Talks

Each week we hope to bring you recordings of the teaching from our 10:30 and Café Church services. Due to the format of some of our services we are not always able to record the talks.  We hope you enjoy these talks and find that the Holy Spirit can talk to you through them.

Alan Bing – Harvest Service and Diocesan Appeal – 8th October 2017

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Podcast

Earlier in the year Alan Bing joined a team from the Diocese of Carlisle who paid a visit to Zululand, one of our ‘link’ dioceses in South Africa to see the agricultural work being undertaken to support the people there.

As the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal this year is in support of this work, Alan reported on his visit – complete with slides – at this service.  He used a reading from 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 as the basis of his presentation – “For we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, God’s building”.

See the Diocesan website for more detail on the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal: https://www.carlislediocese.org.uk/our-diocese/diocesan-committees/world-development/harvest-for-the-hungry.html

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Matt Keddilty on the parable of the ‘Two Sons’ – 1st October 2017

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Podcast

The lectionary readings for this service were Philippians 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32.

Matt’s sermon focussed on the Gospel, the parable of the ‘Two Sons’. At the service, and so in this podcast, the Gospel was read in Norwegian!  As your grasp of that language may not be too good you might care to read it through before listening to this recording!

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Tim Lee speaking about Jigsaw Ministries in the Philippines on 24th September 2017

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Podcast

An unrehearsed dramatic presentation of the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7) was the prelude to Tim Lees’ talk on the ‘Jigsaw Kids Ministry’  in the Philippines.

To learn more about this ministry, see their website at:  http://www.jigsawkidsministries.org/

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Jen Cox at the All Age Service on 10th September – ‘Faith and Trust’

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Podcast

The story of the Roman Centurion’s faith in Jesus when asking for his servant to be healed, as recorded in Matthew 8:5-13, was the basis of Jen Cox’s talk at the All Age Worship service.

The tale of this non-Jewish man of authority, with his care for a mere servant, approaching Jesus quite openly is an example to us all of faith and trust.

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Alan Bing on Forgiveness – 17th Septrmber 2017

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Podcast

The parable of the ‘Unforgiving Servant’ in Matthew 18:21-35 formed the basis of Alan Bing’s sermon on ‘Forgiveness’, supplemented by Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers as recorded in Genesis 50:15-21.

The two main points to be drawn from these readings are that:

  1. We must forgive others if we ourselves are to be forgiven;
  2. The debt we owe God is far greater than anything others owe us!
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Matt Topping on Following Jesus – Sunday 3rd September 2017

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Podcast

“Deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow me!”

These words of Jesus from today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 16:21-28) were the subject of Matt Topping’s sermon spelling out what it means to follow Jesus, to become his disciples or ‘apprentices’.

To be with Jesus, become like Jesus and to do what Jesus did.

This was summarised in the first set reading from Romans 12:9-21.

 

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Matt Keddilty – 27th August 2017

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Podcast

Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20 were the readings set for this Sunday and Matt homed in on the Gospel passage when he helped us to go beyong how people see us to just what our own perceptions are as to who Jesus really is.

Not an easy question to answer by any means!

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Eric Barker on God’s Unconditional Love for His Own People – 20th August 2017

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Podcast

Eric Barker chose to speak on the first reading fromRomans 11:1-2a, 29-32, the Gospel reading having been Matthew 15:10-28.

Opening with his own unconditional love for his children, Eric then went on to speak of God’s having called the nation of Israel to be his ‘chosen people’. Despite their special ‘calling’ the Israelites frequently went astray and rebelled, the Old Testament being a record of all their falling away, yet God never gave up on them and constantly called them back to Himself. Despite all their backsliding, God’s promises were irrevocable, having no ‘expiry date’ to them.

Just as God has a purpose for having called Israel into being, so also he has a purpose for having called the Church into being as a ‘New Israel’. As part of the Church we also are called by God for a purpose, despite our repeatedly messing things up!

Israel was called to be a blessing to the people around them. The Church is called to be a blessing to those around it. We are called to be a blessing to those around us despite our repeated failures and falling away.

 

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Brian Bull – Transfiguration Sunday – 6th August 2017

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Podcast

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Luke 9:28-36 were the set readings, the Gospel being the narrative of Jesus’ Transfiguration on a mountain where he was accompanied by the figures of Moses and Elijah. These two are traditionally understood as being representatives of the Law and the Prophets.

Brian Bull, however, sees them in a different light when looking at verse 31 with its “They spoke about his (Jesus’) departure” with the Greek word being better translated as “exodus”. With both Moses and Elijah both having had “exodus” experiences, here they are shown as supporting Jesus as he approaches his own “exodus” in his forthcoming death and resurrection.

In similar manner we, too, are supported through our own Christian lives with their “exodus” times.

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Peter Taylor – 30th July 2017

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Podcast

Psalm 119:105-112 and Mark 2:13-17; 3:1-6 were the readings selected by Peter Taylor for his sermon on the ‘critical spirit’ of the Pharisees.

“Pharisees – You’ve got it all wrong!”, says Peter quite emphatically, referring to their reaction to Jesus’ call of Levi and subsequently eating with tax collectors, followed by Jesus having the temerity to actually heal on the Sabbath!

 

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