• Let Down Your Nets

    There is no exclusion put upon any tribe or clan, no classes are laid under ban, no individuals are exempted. Therefore, Church of Christ, by the love you bear to your crucified Master, by His wounds and death for you, and by His living love to you, seek out the lost and gather together the outcasts. You fishers of men, launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught. You sowers of holy seed, go abroad, and sow the untrodden wastes. You consecrated builders, break away from old foundations, and lay fresh groundwork for a larger temple for your God and King. Surely the Spirit of love in a church will suggest this. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ~ Romans 1:16, 17

    28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: ~ Colossians 1:28

    16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ~ 1 Timothy 3:16

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ~ John 14:6

    21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? ~ John 11:25,26

    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ~ John 3:16-18

    24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. ~ Galatians 3:24

    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23

    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

    3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.~ John 3:3,7

    3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-5

    13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. ~ Acts 3:13-15

    19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. ~ Acts 3:19-21

    36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. ~ John 3:36

    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. ~ 1 John 5:11,12

    21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~ John 14:21

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. ~ 1 John 5:7

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Witnessing to a Hindu and a Mormon

I humbly take this opportunity of exhorting you to earnestly content for the faith given to all saints (Jude 3) as fellow labourers in Jesus Christ.

Friday (6 Feb.) I had a wonderful witnessing encounter with a Hindu women named Tammy during load shedding while waiting for The Hub stores to open. The Holy Spirit was working upon her heart as she was very receptive and listened intently. She was teary eyed (as was I) and said she needs to also speak to her mother as her parents had converted to Christianity just after she got married to her Hindu husband some years ago. Please pray for our Father to bring her to true salvation.

20150207-Ps Nene And Saturday (7 Feb.) after preaching the Gospel in the open-air for a second time, a Mormon woman who stopped by and listened on the side through the same was engaged by me afterwards. She too was receptive and open to correction from the Word of God. Her name is Cavennah (?) and please pray for her salvation of deliverance from the 20150207-Jono AndersonMormon cult.

The audio with the Mormon lady follows the Gospel preaching. You will also hear a pastor Nene who stopped earlier to hear the first preaching, up on the "diaz" preaching in isiZulu – do listen to the end. Kindly click on the Internet Archive logo below to hear the same.

We pray that GOD received all the Glory alone.

23  Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
24  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 23:23,24

11  Behold, the days come, saith the Internet ArchiveLord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. ~ Amos 8:11,12

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Evangelising the Jew; Division in the Church

The Word of God was first given to YHWH’s chosen people Israel as the custodians of the Holy Scriptures. In view of this fact, when witnessing to a Jew concerning the prophesies of the coming Messiah contained in the Tanakh, the canon of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), how would one be able to show the birth of Yahshua haMeshiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Old Testament text that He has already been born into this world and fulfilled His first advent as the Messiah?

If a Gentile is to witness to a Jew, surely the Gentile must be able to give empirical evidence from the Holy Scriptures, the Hebrew Tanakh, confirming the nativity of the Messiah in fulfilment of the prophesies contained in Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Micah 5:2 as reflected in the Old Testament of the Bible. If a Gentile will point to the Old Testament Scriptures, evidence must be provided or the Jew will never believe that the Messiah has already come in the person of Yahshua haMeshiach (Jesus Christ), for at every Passover the Jews are still awaiting the arrival of Elijah to announce the arrival of Messiah.

If a Gentile refers to the Scriptures and then refers to the “fact” that born-again Messianic Jews and Gentiles celebrate the nativity of Messiah (Christ) on December 25th, the Jew will refute the date as evidence that He was born into this world as the Messiah, due to the Tanakh not confirming this date as one of the Hebrew festivals contained in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16:16. If this date cannot be found to be true whilst evangelising God’s chosen people Israel, “for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22c), then how can it be “true” to the Gentile who holds to the freedom of “celebrating Christ’s birth on December 25th”?  To win a Jew to his Messiah, the Gentile, with the help of the Holy Spirit, must be able to prove the Messiah’s coming in fulfilment of His nativity, for how else would Messiah come in fulfilment of the prophets and the law? If a Gentile cannot prove the nativity / first coming of the Messiah and the prophesies of Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection (Isaiah 53) from the Tanakh then it would be best to remain silent than try convince a Hebrew Jew to follow a man made tradition and custom (December 25th). One cannot have it many ways as the Hebrew Scriptures is the basis of our Judeo-Christian faith.

During a morning time before our LORD, the following was brought to my attention. Whilst reading through 2 Kings 13 and 14 I went back to 1 Kings 12 to recall the sin that Jeroboam did that brought sins continually against Israel. We know that the nation of Israel was divided when Rehoboam went to Shechem for all Israel had come to make him king. It came to pass that Jeroboam the son of Nebat returned from Egypt where he fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam came with all the congregation of Israel and spoke to Rehoboam saying,

4  Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. 
5  And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. 
6  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? 
7  And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. 
8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 
9  And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10  And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
11  And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13  And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;
14  And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15  Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16  So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents. ~ 1 Kings 12:4-16

We then read that all Israel rebelled against the house of David and when Jeroboam had come they sent and called him to the congregation and made him king over all of Israel. There was a division that was created that only the tribe of Judah followed the house of David – the lineage through which our Saviour Jesus Christ would be born. Rehoboam came to Jerusalem and assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin to fight against the house of Israel to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah.

God then intervened when God sent His messenger Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

23  Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24  Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD. ~ 1 Kings 12:23,24

Rehoboam hearkened unto the LORD and did not go to war with Jeroboam and the house of Israel. Jeroboam was afraid that Israel would return to the house of David by going up to the house of the LORD and sacrifice at Jerusalem, so he also feared that if Israel returned to king Rehoboam they would kill him. Therefore, Jeroboam did the following wicked thing:

28  Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
29  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 
30  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. ~ 1 Kings 12:28-30

Jeroboam, king of Israel, caused the kingdom of Israel to sin by committing idolatry against God. What we see here is a division of the nation Israel – the majority of the tribes, ten in all, followed their king Jeroboam, while the remnant tribes – Judah and Benjamin – followed their king Rehoboam, of the house of David. This is a reflection of the Church of today where there is a majority of “believers” following after a pervert faith and idolatry (those on the broad way), whilst the remnant believers (those on the narrow way) are Abraham’s seed through the house of David who belong to The Seed – Yahshua haMeshiach (Jesus Christ). There is a division that exists between those who hold to the Holy Scriptures and those who hold to, and even side with, man’s traditions and customs. We also see that every generation of kings that followed in the kingdom of Israel, evil would not depart from Jeroboam and Israel for they were involved in idolatry, but yet God’s “servant David kept His commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes” (see 1 Kings 14:7-13).

Throughout every generation in the kingdom of Israel, it followed:

16  And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin. ~ 1 Kings 14:16

The kings of Israel that followed did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin. Yet the kings of the remnant tribes of the house of David were blessed.  God also sent a deliverer to Israel, and yet He too sends the Saviour to the Church that holds to idolatry (Jesus calls the Churches to Repent in Revelation 2 and 3).

So which kingdom are you following after? The idolatrise kingdom that continually sins against God? Or the remnant of the house of David as God’s servant David who kept His commandments, and who followed God with all his heart, to do that only which was right in God’s eyes? Truth is objective and absolute and cannot change. Therefore, two conflicting "truths" cannot both be true, for example “Tishri 15” (September/October) and “December 25.” In John 14:6 ~

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

And as Jesus is the Truth He alters not, for Hebrews 13:8 reads ~

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Therefore, Jesus Christ being the living Word can not contradict in two apparent “truths” and as disciples of Christ are to be sanctified by God through His Truth, for His Word is Truth (see John 17:17) we are to live and obey the Word of God and not man’s traditions and customs. In Hebrews 1:2 we are told that God “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,” Who is God manifest in flesh (see 1 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, the final authority of God’s Word comes from the Son, and we are therefore to adhere to His Word and commandments.

In another parallel of the division within the Church, in 1 Kings 18 we read the account of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. We read that Ahab brings an accusation against Elijah asking him if he is the one that is troubling Israel. Elijah then corrects Ahab and says that he has not troubled Israel, but it is rather Ahab and his father’s house, for they have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and have followed after Baalim. We then read that Ahab is commanded to bring all Israel and the prophets of Baal (450) and the prophets of the groves (400) which eat at Jezebel’s table. And so Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel and gathered the prophets – all 850 of them – unto mount Carmel. And this was Elijah’s address to them ~

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. ~ 1 Kings 18:21

That is exactly the situation and issues of today’s “Churchianity” and “Christianity”. The people in the majority, just as in the days of the divided kingdom, those following after Jeroboam and his sins (idolatry) that he caused Israel to sin are those that will hold to their Baal worship – that which God has not commanded. There is a division within “Christendom” which is so prevalent over the month of December when the pagan feast day comes around, and we are not speaking about the lost, but by what we perceive to be “Biblically sound brethren” who hold to a “truth” that cannot be proved from Scripture. If Scripture is silent on an issue how can it be proved to be true? If Scripture speaks on an issue it can be proven as Truth. We come back to that statement made earlier:

Truth is objective and absolute and cannot change. Therefore, two conflicting "truths" cannot both be true, for example “Tishri 15” (September/October) and “December 25.”

Can the Holy Spirit regard both conflicting “truths” to be true? Obviously the answer is NO! So one must be true and the other a lie. We are also reminded in Scripture let God be true, but every man a liar (see Romans 3:4), and Jesus warned that the devil is the father of lies and that no truth is in the devil for when he speaks lies he speaks of his own for he is a liar and the father of it (see John 8:44). In Jeremiah we hear the prophet speaking the Word of God, warning ~

9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. ~ Jeremiah 17:9,10

God gave Israel what they deserved (the fruit of their doings) due to the sins of Jeroboam that caused Israel to sin, and judgment came upon the 850 Baal idol worshippers, and judgment will also come upon professing believers who have chosen idolatry in the name of “Christendom” that is an abomination in the sight of YEHOVAH (YHVH).

The Apostle Paul addressed the exact same issues with the Galatian churches where there was a perversion of the gospel being preached and also to the Corinth church where there were divisions amongst believers as we read:

9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9-13

We are encouraged, commanded by way of imperatives, to be in UNITY – to “all speak the same thing”, “and that there be no divisions among you”, and to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” We are to have one mind and one mouth to glorify God (see Romans 15:6) for we have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16). In 1 Corinthians 1:12,13 we see that in Corinth, just as in our present day, the “believers” were following after various men and due to disunity the question is asked – Is Christ divided? Do not think that just because you said a prayer you are now saved and grace will keep you from the wrath of God that will condemn you to Hell? This is a walk with God in His holiness and His righteousness that requires that “he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13) and we are to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14). If there is no peace and holiness then the alternative exists: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:23).

The Body of Jesus Christ – the ekklesia (called out ones) – will speak the same thing and will have no divisions where they are perfectly joined together in the same mind and same judgment. Judgment is to start at the house of God, as we read:

17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? ~ 1 Peter 4:17

So, will you be able to faithfully witness to a Jew and a Gentile in Truth presenting the True Gospel? Or will the “Church” remain divided just as the devil would want it to be?

Soli Deo Gloria!

Audio Preaching in Pietermaritzburg on 24/01/2015

Internet Archive Preached firstly to a queue of people waiting outside Nedbank on the corner of Commercial Road and Church Street. You can hear the preaching Here or by clicking the symbol to the <left. The Scripture portion was from Matthew 7:15-20 ~

15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 
17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 
18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 
19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 
20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Internet Archive Preached secondly from a concrete stand opposite the City Hall diagonally across from the Nedbank. You can hear the preaching Here or by clicking the symbol to the right>. The Scripture portion was from Isaiah 5:20 ~

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Soli Deo Gloria!

The Gospel: Earnestly contend for the faith Sermon

LHBC-logo This is a brief outline of the sermon notes (not verbatim with the audio sermon)  from a Sermon preached at Living Hope by Gary Crous on Sunday January 11, 2015. You can listen to the audio Sermon Here or by clicking the Internet Archive logo hereunder.

THE GOSPEL: EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH

(GALATIANS 1; JUDE 3)Internet Archive

A brief recap from last week’s sermon: Our Resolve for 2015

1. “walking epistles known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:12)

2. The Great Commission (Matt. 28:19,20) – Might I add “Go and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

3. Formula 4 (Acts 2:42). “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. [Be reminded and prayerfully examine yourself as we will be coming around the Lord’s table which is an act of worship that shows Christ’s death until He comes again].

4. A “model” Church (1 Thessalonians 1:7) as ensamples to all that believe. We do not want to be a holy huddle up on the hill, but we want “to be the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).

5. Living a life of Holiness (Hebrew 12:14). “We are to follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” There is a huge responsibility upon us as to how we conduct our lives.

6. How to not “left your first love” (Revelation 2:4). The Gospel of Christ is about abiding in Christ as we heard last week from John 15:1-8; He must be our First Love.

We were reminded that all these are covered in being a “good and faithful servant” (Our proof text coming from Matthew 25:14-30).

We then saw that Our Resolve for 2015 will be FAITHFULNESS! So want to hear the words: “Well done good and faithful servant … enter!” Might I add, not only for 2015, but until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13).

This is the race, a lifestyle – it is not how you start, but how you finish. Philippians 3:14 reads: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

NOW, we get onto this weeks Sermon titled: THE GOSPEL: EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH

GALATIANS 1:1-24 (READ)

1  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 
2  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 
3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 
4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 
5  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 
7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 
8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 
9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 
10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 
11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 
12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 
13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 
14  And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 
15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 
16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 
17  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 
18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 
19  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 
20  Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 
21  Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 
22  And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 
23  But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 
24  And they glorified God in me.

1. Location – v. 2

2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

All those with him and the churches of Galatia [a large area in Asia Minor boarded on the north by Ilithynia and Pontus, on the east by Cappadocia, on the south by Phamphlia and Cilicia, and on the west by Phrygia and Pisidia] – these people were initially Gallic or Celtic who settled there in the 3rd Century BC following their invasion of the Balkans in 279 BC into Asia Minor and it finally became a Roman province under the Roman Empire. Paul penned this epistle sometime between 40-60 AD, possibly in 53 AD. Galatia of the New Testament is initially the Gauls of the east. To set the geographical location, this area is present day Turkey a Muslim nation dominated by Islam. The churches of Galatia in Paul’s day are probably underground churches and not out there in the open today, but this epistle also finds application for us in our lives in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal and further afield.

2. Revelation – vv. 11,12

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

This Gospel was by the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Gospel preached by Paul was not after man, received of man, or taught of man. It was by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

If we are born again has God revealed the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives by a divine revelation.

3. Salvation – vv. 15,16

15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

When it pleased God and called Paul by grace, it was not by his own devises. It was a work of God. God revealed His Son Jesus in him.

Salvation is as per Ephesians 2:8,9 as we read:

8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

In 1 Corinthians 2:1,2 Paul says he came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. He also says Woe unto me if I preach not the gospel. (1 Cor. 9:16)

4. Proclamation – vv. 6-10

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Expound upon the true Gospel that is grace by faith, not as some were preaching a pervert gospel of keeping the Mosaic Law.

There were those coming in and preaching a different Gospel. [JUDE 3 – “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation [my emphasis a salvation they all knew], it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” There weren’t many types of salvation, it was a common salvation that they knew; and the faith was delivered (made known/revealed) once unto the saints. {Elaborate}

The word “pervert” which is a verb is to distort or corrupt the original course, meaning, or state of something and it can lead (someone) away from what is considered natural or acceptable.

Paul says, if I am a man pleaser then I should not be the servant of Christ.

5. Glorification – vv. 23,24

23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.

God is glorified in me. Does people see Christ-likeness in your life so that they glorify God in you?

How do we contend for the faith once delivered to all the saints? We will look at fifteen imperatives (commands) of this faith:

I · Do the Word – Jesus said My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God, and do it (Luke 8:21). In Matthew 12:49 Jesus made it abundantly clear who His disciples were when He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said Behold my mother and my brethren! In verse 50 He said: For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, sister, and mother.

II · Be in unity – 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you: but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

We are commanded to speak the same thing. Let us look at the word “Theology” – it is made up of two Greek words: theos = God; logos = word. Theology is therefore God’s Word, “The study of the nature of God and religious belief.”

  • Same mind – 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. – We are warned in James 1:8 A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. [I pray and hope there are no double-minded people in this assembly]
  • Same judgment – 1 Corinthians 2:14,15 (14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

III · Keep the unity of the Spirit – Ephesians 4:3-7 (3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; (5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism, (6) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (7) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Carry on in Ephesians 4:11-16 (11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

IV · Be active in the ministry of reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (18) And all things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

  • We are representing the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2) and in Mark 1:15 Jesus said, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
  • C.H. Spurgeon said: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”

V · Peace, holiness and righteousness – In Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. And in 2 Corinthians 5:20 “… we might receive the righteousness of God.”

VI · Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48.

VII · Study [the Word of God] to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

VIII · Make disciples – not Christians – and teach them. – Matthew 28:19,20.

IX · Preach the gospel one to another. – Romans 1:15 ~ So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

X · Be Holy Spirit lead and walk in the spirit and not after the flesh. – Galatians 5:16 ~ This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

XI · Love one another so the world will know we are Christ’s disciples. – John 13:35.

XII · Let your light shine before all men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16.

XIII · Preach the Gospel to the heathen world. – Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8. Be a witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.

XIV · Contend for Truth and reprove all works of darkness – Ephesians 5:11 ~ And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
22  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21,22

XV · Pray, pray and pray some more! – This is communication with God. Make sure our prayers are according to God’s will – (14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14,15.

CHALLENGE

Do YOU resolve to contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

  • When we do His will – we are His disciples.
  • When we do His will – He hears us.
  • When we do His will – He grows His Church.
  • When we do His will – He is Glorified.

So let us hold to the five Solas:

  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) [Acronym G.R.A.C.E. – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense]
  2. Sola Fide (Faith Alone) [Acronym F.A.I.T.H. – Forsaking All I Trust Him]
  3. Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
  4. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone)

Amen.

Christ Jesus came to save sinners

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After morning prayer meeting on Saturday January 10, 2015, I went into town to our usual evangelising spot opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the normal foot traffic, and to make Gospel tract distribution.

dscf1899-e1421059971346 Was really joyful to see Brother in the faith Lungisa Joctrey setting up as I arrived by vehicle. Whilst none of this was planned and Brother Lungisa and I discussed some theological controversies we have encountered on social media we were soon joined by other faithful labourers Aziz and Jono.

Brother Lungisa took to our “preaching diaz” and preached in both English and isiZulu from:

15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. ~ 1 Timothy 1:15

Pietermaritzburg-20150110-00376 It was at this time we were joined by Brother Philip. After Lungisa had finished preaching, I took to the “preaching diaz” and preached our Great God and Saviour Yahshua haMeshiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, from:

13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ~ Romans 10:13; cf. Joel 2:32

Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe soon joined us also whilst much tract distribution was made. This was truly a day to the Glory of God alone.

You can also read a further report at Brother Lungisa’s blog The Spokes-dude at Preaching in Town (10 January 2015).

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NEW YEAR’s MESSAGE

Greetings on this first day in the year of our LORD 2015. Let this year be one continued as our Great God and King Jesus Christ gave His commission to each of His followers,

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ~ Mark 16:15

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. ~ Acts 17:30,31

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. ~ 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

For our Lord Jesus Christ forewarned: 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. ~ Luke 13:3

Therefore brethren,

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference;
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. ~ Jude 21-23

Our message to the unbelieving heathen world should mirror our Lord and Saviour’s message:

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ~ Matthew 4:17

11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. ~ Romans 14:11,12

As an exhorting, as the apostle Paul said: 1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1; let us be in unity as we read:

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. …
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9,10,12,13

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. ~ Jude 3

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 24,25

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Street Preaching Jesus Saviour and King

Gary’s 50th

Please join me in praising the One and Only True and Living God YHWH, our Lord Jesus Christ for giving me another year in HIS service! Thank You Majestic Father for giving me a 50th year upon the earth, but most of all Thank You for my re-birth by the Holy Spirit! You are worthy of all praise, honour and glory, O LORD of lords, KING of kings and GOD of gods WHO Reigns Eternal, Sovereign and Supreme. O bless Your Holy Name. Amen!

My beautiful family treated me by the grace of God to a wonderful 50th lunch at the Ocean Basket! An Awesome God, wonderful family, conversation and meal.

Gary's 50th 001Gary's 50th 002Gary's 50th 003Gary's 50th 004Gary's 50th 005On leaving the Ocean Basket, what better way to end off 2014 than by giving out Gospel tracts to staff and customers who would receive the Word of God! Make use of every opportunity for one never knows what will happen to those souls.

To God alone be the glory!

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