Christmas Celebrations 2014: St Thomas’ First Christmas

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Phillip is the Dean of Sydney at St Andrew's Cathedral, Australia and regularly preaches at the 10:30am gathering.

Originally Published:
21st December 2014

Tagged: christmas thomas


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Bible passage: John 20:28

Date: 21/12/2014


		St Thomas’ First Christmas

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God”
John 20:28

1 St Thomas’ Day
      a 1969

      b isn’t remembered for much

      c realists are glad

            i the nature of the resurrection

            ii the nature of true belief or faith

2 The Reliability of the NT memory.

      a a hoary old question

      b my memory

      c why Thomas’ words were remembered

            i the historical context

            ii the reasonable foolishness

            iii the extraordinary nature

            iv the other witnesses

            v Thomas’s response

      d why I remember

3 Easter makes Christmas, Christmas.

Dear God,
I know that I am not worthy to be accepted by you.
I don't deserve your gift of eternal life.
I am guilty of rebelling against you and ignoring you.
I need forgiveness.
Thank you for sending your son to die for me that I may be forgiven.
Thank you that he rose from the dead to give me new life.
Please forgive me and change me,
that I may live with Jesus as my Lord and my God. Amen.