We hope you are as excited as we are about our 5th annual installment of “Carols by Candlelight…with a touch of folk”, an evening of traditional Christmas carols interspersed with Bible readings and thoughtful reflection. Come and experience the Christmas story through the songs that celebrate the miraculous birth, the humble beginnings, and the wonderful […]
‘The Story of the Church’ is an experiential learning opportunity that will take the form of a walking tour through the CBD of Cape Town on Heritage Day. Sites of injustice and oppression, as well as places of historic events in the struggle for liberation and equality will be visited and discussed. Special attention will […]
In John 11 we encounter Jesus's statement "I am the resurrection and life". In some of the other "I AM" statements we have considered in this short sermon series Jesus uses clever contextual metaphors like light and bread to powerfully convey the meaning of what he is saying. This time, however, it is the very stuff of human suffering and death itself that provides the backdrop for his radical claim. In this passage we catch a glimpse of people responding to suffering in their lives, but even more importantly, we see a clear picture of God's own response to suffering and death that offers us a real hope for life in a broken world.
In this passage Jesus makes the claim that he is the light of the world and that only by following him can we know the light of life, or conversely, that by not following him we are lost in darkness. Jesus's claim about himself has very real and unavoidable implications for those who hear it. "Who does Jesus think he is to put us in such a position?" we might instinctively ask in defence. Well, that's precisely the point of this sermons series - who does Jesus think he is? And if his claims are true, what are the implications for us who hear them. In this passage we consider Christ's claim and his call, and discover how this is in fact good news for all who will hear and believe.