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The People of God: the community of the Holy Spirit - 11.15 am 2/6/19
Donald Hay
Donald explores the characteristics of the early church after Pentecost: a people called by God; united in practices of learning, sharing and worshipping; and with the purpose of bringing the good news of Jesus to others. They were an attractive community 'in favour with all the people', and that gave an opportunity for the good news to be heard. These characteristics, adjusted for our culture and circumstances, provide a model for our life in St Andrew's.
Community of the Holy Spirit
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  • Recorded: 02/06/2019
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: Acts 2:36-47
The people of God: the shepherd and the sheep - 11.15 am 5/5/19
Donald Hay
In the OT, the shepherd and the sheep is a metaphor for the rulers and people of Israel. Jesus appropriates the metaphor to himself and his disciples in his parable in John 10. He describes himself as the 'gate' of the sheepfold, indicating that he is the one who provides security for his people against the powers of sin and evil. Looking forward to the Cross, he claims to be the 'good shepherd', who 'lays down his life', so that his people 'may have life'.
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  • Downloads: 45
  • Recorded: 05/05/2019
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: John 10:1-18
The people of God: the community of Jesus’ followers - 11.15 am 7/4/19
Donald Hay
Donald explores Jesus's response to Peter at Caesarea Philippi: 'I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church'. The 'church' is the NT people of God - the community of Jesus - and that is where we find our identity as Christians.
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  • Downloads: 67
  • Recorded: 07/04/2019
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: Matthew 16:13-25
The OT people of God: the promise of a new covenant - 11.15 am 3/3/19
Donald Hay
Through the prophet Jeremiah, God promises his people return from exile and a new covenant. The basis of this new covenant is commitment of the heart, a renewed community, and forgiveness of sins. The promise of forgiveness looks forward to the Cross.
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  • Downloads: 106
  • Recorded: 03/03/2019
  • Length: 24 minutes
  • Reference: Jeremiah 31
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: 119
  • 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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  • 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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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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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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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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