In this encounter of Jesus, with the Pharisees in Matthew 22, he is questioned about taxes. In response Jesus points out that there is the Kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. As Christians we have a dual citizenship characterised by duty to the one a devotion to the other. Jan points out […]
In Luke’s record of Jesus’s “sermon on the plain” he contrasts blessing and sorrow, two contrasting expressions of life experience. Is this a word for the church today as it was for the ‘People of God’ that Jesus addressed face to face? Today’s mantra “with man all things are possible” leans toward heaven-on-earth by our […]
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 […]
Peter explores these few verses not simply by recounting the miracle of restored sight, but by what it means to know Jesus as a disciple and so call him “Lord” out of personal relationship.
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 […]
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 […]
Allen Foster begins our series on the generosity of God and our response to Him by considering the story of the widow in Mark 12:41-44. Focussing on the poor widow’s offering we learn that God is concerned with our heart’s response and not the amount of our gift. Allen asks us to consider what our […]
Gerald Barrett speaks from John 8:31-41, 48-59 about how children of Abraham find their identity in Christ.
In this all-age talk Peter asks: In what do we put our trust? How selectively do we view the commands of God?
This short talk addresses how Jesus talks about exercising admonition and encouragement of one another to walk the way of Christ in the context of the ‘little ones’ and ‘forgiveness’.