It is easy to exaggerate David; he was (and is) a charismatic figure, who very quickly looms larger than life in the eyes of his admirers. Michelangelo sculpted in marble what most Christians have carved in their imaginations, a flawless David. But the biblical text does not give us a flawless David. It is absolutely essential that we acquire a sense of our common God-created, Jesus-saved, and Spirit-blessed selves that is unedited, unabridged, and unblinking. These final episodes in the David story ensures we get the whole story - of him and of us.
The concept of sin has become quite controversial in contemporary culture. Not only has it been misunderstood, but also misused by many. On Sunday morning we will look how a Scriptural view of sin helps us to live the life we were always meant to live.
People are often surprised at how sinful Biblical “heroes” are. Even King David, 'a man after God's own heart', commits a truly vile sin. Although David's spiritual destruction is infamous and there for all to see, the story doesn't end there.
We often think of Jesus only as the man who was born in Bethlehem. We might even think that He only started to exist at His birth. However, in some portion of Scripture we are confronted with the Jesus before the manger as well. A clear example in the New Testament is John 1. Join us on Sunday as we encounter the Jesus who was before the manger, and Who is after the manger as well.
God has always wanted to be with mankind. Curiously, most of these encounters with Him are somehow associated with a tree. There is this strange but beautiful theme all through scripture - serving as a constant invitation to come to the Tree of Life. Join us this Sunday morning as we explore this theme together.
Lonely, scarred, frustrated, hungry - these are all words describing various South Africans at the moment. Drawing on a rich biblical tradition, we'll explore how to navigate these uncertain times.