Talks by Peter Cunliffe

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The Life of a Disciple 4

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Formed by the Spirit The Spirit is at work in us, in the church and in the world. In us…revealing the love of the Father to us, and so making us more like Christ In the church…forming the body of Christ – the Church and making a bride that will be holy and blameless and […]

The life of a Disciple 3

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This is the third in  a series about the life of a disciple of Jesus. Peter explores the Word becoming flesh in the person of Jesus, making the invisible God visible and the written word of God as given in the pages of the Bible. Formed by the word – hearing and doing Jesus’ words. […]

The Life of a Disciple 2

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This is the second in a series about what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  The first was a more general introduction to the series. Peter Cunliffe explores nurturing a life of faith and trust in God. This is done one step at a time Formed for a purpose – God’s initiative our response […]

Paradise

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Christ the King Sunday, Peter speaks about the plea of the thief on the cross.  The lectionary for this Sunday was Colossians 1:11-20 and Luke 23:37-43.  With thanks to Scott Hoezee of Calvin Theological Seminary for inspiration. The kingdom of God is expressed now whenever the People of God live lives that reflect the desire, purpose […]

Conversing with God

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Third in our series on prayer. Readings were from Psalm 86:1-17 and Colossians 3:1-4 Peter speaks about prayers as like answering speech and our need to respond first to what God has spoken.  To familiarise ourselves with prayer as answering speech we need to immerse ourselves in the God speech as we find it expressed in the […]

What is prayer?

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As we talk about prayer over the coming Sundays let’s be clear we are looking to the Bible as the source of our encouragement to engage with the Lord God, YHWH, the God and father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer is engaging God in relationship with him, a relationship that has been brought about by Jesus. It is personal, an expression of that relationship with God who has become our Father – having adopted us as his dearly beloved children. Effective prayer is linked directly to our inheritance –the kingdom of God that is pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay, an inheritance that is given for everyone. Through prayer we are recognising the reality of God’s kingdom, gaining confidence, standing tall in our new identity as chosen and beloved of God.