Stephen Murray

Pressing On

Hope City

August 11, 2019

Bible Text: Philippians 3:10-14 |

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If we're honest, growing in our obedience to God's word is hard work. Numerous factors can discourage us in our pursuit of godliness. In Philippians 3 the apostle Paul urges us to press on and gives us an insight into how he himself presses on in the faith. Listen in as we explore this subject together.

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Jesus, Better Than Angels

Sermon Series: Jesus is Better - Studies in Hebrews

June 30, 2019

Bible Text: Hebrews 1:5-2:4 |

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Why does the author of the book of Hebrews compare Jesus to angels? What does the Bible teach us about angels in general? We tackle these questions and more as we continue with our series in the book of Hebrews, learning that Jesus truly is better.

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Jesus the Final Word – Part 2

Sermon Series: Jesus is Better - Studies in Hebrews

June 9, 2019

Bible Text: Hebrews 1:1-4 |

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In part 1 of our study in these opening four verses of Hebrews we saw how God has spoken definitely to humanity in his son, Jesus Christ.

In most things in life, the credentials of someone speaking authoritatively on a subject are crucial. In these four verses, the author, after telling us that God has spoken, stops and outlines the credentials of the one through whom he has spoken.

When we look at the credentials of Jesus we see God in his glory, and we see God in his gracious holiness.

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Jesus the Final Word – Part 1

Sermon Series: Jesus is Better - Studies in Hebrews

June 2, 2019

Bible Text: Hebrews 1:1-4 |

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It's hard to think of a more perplexing problem than human existence. Why are we here? Where do we come from? What are we supposed to be doing with this existence that we have?

Is there a definitive word that ends all the 'ifs', the 'buts', and the 'maybes'?

The opening verses of Hebrews make a bold claim - that Jesus is God's definitive word.

This is part of 1 of our study on these verses. In it we consider the author's claim that God speaks, God has spoken, and that God has now spoken.

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I’d Love To Change The World, But I Don’t Know What To Do

My name is Stephen, I’m the pastor of a small church in the Cape Town CBD. Yes, a pastor! That means I spend a lot of time teaching people about the Christian faith. Maybe it’s incredulous to you that educated modern people still believe in the existence of a divine being. Or maybe you think there might be a God out there, but your doubt often gets the better of you. Well, I doubt too. Often actually. If you’d allow me, I’d like to, in the midst of my doubt, share my story of belief with you. I want to try and answer this question: If I made the decision to leave the Christian faith tomorrow, what things would bug me, or haunt me, at the back of my mind, as to whether or not I had made the right decision? In this talk I consider whether or not Christianity provides the best resources for making the world a better place.

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You have searched me, LORD, and you know me

My name is Stephen, I’m the pastor of a small church in the Cape Town CBD. Yes, a pastor! That means I spend a lot of time teaching people about the Christian faith. Maybe it’s incredulous to you that educated modern people still believe in the existence of a divine being. Or maybe you think there might be a God out there, but your doubt often gets the better of you. Well, I doubt too. Often actually. If you’d allow me, I’d like to, in the midst of my doubt, share my story of belief with you. I want to try and answer this question: If I made the decision to leave the Christian faith tomorrow, what things would bug me, or haunt me, at the back of my mind, as to whether or not I had made the right decision? In this talk I consider whether or not the Bible effectively diagnoses the human condition.

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“…the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe…”

My name is Stephen, I’m the pastor of a small church in the Cape Town CBD. Yes, a pastor! That means I spend a lot of time teaching people about the Christian faith. Maybe it’s incredulous to you that educated modern people still believe in the existence of a divine being. Or maybe you think there might be a God out there, but your doubt often gets the better of you. Well, I doubt too. Often actually. If you’d allow me, I’d like to, in the midst of my doubt, share my story of belief with you. I want to try and answer this question: If I made the decision to leave the Christian faith tomorrow, what things would bug me, or haunt me, at the back of my mind, as to whether or not I had made the right decision? In this talk I consider the historical evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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If it looks like a divine book, swims like a divine book, and quacks like a divine book…

My name is Stephen, I’m the pastor of a small church in the Cape Town CBD. Yes, a pastor! That means I spend a lot of time teaching people about the Christian faith. Maybe it’s incredulous to you that educated modern people still believe in the existence of a divine being. Or maybe you think there might be a God out there, but your doubt often gets the better of you. Well, I doubt too. Often actually. If you’d allow me, I’d like to, in the midst of my doubt, share my story of belief with you. I want to try and answer this question: If I made the decision to leave the Christian faith tomorrow, what things would bug me, or haunt me, at the back of my mind, as to whether or not I had made the right decision? In this talk I consider the Bible. Is the Bible merely a human document or does it carry with the telltale signs of divinity?

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Lose Yourself

Sermon Series: The King of God's Kingdom

April 14, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 8:34-38 |

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What is the heart of true Christian discipleship? According to Jesus, in Mark 8, the heart of true Christian discipleship is death! Here Jesus presents an extremely challenging view of what it means to truly follow him. Listen in as we explore his profound words to those who would come after him.

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The Necessity of the Messiah Servant

Sermon Series: The King of God's Kingdom

April 7, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 8:27-33 |

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Why did Jesus have to die? In Mark 8 Jesus tells his followers that "the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed." Why the necessity of the death of the Messiah? By exploring the Old Testament background of the Gospel of Mark we try and answer this important question and see its relevance for our lives.

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