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In the beginning, God...

In the beginning, God...

By Ed Mezzetti, 15 Mar 2019 A snake, forbidden fruit and an epic flood... The early chapters of Genesis may seem a million miles away from the world we live in, but in them we find a message that is just as relevant now as it ever has been. We rightly say that Christian faith is all about Christ - the clue is in the name after all - but ...

Jesus: The greatest ever guest

Jesus: The greatest ever guest

By Ed Mezzetti, 13 Dec 2018 Christmas and parties go together pretty well, don’t they? There is every chance you will have been to at least one by the time you read this. Maybe your workplace organised one or perhaps you had your neighbours round for Christmas drinks? There’s something great about getting together and celebrating at this time of y...

Christianity is Easter

Christianity is Easter

By Matthew Roberts, 30 Mar 2018 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:14,17) Christianity is about Easter, from first to last. Although God’s plan of salvation did not begin at Easter, it has always been all about Easter. The whole Old Testame...

The Temple in the Manger - A Christmas letter

The Temple in the Manger - A Christmas letter

By Matthew Roberts, 22 Dec 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ We have been studying Solomon and his temple in 1 Kings in our small groups for the last couple of months. The more we look at the temple the more astounding it is. The stone and cedar and gold must have been incredible to see. But what was truly amazing is that this was where God, in fulfilment of his promise to Abraham and to Moses, lived on earth i...

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 ...