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Bible Overview Advent Calendar

Bible Overview Advent Calendar

By Matthew Roberts, 30 Nov 2017 Here is a Bible Overview that we’ve used for the children at our church, divided into days for an Advent Calendar. In our family we cut out the first three columns of this and put the slips of paper into an advent calendar (along with some chocolate – that’s optional!). This year we’re going to have a chart for them to stick the slips of paper to each day. We also keep a printout of the...

Ordaining Elders: Evangelism Part B

Ordaining Elders: Evangelism Part B

By Matthew Roberts, 21 Sep 2017 It’s not possible for Christians to be unconcerned about evangelism. The gospel of Jesus is good news: and Jesus presumed (for example in Matthew 25:31-32, which I’ll be preaching from this Sunday) that the whole world would in time be in a position to answer for how they had responded to him. So Jesus’ church has a duty to make sure the whole world knows of him. The church is the family ...

The self-defeating lie of Self

The self-defeating lie of Self

By Matthew Roberts, 29 Mar 2017 Suffering the perennial curse of parents of young children, that of having to watch the beginning and end of countless films of animated non-human creatures with American accents, I was treated recently to this piece of dialogue between Papa Smurf and the Smurfette: Smurfette: ‘Papa, every year, on my birthday, I have these horrible dreams about where I com...

Christmas letter: The Prince of Peace with a Double Crown

Christmas letter: The Prince of Peace with a Double Crown

By Matthew Roberts, 22 Dec 2016 Dear brothers and sisters at Trinity Church York Zechariah hardly comes top of the list of most Christians’ favourite parts of the Bible at Christmas time. But I chose it for our Christmas sermon series because it is so wonderfully clear about Jesus. Now ‘clear’ might not be what most people would think about the book: it’s full of visions which to us read at first sight as bein...

Christmas: Getting ready for Advent

Christmas: Getting ready for Advent

By Matthew Roberts, 01 Dec 2016 Our children opened their Advent Calendars this morning for the first time this year. In our family, the arrival of advent is marked by nothing so much as an annual struggle to assemble, late at night on 30th November, a family heirloom advent calendar in the shape of a windmill with a bewildering array of cardboard slots and tags. It never takes less than two hours. But it’s worth...

We're not with him, and we weren't with her - because we're with Christ

We're not with him, and we weren't with her - because we're with Christ

By Matthew Roberts, 09 Nov 2016 What are we Christians going to say when people ask as – as they will this morning – what we think of Trump being elected American president? Basically, we need to make very clear that we’re not with him, and we weren’t with her. Because both represent two sides of a coin, the whole of which is opposed to the glorious kingdom of Jesus Christ. And we are with him. It was pointed ...

How should we think about the Sabbath? Part 2

How should we think about the Sabbath? Part 2

By Matthew Roberts, 25 Oct 2016 I promised last week to post some specifics on keeping the Sabbath. Let’s start with the Sabbath command in Exodus: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God...’ (Exodus 20:8-10) Now the Sabbath is to be kept holy, which means...

How should we think about the Sabbath?

How should we think about the Sabbath?

By Matthew Roberts, 18 Oct 2016 For those who haven’t been to ‘Thinking Like a Christian’ yet this autumn, each week we’re choosing a question suggested by someone in the room and looking at the Bible together and discussing how we should answer it. Last Sunday the topic chosen was the Sabbath – is Sunday the Sabbath day, and if so, how do we keep it without being legalistic? We had a good time looking for relevant ...

All change for the Autumn

All change for the Autumn

By Matthew Roberts, 01 Sep 2016 Dear All at Trinity Church York The autumn has arrived – it’s the first of September, and for most of us that means a return to life as normal. We’ve been rather scattered for the last couple of months, so I’m really looking forward to being back together again. On top of that, there is lots that’s changing in our church, and it’s going to be an exciting few months. ...

Jesus' wonderful obedience

Jesus' wonderful obedience

By Matthew Roberts, 25 Jan 2016 Yesterday William Allan preached for us on Philippians 2:1-11. If you missed it you can download it from our sermons page. Will pointed us to the remarkable phrase Paul uses to describe what Jesus, the Son of God who had taken the form of a servant, that is, he had become a human being like us, did when he went to the cross. He ‘became obedient to the...

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