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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Coming immediately after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem we hear his welcome of the least and the outcast, are reminded that the Temple was the place of God’s indwelling, and that its rightful purpose was being abused. As temples of God’s Holy Spirit the Believer is reminded that blessing comes when we use our bodies […]
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 […]
On Pentecost Sunday, Kate Baker continues the series about the life of discipleship speaking from personal experience and the miracle at the wedding in Cana about a life of faith and trust (John 2:1-11). There is a one minute pause for listening to God at the end of the recording before a final prayer.
Formed by the Spirit The Spirit is at work in us, in the church and in the world. In us…revealing the love of the Father to us, and so making us more like Christ In the church…forming the body of Christ – the Church and making a bride that will be holy and blameless and […]
This is the second in a series about what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The first was a more general introduction to the series. Peter Cunliffe explores nurturing a life of faith and trust in God. This is done one step at a time Formed for a purpose – God’s initiative our response […]