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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“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 

Our May Pastoral Workshop was on fire this month!
This is where local pastors  and ministry leaders come together for encouragement and enrichment in God’s word and that is indeed what happened.

The Bait of Satan by John Bevere was the foundation for May’s sessions. Although it seemed a “hefty” topic, as soon as the enemy’s bait (hurt, pride, rejection) was revealed and how he uses our feelings as a trap, it was clear that his tricks would no longer work.

This is what some of the leaders who attended had to say:

 I will not let pride ruin me. I will not take offenses and put them in my heart. I choose to walk more in forgiveness. This may sometimes be painful but God’s grace is sufficient for me and I will not repay evil with evil. I will walk in love no matter what. – Sello Mpho.”

“Asking God to reveal offenses and give me the wisdom to deal with them properly, was really an important step for me. I felt really humbled by this opportunity because the devil will use our pride to trap us into feelings of negativity.” – Anonymous

“I am passionate about sharing today’s teaching with others; we must not run away from the trails and tribulations! Standing firm in His word will ensure that the traps of bitterness will not have any hold on us.” -Pastor L.D Leboto

How we react to offenses is a test of true character. We must immerse ourselves in the Word and know that when it comes to a challenge; We have to rise above it and press on.

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!

May

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We just completed our Financial Foundations discipleship class and are so excited for the 20 people who graduated from the 10 week course.  Students learned how to manage their finances God’s way by implementing His principles of faith, tithing, budgeting, stepping up to debt, giving, and sowing and reaping.  It was a wonderful class and the testimonies were incredible.

Here is what one student shared.

“I have learned a lot of things in this class and thank the Father dearly for the knowledge that He has given me through all the situations I have faced.  God gave me the wisdom to change many things in my life and made me realize that I do have the potential to obtain or achieve something.  By applying the knowledge I have gained through this class – such as Sparrow Faith, Seed for the Sower / tithing, and Closing the Circle / budgeting – I can change many things in my life.

I have been applying what I’ve learned by helping outsiders with their lack of knowledge and distributing information to them, teaching them to control their finances, and showing them how to serve God by handling their money properly.

One testimony from class is that as I’ve been applying what I’ve learned and sharing information with others, people have become more trustworthy in their tithes to God.  Being obedient, helping those in need, and always being a good example is important when counseling and advising others.” – Maria Motaung

Please pray for our Financial Foundations students, that the knowledge learned and seeds planted bear great fruit in their lives.

 

Apr

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Ignite’s Bible School of Excellence is enjoying a busy season right now.

Our Finance class is prepared to graduate in one week, we are mid-term for the Foundations class, and getting ready to kick off Discipleship Training class tomorrow.

Needless to say we have students coming and going!

We have been delighted to see continued growth and life changes in our students. The classes not only teach Biblical truth they also emphasize practical and culturally appropriate application. In fact, one of our goals is to help students learn the discipline of  pacing themselves and begin to practice new habits that will last a lifetime and they state this is happening.

After all, it only takes 21 consecutive days for those new habits to form.

Through all of our courses we anticipate that the students will gain a more intimate relationship with God, mature in character, and be the world influencers that God created them to be.

As always, please join us in praying for our teachers – Thulo, Jill, and  June, and for the students. May God work in the through them all to expand His Kingdom!  

Apr

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Or more specifically, what to do with the greatest Command?

We all have heard that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind as this is the greatest commandment. The second is like it, we are to love our neighbor as ourself.  (Matt. 22: 37-39).

It sounds relatively easy until you begin to really ponder how to live it out, how to apply those ideas (the nuances expressed) within daily life.

This month we decided to bring it back to the basics, to renew our first love and ensure it is evident for all to see. Therefore, this topic, and the application, is what we are going to tackle in our upcoming Pastoral Workshop next Tuesday.

Please keep our teachers and the ministry leaders who attend, in your prayers as they dig deeper into God’s Word.  We are believing God for transformational change that will extend into the churches and ministries they oversee.

Mar

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This week’s Bible Study Intensive on 2 Timothy and Titus was a huge success, and we are grateful for Pastor Leon De Haan of Thrive Ministries International for developing the curriculum and leading the teaching.  In the picture above, the students – local pastors, church leaders and Ignite coaches – are presenting him with a gift of an African shield to remind him of them and of the armor of God.

“I plan to apply what I’ve learned by preaching because through this intensive the tools were given to me to use them.  I was helped to help others and most important, to put them into action myself.  I was blessed by everything I’ve learned and I pray that God would help you to come again to teach.  May God bless you and keep you safe.” – Sello Mpho

“Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus.  Even when it was hard he kept on proclaiming the Good News.  It encouraged me to push on preaching the Word of God because I know that even when I go through hardships I’m not alone.  God is with me.  I’m going to apply what I’ve learned, meditate on it day and night and also use it to teach other people.” – Nnini Sibeko

“I enjoyed the part where we looked at the relationship between Paul and Timothy, more specifically the deep emotional bond of a father and son in Christ Jesus.  I am definitely going to pursue a mentoring program to assist people into having a deep sense of the love of God.  I want to build relationships of mentors and mentees so that those involved will experience God’s love through each other.” – Khaba Tekano

“What has impacted me the most is learning more about what was faced by Paul when he was writing these letters so that we can have this knowledge of the Gospel.  These teachings that are prepared on a verse by verse basis have developed me personally and in my ministry.  My sermons will be intensified by the background information and my preaching will be much more informative.  I thank Ignite SA for organizing these intensives and Pastor Leon for bringing the teachings.” – Reverend R. P. Maleke

Please join us in praying for our local leaders as they apply what they’ve learned, and for Pastor Leon as he travels back to the US.

Mar

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Our recent Enrich Workshop – God’s Word for Pastors – was a great success.  With relevant topics, candid discussion, and time for personal ministry, our pastors and church leaders were greatly encouraged.  Here is what some of our leaders shared.

I have longed for a message of this nature and I have received it today! I know that I am not the only one faced with these challenges in my church. I realize that forgiveness is the key to releasing a person who made an empty promise to the church, to me as a leader or to me in general.” – Rev. Paul Maleke

“I see that I need God’s grace to live a pure life. Being a leader/ pastor makes me an open target. The session on Pride and Temptations really ministered to me because these are real in my life. The facilitators helped me a lot to realize weakness and the ways Satan uses some…” – Mosikidi Tefo

“I am so happy that we as pastors could have time together, to share the word of God and, share our challenges and uplift each other. In my heart of hearts I wish we could be as one always, in spirit and in mind. I am so grateful to God in the most amazing way! ” –  Rev. S.J Mokoena

“It really built up my faith in God. Not to make empty promises as members of the church or the pastor and focus on God’s promises. It helped me on how to purify myself from temptations. It also reminded me that I have to make time to play, worship, and work and rest as these are all very important.” – N.S.

It is evident from the feedback, that these sessions hit close to home. We are delighted to provide opportunity for the pastors to seek support, and encouragement, from peers to carry on.

Together we can build His Kingdom!

Mar

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Being a pastor or church leader is more than a job, it’s a calling, and one that is wrought with challenges.  The enemy would love nothing more than to defeat our church leaders, destroying their lives and their witness to others.

Our heart for our Enrich Discipleship program is to encourage, equip and strengthen church leaders so they can remain strong and stay the course that the Lord has laid before them.

So for tomorrow’s Enrich workshop, Pastor Mark Horton and June Blanshan will be teaching what God’s Word says about important topics such as purity and temptation, burnout, ego and pride, church attendance and dealing with people.

Please join in praying for our teachers as they present these relevant and sensitive topics.  Pray also for our pastors and church leaders as they learn, then also interact and problem solve within small groups.

We’re excited for this workshop and for God’s Word for Pastors.