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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...

Giving Joyfully

Giving Joyfully

By Matthew Roberts, 14 Jan 2016 In January and February we're going to be looking at Paul's letter to the Philippians in our Sunday morning sermons. It's a wonderful, warm, heartfelt letter to a church made up of people Paul was clearly deeply attached to. But what makes it really wonderful is that it's about the gospel - about the extraordinary privilege of serving Jesus Christ, and what the implications are o...

Anno Domini 2016

Anno Domini 2016

By Matthew Roberts, 01 Jan 2016 Today marks the beginning of a new year; AD2016. It won’t occur to most people to ask, 2,016 years since what? Many will know it’s 2,016 years since Jesus, but that doesn’t actually take account of what the date means. AD means something much better than that. Our way of counting years is owed mainly to the Venerable Bede, a Christian monk and historian who was based in the eighth...

Why Church Planting Matters

Why Church Planting Matters

By Matthew Roberts, 17 Dec 2015 This week we are saying goodbye to Simon and Becky Arscott, and their delightful children. They will be a very great loss to us here in York, as I’m sure all who know them will agree. For those who don’t know the history, when I was first asked by the IPC to consider starting a new church in York, one of the first things I did was to look for an Assistant Minister to come and work w...

Christmas is what the world is for

Christmas is what the world is for

By Matthew Roberts, 14 Dec 2015 The last two Sundays have given us lots of cause to think about what happened at Christmas. The birth of Jesus is significant because of who he is: God, and man, in one person. Not a god-like man, nor a man-like God, nor a half-man, half-God hybrid. Everything that goes with being God is true of Jesus; everything goes with being a human being (except for sin, which was not originally natural to...

How to read the Bible: a Summary

How to read the Bible: a Summary

By Matthew Roberts, 02 Dec 2015 Our Autumn Thinking Like a Christian series has been 'How to read the Bible': we've been thinking about how to make sure that we don't read our ideas into the Bible, but read God's ideas out of it.  The key verses we used in are … and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith ...

Bible Overview Advent Calendar

Bible Overview Advent Calendar

By Matthew Roberts, 01 Dec 2015 The children have been learning a Bible overview at Kids' Club this autumn. It consists of a series of words and actions which, if memorised and said together, go through the story of the whole Bible. I thought it might be a good idea to put it into 25 days to use as an advent calendar. You could use it for family Bible readings with your children, and see whether they can teach you the...

Books on parenting: some recommendations

Books on parenting: some recommendations

By Simon Arscott, 24 Nov 2015 Following on from the 'Being a Christian Parent' sessions on 15th and 22nd November, here are Simon Arscott's recommendations for Books on family and family worship:  Parenting in the Pew - Robbie Castleman:  Nothing prepared me for how much having children would alter my experience of going to church; it's very easy for church to start to feel like an ordeal that as parents we dread ...