Faith

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Love the Lord your God

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Sid Bridges explores Deuteronomy 6:4-16 after being asked to speak on the passage 15 years previously when first coming to St James as the Youth Minister.  The story of the Children of Israel briefly is mapped and the question asked, “What happened in Massah?” When God seems absent how do we respond?  When we doubt […]

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:1-14

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Allen sets the context for Jesus’ parable(s) of the wedding banquet exploring the meaning of the parable and asking questions from the congregation (some of these are hard to hear but Allen’s replies make clear their questions.  He draws us to understand that all are invited bad and good, that the wedding dress of ‘righteousness’ […]

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 21:18-27

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Peter speaks about the integrity of the text and the significance of Jesus words and actions when seen in the context of the Old Testament’s prophetic expectations.  The effect of slicing the text into paragraphs and verses with interpolated paragraph headings often distracts from the bigger story.  Here faith and doubt are juxtaposed in a […]

God’s Glory Shared

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Sid Bridges shares with us from 1 John 5:1-12. Focusing on “the incarnate God”, he reminds us that God is for all of us, He is interested in our story. Using the Old Testament story of the Israelites we are reminded that life in Christ is like life in the Promised Land – one in […]

Generous God 2

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Rev Sid returns to St James to speak about generosity from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, with three main points: that we know God’s character, we know God’s goodness, and we know God’s generosity towards us then we receive God’s generosity for ourselves, and then we pass it on and share it with others. Sid commends the […]

Abram and Hagar, faith and faithful(less)ness

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Genesis 16.  Peter draws parallels between Abram and Hagar, Daniel and Nebuchadnezer, and the church and culture today. Faith and faithfulness require wisdom in assimilation, accommodation and holiness in our culture today. After waiting 10 years Abram and Sarai turn away from the promise of God to the practices of their culture.  The results bring […]

Introduction to 1 Timothy

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    Peter introduces Timothy and Paul’s first letter to Timothy.  This was the first in a twice monthly evening series. First Timothy was read as a whole by Anbu Hoole and is included in this recording. The focus of Paul’s letter is found in 1 Timothy 3:14-15 – conduct in the household of God – the […]

    The Life of a Disciple

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    In this last in the series ‘the Life of a Disciple’, Rosie sums up some of the areas which have been considered through the series and looks at what it means to be real, authentic disciples of Christ.  She illustrates this using the story from Luke 13:10-13 of a woman ‘crippled’ for 18 years.

    The Life of a Disciple – 8

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    Peter Cunliffe develops the subject of discipleship and draws on Deuteronomy 4:4-9 and Mark 10:13-16 to explore what it means to have responsibility for the whole church in nurturing faith in one another, especially thinking about our roles in the faith development of children and young people.  As adults in the church we face the […]