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February 18, 2013
Don't Just Hear, Do
Luke 8


One day as Jesus was teaching to a large gathering of people, His mother and brothers tried to make their way through the crowd, but couldn't reach Him. When someone mentioned it, He simply responded, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."

Jesus' words don't leave room for ambiguity. The family of God does what the word of God says. His people know and follow scripture.

Christ is making a direct, pointed distinction between our natural family and the Kingdom of God. Jesus' listeners knew He had a mother who gave birth to Him and His brothers. But our identity in the Kingdom isn't dependent on natural birth, it's dependent on supernatural rebirth through faith in Jesus. The Apostle Paul says, "...For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26). Christ's family is made of the people He's redeemed from sin and death, people who aren't just hearers of the word, but doers.

Apart from God's grace, we're fundamentally incapable of doing what He commands in His word. We don't have it in us. We're dead in our sins.

The writer of Proverbs once said, "Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right." (Proverbs 20:11). This theme is repeated throughout scripture - the idea that our character is predominantly shaped by our consistent actions over time.

Without Jesus, we'll still be known by our acts, but our conduct won't be pure or upright because our sinful nature prevents it. Repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus enables us to hear and to do, to be sons and daughters of God, to be reconciled to our Creator, and to be able to, "...present [ourselves] to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God" (Romans 6:13).

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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Upcoming Events:

February 19 - Trustee's Meeting at 7 PM

February 22 - Annual Soup Cook-Off at 7PM. All are eligible to participate and all are invited for this great time of fellowship.

February 24 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

March 3 - Carry-In Dinner following AM Worship Service

March 12 - G.R.O.W. Meeting at 7 PM

March 30 - Midway Community Easter Egg Outreach beginning at Noon

March 31 - Easter Services:

  • 8 AM - Sunrise Service
  • 9 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
  • 10 AM - Easter Worship Service

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