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After thirteen weeks of studies and dedication our Foundations for Christian Growth, God’s Plan for Christian Service and Discipleship Training classes have completed and graduated across their respective levels! During our graduation celebration Mme Annie, a DT graduate, shared the power of all three classes in her life:

I just completed the third class in this series and have learned much.
I find myself going back to review the lessons learned in FCG often as they are rich and continually teaching me. It was through GPCS that my understanding of God’s gifts and calling was deepened and I got excited about the work of the Lord.  Finally, in DT all that I have learned has come together as we applied and practiced what it means to truly be a Disciple. I have started walking in my calling with confidence and a deepening relationship with God.

It was because of these classes that when God called me to go to a remote area to share His Word, I went in faith.  Here God put me in front of a woman who happened to own the field He impressed me to ask about.  At this field I shared of His love, grace, and mercy – a message much different than I would have preached before these classes!  It was after this message that 21 people gave their lives to Christ. While excited about the decisions I now was also determined that they be discipled therefore I returned home and approached my Pastor.

As my Pastor also just graduated from DT, we both recognised the need for ongoing discipleship and I was commissioned to go.  Today my husband and I lead this fledgling congregation where we are seeing new believers coming to Christ regularly.

I praise the Lord for the opportunities He has provided through Ignite South Africa and these classes!

Join us in praying for this fledgling congregation and all the participants of our classes.  May the seeds  planted in their hearts continue to blossom and be fruitful not only for them but for everyone around them.

Oct

26

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When Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth, he continued teaching just as he had been doing in other places.  At first people were amazed. They clearly recognized that he had wisdom and miraculous powers. They didn’t deny that fact.

But then the more they thought about it the more their amazement gave way to unbelief, judgment, offense and suspicion. How could Jesus say such things?  What makes him so special?  Isn’t he just one of us?

They couldn’t believe that someone who grew up among them could speak with such wisdom and authority, or perform the miracles they had heard about.

As a result, Jesus wasn’t able to perform any miracles there, not because he lacked power or authority or willingness, but because of their unbelief.

The people of Nazareth missed out. . . Big time!

When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”  Matthew 13:53-58

This is a great lesson for all of us. If we want to learn and grow spiritually, we need to have the right heart to receive.  As teachers teach and preachers preach, the rest is up to us.

Our attitude can either hinder or enable God’s Word getting through to us, and our expectancy will fan that Word into flame.

It’s up to us to receive, discern and then apply what God has for us, not judge the person He uses to bring the Word.  To throw away what is said without prayerful discernment is like saying that God can’t use whomever he chooses. It’s a negative reflection of God, not His instrument.

When Nazareth rejected Jesus they missed out on everything God had for them.
Let’s learn from their mistake rather than repeating it.

Sep

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Who is Jesus?

He is the image of God. (Col. 1:15)
When Jesus came, He showed humanity exactly what God was like.

He is the Word of Life. (1 John 1:2)
Humanity saw, heard and touched Him.

So, who is Jesus?  He is God and He is eternal.

On Monday Pastor Leon De Haan is joining us to teach his Ministry Intensive in Colossians and I, II, III John.   Pastor Mark Horton from Freedom Ministries and June Blanshan will co-teach this week long Intensive with him.

Join us in praying for…

  • Pastor Leon as he leaves today to travel
  • Effectiveness of ministry on Monday through Thursday,
  • The three teachers as they prepare
  • The Word to be planted in the hearts and minds of all in attendance next week.
Sep

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“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44

When Jesus spoke in parables, his intent was to convey a biblical truth in a manner that was interesting (who doesn’t love a good story?), relatable, and that compelled people to think and discover the truth for themselves. When we discover God’s truth for ourselves, it takes on such a more personal and practical meaning.

This is a parable that would have sounded perfectly normal and relatable to ancient ears. Because banks did not exist, the ground was considered a safe hiding place. The man in this parable came across a treasure as he was going about his daily work. It makes me think of how God’s desire is to be a part of our daily lives, not just confined to Sunday services. Our faith and relationship with Him are meant to operate 24X7.

When the man discovered the treasure he immediately recognized it’s worth. He hid it again because it was so valuable, and then joyfully sold everything he had to purchase the entire field.

The Kingdom of God is basically God’s will done perfectly as it is in heaven. To enter His Kingdom is to accept and do His will. I know things aren’t perfect here, but as we experience and strive for God’s will on earth things become more so.

The challenge of this parable, the main question we must ask ourselves is this:

What are we willing to sacrifice to do the will of God? Is doing the will of God worth our time, our focus, our talents, our treasures…our everything?

Because doing the will of God is pretty demanding. It may demand giving up our dreams, ambitions, goals, or desires in order to pursue God’s. It may mean letting go of our expectations and trusting in God’s best for our lives. It may mean giving up a selfish habit or sinful pattern, exchanging it for self-denial and discipline.

Christ never said it would be easy to take up our cross to follow Him; it wasn’t easy for Him either. But that is the only way to enter the Kingdom of God and take hold of the greatest treasure ever – both now and in the eternal life to come.

Are you willing to give up all that you have to take hold of this treasure?

 

Aug

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“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matthew 12:34 NASB

The Scribes and Pharisees had just spoken some pretty terrible words to Jesus. Jesus had cast demons out of a suffering man, and the religious leaders basically accused him of being evil himself, of working through the power of Satan.

So in this passage Jesus talks about the importance of our words and how they reveal what is truly in our hearts. Based on someone’s words, we can quickly determine whether they are compassionate or selfish, kind or mean-spirited, if they know the truth or are confused, and so on. Our words reveal our character deep within.

For the Scribes and Pharisees, their hearts were hardened to Christ. As a result, only bad things bubbled up and came out through their lips. Their evil words were an indication of their evil hearts.

Then Jesus takes things a step further. In verse 36 he says that we will be held accountable for the careless words we speak. The Greek word for careless, also translated as idle, describes that which doesn’t produce anything of value.

Careless words are not only unproductive, but they can also cause the greatest harm. And it’s those careless words that slip out in the heat of the moment, when our guard is down, that reveal the most about our character.

So Jesus reminds us that we have a responsibility for our words, and to take that responsibility seriously we must examine our words to discover the true condition of our hearts.

Do your words reflect a heart filled with love, faith, truth, and hope?
Or do they reflect something else like fear, doubt, bitterness, or selfishness?    

If your answers are not what you hoped, ask the Lord to help you examine and change what needs to be changed.

 

Jun

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We have eternal life because of Jesus.

Born of a virgin, God came in the flesh. Jesus, the incarnate Son of God who tasted (experienced) death for us all, so that we might live.

“But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9

It is because of Jesus that we can now taste life – because of His death.

We are delighted to welcome Pastor Leon De Haan, and guest teacher Rick Kearney, who will be joining us this Monday to lead a week-long Ministry Intensive in Hebrews and Jude.

Please pray for:

  • Safe travels for both Leon and Rick.
  • Pastors and leaders who will be attending the course.
  • Teachings to bring truth and revelation knowledge.

Teaching such as these help to build the local Body of Christ, we would be thrilled if you would like to partner with us through a gift of any size.  

Jun

22

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Are you feeling tired, drained, stressed, like you are running on empty? Then sit in God’s presence.

Not only is God the provider of refreshment and renewal, He IS the refreshment.
In Hosea, God describes himself as like a refreshing dew.

I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars of Lebanon. (Hosea 14: 5)

Dew greets each morning preparing the ground to face the day.
Likewise soaking in God’s presence daily prepares us to face the day. The stresses of life will start to fade as you allow God to refresh you because being in His presence is the only way to be truly refreshed.

It is by continually sitting in God’s refreshing presence that we, like Israel, will both blossom and have deep roots. One is a direct result of the other; we can only be all that God designed us to be and stay rooted through life’s storms if we first accept the refreshing dew from heaven.

God is the refreshing dew, soak Him in!

Jun

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Have you noticed that when your phone rings, or a message chimes, your body automatically  responds. Whether you are engaged in a conversation or reading a book, everything stops and your attention is focused on who called.

The same should happen with our spirit when we are called by God.

God calls each one of us to be His children and reflect His glory where we are.
Whether He has called us to be godly wife or husband, a leader in our local church, or businessman; God calls, He qualifies, and we need to respond.

Our upcoming Pastoral workshop will be focused on this topic as we share God’s word with local pastors and leaders who often do not feel qualified to serve.

Please join us in praying for our bible teachers  and those attending the workshop. May His truth be a source of encouragement and the needed refreshment for them to continue to run the race He has set before them.

May

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Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.… (Psalm 139 v 4-6)

Khaba Tekano, a student in our Foundations class has this to share… 

My journey attending the Foundations Bible class has been long, fun and educational.
I learned that the Word of God is the key to understanding God.
It dawned on me that without the Bible, God would be a complete mystery to me as God revealed Himself in His Word.

If you do not know God, you know not LOVE.
Meaning without Him, love does not exist.

God is Love.

He is a loving Father. He is a rewarding Father. He gave His only Son just so He could heal and restore us.
God wants an intimate relationship with His children, yet He doesn’t force this on us, He is a complete gentleman. He wants my life centered around Him.

I was created for this very purpose.

These classes are setting a strong foundation and are helping me discover how to have an intimate relationship with God. I know I am filled with God’s love and that as His child I have every right to prosper and be blessed in all areas of my life.

Foundations for Christian Growth is our first 13 week class in a series. We trust that God will enrich the students in both  knowing and applying the great tools learned for Christian Development!

 

 

May

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Far from being a dead book, the Word of God is living and powerful.
It has within it all the life and power necessary to maintain a believer in victory.

For the past 13 weeks, our students have been digging deep into the foundations of this living and powerful book, the Word of God, and are being recognized as they graduate from this first class in our series.

Here’s what Tefo Mosikidi has to say about this class:

“I want to thank God for the opportunity given to me to study the course, Foundation for Christian Growth. These classes have really helped me and changed my attitude to the way I handle God’s Word.

Lesson 5 made me truly understand who God is and how he works through His Word.  These teachings and knowledge gained have truly enriched me.”

Join with us as we celebrate these men and women of God who have dedicated their time to study His Word!