the world’s religions are around us making their various claims
about what this life is all about and whether or not there’s
anything after death. In our multi cultural and multi religious
society one thing’s for sure - there are plenty of different
claims about life and faith but not all of them can be right!
In 2009 at Caversham Baptist Church, we embarked on an
integrated six-week journey thinking about the reasons why Jesus
Christ is unique. This involved preaching, memory verses, home
groups studies, Sunday evening pizza church, Pete’s Space
prompt, and reading Chris Wright’s book ‘The Uniqueness
the following passages we considered each week the unique claims
Jesus made about Himself and His relationship with God. The sermon
archive on this site has the Sunday messages.
Sunday 8 March 2009 A Tale of Two Trees
Genesis 1:1, 2:9
Sunday 15 March 2009 Liar, Lord or Lunatic?
Sunday 22 March 2009 Why did Jesus have to die?
Sunday 29 March 2009Jesus, You’re My Superhero
Sunday 5 April 2009 Dr Livingstone I presume?
Sunday 12 April 2009 WANTED: Dead or Alive! Jesus Christ
One of the keys to following Jesus is knowing truth. Psalm 119:9 says:
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Selections of memory verse card were available from the JESUS IS UNIQUE!
information table to encourage memorising key passage from the Bible
about the uniqueness of Jesus.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ
Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with
God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made
himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in
human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled
himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!
God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in
heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Sunday 8 March 2009
Sunday 15 March 2009
Taking a Stand!
22 March 2009
Many roads to God?
29 March 2009
5 April 2009
Love + Truth + Power =
12 April 2009
D-O v D-O-N-E
questions prepared for home group discussions were deliberately
simple. They were designed to help people respond to Sunday’s
message and interact with Chris Wright’s book. For leaders not
a lot of preparation was required because they were facilitating
discussion, rather than leading a study.
week the same questions to begin, and end, the discussion were used:
the basis of the message we heard on Sunday, what is unique about
the basis of our discussion tonight, what is unique about Jesus?
you agree with Chris Wright’s opinion, on p90 of The Uniqueness
of Jesus, that everyone is asking four fundamental questions? Have
these questions ever been yours? Are you aware of other people asking
these questions? Does the Christian story of God’s creation and
Jesus’ redemption adequately answer these questions?
encouraged everyone participating in the JESUS IS UNIQUE! Campaign to
read Chris Wright’s book, The Uniqueness of Jesus. The first
four chapters of the book are pretty heavy going as Wright describes
pluralism and tolerance, the prevailing world view in western
countries today, and then describes various theological positions
Christians have come to in terms of the inclusivity or exclusivity of
Jesus in relation to the world’s other religions.
the last two chapters Wright outlines the reasons why he believes
Jesus Christ is unique and the only means of salvation. In other
words, Wright believes that the God who created the universe has
enabled people to know him in this life, and the life to come,
through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
is a book you need to read!
the duration of the JESUS IS UNIQUE! Campaign, we ran Pizza Church on
Monday nights from 5:30-7:00pm. Most people eat dinner and then do
the dishes at this time, so the idea is that we have a quick and easy
tea together and then spend some time discussing why JESUS IS UNIQUE!
6:00-7:00pm, adults sat around tables in the church hall discussing
questions related to the message from Sunday @ 10:15am. We also spend
time praying together.
the same time a programme for kids operated that included DVD’s
whole thing wrapped up bang on 7 o’clock so that people could
take their kids home, watch The Crowd Goes Wild, or head off to
were asked to pre-order their tea (on Sundays) and bring a koha
(donation) to cover pizza costs. It’s basically $1 a slice for
pizza, so that gives you a good indication of what to bring. We
hoped to have people from every age and stage of life at the Pizza
four years on we would like to think that we continue to promote
Jesus’ uniqueness and live life well together. If you visit we
hope you won’t be put on the spot or asked to hand over any
money, but will find a friendly community of people who want to know
what is true and then live by it. Come along and check us out!