TruthTalks Sermon: The Tree of Life Triptych

The tree of life top imageWhen I was asked to preach at Lonehill Village Church on Sunday 10th of November 2019 I asked myself this question:

If this was the last time I ever got to preach, what sermon would I preach?
This is a hard question to answer, but I can tell you that the sermon I felt lead to preach on Sunday is right up near the top of the list. It is in 2 parts which are separated by songs of worship. Here’s what it is about:

Part One

My references here are Genesis 2, Numbers 21, and Revelation 22 and this section provides the biblical historical setting for part two. It tells the story of how God created humanity in His image and entered into a sacred and eternal covenant with them. However, instead of fulfilling the covenant obligation to trust and obey God, Adam and Eve decided to rebel and seek to themselves be gods. As a result, the penalty clause of covenant kicked in and they died spiritually and were expelled from Eden. In them, all of humanity was separated from God, spiritually dead, and banished from the Tree of Life.

Then in Revelation 22, the very end of the story of the Tree of Life, we find a glorious picture of Eden restored and enhanced. The question is why? Why was Eden accessible again to human beings? What caused the change from banishment to restoration and from death to life?

Incidentally, if you are wondering what I mean by the word “Triptych’, the Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as “Three closely related or contrasting themes or parts”. I cover the first and the last of these three related pictures in Part One of this sermon, and the third in Part Two

Part Two

This portion of the sermon answers the question ‘what caused the change from banishment and spiritual death to restoration and life?’ It does this by presenting what the Lord Jesus said to the Jewish theologian, Nicodemus, as recorded in John 3. The call to action throughout this part of the sermon is, “you must be born again!”

Please listen to what I consider to be one of THE most important messages I have ever preached by clicking on the play button below. As always, your thoughts are welcome.

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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.