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The way most of us view advent renders it pretty pointless. So is there more happening here than first meets the eye?
The stories we remember have a twist in the tail. Something we never see coming. Something we never forget.
We can often feel remote and disconnected from God - but the baptism of Jesus hints at something wonderful to come.
Climate emergency. Cost of living crisis. War in Europe. Mental health pandemic. Pandemic pandemic. How exactly are we supposed to cope?
As followers of Jesus we have just One Job. Pity that so many of us don’t know what it is or how to go about it.
The New Testament Church had its heroes and megastars. But sometimes you can learn just as much from the walk-on parts. It’s time to meet some one hit wonders.
Ephesians is unique amongst Paul’s letters. No church politics. No problems to address. Just six chapters of incredible, profound, life-changing truth. It’s sublime.
What does it mean to wait for the Holy Spirit and why should we bother?
The church has been weird and confusing for 2,000 years. Here's a little explanation of what it all means and why baptism is the perfect response.
In a radically individualistic culture, the Church is now seen by many as an obstacle to justice. But what does the story of the Bible have to say about justice and what can we do about it?
Christianity is a team sport, so the Bible is littered with dozens of ‘one another’ sayings. But what would it look like if we actually took these commands for community living seriously?
The centre of Christianity is Easter Sunday, not Good Friday. It's just that a cross is easier to draw than an empty tomb.
John's Gospel introduces Jesus as the Word, Matthew as Saviour and Mark, Messiah. But Luke introduces Jesus as the King. So what does it mean to submit to his reign?
The good news is better than we realise because God isn’t just good. He’s so good, so good!
Last words are vitally important. So what did Jesus say to his disciples and what difference does that make to us?
For most people, the Bible's teaching on sex and relationships seems crazy. But maybe there's more to it than meets the eye.
Why is that the things that are the most important are often the most neglected? Time to put last things first.
God is always speaking to His church. So what does He want to say to us for 2022?
We find echoes of Christmas in the darkest times. After all, that's where hope is needed the most.
For many, Christmas is a time of frivolity and escapism. But the true meaning shines brightest in our darkest times.
If we want to experience more than Christmas Lite this year it's time to look at the reason for the season.
If the good news is so good, why do we struggle to share it with those we love the most?
The story of a girl with two names, a God who’s hidden and a spiritual awakening inspired by flawed and compromised believers.
We all have questions about life, meaning and faith - but what are the best ones to ask?
Following Jesus isn’t just a matter of private belief. It’s an active and costly rebellion against repressive and dehumanising forces. Welcome to the Resistance!
It’s a classic divide, some believers choose to pursue personal piety while others care more about social transformation. But what if you could do both?
We look at a key day in the life of some of the old school Bible characters. What happened to them and how did it change their lives?
Paul wrote one of his greatest letters from a Roman jail cell. What did he have to say and what does the letter teach us about the job of a disciple?
Who is the Holy Spirit and what difference does He make in our lives? And is it possible to be filled with the Spirit without being weird?
We're back in our original venue. What better time to explore the reason we do all of this in the first place?!
A lot of people struggle with key teachings they think Christians are supposed to believe. It’s time to ask some difficult questions and see what the Bible actually teaches.
If Covid has taught us anything it’s that we are social beings. We can’t thrive without strong connections to others. So what can we learn from Scripture about developing great friendships?
The resurrection is the defining event of history. But it's so much more than that.
Jesus by John. What does John's unique bird's-eye-view gospel tell us about who Jesus is?
Joseph is the rare individual who had a dream and fully lived it. What can we learn from his story - from prison to palace - about the nature of dreams and what it takes to fulfil them?
Nobody stumbles their way to success. If we want to grow and develop in our spiritual lives we need to be intentional and disciplined. We need a game plan.
A new year gives a new opportunity to hear from God. So what is God saying to His church?
What is the real message of Christmas and what does it actually demand of us?
Joseph is often overlooked at Christmas. But his is a story of joyous hope in the midst of shattered dreams.
What were God's people looking for in the coming Messiah? And how was this promise fulfilled in Jesus?
If we’re honest, a lot of the things that Jesus says are shocking, upsetting or just plain odd. So what do we make of the hard sayings of Jesus?
We’re not the first people to have our lives and futures turned upside down by a crisis. So what can we learn from Daniel about winning the new normal?
Enough with looking at faith from the outside in. It's time to get serious. We need to talk.
Christians are often told that God has a plan. But when times are tough it can be hard to see it. So how does God’s plan work and how can we discover it for ourselves?
All of human emotion is in the Psalms. We study some of our favourites.
What's the prayer that Jesus prays for the church? And why is it so important?
What are the values of church, why are they important and what do they look like in practice? In other words, what does it mean to be a lover and a fighter?
The global pandemic has shaken the confidence of many. So where is God in this crisis and how do we build an unshakeable faith?
The Spirit came to equip us to bring God's Kingdom to a broken world. So how does that work and what is Pentecost?
Coronavirus is awakening spiritual instincts in all of us. So how do we grow more spiritually and what are the secret keys to happiness?
With the whole world in the grip of a corona crisis, how do we do more than survive? How do we get close to God and find love in a lockdown?
How do the small details of Easter Sunday help us understand the way God feels about us? Watch the whole service again here.
What is Palm Sunday and what does it have to do with the crisis we're facing?
Psalm 23 is the best of all the psalms - exquisitely constructed and eternally comforting. So what makes it so special?
The worst kind of theft is identity theft. Because if you don’t know who God has called you to be, you’ll never achieve what God has called you to do.
Mental health is one of the great challenges of our age. So how do we find a way out of depression and into wholeness?
What's the meaning of baptism and what does it have to do with the 2 big questions of life?
What’s the connection between our appetites and our happiness? Is it possible to satisfy the cravings of our bodies without sacrificing our peace of mind?
As we prepare to launch our second service we look at the vision of the church and what God is specifically speaking to us for today.
Who were the Magi and what can they teach us about true worship?
What if the reason we don't believe in God is that we've missed the signs? What if He's always been there - but we just didn't recognise Him? A Christmas message.
As we celebrate our 'Jubilee Baptism', Sam talks through what baptism stands for and why it's such an important marker.
How can we see social justice in our city this Christmas-time? An Advent Special, featuring interviews with our partners, the Crisis Centre and Beloved.
We look at three parables that Jesus told and ask the question: what would happen if we changed the story? And in so doing, can we change our own worlds?
Christianity is not for the faint hearted. It should come with a health warning. The early believers got a reputation as trouble makers who couldn’t be controlled. So how do we rediscover a dangerous faith?
Why are you here? In a world where our every convenience is catered for, why do we feel like something's missing? If life is a gift, then what's it for? And what gives it meaning?
As we prepare to launch our brand new 5pm service, what are the keys to making it happen successfully - and how can we each play a part?
We celebrate Metro's 4th Birthday and share some really big news.
Leaders provide us with a model, either as an example to follow or as cautionary tale. We look at the lives of four Israelites who wore the crown, for better or for worse.
Following Jesus won't always make your life better, but it will absolutely make you better at life. The book of James shows us how.
A study of the book of Nehemiah. How do we build a new future for a city that’s been broken down and devastated?
Jesus tells a story that completely changes the way we think about God. It's good news of the best possible kind.
We interview some of those at the sharp end of the Love Running causes.
How do you make a difference when the problems seem so big and what you can offer seems so small?
If Friday is so Good, why on earth did the Church make Sunday special?
The Bible tells us that Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one. So what was on Jesus’ attack list and why?
Hebrews 11 tells the story of heroes of old, ancients who were commended for their faith. Who were they and what can we learn from them?
Why do we celebrate baptism, when there is so much pain in the world around us?
In a hyper-sexualised age, where anything goes, how should followers of Jesus handle love, sex and relationships?
What does God have in store for us as a group of churches in 2019?
What's most important for us as a community and why should we aspire to be Mickey Mouse?
It isn't supposed to be like this. What do we do when our experiences don't match up to our expectations?
What does the Christmas story tell us about weakness, and why is it good news?
What's the one word that summarises the meaning of Christmas more than any other?
The early church community devoted themselves to Jesus, with a few key practices. What were they and how can we do the same?
Is hearing from God just for the super-spiritual? And if it's not, how do we do it?
Is Christianity simply a matter of blind faith? Or are there compelling reasons for believing in God?
If money, sex, work, pleasure, and even relationships can’t provide ultimate fulfilment - what’s the point?
Plenty of people know what it is to trust in God. But how many know what it means to be trusted by Him?
Pivot points change everything about our future. How do they work and what do they mean for us?
Alphatime to explore faith