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The Village

A modern parable

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There once lived a rich man with a heart of gold. He had seen how more and more people were struggling to afford a home, and his heart broke to see the terrible problems this was causing them. But one bright morning it occurred to him that he might be able to do something about it. He decided he would build a new village – one where people could live secure and happy lives, free of financial stress or strain.

The village was really beautiful. Built over several square miles, there was enough room for a hundred families to put down roots. It contained a park for the children, a little shop and a community centre. Regular buses took the villagers from their home to the schools and shops in the nearby town, so nobody need pay to keep a car. The village had absolutely everything anybody could want or need.

Each tenant entered into a very generous contract with the landlord. They wouldn’t have to pay rent. Yes – there would inevitably be costs arising from using properties and amenities. So the landlord asked that each household make a very small, reasonable contribution towards upkeep instead. They would be responsible for looking after their own house and garden:  keeping it clean, tidy and presentable, reporting any problems and the like.  Together the villagers would tend the park, run the shop and manage the community centre. The landlord was keen to see the villagers support each other as good neighbours, so he created a programme of monthly community events that would help friendships to blossom. As part of the contract, the tenants agreed that they would come along to as many as they could.

The landlord had thought of everything. All the villagers agreed that if they kept to the agreement, they would want for nothing.

………………………..

At first all seemed to be going well. But things were not destined to stay that way forever. As the years passed things began to break, and nobody bothered to fix them. So more things broke. Graffiti emerged on the walls of the community centre. In the park the grass grew long and nobody cut it. Weeds crept into the flower beds but everybody left it to somebody else to sort out. Those in charge of running the shop saw an opportunity to use their monopoly to make money from the villagers. They began to inflate prices in order to maximise profit, which the rest of the community resented but felt powerless to challenge.

Seeds of discord had been sown. The villagers gradually stopped attending the community events. Soon they barely spoke to each other – only behind their backs, to moan about how unfriendly everybody was. Naturally they began to point the finger of blame towards the landlord himself, and complain that he was failing to take care of them as he ought.

…………………….

The landlord got wind of what was going on. He decided to write to every house to remind them of the terms of the contract. How they had agreed to look after the village. How their actions ran a very real risk of destroying the thing which was designed to be their greatest blessing. And how, if they wouldn’t change their ways, he might be forced to evict them for blatant disregard of their contract (which he’d be reluctant to do, since it wasn’t his intention to leave anybody homeless).

But very few villagers even bothered to open the letter. Most put it straight in the bin.

So the landlord stepped up his plan. If they would not respond to the letter, he would somehow have to go in person and talk to them. But he knew that if he went himself, there would be no guarantee that anyone would actually change. Most likely they’d say all the right things while he was there, only to carry on as before as soon as he was gone.

He’d have to send someone on his behalf. Someone who understood the situation – who shared his heart for the village and his concern for the villagers. Someone who could live with them – be like them – and could inspire and encourage a different way of living.

He asked his son to go.

……………………………….

And so it was that, on a perfectly ordinary Spring day, one of the smaller houses in the village gained a new lodger. He quickly got a reputation for being a dab hand at fixing things. He rallied a group of volunteers. Under his care the community centre looked better than it had done in years. The park was very nearly restored to its former glory. The lodger was approachable and keen to teach people how to make the village what it once was. He spoke about the landlord. He had met him, he said, and could vouch for his good intentions in creating the village and his hopes for its future. Some of the villagers took his words to heart. There seemed to be life in the village again.

But not everybody was pleased with the lodger’s arrival. While some saw a hero, others saw a trouble maker. Some people whispered that he was making them feel uncomfortable with his do-gooding. Others were openly angered by him. The lodger had been horrified by the shopkeepers’ racket and publicly confronted them about it. He organised a boycott of the shop, which left those in charge fuming and severely out of pocket.

They decided it might be an idea to teach the lodger a lesson. One dark night they ambushed him on his way home. They left him injured and bleeding in an alley way. When his neighbours found him the next morning, it was too late.

………………………

News spread around the village leaving its inhabitants in a state of shock. His friends grieved – until one day a few weeks later, when they were sorting through his belongings, they found a will with a note attached. The note was written by the lodger. In it he expressed how he was aware that he was at risk – but he had no intention of stopping. Restoring the village was what he came to do – at all costs.

He spoke about what he had seen of the village. That there was still beauty there amongst the brokenness. That there were good people who were trying to make a difference. But that ultimately, even with the villagers’ most committed efforts, the damage that had been done was too great. Their minor contributions couldn’t stretch far enough. A complete and expensive rebuild was needed, which none of them could afford.

The friends opened up the will. They were amazed to discover that the lodger was none other than the landlord’s son. As his son, the lodger held a number of shares in his father’s business and would be entitled to a huge inheritance. The lodger’s will stated clearly that, in the event of his death, his present shares and future inheritance would pass to the village.

His death would pay for its total restoration.

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His friends were astounded. There in that tiny bedsit they vowed that the lodger’s generosity would not be forgotten. Out of respect and appreciation they would live differently, caring for the village that the landlord’s son had loved so much and teaching others to do the same.

They went out onto the village streets, eagerly sharing the news of the lodger’s gift with any and every villager they could find. Some were touched by what they heard and pledged to join the friends in following his example. Others just shrugged and carried on living as they had done before.

…………….

But what of the inheritance – and the restoration? Well, there were some improvements straight away. The friends used money generated by the shares to rebuild some places in urgent need of repair. And the decision by so many villagers to care for each other made some impact.

But total restoration would take time. The village could not change completely overnight. And in the meantime, it would still find itself plagued by the same old struggles.

But with one key difference. The costs were covered for a new village, even better than it was before. The down-payment was on the table. Now there was a certain hope that one day, all would be well.

 

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Ascension Day

What is remembered on Ascension Day?

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Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – when he came back to life after being crucified. But the gospel story does not end there. The next chapter comes on the day known as ‘Ascension Day’. It is the day when Christians believe Jesus returned […]

Christmas

What makes Christmas so special?

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Christmas

What makes Christmas so special?

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Christmas is probably the most popular of all Christian festivals. From the beginning of September shops and restaurants are getting ready for the ‘Christmas rush.’ Most schools will put on Christmas plays, in towns Christmas lights decorate the streets and Christmas trees can be seen everywhere. […]

The First Christmas

What do we learn about Christmas in the Bible?

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The First Christmas

What do we learn about Christmas in the Bible?

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Christmas is an important time for Christians. It is the time when they remember God coming to earth in the form of a baby (this is known as the incarnation). In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God with us.’ The […]

History of the Early Church

How did the Church begin?

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History of the Early Church

How did the Church begin?

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The early Christian Church began in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and grew out of the Jewish tradition. Jesus and his disciples were all Jews. The first Christians therefore did not meet in separate churches but continued to meet in the local Jewish synagogues. St […]

Church Tours

Come & see inside different types of church buildings

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Church Tours

Come & see inside different types of church buildings

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Church buildings come in all shapes and sizes. Take a guided tour around a few church buildings belonging to different Christian denominations. What do they have in common? What makes them different? What do they have in common? What makes them different? Can you spot […]

Church Leaders

What is it like to lead a Christian community?

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Church Leaders

What is it like to lead a Christian community?

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The leaders of local churches are know by lots of different names: ‘Clergy’, ‘Vicar’, ‘Priest’, ‘Pastor’, ‘Minister’ and many other titles. The titles used generally depend on the denomination of the church and the responsibilities of the leader. Learn about the church leaders in different […]

The Independent Church

What is an Independent Church like?

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The Independent Church

What is an Independent Church like?

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Woodlands Church is a thriving community based in the heart of Bristol. Woodlands is an Independent Evangelical Church. Learn more about what it’s like by watching the films here.

Church

What is church?

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Church

What is church?

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Take a minute to think about church. What pictures do you imagine? You may think of a building you have seen in your community. It may be old or new. It may have a cross outside it to show it is a special place for […]

Emperor Constantine

How did Christianity become such an important religion in the Roman Empire?

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Emperor Constantine

How did Christianity become such an important religion in the Roman Empire?

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In 312 CE Constantine was about to lead his army in a battle that would change the world. The soldiers of his enemy Maxentius faced him at the Milvian Bridge outside Rome. The winner would become the Roman Emperor. Constantine was a pagan who worshipped […]

The Roman Catholic Church

What is the Catholic Church?

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The Roman Catholic Church

What is the Catholic Church?

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The Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest branches of Christianity. Take a look at the films to learn more about life in the Roman Catholic Church.

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What is it like to be a member of the Salvation Army?

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Salvation Army

What is it like to be a member of the Salvation Army?

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“The Salvation Army was started by William Booth in 1865. It was known as The East London Christian Mission. In 1878 the name ‘The Salvation Army’ was first used – a picture which caught people’s imagination. This Army never fights against people but against wrong […]

Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. Israel was under occupation by the Roman Empire, causing tension and animosity on both sides. There was hatred between the Jews and their neighbours of mixed race, the Samaritans (i.e. people from a region called […]

Prayer

What is Christian prayer?

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Prayer

What is Christian prayer?

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What kind of picture do you have when you hear the word ‘prayer’? Have you ever prayed? What did you pray about? Why did you pray? For many Christians, prayer is just the name they give to speaking to God. It includes listening and thinking, […]

Worship

How do Christians worship?

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Worship

How do Christians worship?

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What would you say is the most important thing in your life? How do you show that to other people? For some people the most important thing might be a football team. They might go to see them play regularly. They might have posters of […]

Good Friday

What do Christians remember on Good Friday?

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Good Friday

What do Christians remember on Good Friday?

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Good Friday is the Friday of Holy Week, the Friday before Easter Day. It is thought that the name Good Friday is an altered form of God’s Friday. But many people say that ‘Good’ Friday is an appropriate name: on this special day, God showed […]

Easter Sunday

What is the Resurrection?

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Easter Sunday

What is the Resurrection?

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It is on Easter Sunday that the fasting and sadness of Lent turns to joyful celebration as Christians celebrate the Resurrection and declare that death is defeated and Jesus is alive. Jesus had told the disciples before he was arrested that he would be crucified […]

Good Friday

How do Christians remember Jesus' death on Good Friday?

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Good Friday

How do Christians remember Jesus' death on Good Friday?

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Good Friday is both a time of sadness and a time of thankfulness. Sadness as Christians remember the suffering that Jesus endured but thankfulness as they think about how he suffered and died as a sign of God’s love for all people. Some Christians will […]

Pentecost

What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Pentecost

What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Before Jesus returned back to heaven he set out for the disciples the work he now expected them to do: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name […]

The Orthodox Church

What does an Orthodox Church look like?

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The Orthodox Church

What does an Orthodox Church look like?

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  Here are some images from inside an Orthodox Church. You can discover some of the worship in the Orthodox Church by watching this film.

The Methodist Church

What is life like in a Methodist Church?

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The Methodist Church

What is life like in a Methodist Church?

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Methodism is the name given to the group of churches that came out of the Christian revival of the 18th century, led by the Wesley brothers, John and Charles. At first, Methodists were known as troublemakers! Nowadays the church is just as ‘respectable’ as any […]

Sayings of Jesus

How much of what Jesus said do you know?

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Sayings of Jesus

How much of what Jesus said do you know?

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What did Jesus say while He was here on earth? Test your knowledge of what Jesus said about a range of different subjects…

Resurrection evidence

What happened to Jesus' body?

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Resurrection evidence

What happened to Jesus' body?

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After Jesus was crucified, his body was placed in a cave and a large rock was rolled in front of the entrance. Roman guards were ordered to stand and keep watch over it to ensure that the body wasn’t stolen. However, after three days, Christians […]

Parables: The Unforgiving Servant

What did Jesus teach about the importance of forgiving?

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Parables: The Unforgiving Servant

What did Jesus teach about the importance of forgiving?

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Jesus taught people using stories called ‘Parables’. The Unforgiving Servant is a parable about forgiveness. Watch the film here and think for yourself: Are there things that you would forgive and things that you wouldn’t forgive? Should we forgive other people? When you do things […]

The Baptist Church

What's life in a Baptist Church like?

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The Baptist Church

What's life in a Baptist Church like?

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What makes a Baptist Church different from other Christian churches is partly found in the name. Unlike some other churches the Baptist Church does not baptise infants but instead once a person has made a commitment to the Christian faith then they will be baptised […]

The Church of England

What is life like in the Anglican Church?

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The Church of England

What is life like in the Anglican Church?

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The Church of England – also called the Anglican Church – has a long history. Its buildings which are used for worship on Sundays can date back hundreds of years. But despite its age, there is a lot of life and activity in the church […]

Churches Organisations

What organisations help Christians work and worship together?

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Churches Organisations

What organisations help Christians work and worship together?

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Churches Together

Do Christians from different churches ever meet together?

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Churches Together

Do Christians from different churches ever meet together?

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There have always been different ideas around in the Christian Church. The Bible teaches that some things are really important – and on others we can agree to differ. Churches are united in central beliefs – for example, those in the Nicene Creed – and […]

Churches Together

How do churches work together in their communities?

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Churches Together

How do churches work together in their communities?

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Why did Jesus pray that his followers  ‘may be one?’ (John 17:21). What is the importance of unity for the church? How do different Churches in our communities meet and work together in? How do they celebrate their faith and share their commitment to loving […]

The Nicene Creed

What do all Christians believe?

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The Nicene Creed

What do all Christians believe?

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In AD325, the Emperor Constantine called together 120 bishops from across the Roman Empire, to agree on a statement of what all Christians believe (The Creed). The Nicene Creed is named after the place where they met. Christian churches are united by this one statement […]

Not just Sunday…

What happens in churches during the week?

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Not just Sunday…

What happens in churches during the week?

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Church is about more than what happens in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning. Jesus taught that his followers should love their neighbour and the local church provides a place for many Christians to serve the people in their communities during the week. Try to […]

Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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The Church in the Bible

How does the Bible describe the Church?

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The Church in the Bible

How does the Bible describe the Church?

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  The Bible used a lot of word-pictures to help early Christians understand what the Church is designed to be. Church is a body – Jesus’ body, with Jesus himself as the Head (Ephesians 1: 22-23). Bodies are made of different parts – hands, feet, […]

The Early Church

What were the very first churches like?

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The Early Church

What were the very first churches like?

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When the Bible talks about church, it isn’t really talking about a building. ‘Church’ is the name given to people who follow Jesus, who meet together to worship God and learn to do what God asks them to. It is the people in the building […]

Dedication

What happens in a dedication service?

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Dedication

What happens in a dedication service?

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Some churches believe that being baptised is something people should decide to do when they are old enough. But they still think that welcoming children into the church is important. In these churches, you might find a ‘dedication’ or ‘thanksgiving’ service. Infant dedication is a […]

Jesus is baptised

What happened at Jesus' baptism?

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Jesus is baptised

What happened at Jesus' baptism?

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Baptism was already popular in the time of Jesus. It demonstrated a person’s commitment to living God’s way rather than their own. Jesus had a cousin called John who baptised people. He was known as John the Baptist. John was a preacher. He told people […]

Rites of Passage

How do Christians celebrate big life changes?

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Rites of Passage

How do Christians celebrate big life changes?

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What are the big ‘milestones’ you’ve experienced in your life? Maybe you can remember the first day you went to school. Maybe it was a time you moved to a new place to live. Maybe you’ve even moved country. Life is full of these big […]

Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Prayer is important for Christians, as they believe it is one of the main ways through which our relationship with God can grow deeper. Just as we grow closer to our friends when we spend time with them, so Christians believe that in spending time […]

Jesus’ Teaching: Faith

What did Jesus teach about having faith?

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Jesus’ Teaching: Faith

What did Jesus teach about having faith?

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The dictionary states that the definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Jesus had absolute faith in God the Father and encourages people to have the same faith. One day Jesus’ disciples asked him to increase their faith but he […]

Meet a Christian…

What unites Christians?

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Meet a Christian…

What unites Christians?

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Christians come in all different shapes and sizes, but they do have one thing in common – they believe in Jesus Christ as somebody special who has changed their life. Hear some stories here.

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What is a Christian?

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Perhaps the clue to what a Christian is can be found in the name. The word ‘Christian’ is actually a nickname – it literally means ‘little Christ’. It was a nickname given to men and women in the first century who went about talking about […]

Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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What do we know about Jesus? How do we know about his life and work? What are the key features of Jesus’ life?

Jesus and the Christian faith

Why do Christians worship him?

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Jesus and the Christian faith

Why do Christians worship him?

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Jesus spent 3 years meeting and teaching people. When he died he left a devoted group of a few hundred followers. Today, 2 billion people worldwide call themselves Christians. What makes Jesus so central to Christians’ lives today? For many, he is seen in the […]

Jesus today

Why do people choose to follow Jesus in the 21st century?

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Jesus today

Why do people choose to follow Jesus in the 21st century?

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It’s easy to think of Jesus as somebody who lives in history books. But Jesus is really important to Christians– not just as somebody who said and did amazing things 2000 years ago but as somebody who is a friend to them today. Most Christians […]

Celebrating Easter

Why is the Resurrection so important to Christians today?

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Celebrating Easter

Why is the Resurrection so important to Christians today?

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If the first question about the Resurrection – Jesus’ return from death – is ‘Did it happen?’, the second is ‘Does it really matter?’ Take a look at these films to find out how Christians have responded to that question.

The Resurrection

What do Christians believe happened on Easter Sunday?

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The Resurrection

What do Christians believe happened on Easter Sunday?

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What happened on Good Friday is important to Christians. But Jesus’ death on Good Friday isn’t the end of the story. Christians believe that Jesus did not stay dead, but came back to life three days later on Easter Sunday. This is known as the […]

Sin – what is it?

What do Christians mean by the word 'sin'?

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Sin – what is it?

What do Christians mean by the word 'sin'?

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Christians often talk about Jesus’ death as a way of bringing forgiveness for sin. But what is sin? Play the game and then read the explanation below. To play the game: The aim of the game is to fire a cannon ball from one side […]

Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus died by being crucified. ‘Crucifixion’ means nailed to a cross. The cross was then lifted up outside the city walls (in Jesus’ case, Jerusalem) so everybody could see it. The people on the cross were then left to die in the hot sun. It […]

The Easter Story: Doubtless

Is the idea that Jesus came back to life too much to believe?

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The Easter Story: Doubtless

Is the idea that Jesus came back to life too much to believe?

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Would you believe that a dead person could come back to life? It would be understandable to doubt it. One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, has gone down in history as the one who doubted the reports of Jesus’ resurrection. This film is based on that […]

The Easter Story: Talk of the morning

What happened on the first Easter Sunday?

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The Easter Story: Talk of the morning

What happened on the first Easter Sunday?

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The gospels say that Jesus didn’t stay dead. Lots of witnesses saw Jesus die on a cross on Friday – but by the Sunday there were rumours that the tomb was empty and that he had appeared to some of his followers – Mary Magdalene […]

The Easter Story: The Centurion’s story

What happened when Jesus was on the cross?

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The Easter Story: The Centurion’s story

What happened when Jesus was on the cross?

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The Bible says that Jesus died by being crucified by the Romans – that is, being nailed to a cross and left to die. The gospels quote a Roman soldier who watched Jesus die as saying ‘Surely this man was the Son of God.’ This […]

The Easter Story: Undeniable

What happened to Jesus' disciples after he was arrested?

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The Easter Story: Undeniable

What happened to Jesus' disciples after he was arrested?

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On the night before Jesus died – the night of his arrest – Jesus’ disciples ran away, scared for their lives. Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends, but even he let Jesus down. During the Last Supper, which happened only hours before his arrest, […]

Jesus’ miracles: Turning water into wine

How did Jesus liven up a wedding party?

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Jesus’ miracles: Turning water into wine

How did Jesus liven up a wedding party?

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According to the Gospel of John, this was the very first miracle – or ‘sign’ as John calls them – which Jesus did. Jesus, his mother and his disciples were all guests at a wedding in Cana, in Galilee. At the reception, the wine runs […]

Jesus’ miracles: Power over nature

What did Jesus do in the middle of a raging storm?

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Jesus’ miracles: Power over nature

What did Jesus do in the middle of a raging storm?

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The Gospel writers were keen to show that Jesus had power over nature. One time Jesus and the disciples were in a boat on the Lake of Galilee late one night. A storm began. It was so strong that the boat they were in was […]

Jesus’ miracles: Raising the dead

What did Jesus do in the face of death?

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Jesus’ miracles: Raising the dead

What did Jesus do in the face of death?

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The gospels include stories of Jesus bringing people back to life.  Two of these are the raising of Jairus’ daughter and of his friend Lazarus. The story of Jairus’ daughter begins when Jesus is met by a large crowd on the side of Lake Galilee. […]

Jesus’ miracles: Healings

What happened when Jesus met people who were unwell?

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Jesus’ miracles: Healings

What happened when Jesus met people who were unwell?

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The stories about Jesus tell us that he healed many different people with all kinds of problems. The blind, the deaf, those who could not speak and those with diseases all found healing by Jesus’ touch or his command. But Jesus is also seen to […]

Jesus’ miracles: the feeding of the 5,000

How did Jesus treat people who were hungry?

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Jesus’ miracles: the feeding of the 5,000

How did Jesus treat people who were hungry?

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Miracles are often seen as signs by the Gospel writers to explain what sort of God Christians believe in and how Jesus his Son shows that. This story shows that Jesus can supply the basic needs we have – in John’s version of the story, […]

Jesus’ miracles: Jairus’ daughter

Jesus brings a girl back to life

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Jesus’ miracles: Jairus’ daughter

Jesus brings a girl back to life

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There are several stories in the gospels of Jesus bringing people back to life. In one story, Jesus heals a 12-year-old girl who has died. You can read about it Mark 5: 21-43 or watch a version of the story here.

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What is a miracle?

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When Christians talk about a miracle, they mean an event that is not ‘normal’ – that is, one that should not be able to happen according to the laws of nature. The Gospels describe 35 miracles that Jesus performed. Over half of these 35 stories […]

The Unforgiving Servant

What does it mean?

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The Unforgiving Servant

What does it mean?

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The parables were stories Jesus used which enabled him to explain his teachings in a way he knew that the people would remember. They were also a means in which he could teach tough principles that were central to the Christian faith. One of these […]

The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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‘The Lost Son’ is the third of a group of Jesus’ parables about the idea of losing and finding. In the first one, a shepherd has a hundred sheep and then goes looking for one who wanders off. In the second one, a woman who […]

Prodigal Lost Son

Parables: The Lost Son

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‘The Lost (or Prodigal) Son’ is a very famous parable. It is the last of three parables Jesus tells about ‘lost’ things – first a sheep, then a coin, then finally a child. In the parable, the father represents God. The son represents the people […]

The Good Samaritan

What does it mean?

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The Good Samaritan

What does it mean?

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We all have people that we find difficult to love, those we would rather not know or cannot ever say anything good about. Jesus is asked a question “Who is my neighbour?” – that is, whom am I responsible for? He does not give a […]

Parables: The Good Samaritian

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One of the most famous parables of Jesus is known as ‘The Good Samaritan’. Samaritans were a group of people living next door to the Jews. (The Jews were the first people to hear Jesus’ story.) The Jews and the Samaritans were enemies and avoided […]

Jesus’ parables

What is a parable?

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Jesus’ parables

What is a parable?

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A parable is an imaginary story used to teach people a moral lesson (for example, how to treat people in need) or a spiritual lesson (for example, what God is like). In some ways, stories help people to understand things better. But Jesus also said […]

Jesus’ teaching: Money

What did Jesus teach about money and giving?

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Jesus’ teaching: Money

What did Jesus teach about money and giving?

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Money. It can do wonderful things and change lives for the better. Equally, it can be a cause of stress, arguments and leave our lives in a mess. Having too much can make you greedy for more, having too little can make you desperate. The […]

Jesus’ life and ministry

What do Christians believe about Jesus' life and ministry?

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Jesus’ life and ministry

What do Christians believe about Jesus' life and ministry?

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Jesus’ family Perhaps one of the most famous stories about Jesus is his birth: God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was […]

Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Did Jesus really exist? Yes. The New Testament part of the Bible tells us about who Jesus was, what he did, and why. But other writings by people who weren’t Christians also talk about a man named Jesus. Roman and Jewish historians such as Josephus […]

Christian Festivals

What are the big events that happen during the year?

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Christian Festivals

What are the big events that happen during the year?

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Our calendar year is divided into four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its special characteristics, colours and associations. For example Autumn is often associated with harvest, and the orange and yellow leaves that blow around in the blustery wind. It […]