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.
Readings were from Genesis 1:26-31a and Isaiah 43:1-7. The preacher sets the scene for a short series about the big picture of God and us. Beginning with the perfection of creation it looks forward, beyond the world’s mess, to the image of God being restored in us. As the pinnacle of God’s creation we can […]
Rev Sid returns to St James to speak about generosity from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, with three main points: that we know God’s character, we know God’s goodness, and we know God’s generosity towards us then we receive God’s generosity for ourselves, and then we pass it on and share it with others. Sid commends the […]
Ben Pearson finishes the summer series on Psalms with Psalm 132, looking forward to God’s perfect Kingdom, with Christ as king.
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 […]