Seeking to know Jesus and to make Him known to others

This page displays messages, notes and articles written by our Pastor and our Leadership Team.

“Confession is good for the soul” – 28 January 2018

The Wednesday homegroup started a new series this week on John’s three letters.  One of John’s main reasons for writing these letters is to provide a series of tests for distinguishing between genuine Christians and those who falsely claim to know Jesus. In chapter 1 of his first letter, John quotes 3 claims of such false claimants in v6-10.  Within this section…

Church matters – 21 January 2018

Recently Frances forwarded to me a UCB ‘Word for Today’ entitled “Why go to church?”  Whilst some of us may perhaps have little option(!), in reality there are many great reasons for doing so, including the following summarised from the UCB daily thought: the church is the only organisation that still deals with vital issues like salvation, death, judgment, grace, purpose, heaven…

“Oh when the saints …. ” – 7 January 2018

I had the great thrill on Tuesday evening of watching Crystal Palace play Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium, Southampton.  This was my Christmas present from David – we had great seats high up behind one of the goals, but were totally surrounded by thousands of Southampton supporters!  You may be aware that Crystal Palace gloriously came from a goal down to triumph…

Advent love – 24 December 2017

The traditional theme of this fourth and final Sunday of Advent is love.  This is rightly the climax of Advent when we remember and celebrate again that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3v16).  The hope, peace and joy that we experience…

Advent joy – 17 December 2017

The traditional theme of this third Sunday of Advent is joy.  The angel told the shepherds that he brought them “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2v10).  Timothy Keller writes that such joy is not “a fizziness or giddiness that goes away in the face of negative circumstances.  It is more like the ballast that…