2. The kingdom of God is a gift

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Reading from Matthew 20:1-16 the parable of the vineyard workers. Jesus want to tell people that the kingdom of God is a gift.  In this parable all the men, no matter when they started work, were given a full day’s pay.  The kingdom is something God freely gives, not something we can earn- Luke 12:32.

What is the Kingdom of God?

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    Introduction The coming of the kingdom of God was Jesus’ central message.  Everything else in the gospels is a way of illustrating what that means. Nature: righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17) Context: God’s reign and his rule (Believers are to be subjects of God’s kingdom). Expresion: values counter to the […]

    New Covenant

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    Reading from Jeremiah 3:31-36 and referring Hebrews 10. The New Covenant makes possible the restoration of God’s family and the healing of broken relationships.

    Hope Into Action

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    Guest Speaker Ed Walker of Hope in Action shares about the organisation which provides homes for the homeless through the local church.

    Who is Jesus?

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    The introductory reading to this talk is Mark 1:9-15.  The urgency in Mark’s gospel in indicated by his use of the word ‘immediately’ – some forty times. Simon Phipps explores the ‘grand plan’ of Mark’s gospel and the question Mark is answering: Who is Jesus?  In our desire to be a disciple-making church Simon focuses […]

    The Transfiguration

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    The passage in the lectionary today, Mark 9:2-9, comes in the context of Jesus’ question to the disciples; ‘Who do you think I am?’, and his preparation of the disciples for the coming crucifixion.  The disciples hear God speak about his Son.  The transfiguration shows them God ‘glorifying’ his Son – the ‘metamorphosed’ Jesus reveals […]

    The Light of the World

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    Gerald draws our attention to three things we can learn about God from John 1:1-14 – God is life, light and love.  In the second part of his talk he draws our attention to the fact that God is looking. With the illustration of Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World  he encourages the listener […]

    Where is the Lamb?

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    Mark takes the passage from Luke 2:22-40 and shows insights into the big story of God, connections between the Old and the New Covenants, the sacrificial lambs of Hebraic worship, Mary and Joseph’s poverty seen through the sacrifice they offer as they bring Jesus to the Temple, the wonder of Simeon and Anna’s faithful waiting […]

    Wedding at Cana

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    In the first part Jan Smith takes a narrative approach to the gospel reading for today: John 2:1-11 , telling the story as a “friend of Mary” and, in the second, considers how we often approach God in prayer with an “action list” for him.