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All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:15-22

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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 […]

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 1.

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Readings were from Genesis 1:26-31a and Isaiah 43:1-7. The preacher sets the scene for a short series about the big picture of God and us. Beginning with the perfection of creation it looks forward, beyond the world’s mess, to the image of God being restored in us.  As the pinnacle of God’s creation we can […]

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 […]

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.

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 11: 20-24

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Last week we ended with Jesus’ denunciation of the people through his little parable of the children at play, as we continue to read in Matthew the denunciation becomes sharper. In these five verses of Matt 11:20-24 there is a double warning, explanation and comparison of the story of judgement on towns in Israel’s past […]

Grace

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Rosemary Cunliffe completes our series on the Basis of Faith adopted by St James’ by speaking of heaven from Revelation 21 and the city of God but beginning with Genesis 1 taking us from creation to new creation.

Christ’s Return as the Triumph of Grace

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The gift of eternal life is not ultimately a passport to heaven but a participation in new creation that breaks into our present reality with a completely new reality –the kingdom of God in which we participate as the holy people of God, full of grace and truth. Matthew 24:32-44; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18