Here are a few snaps from our rooftop braai birthday party on Sunday after the service. This past Thursday, the 19th of March 2016, Hope City turned 3 years old. We’re grateful to the Lord for his faithfulness towards us and continue to look forward with great hope and confidence in him for the journey […]
In the middle of this second term Hope City will turn 3 years old! We’re still a very young church in the early stages of our development. In light of this we’re going to spend the term looking at the book of 1 Thessalonians in a sermons series entitled, “Open Letter to a Young Church”. […]
When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.
If I were a skeptic being invited to consider Christianity I think the first question I'd want to have answered is: Where are you getting your information about God from? In the ancient city of Thessalonica the first Christians learnt about God from the preaching of the apostles. Today we get our information from their testimony as it's recorded in the Bible. Can we trust this testimony? Does it really tell us about God? What is the Bible exactly? Listen in as we explore these questions and more.
Topics: the bible
We live in an age when integrity and authenticity are crucial cultural values. You should expect nothing less in the church. In the second chapter of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians the apostle goes to great lengths to establish the integrity of his gospel preaching, and defend the time he spent ministering to the Thessalonians. Listen in as we look at this chapter and think about what it would mean to be an honest church.