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All things new – Rethinking Hell

Bible readings: Revelation 21:1-8 (NIVUK) A new heaven and a new earth 21 Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, […]

All things new – Disciples shaped by God’s glory

Bible reading: Acts 2:42-47 (NIVUK) The fellowship of the believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold […]

All things new – the Spirit and the new creation

Bible reading Acts 2:1-12 (NIVUK) The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire […]

Resurrection and the birth of the new humanity

Bible reading: John 20:1-18 (NIVUK) The empty tomb 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, […]

Easter Sunday all age celebration

Bible reading Luke 24:1-35 (NIVUK) Jesus has risen 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord […]

All things new – from palms to the cross and the death of the King

Bible reading: Luke 19:28-40 (NIVUK) Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and […]

All things new – Jesus the gospel and the Kingdom of God

Bible reading: Luke 4:14-21 (NIVUK) Jesus rejected at Nazareth 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went […]

All things new – Jesus and the new creation

Bible readings: John 1:1-5 (NIVUK) The Word became flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life […]

All things new – from promised land to slavery, exile and the hope for new life

Bible reading: Hosea 1 (NIVUK) 1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel: Hosea’s wife and children 2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the […]

All things new – from slavery to the Promised Land

Bible readings (NIVUK): Exodus 13:20-22 20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel […]