Forgiveness

Enslaved

August 20, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 6:15-23 |

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In Romans 6, Paul deals with the criticism that if God's grace in Jesus Christ is as big as he says it is, it might give Christian's license to sin. This is the fourth sermon in our Confident in Christ series. We take a look at Paul's response to this objection as we ask the questions "What do we do with the problem of ongoing indwelling sin in the life of the Christian?" and "What are our spiritual slave masters?".

In this series, we are hoping to help instill confidence in the God of the Bible by walking through Romans chapters 5-8, seeing how Paul teaches us the great reason Jesus gives us for having great confidence in God. Your confidence in God is going to swell, because your expectations of God are going to be rightly set and your experience of God is going to match up to those expectations.

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Redefining Identity

April 30, 2017

Bible Text: Philemon 1:1-25 |

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This is the first of a two-part sermon series in the book of Philemon. In this short letter we see how an understanding of the Gospel of God's reconciling work in Jesus has real-life implications for Christian relationships, and reflect on some of the implications for us as the Church in South Africa today.

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

Three Shades of Cape Town Sermon Series

July 17, 2016

Bible Text: Matthew 5:13-16 |

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In this talk, Peter Makapela draws on Matthew 5:13-16 as he addresses the question "What does it mean to be a black Christian in Cape Town?"

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

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

Three Shades of Cape Town Sermon Series

July 10, 2016

Bible Text: Matthew 3:13-17 |

Series:

In this talk, David Cloete draws on Matthew 3:13-17 as he addresses the question "What does it mean to be a coloured Christian in Cape Town?"

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

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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 true elder brother (The Prodigal God 4)

February 16, 2014

Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32 |

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We have been looking at the story traditionally called “The Parable of the Prodigal
Son.” We’ve said that you will miss the radical message of the story if you don’t see that it is about two sons — one immoral and “bad”, one very moral and “good” — who are both alienated from the father and therefore spiritually lost. That is a remarkable message. But there is much more — though it too is easy to miss. We must remember that this is the third of three parables, told to the same audience, meant to be pondered all together. What do we learn if we do that? In this message we learn: 1) the cost of reconciliation, 2) that there is a missing elder brother, and 3) that we have a true elder brother.

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