X-RAY – Your Real Identity Comes From The Inside Out


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Posted on: 6th November 2017

“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
James 1:18

Over the next few weeks we are going to be thinking about our identity and where our worth comes from.

If we were to be scanned through a machine that only saw our worth, what would the machine show? Would is show our make up and fancy jewellery? Would it show our designer clothes and latest gadgets? Or would it show our hearts?

When it comes to thinking about our identity it’s worth remembering our heart, our passion, our love. It’s worth remembering where our identity comes from, not the things on the outside but the things within. It’s also worth remembering that it’s no mistake we are made and built the way we are. In James 1 v 18 it says:

“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”

That’s right, God chose us! He saw us before we were in our parents minds and He still wanted us here (Jeremiah 5 v 1). He conquered death for us to be here (John 3 v 16) and He gave you a plan and a purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29 v 11).

Our identity, if we choose it to be, is in Him, the one who saw all our imperfections and still called us perfect.

This week, start to consider your identity, what you would look like if you were scanned through a machine, what worth would be found in you and your identity?

This is Real Love


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Posted on: 31st March 2017

“For God so loved the World that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16)

Over the past term we have looked at the accounts and stories of the Old Testament, we have seen different characteristics of God and noticed how the Israelites and the surrounding people responded to certain circumstances and situations depending on their faith. However, we have seen through all the accounts these two themes:

  1. The Israelites faithfulness
  2. God love

Maybe we should take a pause there and just reflect on these two themes, firstly the faithfulness of the Israelites. The Israelites were called somethings in their time and yes, they had their downfalls but one thing remained throughout their story, their faithfulness. No matter the human leader, their priests, their situation, they always returned to looking to God. It wasn’t like it was just one group of people over 100 years either, we are talking about generation after generation seeking God in all they do.

The bible in 1 John 4 v 19 says: We love because God first loved usThe Israelites faithfulness was purely from a place of response to God’s love for them, from the miracles they had seen happen with their predecessors. Even Adam and Eve knew God’s love surrounded them; they were made in love, perfect love, they were made in God’s image (Genesis 1 v 27).

The bible tells us that God is Love (1 John 4 v 8). So, if we are made in image, surely we are also made in love? The bible also tells us thatperfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4 v 18). It tells us that we are more than conquers through Him who loves us (Romans 8 v 37). But most of all, the bible continuously directs us back to one point, that love has won.

God’s love won over death and still has the victory.

This year on Thursday April 12th we will remember the night that Jesus had supper, what we now call communion with his friends, and then he went out to the Garden of Gethsemane with his friends to pray. There, he was betrayed by one of his friends who handed him over to the officials, he was carried away. On the Friday morning, what we now know as Good Friday, Jesus was held in front of romans who handed him over to the Jews. The Romans found no ground to convict him of any crime or even punish him but the Jews jeered that his was claiming to be God and to crucify him. That is what the officials did; they freed a criminal and let Jesus go to the cross. On that day, Jesus was crucified, posed between two criminals, but that’s not where the story ends. See as Jesus breathed his last breath, there was a cry from heaven, the sky turned black and the curtain in the temple was torn (this is where they separated God into a small area in the temple). Some say the ground shook; some say it was a mighty storm, whatever it was the story was not over yet. Next week in our Easter service we will be both morning the dead of Jesus on the cross but celebrating the fact that through God’s love He defeated death. Now that is real love!

God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.

For God so loved the World that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3 v 16).

Heroes and Saints


“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”   (John 3:17)

What do you think of when you think of a hero? Maybe a loved one? Someone you look up to? Most of the people we would call our heroes would have a story that sets them apart from the rest. They might have done something remarkable, incredible or outstanding something that you wouldn’t have thought ordinary or they may have shown longevity, commitment and fought through situations we thought were impossible to overcome. Whatever we think of a hero, of our hero they are special to us.

The bible talks of many heroes that were faithful to God. In the Exodus we hear of Moses, in 1 Samuel we read of David, we read of Ezra and Jeremiah throughout the Old Testament as well as many more. Even when we come to the New Testament we read of several, in fact hundreds of heroes who inspired and paved the way. More who empower and remained faithful to God even after the crucifixion.

For Christian’s there is one name that stands out in the bible above them all and that is Jesus. John 3 v 17 says: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Throughout all the stories of the heroes in the bible you can see Jesus at work, in all sixty-six books in the bible you can see Him work through people and in people we now read about.

Many theologians have used different phrases but from in Genesis where Jesus is the Creator & promised Redeemer, to Revelation where He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, He is woven through out like a scarlet thread on an intricately woven tapestry. For Christian’s He is the greatest hero.

This week when we come to read and learn about Saint Wilfrid or hear stories of our heroes and those that we know to be Saint’s, have a think, who do you know Jesus as? From what I read could He be my hero too?