A New beginning (4) – Who do you think you are!

Bible readings 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Ezra 4:1-5, 5:9-17 Introduction With the return from captivity back to Judah, the Israelites had the task to rebuild not only the altar and the temple but also the city.  God called the people He elected for the task to go back.  God also provided in all their needs. He … Continue reading A New beginning (4) – Who do you think you are!

Christmas: Christ is God, the Almighty Saviour

Bible readings Hebrews 1:1-4 Hebrews 2:5-18 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Christmas is a time of joy.  It was the message delivered by the angel:   “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you … Continue reading Christmas: Christ is God, the Almighty Saviour

Facing the end with disbelief

Bible readings Acts 26:19-29; Jeremiah 38:14-28 Introduction “Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” (F.B. Meyer).   Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the moral resistance of the human will.  Disbelief and the pride of independence lead to rebellion. We just want to … Continue reading Facing the end with disbelief

Obedience when God calls

Bible Readings Jeremiah 1:4-14 Jeremiah 20:7-18 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There were times in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ when those who were elected as leaders saw themselves as somewhat elevated above the rest of the body of Christ.  It is still the case in some denominations.  The … Continue reading Obedience when God calls

The Potter and the clay

Scripture Readings Romans 9:14-21 Jeremiah 18:1-10 Introduction There is a famous story of the days when Sir Christopher Wren was building St. Paul's Cathedral. On one occasion he was making a tour of the work in progress. He came upon a man at work and asked him: "What are you doing?" The man said: "I … Continue reading The Potter and the clay

Can we pray for rain?

Scripture Readings Romans 8:18-27 Jeremiah 14:1-22 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During the time of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, a friend of mine took a tour of that country.  There was a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake, game reserves, and other attractions.  Upon his return, … Continue reading Can we pray for rain?

Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve

God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Important points Being saved by grace, and adopted as God’s children, we now live in the household of God To be holy is to be set apart to glorify God We cannot continue to live the same way as we lived before we became children of God In God’s household, God sets the rules Keeping … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Jesus Christ only – no if’s no buts’ (2)

Bible readings Romans 6:1-11 Colossians 2:8-15 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Some 24 years ago we migrated from South Africa. Heila and I had to meet the requirements of the Government at the time. All along, our children, then under the age of sixteen, had nothing to do to meet any regulation. We can … Continue reading Jesus Christ only – no if’s no buts’ (2)

Growing in the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Bible Readings Psalm 119:129-136 Colossians 1:9-14 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, Last week we commenced a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  This series goes under the title, United with Jesus Christ.  Last week the message was about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We looked at what the Gospel … Continue reading Growing in the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ