New Sermons & Publications

Hello everybody. I have uploaded some more sermons onto THE SERMONS PAGE. These are also accompanied by the SERMON NOTES I used while preaching them for those of you who prefer to read rather than listen. The sermons are:

Sermons The Gift of Fire

 Luke 12 verses 49 and 50. What is the gift of fire exactly? Are we to embrace or resist fire? Jesus said  “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!” Listen to this sermon to find out what it all means, the origins of spiritual ‘fire’ and what ‘strange fire’ is.

Grace Upon Grace

There are so many false teachings around in this day, one is based on Grace – “May the Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you”. This is a quote which comes up all over the bible. But what IS and ISN’T the grace that the bible speaks of? John 1 verses 16&17 says: ”Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Listen to the sermon to find out more.

Ask Seek Knock

Predictions and promises are not the same thing. The ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in Matthew 7: 7-11 talks about asking, seeking, knocking, and of course finding. The condition of this promise of finding is that we persevere! There is no value in instant gratification! Ask and keep on asking, knock and knock some more, seek and then seek again. It is a a process. First we ask God for what we seek, clarifying what it is we are looking for. James says that we don’t have because we don’t ask, but when we ask it is for the wrong motives. Seek the correct motive and commit to it, God will give us the directions in which to seek. If we seek God’s face and His Kingdom with all of our hearts we will find what we have asked for.

Then we have some of my published articles which can be found HERE for your reading enjoyment. These include:

Our Way or God’s way

Published in 2008, this article talks about why is it that we so often find ourselves going down our own way, rather than God’s way? I don’t think it’s because we don’t want GodPublished Articles’s way, or that we don’t pray or read the Bible enough. I think the prime reason is that we just don’t understand God’s ways. His ways are so different to what we are accustomed, what we have been taught through the educational system, and what we see modeled all around us. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). But how do we do this? How do we reform our mindsets? Read this article to discover a simple 3-step process.

The Secret

Do you remember when the DVD series called “The Secret” was on everyone’s lips? Well, some people still use this as their ‘guide to life’. Based on what the author calls ‘The Law of Attraction’ (believe it and it will materialise into your life like magic) this ‘secret’ falls apart when subjected to both reason and biblical revelation. Read this article to learn more.

Interpreting the Bible

Despite the eroding influence of some aspects of post-modern thinking, most of you reading this will agree with me when I declare the Bible to be divinely inspired and authoritative. However, we may well differ in how we interpret the inspired written Word of God. This article outlines the three key interpretive principle which you can follow to arrive at a sound interpretation of the bible.


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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.