Jesus is Unique

All 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 of Jesus’.

Using 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.

Preaching passages:

Sunday 8 March 2009 A Tale of Two Trees
Genesis 1:1, 2:9
John 1:1-2
Revelation 22:1-2

Sunday 15 March 2009 Liar, Lord or Lunatic?
John 14:6

Sunday 22 March 2009 Why did Jesus have to die?
Philippians 2:5-11

Sunday 29 March 2009Jesus, You’re My Superhero
Colossians 1:15-23

Sunday 5 April 2009 Dr Livingstone I presume?
Peter 2:4-12

Sunday 12 April 2009 WANTED: Dead or Alive! Jesus Christ
Hebrews 2:5-18

Memory verses

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.

Philippians 2:5-11

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!

Therefore 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.

PETESPACE

Sunday 8 March 2009
 Absolute Truth



Sunday 15 March 2009
 Taking a Stand!



Sunday 22 March 2009
 Many roads to God?



Sunday 29 March 2009
 Bridge Illustration



Sunday 5 April 2009
 Love + Truth + Power = Fruit!



Sunday 12 April 2009
 D-O v D-O-N-E

HOME GROUP QUESTIONS

The 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.

Each week the same questions to begin, and end, the discussion were used:

On the basis of the message we heard on Sunday, what is unique about Jesus?

On the basis of our discussion tonight, what is unique about Jesus?

For example

Sunday 8 March 2009 A Tale of Two Trees
Genesis 1:1, 2:9
John 1:1-2
Revelation 22:1-2

Do 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?

THE BOOK

We 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.

In 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.

This is a book you need to read!

PIZZA CHURCH

For 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!

From 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.

At the same time a programme for kids operated that included DVD’s and activities.

The 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 meetings.

People 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 Church.

Nearly 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!