Stephen Murray

The Heart of the Kingdom

October 9, 2016

Bible Text: Mark 2:1-12 |

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In Mark chapter 2 we see Jesus healing the paralytic. We see how in bringing the Kingdom, Jesus shows us ultimate reality and fixes ultimate reality.

In this sermon series we're answering the question "Who is Jesus?" as we study Mark's Gospel together taking an honest look at various moments in Jesus's life and ministry.

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Jesus the Big Deal

October 2, 2016

Bible Text: Mark 1:1-13 |

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In Mark chapter 1 we take a look at Mark's opening pronouncements and the account of Jesus's baptism. We see how, in Jesus, we connect with the divine, see ourselves, and experience relief.

In this sermon series we're answering the question "Who is Jesus?" as we study Mark's Gospel together taking an honest look at various moments in Jesus's life and ministry.

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The Citizen

August 28, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 12:9-21 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 12:9-21 for a second time as as we think about what our posture or response towards those who are outside our faith community should be.

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The Messenger

August 28, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 10:5-15 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 10:5-15 as we consider the complete Christian as a messenger of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our city.

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The Member

August 14, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 12:9-21 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 12:9-21 as we look at what it means to be a member.

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The Servant

August 7, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 12:3-8 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 12:3-8 as we look at what it means to be a servant.

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The Disciple

July 31, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 12:1-2 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure that we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 12:1-2 as we look at what it means to be a disciple.

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The Worshipper

July 24, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 11:33-36 |

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The 4th century North African Bishop, Augustine of Hippo once wrote:

"[God] himself is the source of our bliss, he himself the goal of all our striving … so that in reaching him we may find our rest, and attain our happiness because we have achieved our fulfilment in him."

Any attempt to journey towards a level of greater maturity and grow in the Christian faith must start with you first becoming a worshipper of God. In your heart of hearts, the lights need to go on - you need to see Him as your "source of bliss" above all else. In this first sermon in our series, "The Complete Christian", we explore what it means to worship God in our heart of hearts. Listen in as we look particularly at Paul's great doxology at the end of Romans 11, trying to discern the characteristics of God that make him alone the object of supreme Christian worship.

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What does it mean to be a white Christian in Cape Town?

Three Shades of Cape Town Sermon Series

July 3, 2016

Bible Text: Philippians 2:5-11 |

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In this talk, Stephen Murray draws on Philippians 2:5-11 as he addresses the question "What does it mean to be a white Christian in Cape Town?"

This is the first talk in a three-part series entitled "Three Shades of Cape Town":

Cape Town has a “coloured” history in more ways than one.

For centuries different racial and ethnic groups have called this peninsula home. For centuries relationships between different races here have been subject to all sorts of social and power dynamics, often resulting in the privileging of one group over another, or the oppression of one group by another.

Today the three dominant race groupings attempt to exist side by side in this great city: black, white, and coloured. Although there are wonderful examples to the contrary, that existence is often one of unease. It colours the stories we live, and how we live next to each other in this city. Our skin colour, for better or for worse, makes a significant difference to how we experience this city.

For many this experience is not something they feel is adequately reflected upon from a spiritual point of view. Too often spirituality attempts to cover over difference, and neutralise experiences. At Hope City we want to recognise that the difference is real, that colour is an issue, and that one’s experiences of this city are significant. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to bring the Bible, and particularly the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bear upon these social and racial dynamics and the experiences we have as a result of them.

What does it mean to be a black Christian in Cape Town?
What does it mean to be a white Christian in Cape Town?
What does it mean to be a coloured Christian in Cape Town?

Over three weeks, and three different speakers, we hope to humbly and sensitively engage with our context and with God’s Word. We invite you to join us for this sermon series as we explore the Scriptures together for the good of each other, for the good of our city, and for the glory of God.

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The Pure Church

May 29, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 |

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People think about sex a lot. There are a myriad of different opinions available in our culture about sex and sexual ethics. Ranging from complete sexual autonomy to strict, prudish views of sex, our world is replete with ideas on how best sex ought to function in society. It's often assumed that Christianity lies heavily on the strict, prudish side of that spectrum, yet when we look carefully at the apostle Paul's treatment of sexual ethics in 1 Thessalonians, a different picture emerges. Listen in as we explore the Christian sex ethic and it's implications for a young church.

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