Tim Hughes: Father’s Day 2024

Tim Hughes: Father’s Day 2024

Tim Hughes with our 2024 Father’s Day message.

Tim looks at how fathering is more than biology. Everyone listening to or watching this message has not only had a biological father, but had someone who has had influence on their life – whether that’s good or bad.

All of us have been an influence on others too, and all of us want to see more good fathering in the world. Tim looks at that the Bible tells us about this, and about how it’s full of good examples of fathers, not least Abraham – the father of many nations.

 

Graham Hill: The Parable of the Sower

Graham Hill: The Parable of the Sower

Graham Hill of Jubilee Church Wirral on the Parable of the Sower and what it means for us today.

The Parable of the Sower can be found in Matthew 1: 1-13.

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

 

Chris Griffiths: Love

Chris Griffiths: Love

Chris Griffiths: Love

God’s love for us is the greatest love story ever told.

Chris Griffiths of Jubilee Church Wirral looks at love in the context of what Jesus did, why he did it and what that means for us today.

Chris also looks at all the different types of love mentioned in Greek in the Bible – Eros (romantic, passionate love); Philia (intimate, authentic friendship); Erotoropia or ludus (playful, flirtatious love); Storge (unconditional, familial love); Philautia (compassionate self-love); Pragma (committed, companionate love); Agápe (empathetic, universal love).

 

Rick Robertson: Adoption

Rick Robertson: Adoption

Rick Robertson: Adoption

Rick continues his series on God the Father by looking at what it means to be adopted into God’s family – to become a part of God’s family.

Paul talks about this in Galatians 3:26-4:7, Romans 8:12-17 and Ephesians 1:4-6.

In these letters, Paul is writing to churches in Galatia, Ephesus and Rome to correct some misunderstandings. The people in these churches have started to live by Old Testament rules and regulations.

Paul reminds them – and us – that although the Old Testament laws are good, Jesus has come to transform us from the inside out.