Over the past weeks and months our TV screens have been filled with images of people wanting to make a new life for themselves – people wanting to live in a new land. First there were the issues at Calais, some of you might have seen that first hand on your summer holidays. Thousands of people wanting to live in the United Kingdom. But I guess even that paled as we began to be shocked by the other TV images: Boats sinking in the Mediterranean; Crowds walking down motorways across Europe. How to live in Europe, the crowds were asking. Important and serious as that question is, the question in our Bible reading this afternoon is even more important. How to live, not just in Europe; How to live, not just in the United Kingdom; But how to live in God’s kingdom?
The Bible starts with God – his identity and how he’s revealed himself to us. Start there and there’ll be dramatic implications first for our identity and for our relationships – first with him – and then with others.
There’s a bigger problem to solve. A problem that’s bigger than money and bigger than family. A problem no hero either. Only the Messiah can solve our deepest problem. But who is he?
The question we’re asking today, is how to grow? Not how to grow taller, I can’t really help you to grow taller. We could lie you down and I could pull your feet while someone else pulls your hair, but I’m not sure that would work! No the question is, how to grow as Christians?
From June 2020
A new series in the book of Genesis, although actually it's an old series we left off a while ago, and we are coming back to it in the middle of this book. That's what we love to do at Emmanuel, to work systematically through these great and true stories in the Bible.
April and May 2020
14th - 15th March 2020
Our services have moved online, with pre-recorded video messages.
16th - 17th March 2019
Sermons from the Emmanuel Church weekend away in March 2019
January 2019 - April 2019
April - August 2018 and Autumn 2019
Sermons from the book of Acts
September - December 2017
July - September 2017
May - June 2017
As Reuben teaches and then as we chat over coffee and cake, come and explore how the ancient wisdom of the Bible book of Proverbs is relevant to our lives today. 4pm at St John's Marlborough, with children's activities.
February and March 2017
A thrilling series of Sunday sermons in the book of Jonah, ideal for guests. All welcome!
September - December 2016
From Sept 2015
"In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind"