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Jesus and the Cross: Justification - 11.15 am 8/5/17
Donald Hay
Donald addresses the ‘big picture’ of God’s strategy to deal with the problem of human sin and its consequences for his creation project. The righteousness of God is identified with ‘justification’, and Christ’s death on the Cross provides for all humankind the means of being put right with God, which we can appropriate by faith in Jesus Christ, thus becoming part of the new humanity in Christ.
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  • Downloads: 36
  • Recorded: 08/05/2017
  • Length: 25 minutes
  • Reference: Romans 3:21-26
Jesus and his Cross: Substitution and Sacrifice - 11.15 am 4/2/17
Donald Hay
Donald focuses on Romans 8: 3, exploring the meaning of three phrases as applied to Jesus and his Cross: ‘sin offering’, ‘in the likeness of sinful man’, and ‘God....by sending his own Son’. ‘Sin offering’ is interpreted in the light of the OT sacrificial system in Leviticus 4. The ‘likeness of sinful man’ indicates the role of Jesus as our representative and substitute, exemplified in the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. The sermon notes that the Cross is for the whole world, and that ‘changes everything'
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  • Downloads: 45
  • Recorded: 02/04/2017
  • Length: 25 minutes
  • References: Isaiah 53:1-7
    Romans 8:1-8
Jesus and the Cross: the consequence of sin - 11.15 am 5/3/17
Donald Hay
Donald explores the significance of death as a consequence of human sin, distinguishing between biological death and metaphysical/ moral death. There is a contrast between two ‘humanities’ – in Adam and in Christ. The former leads to death and separation from God in eternity: the destiny of those in Christ is the gift of righteousness and eternal life.
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  • Downloads: 57
  • Recorded: 05/03/2017
  • Length: 25 minutes
  • References: Genesis 3:1-6
    Romans 5:12-21
Jesus and his Cross: the problem of sin
Donald Hay
The sermon explores the problem of sin, as explained by St Paul: the refusal to acknowledge God, the turn to ‘idolatry’, and God’s policy of non-interference (‘God gave them over..’). Sin is a endemic feature of societies and cultures. God’s wrath is his implacable hostility to the destruction that sin has brought upon humanity. And his response, in love, is the Cross.
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  • Downloads: 100
  • Recorded: 05/02/2017
  • Length: 26 minutes
  • Reference: Romans 1:18-32
Jesus and His Cross: 'The hour has come' - 11.15 am 4/12/16
Donald Hay
The Cross of Jesus was the critical turning point in human history, with implications for Jesus, for all humanity, and for his disciples. For Jesus, it meant suffering and glory. For humanity, it offered hope that the power of sin is broken. For his disciples (including us), it involves walking in his light and living lives of sacrificial service.
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  • Downloads: 114
  • Recorded: 04/12/2016
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: John 12:20-36
Jesus and His Cross: the Last Supper - 11.15 am 6/11/16
Donald Hay
Donald focuses on three terms in Matthew’s account of the Last Supper: passover, covenant, and forgiveness of sins. Jesus is announcing that his death on the Cross will seal a new covenant between God and his people, whose sins will be forgiven (as promised by the prophet Jeremiah). The challenge to the church is to live as his covenant people today.
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  • Downloads: 130
  • Recorded: 06/11/2016
  • Length: 21 minutes
  • References: Jeremiah 31:31-34
    Matthew 26:17-30
Jesus and his Cross: the way of the Cross - 11.15 am 2/10/16
Donald Hay
Matthew records Jesus telling his disciples that he is set on going to Jerusalem to die, and they don’t understand him at all. Jesus gives no explanation, other than that he is to give his life ‘a ransom for many’. This phrase echoes both the Exodus and the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, and suggests a new ‘exodus’ freeing his followers from slavery to sin.
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  • Downloads: 157
  • Recorded: 02/10/2016
  • Length: 23 minutes
  • Reference: Matthew 20:17-28
Surprised by hope: 'Your kingdom come' - 11.15 am 3/7/16
Donald Hay
Donald concludes his series of sermons on the Last Things, and focuses on Christian hope as the source and motivation for Christian living now. All that is good and righteous about our lives and character will contribute to what we shall become in the resurrection, living in God’s renewed heaven and earth.
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  • Downloads: 219
  • Recorded: 03/07/2016
  • Length: 28 minutes
  • Reference: 1 Peter 1:3-21
Surprised by hope: the hope of heaven and the fear of hell - 11.15 am 5/6/16
Donald Hay
Jesus’ parable of the weeds emphasises the separation of humanity into two groups at the Final Judgment. The synoptic Gospels are unequivocal about their destiny: the destiny of the righteous is heaven where God rules, the destiny of the wicked is hell. Donald explores the meanings of heaven and in particular hell, concluding that hell involves permanent separation from God, and ultimately destruction. In the new heaven and earth there will be nowhere that does not acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
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  • Downloads: 254
  • Recorded: 05/06/2016
  • Length: 26 minutes
  • References: Matthew 13:24-30
    Matthew 13:36-43
Surprised by hope: "We look for the resurrection of the dead" - 11.15 am 1/5/16
Donald Hay
Donald explores how the resurrection of the dead fits into the eschatological purposes of God with a redeemed humanity inhabiting a renewed creation. St Paul notes that our resurrection bodies will be different from our current bodies, but that there will be continuity of our personhood, so that we will be recognisably us. What we are, and what we do, now will contribute to what we will be in the redeemed life: our ‘labour in the Lord is not in vain’.
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  • Downloads: 237
  • Recorded: 01/05/2016
  • Length: 25 minutes
  • Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:20-58
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