Who is Jesus?
Jesus, often known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, lived from about 4 BCE to about 30-33CE.
He was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader who claimed to be (and is believed by Christians to be) the Son of God, i.e. the embodiment of God the Son, as well as the Messiah (the Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.
Christians believe that he was raised from death after being crucified for his claims and was seen by his followers and many others before ascending to heaven.
Once in heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who gives understanding and enables all who believe to experience the presence of the risen Jesus today.
In John’s Gospel chapter 3 verses 16-17 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Christians believe that this eternal life is not just life after death, it is also abundant life with Jesus before death. It is a transformational, ongoing journey of guidance, challenge, healing, service, fellowship, adventure and joy.
Taketime Together groups
For some, the experience of Taketime has developed into a desire to explore faith with others in a group. We offer two types of groups:
In-person Taketime Groups
These typically have three parts.
- a 20 to 30-minute Taketime Meditation,
- Tea and coffee and a chance to chat with others informally
- a Time of Sharing
There is an opportunity to leave after each section, so you can leave after the meditation if you wish, or after the refreshments, or you can stay for all three sections.
The Time of Sharing is for anyone who would like to talk about their spiritual journey and look at the Bible passage on which the meditation was based.
It uses open questions enabling people to share their experiences of the meditation if they wish. The session then looks at the Bible text and allows people to share their reactions. No background knowledge is needed and all contributions are valued equally.
An in-person Taketime session time will typically last between 45 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on the constraints of the group. For example a lunchtime group may only have 45 minutes to meet.
Online Taketime groups
These typically have two parts:
- a 12 -20 Taketime meditation,
- a Time of Sharing
It uses open questions enabling people to share their experiences of the meditation if they wish. Depending on the length of the session it may include a look at the Bible text and allow people to share their reactions. No background knowledge is needed and all contributions are valued equally.
An online Taketime session time will typically last between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the group.
To find a group near you click on the Groups tab.