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Welcome to Hearing and Doing

This site is dedicated to one purpose – helping God’s people to hear what God is saying to us through the Scriptures, and to encourage them to live it out in action wherever they are.

The site will have a combination of sermons and shorter blog pieces reflecting on the Scriptures and how we could respond to them obediently and faith-fully.

The approach taken to the Scriptures is accepting them as God’s Word to us, given to us to receive in the form they come to us, and breathed by God through his Spirit through the human authors, using and reflecting their personality. The Scriptures are given to direct us in the whole of all, all that we do, so that we will thereby live out our trust in God for the present and our hope for the future.

The approach taken to understanding the Scriptures is commonly called “Redemptive-Historical,” that is, that the overall approach of the Scriptures is to spell out how God has been at work since the beginning within human history to bring about the redemption of all things. We must pay attention to the context of the passages we are reading, as that will indicate how we are to respond to what we read. At its simplest level, we read the Old Testament as the account of God’s actions with the people of Israel, preparing them to receive the promised Redeemer. The New Testament speaks of the coming of the Redeemer and the accomplishment of redemption through his life, death and resurrection. It points to the growth of the kingdom of God under the reign of the King ascended to his heavenly throne, and the future yet to come.

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Creation waits

What we believe about creation, and in particular, the first few chapters of Genesis, governs much of what we believe about the Christian life. It is critical that we read these chapters carefully to see what they are saying to us. The most important message they have is to situate us in our context, and to point out what it is we are to being doing, living as the stewards of God’s good creation. In many ways, the creation is waiting for us to step up to our responsibilities.

Sermon: Creation waits

Hope in a hopeless world

The pleasures of life a fleeting, and the allure of wealth and fame rapidly disappears. Once we lose our wealth, our fame, our good looks, our health, who wants to know us? All this ends in death, so the world cannot offer any hope at all.

But our hope is in Christ  who has conquered death and brought new hope to light, namely that beyond death there is resurrection to new life. This is the hope we have as Christians, that not only in this life will we have hope, but that hope reaches beyond the grave to the future.

Sermon: Hope in a Hopeless world

Faith in the unseen – Hebrews 11

In Hebrews 11 we read about the faith of many of the forerunners of the gospel in the Old Testament. Faith has had a hard press in recent times, with it often described as “believing something which you know isn’t true.” But this misunderstands faith – it is not the opposite of knowledge but the opposite of mistrust and cynicism.

Sermon: Faith in the unseen – Hebrews 11

 

The glory of the unseen God

The Scriptures are clear that what we can know of God is only that which he has revealed to us of himself. There is no way we can find out anything about God except through his revelation. Even then, we must be careful not to speculate beyond what God has said.

The pre-eminent revelation of God is of course through Christ, God in the flesh, come to dwell among us. As Jesus said, He who has seen me has seen the Father. There is nothing more that we need than that.

Sermon: The glory of the unseen God