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Remaining faithful in a situation of crisis and hopelessness
David Coltart
December 07, 2008

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On Sunday evening the 7th December I spoke at my old church from my University of Cape Town days, Christ Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town, on the topic "Remaining faithful in a situation of crisis and hopelessness".

I was asked to speak by Christ Church-s Minister-in-charge Duncan McLea in the context of the terrible suffering being endured by so many Zimbabweans at this time. This suffering comes in the wake of what I call the "perfect humanitarian storm" - the unique and unprecedented convergence of Aids, poverty, malnutrition, a regime that doesn-t care and which deliberately underplays the seriousness of the situation, and - now on top of it all - cholera.

What is the role of the church and people of faith in this situation? That is what I sought to address.

The following verses in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 formed the basis of the sermon:

"Nevertheless, each one of you should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God-s commands is what counts. Each one should remain in the situation he was in when God called him. Were you a slave when you were called? Don-t let that trouble you - although if you gain your freedom, do so. For he who was called by the Lord is the Lord-s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ-s slave. You were brought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brothers, each man, as responsible to God should remain in the situation God called him to."

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  • David Coltart
    Language: English
    Duration: 37min
    Date: December 07, 2008
    File Type: MP3
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