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’ […]
Allen sets the geographical context for the ‘Palm Sunday’ events. He asks what our response is as he looks at the primary characters in the text.
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 […]
Allen begins with ‘pictures’ of how we see the Father and the Son, and the difficulty of ‘picturing’ the Spirit. Ezekiel 37 is the text for his speaking about. the Spirit under the headings: Resurrection, Renewal, Restoration. From Romans 8 he speaks of a theology of justification.
Allen begins with ‘pictures’ of how we see the Father and the Son, and the difficulty of imagining the Spirit. Ezekiel 37 is the text for his speaking about. the Spirit under the headings: Resurrection, Renewal, Restoration. From Romans 8 he speaks of a theology of justification.
The Cost of the Kingdom. “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus. What’s our world view – earthly or heavenly?
Allen explores the geographical and historical context of the ‘Magi” as ‘king-makers’ of the East who come looking for a new-born king. Following the text of Matthew’s Gospel he leads on to ask what the message is for us today. Matthew’s emphasis is Jesus, King of te Jews. Our challenge is enthroning Jesus as ‘king of our lives’ each day. Herod wasn’t concerned to travel 7 ml to Bethlehem, the Magi travelled may be 1700 ml.
If we enthrone Jesus will we give him our treasure? What is our attitude to our possessions? Will we bring our praise and prayer and finally, dying to self, bring our lives?
Fifth in our series on prayer. The following Scriptures were read: 1 John 1:5- 2:6; Luke 12:1-10 At the end of his talk Allen leads in prayer. You may wish to pause the playback to engage with the prayer yourself.
Second in a series on prayer. After reading Galatians 3:26-4:7 and John 10:7-16 Allen talks about prayer in other religions – naming three and the difference with Christian prayer. He speaks about his own personal experience and how he takes time for prayer today.
Allen follows Jesus’ rebuttal of the Pharisees about defilement and speaks of the heart. He reflects on the Church’s role as a royal priesthood following the decision taken by the nation in the EU Referendum.