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’ […]
Tim Wetherfield continues in ‘All that Jesus said and did’ from Matthew. In speaking of God’s love in sending his Son he also makes the connection between the religious leaders and calls us to pray for our leaders in the nation.
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 […]
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.
Sid Bridges opens Luke 3 with three points in mind heightened spiritual temperature, there is a calling, would you loose your head for it? What did it mean then, and what might it mean to us now?
Sid Bridges shares with us from 1 John 5:1-12. Focusing on “the incarnate God”, he reminds us that God is for all of us, He is interested in our story. Using the Old Testament story of the Israelites we are reminded that life in Christ is like life in the Promised Land – one in […]
The readings before this talk were Romans 3:9-12, 17-26 and Matthew 22:34-40. Lis uses a personal example of how she experienced undeserved grace in a number of ways last week. Key to our restoration (salvation) is an acknowledgement of our personal sin and of the unmerited grace that God offers us in Jesus.