Christianity: Restriction Or Freedom?
Matthew 7:14
The search for freedom is a crucial part of the human story, but religion often seems to oppress, limit and restrict. At our South Site baptism service, Rich explored the question: "Does following the way of Jesus restrict you or free you?".

 
May
12
Speaker
Rich Pitt
Identity
Genesis 1:26-28
One of the most basic questions a human being can ask is 'who am I?'. As Jonny outlines a biblical picture of identity, he explains why we have to consider not just one, or even two, but three different identities, as we seek to understand who we are and who we could be. (Preached at West+North only).

 
May
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Sex
Genesis 1:31
There's a lie going around that says God is a grump, a killjoy, who loves to stop our fun. Nothing could be further from the picture the Bible paints. Jonathan starts our Blueprint series by exploring how sex itself was God's idea, and yet so often we end up distorting this good gift.

 
April
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
All Things New!
John 20:24-29
What does the resurrection of Jesus really mean? On Easter Sunday, Jonny shows us how Jesus beating the grave impacts our futures, the future of the universe and even our lives in the here and now.

 
April
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Christ The Victor
Colossians 2:13-15
The death of Jesus is the darkest day in the whole Christian story. How could it possibly be good news? Rich unpacks the New Testament idea that as Jesus is defeated on the cross, he's actually winning a far greater victory...

 
April
14
Speaker
Rich Pitt
How Can Anyone Believe In A Dead Man Rising?
As part of our Good News series (and our Big Questions mornings), Jonny looked at the question of whether there's any evidence to support the claim that Jesus of Nazareth came back from the dead. NOTE: The final section of Jonny's talk has been left out, it contained personal stories not for online sharing.

 
April
07
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Selected Series
The Big Story
[ 18 Episodes ] 24 September 2014 - 01 March 2015
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.
18
Finding your place in the story
As we conclude the Bible in 20 weeks series the Big Story leads us to ask how we find our part? By looking at the call God gave Abraham we will begin to answer that question and see how we can live radically different from the culture around us
 

The Big Story
March
01
Speaker
Andy Martin
17
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
16
The Epistles
In this weeks Big Story we see that as the church lives in the good of Jesus's death and resurrection the evil and wickedness in the world really is overcome!
 

The Big Story
February
08
Speaker
Andy Martin
15
How does the gospel reach the ends of the earth?
Acts
Last week we saw how God sent his Spirit to us so that we could take his wonderful rescue plan to the ends of the earth. But how exactly should we go about this monumental task? Today we look at the rest of the book of Acts and find the answer to that question.
 

The Big Story
January
25
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
14
How the Spirit fits into the story
Acts 2:1-12
With Jesus' work completed there is a real sense that 'it is finished', yet in another sense, it has only just begun. How then should we understand the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?
 

The Big Story
January
18
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
13
The Resurrection
Luke

The Big Story
January
11
Speaker
Andy Martin
12
The generosity of God
John

The Big Story
January
04
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
11
Disappointment
Ezra

The Big Story
December
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
10
Uncontainable
Daniel

The Big Story
December
07
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
09
God speaks
Isaiah
There are 17 books of prophecy in the Old Testament. They spoke to God's people over 2000 years ago - do they have anything to say to us today?
 

The Big Story
December
02
Speaker
Andy Martin
08
Tragedy of the Kings of Israel
1 Kings
The story of the Kings of Israel after Solomon is one of the most tragic parts of the entire Bible. Jonny explores this awful tragedy and asks the question ‘why would God include this in his Big Story?’
 

The Big Story
November
09
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
07
Heaven on earth
1 Chronicles

The Big Story
November
02
Speaker
Andy Martin
06
The Shepherd King
1 Samuel
David is one of the great heroes in the Bible. A man of courage, a warrior and a worshipper, but more than these things he is described as 'a man after God's own heart'. as we look at his story we see what this looked like.
 

The Big Story
October
26
Speaker
Andy Martin
05
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
04
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
03
Who is the Lord
Exodus
A good story is not just about advancing a plot; it is also about developing the characters. It's the same with the Bible and in this section of the Big Story, we learn a lot about the main character in the story: God. We may think we know these characteristics inside out, but as we look at the time when Moses and the Israelites found them out for the first time, let God's power, love and righteousness hit us afresh again.
 

The Big Story
October
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
02
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
01
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
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