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The OT people of God: apostasy and exile - 11.15 am 3/2/19
Donald Hay
Israel and Judah turned away from the Lord, and turned to the gods of Canaan and the worship of idols. The consequence was that they were 'removed from his presence' into Exile, just as Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden in Genesis 3. Luther wrote: 'Whatever your heart clings to and relies upon, that is your god': a challenge to us to examine our lives to see what are the 'idols' that are drawing us away from Christ, and to ensure that we keep him at the centre of our lives.
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  • Downloads: 41
  • Recorded: 03/02/2019
  • Length: 27 minutes
  • Reference: 2 Kings 17:7-20
The OT people of God: rebellion against God - 11.15 am 6/1/19
Donald Hay
In Isaiah 1, the prophet outlines the covenant failures of God's people in Judah in the 8th century BC: they had rebelled against God; their Temple worship lacked integrity; and their national life was marked by corruption and injustice. As the NT people of God, we need to be alert to the dangers of allowing secular culture to invade the church, and to ensure that our worship is focused on Jesus and his purposes for us and our world.
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  • Downloads: 67
  • Recorded: 06/01/2019
  • Length: 27 minutes
  • Reference: Isaiah 1:1-20
The OT people of God: living as God’s people - 11.15 am 2/12/18
Donald Hay
Israel, the OT people of God, were called to be a 'holy nation', a community characterised by: the centrality of worship of the Lord; obedience to God's law and decrees; and an example to the nations around them of a flourishing and just society. The context has changed of course, but the community life of the church should exhibit the same characteristics.
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  • Downloads: 61
  • Recorded: 02/12/2018
  • Length: 25 minutes
  • Reference: Deuteronomy 4:1-14
The Old Testament people of God: exodus and covenant - 11.15 am 4/11/18
Donald Hay
Donald explores the meaning of the OT covenant, noting the emphasis on the whole people as a collective, rather than individuals. The role of the covenant people is to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. These roles are identified in 1 Peter as applying to the NT churches, and the sermon examines briefly what this means for us as a community.
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  • Downloads: 98
  • Recorded: 04/11/2018
  • Length: 23 minutes
  • References: Exodus 19:1-8
    1 Peter 2:9-10
The people of God: a people of faith - 11.15 am 7/10/18
Donald Hay
God's project is 'putting the world to rights'. He calls us, as his people, to work with him in that project, as a team, a collective. The qualification for being involved is to live 'by faith', committing to his project and being obedient to his calling, even though that will identify us a 'strangers and aliens' in our culture.
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  • Downloads: 112
  • Recorded: 07/10/2018
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • References: Genesis 12:1-5
    Hebrews 11:8-16
New Life in Christ: The fruit of the Spirit -11.15am 1/7/18
Donald Hay
St Paul urges his readers to 'crucify the sinful nature' and to 'live by the Spirit'. His challenge is to grow in the fruit of the Spirit, becoming more Christlike. We need to be led by the Spirit, and to keep in step with the Spirit. We connect with him in personal Bible reading and prayer, in corporate worship, and in relationship with Christian friends.
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  • Downloads: 148
  • Recorded: 01/07/2018
  • Length: 23 minutes
  • Reference: Galatians 5:16-26
New life in Christ: life in the Spirit - 11.15 am 3/6/18
Donald Hay
St Paul challenges his readers with the goal of living 'righteous lives', contrasting the mindset arising from the sinful nature with the mindset of the Spirit. We need to work with the Spirit to change the way we live, as he motivates, challenges, and strengthens us to deal radically with our sinful nature. The outcome is a life consistent with our calling to be children of God.
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  • Downloads: 147
  • Recorded: 03/06/2018
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: Romans 8:1-17
New life in Christ:dead to sin, alive to righteousness - 11.15 am 6/5/2018
Donald Hay
In these verses, St Paul contrasts life 'in Christ' with life 'in Adam', and challenges his readers to commit to the former. The contrast is spelt out as two kinds of 'slavery', two life stories, and two destinations. He warns the Christians at Rome against compromising their commitment to Christ.
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  • Downloads: 172
  • Recorded: 06/05/2018
  • Length: 26 minutes
  • Reference: Romans 6:10-23
New life in Christ: baptism - 11.15 am 4/3/18
Donald Hay
Baptism marks the beginning of a new life 'in Christ', being completely identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. That new life fulfils our human longings to belong to a community, to make a new start, and to have hope for the future.
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  • Downloads: 182
  • Recorded: 04/03/2018
  • Length: 23 minutes
  • Reference: Romans 6:1-10
New life in Christ: saved by grace - 11.15 am 4/2/18
Donald Hay
St Paul contrasts what we were before we became Christians ('dead, enslaved, condemned') with what we have become in Christ ('alive, created in Christ Jesus to do good works'). The transformation is the outcome of God's grace, 'the gift of God': there is nothing we can contribute to bring it about.
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  • Downloads: 194
  • Recorded: 04/02/2018
  • Length: 23 minutes
  • Reference: Ephesians 2:1-10