

Elisha
July
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Obeying God’s call
1 Kings 19:15-21
Elisha was an ordinary guy from an ordinary background. Yet he performed more miracles than anyone else in the Bible, except for Jesus. In this series we learn a host of lessons from his incredible faith.

Elisha
July
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God's prescription for depression
1 Kings 19
In this highly practical sermon we learn from how Elijah ended up depressed and the holistic approach God used to strengthen him.

Elijah
June
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How to know the true God
1 Kings 18:20-39
Ultimately, everybody believes that their view of the truth is the right one. In this talk we examine how to separate truth from fiction.

Elijah
May
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A Season of Preparation
1 Kings 17:1-16
There’s so much more God wants to do in you, because there’s so much more he wants to do through you! In this talk we learn how Elijah developed humility, obedience, faith and perseverance.



Elijah
May
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
‘Parenting made simple!’
Ephesians 6:4
Parents have a vital role in training and instructing their kids. In this talk we look at how best to do this, without exasperating our kids in the process!

One-off Talks Family
April
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
What does the resurrection mean for us?
Luke 24:35-43

Luke
April
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
This changes everything!
Luke 23:50 - 24:12
If the resurrection really did happen, then it pushes us to beyond simply believing some stuff, it changes absolutely everything! In this talk we explore a few of the implications of believing Jesus is alive today.

Luke
March
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Dealing with rejection
Luke 22
In this talk we learn from three separate episodes where Jesus experienced rejection. They teach us about the darkness in our own hearts and reveal what Jesus came to do about it.
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Luke
February
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
What did the cross mean for Jesus?
Luke 22:39-46
As we eavesdrop on his impassioned praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, we get a profound glimpse into the mind of Jesus and how he viewed all that was about to happen.
 

Luke
February
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The importance of remembering
Joshua 4:5-7
In order to get faith for the journey ahead, it can be helpful to pause and remember what God has done already. In this talk, Jonathan looks back over the last year and shares some stories of God’s goodness to encourage us to keep going!

One-off Talks
February
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A Radically New Community
Luke 22:19-34
Through Jesus' death we're invited into a new family and a counter-cultural community where there's hope for those who fail. In this talk we look at how the cross turns you into a person who creates this radical new community.

Luke
January
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The Lord's Supper
Luke 22: 7-20
On the night before he died, Jesus explained to his disciples the meaning of his death. And afterwards, when it was all over, they remembered it and they accepted it and it changed them. It changed them… and it’s been changing people all around the world ever since... and if we grasp this message, it'll change us too!
 

Luke
January
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How to pray and get answers
1 John 5:13-15
This talk has the potential to seriously increase your frustration with prayer! But, if you hang in there, it’ll bring you to a place of understanding (and hopefully experiencing) why ‘Prayer = Life’.
 

Prayer=Life
November
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Calming & quietening you soul
Psalms 131
This talk has the potential to seriously increase your frustration with prayer! But, if you hang in there, it’ll bring you to a place of understanding (and hopefully experiencing) why ‘Prayer = Life’.
 

Prayer=Life
November
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Heman's prayer in darkness
Psalms 88
When we go through seasons of darkness we can struggle to process what’s happening; worse than that, we can feel there’ll be no end to it. In this talk we get to learn four important lessons that will protect us from darkness having the final word!
 

Prayer=Life Children
October
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Moses' prayer for glory
Exodus 33 & 34
Moses recognises that we’re all looking for glory. Through his own personal quest for glory, we get let into the secret of how to find the only glory in the whole universe that won’t disappoint or fade.
 

Prayer=Life Events
September
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Abraham's prayer for the City
Genesis 18:16-33
Abraham’s understanding of who God is gave him tremendous courage to ask for big things. In this talk we get to see how we can get what Abraham had… and even more!
 

Prayer=Life Youth
September
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The struggle for faith
Luke 20:45 - 21:4
A big part of the reason we don’t believe is often down to our fear of the implications of faith – we’re scared of losing control! In this talk we explore what it means to let go of our fear and give our life fully to Jesus.
 

Luke
August
16
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Handling difficult questions
Luke 20:20-44
For all the debates we get into today, the central question regards the identity of Jesus and our response to him. In this talk we get a masterclass from Jesus in tackling questions designed to catch us out. He wasn’t afraid to engage with his critics, but always left them considering the greatest question of all.
 

Luke
August
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Compassion for the city
Luke 19:41-44
Although what was going on with Jerusalem was unique, there are still some important things we can learn here from Jesus' compassion for the city.

Luke
July
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who is you King?
Luke 19:28-40
We’re all crowning something as ‘king’ in our lives. Jesus is the one king that you can live for and not be crushed. But what does it mean for him to be your king?
 

Luke Courses Events
July
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Encountering Jesus
Luke 19:1-10
Being challenged by God’s word is a great start; but without application it counts for nothing. The ultimate motivation for life change is encountering Jesus and seeing him for who he really is.
 

Luke
June
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How to escape the power of money
Luke 18:18-30
There’s nothing wrong with money in and of itself but it can very easily distract you from what’s of most importance in life. This talk will help release you to be generous with your money, rather than being a slave to it.
 

Luke
May
31
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Living inside out
Luke 18:9-14
In every culture, in every generation, there’s a hunger for approval, acceptance, self-esteem, honour or glory. Jesus shows us two approaches to satisfying this hunger – one that’s doomed to failure and one which works every time!

Note: the first verse of the bible passage is missing from the beginning of the talk

Luke
May
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Persistent prayer
Luke 18:1-8
Although we know we should pray and we know how to pray, it can still be a real struggle at times. Jesus provides the ultimate motivation for prayer and gives us an invitation too good to refuse.
 

Luke
May
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Faith to forgive
Luke 17:1-10
It can be a real struggle to forgive others. In this deeply challenging passage, Jesus shows how faith in him frees us to forgive radically and live generously.
 

Luke
April
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Be careful what you wish for!
Luke 19:19-31
Nowadays it's inappropriate to say that anyone's going to hell. But the doctrine of hell actually provides the greatest comfort to anybody who hears it!
 

Luke
March
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Investing for the future
Luke 16:1-14
Sadly, the world is a lot shrewder than a lot of Christians when it comes to planning for the future. If you want to make some financial investments that are guaranteed to pay dividends, then this message is not to be missed!
 

Luke
March
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Lost and Found
Luke 15
Jesus tells three famous stories that challenge the way we think about ourselves and the people around us. More importantly, it helps us see Jesus for who he is and explains the extreme reactions to him that we find in the Gospels. If you want to see and savour Jesus in a fresh way, then this message is for you!
 

Luke
March
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
End of Story
Revelation
In this final part of the Bible, God speaks to us specifically about the period of history that we’re living in today. If you’ve ever struggled to understand what’s going on around you – this final instalment of the story is most definitely for you!
 

The Big Story
February
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Vision and goals
1 Corinthians 9

One-off Talks
February
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The generosity of God
John

The Big Story
January
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Disappointment
Ezra

The Big Story
December
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Uncontainable
Daniel

The Big Story
December
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Good to grow
1 Samuel
God doesn’t want our lives to be static – he wants them to be great adventures of getting to know him better. In this talk we’re confronted with two people who failed to take God up on the offer and two who did… with dramatic results!
 

The Big Story
October
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Inheriting God's promises
Joshua
God has made us so many promises. The question is: Will we follow Joshua’s example and enjoy the promised land or will we lose the land like those in the book of Judges?
 

The Big Story
October
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The people God chooses to use
Genesis 11-50
The people God chooses to use are not the obvious choice – they’re nobodies who believed & risked everything to follow him. Although this might initially surprise us, this message will help us see that it actually makes perfect sense
 

The Big Story
September
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
In the beginning God
Genesis 1-10
God invites us right at the start of the Bible to make a choice between submitting to him as creator of all & living to worship him, or forgetting about him & living for ourselves.

The Big Story Sputnik
September
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The narrow door
Luke 13:18-30
God’s kingdom is both wider and narrower than most people think! In this talk we see Jesus providing an incredible invitation to those who are outside and a sobering warning to those who think they’re inside.

Luke
August
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Are you ready?
Luke 13:1-9
Amidst all the uncertainties in life, there are two unavoidable appointments awaiting us all. Jesus warns us to do all we can to be prepared in advance!

Luke
July
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Inclusive Exclusive
Luke 12:49-53
Jesus prepares us for the conflict that accompanies resolving to follow him. In this message we explore why conflict is inevitable and how we should view it.

Luke
July
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Do not worry.
Luke 12:22-31
The things you are most devoted to tend to be the things you worry about the most. The solution to your worry isn’t trying harder to stop worrying, or merely pretending the problems have gone away – the ultimate direction is redirecting your devotion.

Luke
June
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Don't waste your life
Luke 12:12-34
Jesus shows us two ways to find financial security – one that’s doomed to failure; the other is guaranteed to be a success! Which one will you choose?

Luke
June
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Gospel vs Religion
Luke 11:37-12:3
This talk highlights the fact that your relationship with God was never meant to be private. The more private you make your struggles and your walk with Christ the more religious you become. And the more public you’re able to walk in your relationship with Christ – the more sin loses its power over you, because Christ is present in your life.

Luke
May
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Believing is seeing
Luke 11:29-36
The light of God in Christ is continually shining into our lives. How we react is the crucial thing. This talk contains both a stark warning and a stunning offer.

Luke
April
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Test or Trial
Luke 11:4

Luke
March
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Daily bread
Luke 11:3

Luke
March
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God our Father
Luke 11:1-2

Luke
February
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Teach us to pray.
Luke 11:1-5

Luke
February
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37

Luke
January
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Jesus sends us
Luke 10:1-4

Luke
January
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
All are a part
1 Corinthians 12

What kind of Church?
December
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Obedience
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

What kind of Church?
November
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Generous Church

What kind of Church?
November
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Worship

What kind of Church?
October
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Community

What kind of Church?
October
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
On mission
Colossians 1:18-23

What kind of Church?
October
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
What kind of Church?

What kind of Church?
September
29
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Putting Jesus first
Luke 9:51-62

Luke
September
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Who is the greatest?
Luke 9:37-50

Luke
September
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Power over demons
Luke 8:26-39

Luke
August
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God's powerful word.
Luke 8:19-25
We suffer from information overload. Subconsciously, we’re constantly sifting the messages we receive and we only act on the ones we think are most important. With this in mind, how should we train ourselves to hear God’s word?

Luke
July
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Be careful how you hear.
Luke 8:1-18
Whenever God speaks to us, we face a challenge: Am I simply going to listen, but go away the same as I was before? Or am I going to hold onto what I hear and apply it to how I live my life? Because, Jesus promises that if we use what God’s given us, it’ll increase. But if we don’t do anything with it, we’ll find that even what we thought we had will be blown away.

Luke
July
21
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Worshiping Jesus
Luke 7:36-50
The most ardent moralist and the most passionate sinner are both looking for freedom! The moral person concludes that I can find freedom and fullness of life if I keep the rules. The immoral person concludes that I can find freedom and fullness of life if I break all the rules. Both are wrong! Both have embarked on burdensome salvation projects. Both are depending on themselves to deliver the freedom and fullness of life that they’re desperate for. And Jesus, in this story, comes with the power to set both free.

Luke
July
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Handling doubt.
Luke 7:18-23
John the Baptist was described by Jesus as one of the greatest men ever born – yet even he grappled with doubts about Jesus. As we observe what John did with his doubts and how Jesus responded to him, we get a phenomenal insight into how to handle our doubts today.

Luke
June
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Faith
Luke 7:1-10
There are only two occasions in the Gospels where we’re told that Jesus was amazed – and both times it was related to faith. As we’re exposed to the faith of a Roman Centurion, we’ll discover just what it takes to have amazing faith.

Luke
June
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Blessings and woes.
Luke 6:20-26
Do you want to know the blessing of God on your life? If so, Jesus spells out what we need to do. But he doesn’t go along with conventional wisdom. He takes everything we’re taught to believe and turns it completely on its head. If we can get past the shocking nature of his words, they have the power to totally transform our lives.

Luke
May
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The Lord of the Sabbath
Luke 6:1-11
Seeing Jesus as Lord and viewing our lives in the context of God’s big story frees us to enjoy God’s gracious provision of a day of rest every week.

Luke
April
21
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The scandal of grace
Luke 5:27-32
Jesus shocked people by accepting an invitation to a party with a bunch of notorious sinners. Those who criticised him missed the point that his grace has to be big enough for everyone, or it’s not big enough for anyone!

Luke
March
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Chosen for a mission
Luke 5:1-11
It’s a familiar story, but we could easily miss the significance of what happens. As we dig beneath the surface, we get a fascinating insight into the kind of people Jesus calls, the reason he calls us and the most appropriate response to him.

Luke
February
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Prepare for the unexpected
Luke 4:16-30
With the coming of Jesus, a radically new way of defining the people of God is set in motion. He thought it was good news… his audience begged to differ. Our preconceived ideas of what Jesus should be doing mean that we too could end up missing him completely.

Luke
February
10
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
It's time for self assessment
Luke 3:1-20
Despite the fact that crowds of people not only gathered round Jesus, but also seemingly repented and confessed love for him – when all is said and done, there are only 120 people left in an upper room. John the Baptist provides us with a helpful framework for assessing where we stand with Jesus.

Luke
January
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Sons of God
Luke 2:41-52 & 3:21-22
Jesus had a relationship with his Father that’s beyond, different and deeper than anyone else ever had… And now he offers it to us. In this talk Jonathan helps us understand and experience the radical power of this relationship in our day to day lives.

Luke
January
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
When things don't go to plan.
Luke 1:67-69
Looking at the examples of Zechariah, David, Paul, the Samaritan woman and the rich young man we learn that God’s aim when things don’t go according to our plan for our lives is always that we would see and know him more. If we choose to press into him, it will ultimately result in us experiencing more joy.

Luke
January
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Mary's song
Luke 1:46-55
Mary’s in a season of life where she has a lot to worry about. But rather than worrying, we find her worshipping. Instead of focussing on her situation, she chooses to focus on God… and that changes everything!

Luke
December
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Taking God at his word
Luke 1:5-38
What do we do with the promises of God when they seem impossible? Luke provides us with two ways of responding – one good, one bad!

Luke
November
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
A gospel for skeptics
Luke 1:1-4
20th century archaeologist William Ramsay described Luke as “a historian of the first rank. . . . This author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.” Rather than dismissing Jesus, we really do owe it to ourselves to examine the facts. Luke is a great place to start!

Luke
November
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
I still worry a lot
Matthew 6:24-34
The things you are most devoted to tend to be the things you worry about the most. The solution to your worry isn’t trying harder to stop worrying, or merely pretending the problems have gone away – the ultimate solution is redirecting your devotion.
 

IbelieveinGodbut
November
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
I'm not going to forgive you
Ephesians 4:31-32
If you could get rid of your anger; if you could face the people who have hurt you and not allow it to control you; if you could be free of bitterness and resentment, wouldn't you be interested? The apostle Paul gives us the solution in this life changing passage.
 

IbelieveinGodbut
November
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
I'm in charge of my sex life
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
What is God’s view of sex? What does it mean to be chaste? What do grace and repentance have to do with our sexuality? Whether single or married, regardless of our past, God has something to say about sex and its place in our lives.
 

IbelieveinGodbut
October
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
...not the Church
1 Corinthians 12:12-26

IbelieveinGodbut
October
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
I don't talk to Him
Luke 18:1-8
A lot of people love knowing about Jesus, but don’t really know him. Many love the thought of his love, but don’t really know it for themselves. It’s a miserable exchange! Jesus hasn’t come so you’d religiously do what he says, without walking with him and knowing him. This talk aims to kick-start your prayer life by helping you grasp God’s delight in you.
 

IbelieveinGodbut
September
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
I believe in God but
Galatians 3:26-4:9
When Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians, they had experienced the real, living God – but their knowledge of him wasn’t strong enough to stop them falling back into their old way of life. And so Paul spelled out exactly what it means to be adopted as children into God’s family. Similarly for us today, if we’re going to close the gap between what we believe and how we live, the starting place is to get to grips with who we are in Christ.
 

IbelieveinGodbut
September
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Habukkuk Part 8
Habakkuk 3:1

Habukkuk
July
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Identifying idolatory
Habakkuk

Habukkuk
July
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Discipline vs Wrath
Habakkuk 2:5-20

Habukkuk
July
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Walking by faith
Habakkuk 2:4

Habukkuk
April
29
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
We need help
Habakkuk 1:12-17

Habukkuk
April
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Justice
Habakkuk 1:2-11

Habukkuk
April
01
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God answers
Habakkuk 1:5-11

Habukkuk
March
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The need for honesty
Habakkuk 1:1-4
At some point in our life we hit a moment where we don't understand what God's doing. What happens when we refuse to be honest with God and our friends about where we are, what we're thinking and what we're feeling?

Habukkuk
March
11
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Direction determines destination
Matthew 10:1-22
Is what we see of Christianity in the UK today 'normal'? Starting in the book of Matthew we look at Jesus' ministry, the early church and the church today across the nations to undertand what 'normal' really is.
 

Destinations
January
29
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
When God's forgotten me
John 11:1-45
Can sickness really be for God's glory? Isn't it just a bad thing? From John 11, we look at a time when Jesus didn't act, even for 'the one he loved', 'so that God's son may be glorified through it.'
 

Where's God?
January
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
When doesn't act
2 Corinthians 12
Why doesn't God do something?! Why wouldn't God do this for me? This week we look at Paul's thorn in the flesh from 2 Corinthians 12 and see that God's answer to the person who wrote over half the New Testament was 'No'. Despite what we sometimes feel, there is actually no correlation between whether God acts and whether he exists. In fact sometimes God says no for our good.
 

Where's God?
January
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
When God's silent
Matthew 11
What do you do when it seems God is silent, he doesn't act and he's forgotten you? In this sermon we learn from how Jesus responded to his cousin John the Baptist and see that our personal circumstances do not necessarily correspond to how God feels about us.
 

Where's God?
January
08
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Finishing well.
Nehemiah 9-13

Nehemiah
December
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
People of the book
Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah
November
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Overcoming opposition
Nehemiah 6

Nehemiah
October
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Unity through generosity
Nehemiah 5

Nehemiah
October
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Opposition
Nehemiah 4:1-23

Nehemiah
October
16
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Inspection, Inspiration, Mobilisation
Nehemiah 2:9 - 3:16

Nehemiah
October
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Prayer and action
Nehemiah 1:4 - 2:8

Nehemiah
October
02
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Message received. Now what?
Nehemiah 1:1-4

Nehemiah
September
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Finding joy in everything
Philippians 4:13

Finding Joy
June
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in your finances
Philippians 4:10-20

Finding Joy
May
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in holiness
Philippians 3:9

Finding Joy
April
26
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in Jesus
Philippians 3:4-10

Finding Joy
April
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in temptation
Philippians 2:12

Finding Joy
March
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in humility
Philippians 2

Finding Joy
March
20
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in death
Philippians 1:21

Finding Joy
March
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in loneliness
Philippians 1:2

Finding Joy
February
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy in suffering
Philippians

Finding Joy
February
13
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Finding Joy
Philippians 1:1

Finding Joy
February
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
From victims to victors
Esther 9 & 10

Esther
November
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The person God delights to honour
Esther 5 & 6

Esther
October
24
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Living with influence
Esther 4
While Esther's life in the palace eas God-ordained, it was also highly dangerous.  Will she do the right thing?

Esther
October
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Growing in faith
Esther 4
Taking responsibility while trusting in God's goodness and remembering the importance the support of God's people.

Esther
October
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God's still at work
Esther 2 & 3
When your circumstances in life crowd in on you, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.  He sees the bigger picture and has been at work behind the scenes.

Esther
September
26
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Appearances can be deceiving
Esther 1:1
Do not over-emphasise the importance of superficial beauty - the Lord looks at the heart.

Esther
September
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The story unfolds
Esther
Take a headlong dash through the story of Esther and get the big picture.

Esther
September
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Prayer
James 5:13-16

James
July
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Patience in suffering
James 5:7-11
Jesus provides a two word solution to the problem of pain, but you're probably not going to like it...until Jonathan provides an explanation, that is!

James
July
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Wealth management
James 5:1-6
God's blessings are not poured out upon us so that we can hoard greedily, our wealth is provided so that we can share with those who are in need.

James
June
27
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The problem with quarrels
James 4:1-3
Fights among us come from sin within us.  Yet if we ask God, he gives good and perfect gifts.

James
June
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Taming the tongue
James 3:1-12
Be careful what you say for it betrays what's in your heart.

James
May
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Don't show favouritism
James 2:1-13
A practical list of deep-rooted attitudes and prejudices James says we should confess as sin.

James
May
23
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
The best way to live
James
We are called to act in obedience to the word of God, not just to listen and then carry on living according to our own selfish desires.

James
May
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Real faith must be stretched
James 1:2-7
How can we possibly consider this joy?  And where do wisdom and the victor's crown fit in?

James
April
25
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Faith - Use as prescibed
James 2:14
An introduction to James' main theme - faith without deeds is dead. But doesn't this conflict with Peter's famous lines about being saved through faith?
James


James
April
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
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