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This sermon concludes our short series on the New Testament office of Elder. Who are the elders? Why did the Lord Jesus give them to the church? What is the church’s relationship to them? And what are their lives to be like? In this sermon we consider their function in the church
We continue our short series on the New Testament office of Elder. In this sermon we look into the character that an Elder should have.
This Lord’s Day we begin a short series on the New Testament office of Elder. Who are the elders? Why did the Lord Jesus give them to the church? What is the church’s relationship to them? And what are their lives to be like? We will begin to answer these questions as we consider the three titles of elders in the New Testament.…
After nearly 30 sermons we conclude our journey through 2 Corinthians this Sunday. The long-suffering Apostle Paul concludes his epistle by giving the church six imperatives for unity as well as a glorious trinitarian blessing.
In the penultimate message on 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul calls on the Corinthians to examine themselves and so vindicate his apostolicity. Paul does not want to visit them in power and discipline but in weakness and joy.
Even though Paul boasts in his weakness regarding his sufferings, persecutions and calamities, the Corinthians must not confuse his weakness for powerlessness. In this next section of 2 Corinthians we will see the power of the resurrected Christ in dealing with those who continue in unrepentant sin.
In the next portion of 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul imitates Christ, and gives us an example, by showing that his desire is for the church and not for their money or what Paul can get from them.
This Lord’s Day we resume our series in 2nd Corinthians: Strength Through Suffering In this iconic passage the Apostle Paul shows us that true power in ministry and in the Christian life is not found in private revelations or ecstatic experiences but through humble delight in sufferings.
In Mark 1 we meet a leper in need of cleansing. He comes to the Lord, and in this interaction we see hope for all who are in need God's liberation.
What does the Scripture teach regarding child discipline? How is it to be done? Why is it to be done? What is the goal? This session also includes a Q n A session.
What does God require of single people in the church? Pastor Smith takes us through a number of exhortations to the single.
What does God require of wives? What is the wife's primary duty? Pastor Smith exposits Ephesians 5 regarding the wife's responsibilities.
What does God require of husbands? What is the husband's primary duty? Pastor Smith exposits Ephesians 5 regarding the husband's responsibilities.
What does the Scripture say regarding parenting? We see in the New Testament that when it regards parenting, the Scripture explicitly addresses fathers. In this third session of the conference Pastor Smith exposits Ephesians 6.
What is the Lord's call to those who are single? What is the design for a single life? In this the second session of the Family Conference, Pastor Jeff Smith unpacks God's word to single men and women.
What is Marriage? Where does it come from? In this first session of the conference, Pastor Jeff Smith outlines a theology of marriage.
The psalms speak of a rejoicing one, forever at God’s side, who will not see decay. Join us this Resurrection Sunday as we see the joy of Christ by his Father’s side as a resurrected Man.
Psalm 22 is a cry of a man in agony, stripped by evil men and rejected by the God he serves. But who is this man? What is his death achieving? Join us on Friday the 15th of April as we explore the death of Jesus Christ as seen by David.
'Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”' ~John 3:3
For the first time in Acts, we see God himself directly involved in choosing an individual to be evangelized. Whom does God choose? An outcast who would not be allowed in the Jerusalem temple. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through an episode in Philip’s ministry where the Holy Spirit directs him to a gentile Eunuch, and in this story we see the great g…
What is true conversion? Does all “believing” lead to salvation? As the gospel arrives in Samaria, Luke tells us of a well known sorcerer who believes. But as we look closer, Luke shows us that not all is as it seems.
How do we live as a church in times of uncertainty and trial? Pastor Mpumelelo shows us the Jerusalem church's response to being scattered: They remained steadfast and preached the same message that cost them trouble.
Stephen’s testimony invites the anger of the Jewish leaders. While they kill him, Christ vindicates him. This Sunday Morning we will consider the death of the first Christian martyr and it’s effects on the Jerusalem church.
Stephen gives testimony in his own defense; and this testimony turns into an accusation against the people of Israel. And as Stephen responds, the lesson is clear even for us: our God is to be obeyed.
God blesses Stephen with an apostolic ministry and opponents rise up against him from every corner of the Roman world. In this instalment of our series in Acts, Pastor Mpumelelo explains the devilish response of the Hellenistic Jews against Stephen's ministry.
The Lord Jesus said the church will be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. So far in Acts, the gospel has gone to Jerusalem and Judea. How will god bring the Gospel to Samaria and the ends of the earth? It begins with division in the church. Pastor Mpumelelo unpacks Acts 6 as we continue our study in Acts.…
The Church in Acts is persecuted time and time again. In this latest instance, the apostles are thrown in prison for proclaiming Christ. This leaves us with a few questions. What is persecution? Why is it there? Where does it come from? Pastor Mpumelelelo tackles these questions and more in this instalment of our study in Acts.…
The apostles performed many signs and wonders as the church grew. What lessons can we learn from these miracles? Why don't we see them today? Pastor Mpumelelo exhorts us to have confidence in the message of the apostles as it is authenticated by these signs in this installment of our series in Acts.
The frail, poor child born in a lowly manger in a backwater of the Roman Empire is also the Mighty God who has changed everything forever. This Christmas morning Pastor Michael explains the second name of Christ in Isaiah 9.
Isaiah 9 speaks of a coming King Who will turn be the great light. But who is this King? Pastor Michael takes us through the first of His names in verse 6 - Wonderful Counsellor.
The presence of the Spirit of God in us and among us should fill us with covenantal fear. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through the famous account of Ananias and Sapphira and exhorts us to fear God.
Luke tells us of the remarkable life of the first church of Jerusalem. The love they had for each other was such that not a needy person was found among them in a group of well over 5000. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through this remarkable passage as we continue our series in the book of Acts.
In the face of opposition, how is the church to respond? The believers in the first church prayed for boldness. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through this passage in Acts and exhorts the church to pray for the boldness necessary to preach the gospel.
Do you struggle with anger that leads to envy? Psalm 37 is for you. Pastor Michael explains this text and shows us God's way of dealing with red hot anger and discontented envy.
After the lame man is healed, the apostles are arrested. How do they react? What lessons are there for us in how the church handles opposition to the Gospel? In this instalment of our series in Acts, Pastor Mpumelelo exhorts us to steadfastness in proclaiming the resurrection from the dead in Christ.…
For those who are burdened with life's heaviness, Peter proclaims a refreshment from God that will relieve all who take it. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through Acts three as we see that this refreshment from God can be obtained through faith in Jesus Christ.
After 3000 people respond to Peter's sermon, they are all saved and added to the disciples' number. How did this first Christian church live? and what can we learn from these our forefathers? Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through Luke's description of these Christians and their priorities.
The Apostle Peter stands up to address the Israelites at the coming of the Holy Spirit. What follows is an exposition of the Israelites sin, and a scandalous offer of grace. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through this passage and shows us that the offer of forgiveness is for all who are laden with guilt.
The great day of Pentecost arrived in Acts 2. What does it mean? Should we expect another day or event like it? How should we live in light of it? Pastor Mpumelelo unpacks the significance of this great day in Christian History and its implications for us.
Luke details for us the names of the first Christian church, the original witnesses to the resurrection as well as their replacement of Judas. From this account, Pastor Mpumelelo shows us that Christianity is founded upon real events that really happened with credible witnesses who testify to them,
The apostles are given a commission, and yet they are distracted by seeking knowledge that is not their to know. Pastor Mpumelelo takes us through this important passage in Acts and exhorts the church to focus on its clear mission.
Who is Jesus Christ? From about Chapter one of Luke to its climax in chapter 9, Luke puts together evidence from historical records, the old testament and eyewitness accounts that thoroughly answer the question as to Jesus’ identity. Pastor Mpumelelo gives us an overview of Jesus' identity as we begin a series in Acts 1.…
Why do Christians allow themselves to be spiritually abused? Over the past few years, we have seen "prophets" feed people rat poison and petrol. Why do they allow this? Pastor Michael examines the nature of the Corinthians' acceptance of spiritual in this instalment of our series in 2 Corinthians.
What do right vs, left politics, prosperity gospel and licentiousness have in common? Pastor Michael shows from Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians that these are seductive religions that we ought to be on guard against.
Pastor Michael explains the biblical-theological development of tithing as we continue to reflect on chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians.
As we continue our series in 2 Corinthians, Pastor Michael draws from chapter 9 principles and motivations for godly giving.