Sermons on Judgement

I’m glad you asked: Will God send people to hell for not believing in a Jesus they’ve never heard of?

Jeremiah 25:3-16 In 2011 Pastor Rob Bell released a New York Times best-seller called “Love Wins”. In his book he calls into question the traditional Christian teaching about the existence of hell, and one of the objections he brings is that it’s unjust for people “to suffer in eternal agony because they didn’t believe in the Jesus they never heard of.” Listen in as we consider this highly emotive and crucial topic.

Two Ways to Live – Judgement (Lunchtime talk)

Judgement A recent Guardian editorial in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal said: ‘if there is one thing that makes the most benign agnostic wish that there were a God to punish sinners with eternal torment, it is the contemplation of history’s monsters.’ Listen in as we ask what Jesus wants us to believe about judgement and as we continue our series through the truths underpinning Two Ways to Live.

Noah Lunchtime talk – Part 1 of 2

Genesis 6:5-8 The recent Noah blockbuster captures something of the horror of this ancient story: a divine judgement wiping out nearly everyone and everything on the planet. One commentator asked the question: “what kind of a god feels he has to destroy everyone just because he’s unhappy with the choices we make?” In fact this […]

Noah: 1 of 2: The end of the world is just the beginning…

Genesis 6:5-8 The recent Noah blockbuster captures something of the horror of this ancient story: a divine judgement wiping out nearly everyone and everything on the planet. One commentator asked the question: “what kind of a god feels he has to destroy everyone just because he’s unhappy with the choices we make?” In fact this kind of portrait of God is why a lot of people cannot bring themselves to believe in the God of the Bible. Come and join us as we consider this question, and as we consider how this ancient text speaks to us today.

How to be a total loser

Supposing there is a God, and supposing there is an after-life, and supposing God is going to divide the world into those who get to be with God forever, and those who will be excluded, how will he make that call? Most of us have a moral-skyscraper in our minds with Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa on the top floor, and Robert Mugabe and Jimmy Saville in the basement, and most likely God will draw a line (quite a bit below our floor obviously), and that will be the divider. Come and join us as we consider Jesus’ surprising teaching on this crucial subject.