The Nature of the Church

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Blessings and Woes

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 […]

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 […]

    Admonition in the Church

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      A short message about the need to help one another live a life of holiness by exploring and noting the “little ones” earlier in the context of Jesus talking to his disciples about the “little child” and the “lost sheep” in Matthew 18.  Matthew 18:15-20

      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 […]