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 Talk Outline 

John 18:28 - 40
Truth to Power

Jesus has now been arrested and brought before the powers that vied for influence in Jerusalem and Judea, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and the Jewish Chief Priests. It might seem as if Jesus is caught in the power struggle between these two authorities with the power to take his life, but despite their attempts to shape the truth and maintain their power, Jesus is actually in control. Words he has previously spoken will be fulfilled by his Jewish and Roman accusers (v32) and his kingdom will come despite going quietly to his certain death.
1) The Truth of God's Sovereignty
2) The Power of Jesus' Sacrifice
 Children's Talk 
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 Welcome to Worship 

Sunday 22nd November 2020 

Welcome to our worship resources for this week. Our passage from John's gospel this week is taken from 18:28 -40.  For the children there is the next episode of John Bunyan's famous story, The Pilgrim's Progress.

There are questions below for personal and group study/reflection based on this week's message and these will be used in our midweek small group Zoom meetings. Joining details for these small groups are posted on our church WhatsApp group chat.

If you can, please join us this Sunday evening for our weekly time for prayer and chat at 5.30pm. The Zoom meeting ID is 856 6759 2629 and the Passcode you will need to join the meeting is 444251. If you do not have internet you can connect by telephone audio only, by dialling in on 0203 051 2874 and at the prompt inputting the Meeting ID followed by # and the Passcode.
Wishing everyone a good week.

Pastor Graham
 Questions For Personal And Group Study 
  1. Powers and authorities have always tried to control the 'truth' (the narrative explanation for the way things are). Explain how that was happening in our passage.
  2. Has that changed in our 'post-modern' age? How and to what extent?
  3. What encouragement do we find in v.32?
  4. How does the power of God's kingdom come in this world? (vv.36-37)
  5. How can the gospel be proclaimed in such a cynical age as ours?
 Worship Song 
 Prayer Points 
  • Praise God for Jesus, our suffering, servant King.
  • Thank him for the truth of the gospel and the power of the kingdom which is invisible but powerful like yeast or mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-33)
  • Pray for the growth of the kingdom of God in our world through the church's witness to the truth.
  • Continue to pray for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis around the world, that God would help them and that they would turn to him in their distress.
  • Pray for governments to rule wisely and justly and for scientists trying to develop vaccines and treatments for the virus. Give thanks for the encouraging news of vaccine development progressing well.
  • Pray for Martin & Julia Etter and John & Sian Newton-Webb, Antony & Reena and their ministries in Africa and Japan and Israel respectively.