Author Archives: Jonny Raine

Off to Aber

At the end of this month, I’m heading off to Aberystwyth, not on holiday but to help out with a CU Mission. I, and another minister nearby (James Sercombe from Crickhowell) have been asked to help by giving the talks at their weeklong mission at the university.

University is a great time to reach people with the good news of Jesus. For the most part, people have come away from their comfortable home environment, are mixing with people of different backgrounds and ideologies, and they’re figuring out who they are as they grow into adulthood. As a result, most people are open to at least thinking about something they’ve never considered before, like Jesus!

As a warm up, I was asked to go up at Christmas and give the talk at the Christmas banquet. I actually used my Christmas Day message from Luke 1, though adapted it for the different audience. The large room was packed with around 140 people, and I was told that 99 of them were not from the CU and were not yet Christians – what an opportunity!

So, mission week is 18th to 20th February. I’ll be giving the lunchtime talks as follows:

Tuesday: A liberating story; what does it mean to be free?

Wednesday: A trustworthy story; how can I trust the Bible?

Thursday: An honest story; why do Christians say one thing and do another?

Friday: A better story; is there meaning in my pain?

I’d value your prayers for preparing those talks, for delivering them, and for good conversations to follow them. And not just for myself but for the other speakers as well and for the CU members as they invite friends and follow them up afterwards.

(This article originally appeared in the February edition of the church magazine)

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Sermon Series: Amos

Coming up on Sunday mornings, we’ll be looking at the book of Amos. It’s a book of the Bible that will give us a big picture of who God is and how he must respond to us in our sinful nature. That will then drive us to the wonder of forgiveness secured for us in Jesus!

3 Feb Amos 1:1-2:16 A Vortex of Guilt
10 Feb Amos 3:1-4:13 A Catalogue of Judgements
17 Feb Amos 5:1-6:14 An Inventory of Crimes
24 Feb Amos 7:1-8:14 A Visualisation of Retribution
3 Mar Amos 9:1-15 A Forecast of Verdict


Complimentary refreshments will be served at all of our services (except for Christmas Day) including mince pies! Every service will be different so come to as many as you’re able to.

Origins: World

Having completed an overview series of the book of Genesis a year ago, it’s time to revisit the book in a bit more detail. So we’re taking on the first 11 chapters of the book with the title, Origins: World. As we do so, we’ll be exploring what it is that makes us humans in our world, especially in relation to God, and why the rest of the Bible exists. So it’s pretty essential stuff! Here’s the plan:

14 October Genesis 1:1-2:3 Creation
21 October Genesis 2:4-25 Harmony
28 October Genesis 3:1-24 Curse
4 November Genesis 4:1-26 Corruption
11 November Genesis 5:1-32 Death
25 November Genesis 6:1-7:24 Judgement
2 December Genesis 8:1-9:17 Creation II
9 December Genesis 9:18-10:32 Curse II
23 December Genesis 11:1-26 Corruption II