If you're new here, welcome! We are a colourful community of believers with large vision and big dreams, who love Jesus and love our world. What Jesus did and established at the Cross is very good news. In fact it’s scandalous it is so good! He has forgiven our sins, declared man innocent and cancelled any concept of distance between God and man. It is this message of glad tidings we feel compelled to preach because His unfathomable love has captivated us. Read more >>
Central Parks turns 10 on 5 February 2017
Grant Flaum | 17 January 2017
On Sunday 5 February 2017 Central Parks City Church turns 10 years old. God has been so incredibly faithful!! What a journey it has been!!

We want to invite ANYONE who has been part of this community over the last 10 years and friends of ours to join us as we celebrate what God has done in our midst.

What an incredible moment in history to be alive in Johannesburg serving God to see the city changed.

Look forward to having you join us worship our great King.


 
Christmas greetings from Grant
Grant Flaum | 15 December 2016
Merry Christmas everyone at Central Parks

As we close out another great year at Central Parks City Church, we thank God for the countless blessings of 2016.

For many it was a tough year but God is certainly building a robustness (is there such a word?) in us. A resilient people who know their God and who do mighty exploits for Him. A personal and corporate faith that can withstand all the challenges and frustrations of 21st Century city living.

We have an amazing year to anticipate, friends. Great growth has been prophesied over us as we stay true to who we are, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.

Who are we? A loving family who love His presence and who are not scared to attempt great exploits in His name.

Lets really love our city next year. Lets love the people who make up our world. Even the outcast and the addict and the scorned.

I have been so challenged to live in and amongst my world. To be right where they work, play, sleep and (the things they) love. To live intentionally for Jesus here for all to see and for them to know that Jesus is my everything. If you recall Jesus was accused of being a 'friend of sinners' and a 'wine bibber'.

This gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). I am super expectant for many radical salvations next year...

Lets live with great purpose in 2017.

With so much love

Grant 

 
God loves His bride
Ailie Baumann | 21 October 2016
It had been one of those busy weeks again. The weekend was not promising to slow down. I knew I had family responsibilities that needed my attention and I knew Rob Rufus was a must go to event. My work deadlines were piling faster than I’d like. Still, my heart was being tugged on.

With determination and obedience, I turned to the Holy Spirit Ok, I will go to Rob Rufus on Friday night but you are going to have to sort my deadlines out. I knew that the Lord would be faithful; he always is.

That Friday night was a night that God opened my eyes to the depths of his love for his church. As I listened to Rob Rufus, my heart experienced wave after wave of awe as I saw Jesus, the lover of His bride, and the love he holds in his heart for her.

As I listened to Rob Rufus, it was as though I was teleported out of time. I saw the Trinity discussing the importance of making a wife for Adam. Rob Rufus continued to speak on how we reflect God’s desires in our own desires for love, intimacy, and relationship. I saw Jesus looking at his bride with love, adoration, and longing. The intensity of his love for her was blazing fire. I saw a groom who would literally move heaven and earth to rescue his bride, to defender her, to woo her and more. Everything we could ever desire in our human relationships was epitomized in the beauty of intimacy with Jesus.

As His bride, the Father is bringing us back to that place of being “cut to the heart” with conviction and adoration for our groom, Jesus. This is the revelation of covenant that he is bringing to His church. The revelation that we are His and He is ours. The conviction that He is our first love.

In this cut to the heart or circumcised state we find ourselves compelled with the love of God. No longer do we sway to the left or to the right. No longer do our eyes stray to other gods or distractions and when they arise our conviction compels us to say no. We say no to maintain that single-minded devotion to our first love.

In this place of deep intimacy with Jesus, we begin to realize more astutely what moves his heart and what grieves it. In the same way that a husband and wife can experience great joy or sorrow so can our relationship with Jesus either grieve his heart or release endless joy. Thus we become more discerning and protective over his heart. No this is not to say we enter religion or reduce Jesus to a weak state. On the contrary, we take great measures to please him, to love him deeply, to honour him just as we would our own spouse (or spouse to be).

In its pure state, love is one of sacrifice and surrender. Love is not self-seeking. This applies to our walk with Jesus and each other. We lay ourselves down. The more love we receive from him, the greater our love for others become and the deeper we love him. This is the journey of a circumcised heart. 

 
Amazed by God
Thelma Sebetlela | 21 October 2016
I registered at a prayer academy about three years ago and it's basically training to pray more effectively. I was recently sent a prayer programme for 11 days. 
 
I have been frustrated lately because I just don't know where my life is going, I lost a well-paying job a few years back and it has been a struggle to get another good paying job since, so I ended up settling for a job as a sales rep in a boutique. I had lost everything and had to start from scratch.

I called one of my customers who I last spoke to last year, my intention was to tell her about the new stock and that it's stuff she would like. She is a very busy woman and calling her I knew she would only come after a week or two or I could send her stuff to her house to choose. Surprisingly she came the following day to the store, and ended up spending a rather large sum of money . I was in shock, and whilst in shock she asked me about my current situation and how I survive with such little income. She then suggested that I run errands for her on my days off. I helped her some days and she paid me quite a bit, more than I expected. She then offered me to house sit the whole of December for four weeks and would pay me well.

During our conversations, she mentioned that both her sons would be going to boarding school and that she is interested in starting a business which she would like me to assist her in.

She also offered to pay for my school fees to finish my degree next year and for whatever I want to study afterwards.

She is currently trying to convince her husband for him to hire me as a personal assistant full time before she starts her business as I have been helping her a lot recently.

I find it amazing that this lady is Jewish and I happen to be praying for Israel (as part of my course work). I am very excited to see what god is going to do in her life through me!!

God is faithful, I'm so grateful because I now have a family at Central Parks. I have received encouragement regarding other challenges and it has really helped.
 

What more can I ask for, He did it for me and I totally trust Him?

 

 

 
Connection to a local body
Grant Flaum | 24 August 2016
How can you call yourself a believer and not have a connection to a local body of believers?

Scripture is not ambiguous about God calling out 'a people for His name'. Be careful of individualism, the curse of our modern day, it makes you think you can follow Christ 'on your own'.

Every local body has its flaws. If you are part of a family there are flaws aplenty but love looks like something. Love works out differences. Is patient. Forbears. It looks out for fellows on the journey.

The bible says we are like living stones rubbing together and forming part of this beautiful temple of worship to our worthy King (1 Peter 2:5). What a joy to see fellow believers progress in the faith and looking and acting like Christ!

Friends, we are in this together!! C'mon don't be a 'lone ranger' no longer, humble your heart and join in the collective - a people for His name, called to change the planet (together).
 
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