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The Cost of Following Jesus

Hope City

July 7, 2019

Bible Text: Luke 9:57-62 |

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What is the cost of following Jesus? This passage details three conversations with three different people about what it would mean for them to truly follow Him. As we listen in on each one, we discover that Jesus demands that we follow Him in a way that we don't follow anyone or anything else in this life, and that the only way we can follow Him like this is when we see that Jesus is unlike and more precious than anyone or anything in life.

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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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“…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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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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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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The Magi

Sermon Series - Advent 2018

December 16, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-12 |

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The magi who visit Jesus just after his birth are some of the most mysterious characters in the Bible. They travel from far bearing gifts for the messiah but little else is known about them. In this sermon we explore how Matthew presents them in his gospel and contrasts them to the wicked king Herod. What you'll find is that the deeper you explore their role in the nativity story the more they have to offer us readers thousands of years later as we reflect upon the significance of the birth of Jesus.

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The Son Of David

Sermon Series - Advent 2018

December 2, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 1:1-17 |

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The ancestry of Jesus is hugely significant revealing to us who Jesus is, and what he's come to do. The gospel writer, Matthew, outlines a lengthy genealogy to establish the ancestry of Jesus. At first glance it's just a long list of hard to pronounce names, but on closer inspection a wonderful picture of the true identity of Jesus begins to emerge. Listen in as we explore the ancestry of Jesus in this sermon on the first Sunday of Advent.

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I Am The Resurrection And The Life

Sermon Series - I Am

October 21, 2018

Bible Text: John 11:17-44 |

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In John 11 we encounter Jesus's statement "I am the resurrection and life". In some of the other "I AM" statements we have considered in this short sermon series Jesus uses clever contextual metaphors like light and bread to powerfully convey the meaning of what he is saying. This time, however, it is the very stuff of human suffering and death itself that provides the backdrop for his radical claim. In this passage we catch a glimpse of people responding to suffering in their lives, but even more importantly, we see a clear picture of God's own response to suffering and death that offers us a real hope for life in a broken world.

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