Blessings and Woes

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 […]

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 21:18-27

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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 […]

Advent 2

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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?

God’s Glory Shared

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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 […]

God’s Glory Shared 2.

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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.

God’s Glory Shared 1.

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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 […]

Generous God 2

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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 […]