Jesus 120



Welcome to the Jesus 120 Podcast. We'll be looking at 120 different stories from the life of Jesus. In each episode we will take 1 of those stories & talk for about 20 minutes or less. Welcome to the conversation!


  • Godly Contentment - Pt 4: "Joyful Generosity"

    06/06/2021 Duración: 44min

    As we wrap up our series on contentment, we turn to one of the biggest sources of stress in our lives - our finances. Jesus invites us into a new way of living, that when properly understood and received from him will produce freedom and joy where there has previously been bondage and anxiety. May we find joy and satisfaction in the generosity of God.

  • Godly Contentment - Pt 3: "Contentment through Community"

    30/05/2021 Duración: 35min

    In today’s message, we explore the vital role that church community plays in helping us grow in godly contentment. Being anchored in our identity in Christ is meant to produce peace in our hearts, and a place in God’s family. Though our relationships in church community can be messy and difficult at times, it’s exactly where God has placed us in order to learn to walk in peace. May we learn to rest in Jesus, and be refreshed by His family.

  • Godly Contentment - Pt. 2: "At All Times"

    23/05/2021 Duración: 54min

    This week as we continue our series on godly contentment we spend some time reflecting on Paul’s ministry to the Philippian church. May we find encouragement from his example to be strengthened by the Lord Jesus at all times, so that we may experience His peace in even the most difficult circumstances of life.

  • Godly Contentment - Pt 1: “Settled or Settling”

    16/05/2021 Duración: 48min

    Today we kicked off a new series on godly contentment. Often we long to experience a sense of peace and satisfaction yet it seems elusive or short-lived. We read in the scripture that God offers us peace, yet it is often just a wish and not a true experience for many. The reality is that God’s gift of peace is available for us, if only we can face the idols we too often turn to for peace, and instead learn to receive it from Jesus. May we experience the grace and peace that He offers! Discussion Questions: 1. Can you share 1 or 2 things that bring you a sense of peace or satisfaction? What about something that steals your peace? How might this help expose a priority that is out of place? 2. Read James Hastings quote on how grace and peace go hand in hand: “Grace is the sum of blessing bestowed, from God. Peace the sum of blessing experienced.” Can you think of a time when God’s grace was present in a difficult situation, and even though it was difficult you experienced his peace in the midst of it? Can y

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt. 13: “A Little Leaven”

    09/05/2021 Duración: 42min

    In today’s sermon, we wrap up this series by considering Jesus' parable of God's Kingdom being like leaven. Let’s consider what truly has a ruling influence in our lives - is it Jesus’ kingdom or something else? May we discover how to be aware of what is truly influencing our lives, and have the ability to see clearly enough to help others bound by the false kingdoms of this world. Discussion Questions: 1. What does it mean for a “kingdom” to work as leaven in your life? How does Jesus' kingdom work as leaven to spread into every area of our lives? How can we co-operate with that process? Can you remember a time in your life when you were “oblivious" to what kingdom was primarily influencing the way you thought and lived? Does that ever happen to you now? How can we be more aware of the influence of kingdoms other than Jesus that are permeating our lives? Can you give an example in the world around us of an “obvious” kingdom mindset that is in opposition to Jesus' kingdom? Can you think of an example of

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt 12: "Peacemakers"

    02/05/2021 Duración: 48min

    This week, we explore the difficult topic of loving our enemies. One of the most challenging things Jesus calls us to do is to walk in forgiveness and love our enemies. Let’s learn from him how to have steadfast love, to experience the power of forgiveness, and to learn how to pray for those who hurt us. May God grant us the faith we need to love others well, and to grow more like our perfect Father as a result. Discussion Questions: 1. Why is loving our enemies so important to God? (See: Matt. 5:9, 44-45, & 48) What keeps us from loving our enemies? How can we balance avoiding abuse, drawing healthy boundaries, and yet not abandon the call to love our enemies? How does loving our enemies help us grow into being “perfect” (complete, mature, grown-up) like our Father? 2. Maturity as a believer involves being “steadfast” (see: James 1:2-4) and being people of “love” even when it’s difficult (see: 1 John 4:17-20). How do these 2 work together in our lives to grow and mature us in our faith? How can loving our

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt 11: "Light of Life"

    25/04/2021 Duración: 35min

    1. One of light’s purposes is to expose or reveal things hidden in the dark. How can we co-operate with God to allow his light to reveal sin and hurt that needs to be dealt with? What obstacles cause us to resist this? How can we find the courage to let Him shine a light in dark areas? 2. Light also shines on planted seeds in order to bring life and health which ultimately produces fruit. How can we allow God’s light to shine on seeds that have been planted in us? What do we do when that process is taking a long time? When we begin to see growth, how do we respond to Him in order to continue to grow and become fruitful? (see: Mark 4:23-25 and the role of “hearing and responding” to God) 3. Jesus also calls us the light of the world, & he wants his light in us to shine out to a dark world in need of light. On Sunday we contrasted a “flashlight” with a “house on a hill” as 2 opposite ways to shine a light for the world. How would you define a “flashlight” approach - can you think of some examples of this? H

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt. 10: "People of Peace"

    18/04/2021 Duración: 41min

    In this week’s sermon, we discuss Matthew chapter 10 when Jesus sends out the 12 disciples to share the good news of the kingdom. Jesus gives them some very practical instructions on how to be intentional in sharing the gospel that we would do well to learn from. Jesus calls us to be carriers of the gospel of peace and to spend time investing in those whose lives are open to us. May we learn to be safe and wise as we pour into the lives of others. Discussion Questions: 1. Consider Jesus analogy for us to be “wise” as serpents and “harmless” as doves - what can we learn from these animals that would help us understand how to be safe & wise? (Take time to discuss each animal and what characteristics we can learn from them). 2. How can we discern when to be patient and when to strike? How can we be a safe place and still “strike” with the truth of the gospel? 3. Which of the characteristics of snakes and doves come more naturally to you? Which of these do you struggle with? How can you grow in one of your

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt 9: "Bearing Fruit"

    11/04/2021 Duración: 44min

    In this week’s message, we explore the parable of the soils that Jesus told in Matthew 13. Jesus describes several ways that we can be ripped off from truly understanding the life-giving words of His kingdom, Instead, He offers a way forward that will produce a fruitful life if we purpose to truly integrate His words into our lives. May we all gain a true understanding of His Kingdom’s power and availability to set us free from the empty kingdoms of this world. Discussion Questions: 1. What stood out to you from the sermon this week? Was there something specific in your life Jesus was highlighting to you? 2. Can you share a specific skill, interest, or passion that you have become proficient in? How did you first get started? What were some key steps to helping you grow? What can you use from that experience to help you grow in Kingdom Understanding? 3. In the parable of the 4 soils, the first 3 types of soil describe different challenges that keep us from growing in our understanding of Jesus’ “kingd

  • Easter Sunrise Service

    04/04/2021 Duración: 37min

    It’s Resurrection Sunday! In this week’s sermon, we consider the risen Jesus through the eyes of Simon Peter. After a long night of fishing with nothing to show for it, Jesus calls out to him from the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the same place where Peter was first called to follow him, where Jesus calmed the deadly storm, and where Peter joined his Master for a walk on the water. May we have eyes to see our risen savior Jesus, and faith to take the plunge as he calls us into resurrection life. Discussion Questions: 1) What was the Lord speaking to you this weekend? Did something touch you from one of our services, or in your own time of devotion with him? What is Jesus asking you to do in response to that? 2) On Good Friday we explored 7 statements Jesus made from the cross (see attached notes for reference). Did something, in particular, stand out to you from that time of reflection? What do you think the Lord is showing you through that? 3) On Easter, we looked at 3 stories from Peter’s life - the m

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt 8: "Be Ready"

    28/03/2021 Duración: 51min

    In this week's sermon, we focus on one of Jesus' primary concerns between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Jesus spent time with his followers emphasizing the need for them to be ready - ready for his second coming, ready for the challenges they would face while they waited, and ultimately the call to be ready to minister to a world in need. May we all be ready to participate in Jesus' present activity while we receive strength and patience from him as we await his victorious return!

  • The Hidden Kingdom - Pt. 7: "Kingdom Curiosity"

    21/03/2021 Duración: 55min

    As we continue our journey exploring the hidden nature of God’s Kingdom, we spend time focusing on how important it is to develop a healthy sense of curiosity in our relationship with Jesus. The biggest difference between Jesus' disciples, and all the other folks who witnessed His life, miracles, and teachings - was that Jesus' followers were hungry to understand what he was all about. Many people had good news right in front of them but missed it because they were unable to truly understand what Jesus had to offer. It wasn’t about their level of intelligence or even their spiritual acumen - it just boiled down to where they focused their attention. Will we purpose to behold Jesus and discover the riches of His kingdom? Discussion Questions: 1. What stood out to you from the sermon this week? Was there something specific in your life Jesus was highlighting to you? 2. Can you share an example of an interest or hobby that you really enjoy thinking about and exploring? What is a fun or surprising thing you

  • Startled by Grace Part 8: "Stories of Grace - Vikas Mehta"

    17/03/2021 Duración: 26min

    This week in our series “Startled by Grace” we hear from our friend Vikas Mehta about how the grace of Jesus redeemed his life, and how God has guided him from India, to Hong Kong, and ultimately to Knoxville. We are praying you will be blessed through this powerful testimony of the love & grace of Jesus!

  • #9. Fisher of men


    1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished a

  • #8. John's Disciples


    35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[b] was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Beth

  • #7. Home town


    14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and ma

  • #63. Man with Dropsy

    17/03/2021 Duración: 16min

    1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things. GROUP QUESTIONS 1. What did Jesus teach you during the sermon this week? 2. What is Jesus doing in your life right now? 3. What is Jesus teaching you in this passage? 4. What do you do in private that you would never do in public? 5. How can good intentions get in the way of doing the right thing? 6. Who will you teach this story to? How did it go teaching the story from last week? FAMILY QUESTIONS Elementary (what?) • What happened? • What did you learn abou

  • #62. The Little Children

    17/03/2021 Duración: 14min

    1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it aw

  • #61. Bread of Life

    17/03/2021 Duración: 17min

    22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God

  • #60. Coin & the Fish

    17/03/2021 Duración: 17min

    The Temple Tax 24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[a] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.” Group Questions 1. What did Jesus teach you during the sermon this week? 2. What is Jesus doing in your life right now? 3. What is Jesus teaching you in this passage? 4. Who is exempt from taxes? 5. How is Jesus challenging you? 6. What is Jesus teaching Peter? 7. Why does Jesus allow for the “offense” of others? Family Questions Elementary (what?) • What h

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