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Encounters with Jesus

All of us have questions and deep longings for things like meaning, purpose, fulfilment, and acceptance. This series looks at John’s gospel, telling the stories of many people who had the same longings as we do, and who found answers through encountering Jesus.

Nathanael

Andy Tilsley 19th March 2017

All of us have big questions – about life, about meaning, about God. But how can we explore these questions in a healthy way, which leads to answers? In the first talk of our new series, Andy looks at Jesus’ conversation with Nathanael and considers how to be helpfully sceptical.

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Nicodemus

Jo Wells 26th March 2017

A religious leader comes to Jesus in the dead of night, with a bunch of questions. But Jesus’ response is far deeper than he’d imagined. In this talk, Jo looks at the story of Nicodemus and shows how Jesus offers answers that satisfy both the head and the heart.

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The Samaritan Woman

David Stroud 2nd April 2017

All of us long for fulfilment, but too often the places we look for it fail to satisfy. In this talk, David looks at Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman, and considers how Jesus meets our thirst for fulfilment.

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The Woman Caught in Adultery

Liam Thatcher 9th April 2017

The religious leaders try to trap Jesus, by presenting a ‘sinner’ for him to condemn. But Jesus’ response turns the tables back on them in a surprising way. In this talk, Liam looks at how Jesus exposes ‘bad religion’ and offers forgiveness and new life.

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The Healing at Bethesda

Lars Due-Christensen 23rd April 2017

Jesus meets a man who has been ill for many years, but the healing he offers is far deeper than purely physical. In this talk, Lars shows how Jesus is able to restore us from all our brokenness and offer us new life.

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Mary

Hannah Elwyn 30th April 2017

A feast is held in Jesus’ honour, and Mary marks the occasion with a costly act of worship. In this talk, Hannah looks at the example of Mary and we consider how Jesus offers us a cause worth living for and worth giving up everything for.

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Mary and Judas

Jonny Blake

A feast is held in Jesus’ honour, and Mary marks the occasion with a costly act of worship. In this talk, we reflect on the different responses of Mary and Judas, and consider how Jesus offers us a cause worth living for and worth giving up everything for.

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Mary

Jack Wells

A feast is held in Jesus’ honour, and Mary marks the occasion with a costly act of worship. In this talk, we reflect on the different responses of Mary and Judas, and consider how Jesus offers us a cause worth living for and worth giving up everything for.

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Peter

Liam Thatcher 7th May 2017

As Jesus shares a final meal with his disciples, he surprises them by washing their feet. In this talk, Liam considers our need to be made clean, and shows how God subverts our expectations and lowers himself to raise us up.

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Pontius Pilate

Andy Tilsley 14th May 2017

In a post-truth age, full of fake news and alternative facts, Pontius Pilate’s question seems strangely pertinent: “what is truth?” In this talk, Andy considers how Jesus fulfils our longing for coherence.

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Mary Magdalene

Vicki Cavolina 28th May 2017

Death is the enemy we all long to avoid. It brings with it such pain, loss, grief, and separation. But what if it isn’t the final word? In the final talk of this series, we look at Jesus’ encounter with Mary Magdalene and consider how Jesus is able to deal with the problem of death itself.

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Mary Magdalene

Al Marsh

Death is the enemy we all long to avoid. It brings with it such pain, loss, grief, and separation. But what if it isn’t the final word? In the final talk of this series, we look at Jesus’ encounter with Mary Magdalene and consider how Jesus is able to deal with the problem of death itself.

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Mary Magdalene

Alicia Humphreys

Death is the enemy we all long to avoid. It brings with it such pain, loss, grief, and separation. But what if it isn’t the final word? In the final talk of this series, we look at Jesus’ encounter with Mary Magdalene and consider how Jesus is able to deal with the problem of death itself.

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