Stephen Murray

“…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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Drawing Lines

Sermon Series: The King of God's Kingdom

March 31, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 4:1-20 |

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Religion can be a very polarising subject. The charge is often leveled that specific religions divide between who's in and who's out according to their doctrine or practices. Rather than producing peace and social harmony religion is then seen as a source of conflict. In Mark 4 we encounter Jesus drawing lines between different types of people. How do we make sense of this potentially polarising action on his behalf. Listen in as we explore the line that Jesus draws through the human race and how we might think about that in our contemporary culture.

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Rest From Religion

Sermon Series: The King of God's Kingdom

March 17, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 2:23-3:6 |

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Do you know how to rest truly? Do you know what it means to rest from the work underneath the work? There's a place in Mark's Gospel where, on two occasions, Jesus challenges the religious leaders of his day concerning the Old Testament teaching of the Sabbath. By closely observing this interaction we don't just learn a theology of Sabbath but we actually see how Jesus himself brings us the deepest rest we'll ever need.

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Jesus is a Big Deal

Sermon Series: The King of God's Kingdom

March 10, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 1:1-13 |

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It's hard to deny that Jesus' stamp on human history is enormous. But just how big a deal is he really? In the opening chapter of the Gospel of Mark we have an uncovering of his true identity and significance. Listen in as we explore the chapter and see just how big a deal Jesus actually is.

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Conversations and the Promotion of the Gospel

Sermon Series: Promote

March 3, 2019

Bible Text: 1 Peter 3:8-16 |

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In this sermon, right at the very end of the series, we finally talk about the activity that most people associate with the promotion of the gospel: actually speaking to people about Jesus and sharing your faith with words. For many Christians this is an anxiety inducing activity, but often this is because we're not clear on what the Bible actually teaches on the subject. Listen in as we explore this together.

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Christian Behaviour and the Promotion of the Gospel

Sermon Series: Promote

February 17, 2019

Bible Text: 1 Peter 2:4-12 |

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The sort of life each individual Christian lives can often have a profound effect upon those who are not Christians but who are looking in. The quality of our lives might just be one of the most powerful apologetics for the truthfulness and power of the gospel. Listen in as we discuss the relationship between individual Christian lives lived well and the promotion of the gospel.

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Giving and the Promotion of the Gospel

Sermon Series: Promote

February 3, 2019

Bible Text: Philippians 4:10-19 |

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We don't often like to talk about money in the church - and there are good reasons for that - yet a quick study of the New Testament will demonstrate that there is a vital connection between giving and the promotion of the gospel. Listen in as we explore that connection in the text and look at how giving is part of how we promote the gospel to a spiritually impoverished world.

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