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Jesus was frequently controversial and the force and pithiness of much that he said would have been a first century newspaper editor’s dream (if any had existed!). Please enjoy the teaching from Elmwood as we spend our Spring Sunday mornings exploring some of Jesus’ wilder headlines…

Part 1: I had to be in my Father's house

by David Fowler January 26, 2014 10:30am

Luke 2: 39-52

Jesus does not claim that this Father/Son relationship as his exclusive right. Throughout his ministry he invites others into this relationship, to call God 'Father'. He opens up this relationship of God as Father and Jesus as Son and invites the rest of us into that same relationship, as adopted sons and daughters of God

Part 2: My time has not yet come

by David Fowler February 2, 2014 10:30am

John 2: 1-11

Right at the start of Jesus's ministry he already seems to be looking forward to the cross. Jesus continues his ministry in the knowledge of what is to come as is willing to do this for us because he knows that we are worth it. You can trust Jesus, take your problems to him, be willing to trust that his response will be better than our own.

Part 3: Be... the servant of all

by Chick Yuill February 9, 2014 10:30am

Mark 9: 33-37

"Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last and the servant of all". Jesus turned the disciples thinking and their values upside down with this statement. Paradoxically, we as a church today are not sufficiently shocked with this statement and we try to get a sense of how dramatic, wonderful and challenging these words of Jesus really are.

Part 4: Love your enemy

by Dave Oakley February 23, 2014 10:30am

Matthew 5: 43-48

Love your enemy. Jesus wasn't just throwing the statement out there, he was implying that we need to do it. It requires action on our part. We need to pray as we can't do it in our own strength. The enemies Jesus refers to are not the large people groups that society alienates, it those that pick on you, hate you, anger you, dispute with you, are unfaithful to you, break promises, want revenge. Love these people.

Part 5: Cut it off

by Becky Silver March 9, 2014 10:30am

Mark 9: 42-50

What are the little things in our lives that we think won't matter? But they do, they spoil our relationship with God an they stop God from empowering us and sending us out in his name to do his work.

Part 6: No more thirst

by David Fowler March 30, 2014 10:30am

John 4: 1-26

Even in the privileged West of the 21st century we have some inkling of what thirst can be like – though here it’s usually a passing experience, perhaps when trapped in an unexpected traffic jam. But imagine the shock of being told you need ‘never thirst again’ when a good chunk of your every day life is spent drawing water up from a deep well? What could Jesus have been thinking?

Part 7: Eat my flesh, drink my blood

by David Fowler April 6, 2014 10:30am

John 6: 47-61

Jesus in the gospels always shows compassion towards the hurting and broken but was always absolutely committed to God's purposes and plan for our salvation. We cannot earn our salvation, we have to accept it as a free gift.

Part 8: I am coming to your!

by Julian Gittings April 13, 2014 10:30am

Luke 19: 1-10

Jesus knows everything about us. He knows your name. He knows you completely. He knows the type of person you really are. He knows the secrets of your heart. The hurts you have experienced and the fears you carry with you. He knows the pain you go through, the grief, the struggles and the joys too. He knows about you longing for love and acceptance. He knows you completely and loves you utterly.

Part 9: It is finished

by Dave Oakley April 18, 2014 10:30am

John 19: 30

All it takes is a statement of faith from us to make Good Friday so good. Recognising that we are sinners, recognising that we are under a sentence of death, recognising that Jesus is different because he is God, but then saying, Jesus, please remember me when you come into your kingdom and act on my behalf.

Part 10: Why are you crying?

by David Fowler April 20, 2014 10:30am

John 20: 13

Why are you crying? Don't you realise you are invited to the party? Invited back into the greatest family of all. Invited to repent and return to the arms of the one who created you and loves you. Invited to share in all the glory of heaven.

Part 11: It is for your good that I am going away

by David Fowler May 4, 2014 10:30am

John 16: 7

It is for our own good, not because we loose Jesus but because we gain him. His going away was because he had work to complete, his death, his resurrection and ascension and that work is something that we share the fruit of.