Mark 3:1-19. The Pharisees despair at Jesus' disregard for their Sabbath laws, but Jesus is restoring the Sabbath to what is was always meant to be - a day to be restored and recreated by God and a day to remember the freedom that He won for His people.
Mark 2:18-28 In answering criticism from the Pharisees about his breach of religious rules, Jesus gives clues about his identity that help explain why the old ways of doing things are no longer applicable.
Mark 1:29-45. The Jews realised that they lived in a broken world and that the signs of that brokenness - evil, sickness, guilt, division and separation - were all around. The heart of this brokenness is the broken relationship between God and humankind. When Jesus arrives to restore this broken relationship the 'symptoms' start to disappear as well.
Mark 1:14-28. Jesus announces that the Kingdom of God is coming and this is Good News because it is all about God coming to put right everything that has gone wrong with the world. He invites Simon to 'follow' and discover more about who Jesus is on the journey.
Some have argued that religion is the cause of conflict and that the world would be a more peaceful place without it. But while it is true that religion does create division that can lead to conflict, the message of Christianity is very different.
John 16. Jesus' teaching over the previous few chapters has been to keep them from 'going astray' when their world is rocked by his crucifixion. He gives them reference points with which they can make sense of what happens. The same referecne points can help us when our world is rocked by unexpected loss or tragedy.
John 14. The world of the disciples is starting to collapse around them as Jesus washes their feet, announces that he is going to leave them, and then tells Peter that he will shortly betray Him. But he tells them to keep trusting and all will work out. Do we know a Jesus that we can trust when the wheels fall off our world?
John 13. During his last supper with his closest friends Jesus sets an example of leadership characterised by humble service as he washes their feet, and then commands them to do the same for each other.
1 John 4:1-21 An exploration of the difference between the God of the Bible and Islam's understanding of Allah. All you need to know to answer the assumption that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God. We don't and here's why.