Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012 Sermons

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November 2012

Dear Church Family,

In Matthew chapter 2 we are told about the Magi. They are perhaps better known as the “wise men”, and I think for good reason. In the story, there are a number of actions these wise men undertook that we would be wise to emulate.

1. They came

‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem’ (Matthew 2:1)
‘On coming to the house…’ (V11)

Christmas time is traditionally a time of travel. People will travel miles to visit family and friends that they haven't seen, maybe for years. But there is a sad note in all of this because, while so many will travel to see friends and family, not many will come to Christ. The greatest step anyone can take in their lives is the step of faith when they come to Jesus Christ for salvation. A wise person will come to Christ for salvation this season, if they have not already done so. And those who have already come to faith will show wisdom this Christmas season by coming closer to Christ in a deeper more intimate relationship.

2. They saw

‘…they saw the child with his mother Mary…’ (V11)

The Christmas season is a time of year when our sight is bombarded from all around.

Christmas trees are decorated with lights and decorations, supermarkets are full of snow men and reindeer, high street stores have elaborate displays. There is so much to feast our eyes on that if we are not careful all that we see can rob us of the joy of seeing Jesus. The wonder of Christmas is not the decorations, but Christ. Let’s not fail to see Him this year.

3. They worshipped

‘…they bowed down and worshiped him’... (V11)

What do people worship at Christmas? Presents? Food? Alcohol? We can get so consumed with the material things of life that we have no time for the One we should be worshipping.

The word “worshipped” is one that includes song, adoration, giving, but also obedience.

We are worshipping Christ whenever we do what He wants us to do out of the motives of love and wanting to please Him. A wise person still worships Christ.

4. They opened

‘…Then they opened their treasures…’ (V11)

At Christmas most people, especially children, will be concerned with opening the presents given to them. But a wise person will open their treasures. They won’t try to hide things from God, but will open their life before the Lord and allow God to have His way with them. We have all kinds of treasures to open up before the Lord; our time, our talents, our hearts and minds. All can be opened up to the Lord so that He can use us in His service.

5. They presented

‘…they… presented him with gifts…’ (V11)

One of the joys people get at Christmas is presenting family and friends with a gift. A wise person will open up all their treasures to the Lord in an attitude that says, “Lord it all belongs to you, do with it as you please.” God wants from us a willingness to give all to Him because He has so much more to give to us.

6. They returned

‘And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route’. (V12)

Once Christmas is over, if people have been visiting, they return to their homes; people return to work. They go back to the normality of life again, doing what they did before. But a wise person doesn’t do that after they have encountered Christ. Herod had told the Magi to return back and tell him where the child was. They wisely refused to listen and went home another way. The wise Christian, after he has come to Christ won’t walk in the council of the ungodly but will walk in a new way. They will live the rest of their life in a different way than they had lived before becoming a Christian.

So this Christmas,

‘Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned.’ (V8. The Message)

It will be the wisest thing you ever do.

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson

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“Christmas 2012”

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. The Coming of the Messiah (Matthew 2)
    Guest Preacher: James Henderson
    Saturday 1st December 2012
  2. Nothing beyond Scripture (1 Corinthians 4:6)
    Saturday 8th December 2012
  3. Journey of Joy (Luke 2)
    Saturday 15th December 2012
  4. Saturday 22nd December No service at Camberwell
  5. Combined Christmas service with The Salvation Army
  6. Sunday 23rd December 2012
  7. Don’t waste the year ahead (John 11)
    Saturday 29th December 2012

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