Something Old, Something New

Something old, something new

“As the prophet wrote… what the Lord said to the prophet…”
 
In the stories about Jesus’s life, we often find words like these that indicate that someone, somewhere, once said some things that came to fruition with the arrival of Jesus on the scene. But did you ever wonder about the who, what and when behind all this? Which prophets? What did they write? To whom did they write it and why? In our Christmas series, we are going to explore Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus, and get into the nitty gritty of what it was that “the prophet” wrote, which we can find in the Old Testament part of the Bible. The people reading Matthew’s gospel would have been familiar with the words of the prophets to whom he referred, but we’re probably not so familiar with them! Join us this Christmas as we unpack not just the story of Jesus’s birth, but also look at the words of the prophets which had relevance when they were first uttered, relevance in the time of Jesus and Matthew, and relevance still for us today.
 
Sunday 4th December, 9.30am and 11.00am: “Ancestry”.
We look at the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel, and how it shows Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s covenant promises to Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3) and to David (2 Samuel 7). The 9.30am service will be livestreamed for those unable to come.
 
Sunday 11th December, 9.30am only: “A Sign from God”.
We look at Isaiah 7:10-14 and pick up on Matthew 1:18-24, noticing again the fulfilment of prophecy in Jesus. His will for humanity is always good, and our not believing/trusting Him appears to be frustrating for Him! The service will be livestreamed for those unable to come.
 
Sunday 18th December, 9.30am and 11.00am: “Small Town Boy”.
Here we read Micah 5:2 and Matthew 2:6. We see one in Jesus with ancient origins yet from humble places (born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth). A ruler who comes from a place of humility and who is also a shepherd. The 9.30am service will be livestreamed for those unable to come.
 
Sunday 25th December, 10.00am only.
”Out of Egypt”. Exploring Hosea 11 (see 11:1) and Matthew 2:15. A new perspective, a new start. God himself experiencing what it is to be human and changing humanity by becoming part of it. Offering compassion and hope.