Teaching in Matthew

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Sheep and goats

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The Sunday before Advent celebrates the feast of Christ the King, which ‘begins at the end’. In the words of I Corinthians 15:24: ‘Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.’ It describes the second Advent of Christ the […]

The parable of the talents

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Readings: Matthew 25:14–30 Questions to think about: “A talent” was a large sum of money. Each of the servants in the parable was given talents according to his ability to prosper the master’s business. We do not have large sums of money so how does God equip us to work for and prosper His kingdom […]

Parable of ten virgins

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Jesus tells a story of a wedding feast and ten young women who were waiting to greet the bridegroom. But only five were able to join the celebration with the other five being left outside. And they were left outside because they weren’t prepared to meet the groom when he arrived. How does this challenge […]

The return of Jesus

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Jesus acknowledges that no-one knows when he is going to return – but makes it clear that he will return one day. The fact that people won’t be expecting him, won’t be ready for him, will not change anything. He will return when he returns, and people will meet him – ready or not. And […]

Being a peacemaker

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This Remembrance Sunday evening, we will be thinking about peace – and how Jesus calls on his followers to be peace makers. God is in the business of making peace, Jesus died to bring peace, and he calls us to be part of that work. How can we bring peace into the situation we are […]

The destruction of the temple

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Jesus speaks about the Jerusalem temple being destroyed and his disciples want to know when it will happen and when he will return. We are so often fascinated by dates and times that we don’t see the significance behind the events. Jesus explains that even though the temple – the centre of political and religious […]

The challenge of forgiveness

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Jesus responds to a question about “how many times should we forgive?” by saying that there should be no limit – we should be prepared to carry on forgiving. And he goes on to remind us that we forgive because we have been forgiven. Words of Jesus that really challenge us: How much are we […]

Discipline in the church

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Jesus outlines how the church should respond to someone who is sinning – lovingly, sensitively and with a desire to restore them.   Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

Status and caring in the kingdom

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Jesus responds to a question about greatness by pointing to a child and saying that we need to be like him. He speaks about the terrible consequences of causing another follower of Jesus to stumble or to lead them astray. He reminds us of the importance and value of each believer. Words that call us […]

Parables about growth and the Kingdom

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It is generally accepted that the Gospel of Matthew was written in the last quarter of the first century, and it reflects the life and work and beliefs of early Christian communities spreading out in the then known world. In many cases they faced opposition and persecution, and seemed to be very much in the […]