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.
Jesus has already won the victory on the cross, which is the game-changer even before Christ comes again. There are so many pressures and problems in the world right now, but we have the assurance that our incomparable and majestic God is with us.
Mark 1: 4-13 On this first Sunday of Epiphany, the gospel writer propels us into the story of Jesus not unlike the way in which we read of the Holy Spirit propels Jesus into the wilderness temptations. Here we find details which should cause us to see Jesus in the big story of God. It […]
Peter Cunliffe introduces the New Year with a call to stop and listen to what God is saying to us through the preaching from the lectionary readings. Peter reminds us that our lives are lived only through the gracious hand of God. We need the light of Jesus to protect us from the oppression of […]
Confidence in our witness to the Lord Jesus. 1 Peter 3:13-4:6 Simon Phipps shares his own story of coming to faith from a dairy farm in Dorset to a factory in West Yorkshire. He speaks about the power of story, the need to be prepared to share our own and the importance of prayer.
Confidence in Relationships 1 Peter 3:1-12 In this talk Jan sets out a the cultural context of Peter’s writing, showing how his address to women and slaves subverts the cultural norm alongside his instruction to women. Jan acknowledges the hard questions that come from unanswered prayers, and encourages us to share our faith when the […]
Confident in the World 1 Peter 2:11-25 There is a break in internet connectivity near the beginning of this recording. Please continuing listening. Jan Smith recognises the current Corona virus pandemic is giving the church a unique opportunity to ‘pause’ and probably to ‘reset’ before continuing to ‘play’. She looks at how as Christian believers […]
Confidence in Identity 1 Peter 2:4-10
Confidence in the Gospel 1 Peter 1:1 – 2:3 This first talk sets the context of Peter’s writing, introduces Peter and sets out the consequences of a new birth in Christ. Far from a life that is plain-sailing, the Christian life will lead to suffering. Corrie Ten Boom was quoted as saying, “If God sends […]
In this last of the series of Frontline Sundays we read from Hebrews 10:19-25. Motivating one another and gathering together was all the more poignant on the Sunday before a second ‘lockdown’ was to begin. Allen Foster reviewed the series reminding us that we are God’s elect, scattered and exiled. We hold hope together with […]