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The Law: Part 1

August 27, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 7:1-25 |

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In this sermon we focus on Paul's teaching in Romans 7 regarding the relationship of the New Covenant Christian to the Old Testament Law and seek to better understand what it means when the New Testament teaches us that we are under grace and not under law.

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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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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Grace Abounds

August 6, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 5:12-21 |

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In Romans 5, Paul speaks of the Christian's hope of glory. Many times we feel that our failings and sin are just too much too bear, often leaving us feeling very insecure in our relationship with God and our chances of every seeing His promised glory. In this passage, Paul shows us that even though our problem of sin is actually greater than we often realise, the redemptive grace he offers us in Jesus Christ is greater still - and the only real basis for our confidence as Christians.

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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Realistic Expectations

July 30, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 5:1-11 |

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Where you set your expectations in life makes a massive difference to how you experience the world in general, and this is especially true when it comes to God. If you have wrong expectations of God you will have a very bewildering and potentially discouraging experience of what it means to be a Christian.

When your false expectations of God aren't met it's easy to come to the conclusion that Christianity doesn't work. The truth, however, is that most times, our loss of confidence is in a God who actually really wasn't the God who reveals himself in the Bible in the first place.

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.

In this sermon's  text, we are introduced to a lot of the themes that will follow in the weeks to come. Our question in this talk is "How do we have realistic expectations of God?"

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The Gospel according to Daniel

February 19, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 6:1-28 |

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This is the sixth and final sermon in our series entitled Inside the Lion's Den. We've been looking at what it means to live faithfully as a Christian in a world that doesn't seem to follow God's agenda.

Daniel 6 brings up many of the same themes we have encountered in the preceding chapters. Daniel has taught us how, on occasion, to draw lines and oppose the culture on the basis of our faith convictions. It has taught us when to embrace the culture and all that is good in the culture around us. It has taught us how to cope when big powerful forces above us push us down and threaten to squash us. It has taught us, most of all, that if you are God's child, he will be with you through this entire ordeal.

In this talk we see how Daniel 6 teaches us the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, because at the heart of all we have covered so far in this series is the truth that God rescues.

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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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“Lobola-ectomy”

February 7, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Samuel 18 |

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In undoubtedly the weirdest story in the Bible, King Saul demands a bride price from the king-to-be, David, for his daughter's hand in marriage. Not money, not cows, none of those things - he demands 100 foreskins! David, being ever so eager to be married outdoes himself, and presents the king with 200 foreskins, just to make sure he's secured the girl. Yes, completely normal, I know. Have a listen to find out what on earth is going on here, and why living under the mastery of anything other than Jesus Christ might leave you having to “pay in foreskins”.

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Noah the Drunk

January 31, 2016

Bible Text: Genesis 9:18-29 |

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Sometimes the “good guys” are not always “good guys”. In Genesis chapter 9, Noah gets smashed on wine, gets naked, and curses his grandson. Yes, the same "righteous" Noah who God saved from the flood. What is going on? Listen in as we try to make sense of these strange events, and also see how our own spiritual nakedness is exposed through this ancient tale.

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