Fear Not

Sunday 29 August 2020

 Ps Ben Hooman

What a privilege to serve God and serve His people this morning. I hope you have your Bibles ready and also a cup and bread to share in community together this morning.

Please open your Bibles at the letter of Peter; 1 Peter 3:14, 15.

During these times we will use different means to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

In the current situation in our country, the Lord lay it on my heart not to carry on with the Beatitudes this Sunday, but to bring a message on hope.

The whole Bible, the Word of God for Christ is the Word, is filled with hope for Christ is our hope!

God willing, we will carry on with the Blessed series next week. But today I want to bring a message of hope that will help us to respond to the challenge that we are facing.

It is true that we enter a time of the unknown. Never had we face a virus like this and never were we confined to our homes for 21 days. A worldly fear became our reality when the President announced a 21day lockdown!

The fact is that we enter a time of challenges, a time where personal finances will be under severe pressure. Although there will be food and water, cash flow will be hugely affected.

But as I pray to God in this time, my mind keeps going to how a Christian should respond to these current fears and fear in general. Fear, fear of the unknown, and it is here we seek help from the Word of God today.

Fear of the unknown

So, we going to look at the issue of fear and I invite you to turn with me to 1 Peter 3:14 -15 where we read these words:

 “Have no fear of them, nor be troubled. But in your hearts honour Christ the Lord” 

Peter 3:14 -15

Peter is writing to believers who are in the shadow of horrible persecution and death. These believers had not yet experienced such uncertainty, facing trails and persecution:

“Do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you”

1 Peter 4:12

We are facing our own trails and challenges today. Some of us are afraid that our freedoms are being eroded, and that we may not enjoy the blessings that have been given to us.  We are deeply burdened for loved ones who do not honour Christ.  We see them making bad choices, where will it lead to, where will it end!

Often the fear of what lies ahead is harder to bear than the reality: What will I do if…? How will I cope when…?

The Bible also talks about “the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4). What is that? That shadow can sometimes be worse than the reality.

People who are seriously ill has often said: “Pastor, it’s not dying that I am afraid of, but the whole process that leads up to it.”

So, these Christians were in the most difficult position of their time. They are facing the fear of violence, the fear of persecution, the fear of death and the fear of loved ones being lost. Peter, who is their pastor and shepherd, is writing to help them face their fears.

This same theme of do not fear, is at the heart of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ message. When the angel appears at the birth of Christ, his first words was: “Fear not… I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10).

Why did Jesus come into the world? What is the incarnation all about? There are many answers in the New Covenant, but the book of Hebrews gives us this one: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Heb. 2:14-15)

Does this describe our situation today? There’s a real fear, and it is sweeping across the country. What is going to happen next? How long will this carry on? Will we survive it? How can I tell my children, my elderly parents, they will be ok? Many people are caught up in a lifelong fear, a livelong slavery, being slaves of fear.

But Jesus Christ came into the world precisely for this reason: For us to be delivered from living in chronic and enslaving fear danger, also this day as many fears the corona virus.

Distinctive Testimony

This should be the area of our most distinctive testimony!

Yes, there is a real fear in the country. People are afraid, but God says to us in Isaiah 8:12: “Do not fear what they fear”. Exactly what Peter is also quoting here.

Peter says to the believers, “Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15 NIV). People were looking at Christians saying to them, “You ought to be really afraid.” But they weren’t, instead they were filled with hope! The early Christians were people of hope living in a culture of fear. They too were concerned for their families. They too wonder what the future holds. But they were marked more by hope than by fear.

We live in a culture where many have rejected the message of Christ. Many these days are drawn to think again about the message of Christ that they have rejected.

So then, what is the reason for the hope that is in you? This hope when there is a real fear in everyone else? Sometimes it seems that there is as much fear in the church as there is in the world.

So, we want to pose two questions today:

1. Why is it that there are so many fearful Christians? 

2. How can we as Christians overcome our fears?

Many of us would say, “Have no fear of them!

Pastor, it’s great to read of it in the Bible but I’m not there yet! Well, why are we not there yet? How can we get there?

Q: Why are there so many fearful Christians?

A: Because the self-exalting spirit of the world has so widely entered the Church.

A true Christian is a person who submits his or her whole life to the authority, to the lordship of Jesus Christ. 

This is the total opposite of the great movements of our time. Both within our own culture and around the world. Just look how churches and pastors in these times compete for their own thrones, their own kingdoms! In times to bring Jesus to a lost people, a time to bring hope, they promote themselves and not what God can do for us. Churches walking in fear of losing followers; losing money; losing platform!

Always test your church by its motives. Is Christ on the throne of your church? Whose name does the church promote. Is it the Name above all names or is it the name of self?

What are the great things in the Bible that God does with regard to humanity? God brings about the beginning of life. God makes us male and female. God tells us what marriage is. God determines the timing our death.

Now think about the great social issues that are at the centre of so much controversy in our time. One thing ties them together: We have been assuming for ourselves the right to do the things that belong to God.

We want to determine the beginning of life: Which children should come to birth and which should not see the light of day. We want to make gender a matter of personal choice. We want to define marriage who it is for and who not. We want to determine our life here and now. And with the same frame of mind, we want the ‘right’ to determine the time and circumstances of our own death.

But the same impulse is at work in each of these cases. We are putting ourselves in the place of God. We want to remove Him from the throne. We want to occupy the place of supreme authority over all things ourselves.  We have welcomed and embraced the proposal of satan in the garden of Eden: “You shall be as God.” 

Precisely the same problem lies at the root of facing this violent virus. This violent virus that is causing so much fear around the world today.

Think about who God is: God is the judge, and judgment belongs to Him.  He is the One who, on the last day, will bring the unbeliever to judgment. 

What is our response to a world in which men and women are increasingly putting themselves in the place of God? 

The first thing is to say that this cultural Christianity that pervades our country can offer no response whatsoever. Why am I saying this? Because many of us have been raised with and shaped by a diminished gospel that says, “God loves you and all you have to do is say ‘yes’. Say yes to Him and you will be safe, you will be secure, and blessed forever.” 

So, people say “yes” to God and then spend the rest of their lives in some degree of irritation or resentment. Where is this God then, to whom they have said “yes”? Why has He not made their lives as they would want it to be?

Do we see what has happened? What is wrong with this picture? What is actually going on? We see ourselves as the ones on the throne of God! And God as the one to serve us by making our lives as we want it to be. That is why the church has, in large measure, been influenced by the same self-exalting spirit that is causing so much fear in our world.

The first word of the gospel is that there is a sovereign Lord who lays claim to the whole of your life. The second word is that you are a sinner who deserves nothing but judgment from God. The third word is that He has sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world as our Saviour, who alone is able to bring peace and reconciliation between you and God. The fourth word is that this Saviour can be yours, as you turn to Him in faith and in repentance and surrender all unto Him!

This leads us to the second question:

Q: How can we as Christians overcome our fears?

A: In your hearts, honour Christ the Lord.

“Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord”.

1 Pet. 3:14-15

Peter is telling us how we can overcome our fears. If you are the lord of your life, everything that you cannot control will cause you to fear. What if there is no money? What if one of my children choose the wrong path? What if I get the virus? What if I get retrenched?

But when Christ is the Lord of your life, you have confidence for He is Lord of your life. He is on the throne! Jesus Christ was sovereign over your birth, He is sovereign over your life, and He will be sovereign over your death.

Sovereign over your birth:

That of all the millions of people who could potentially have come from the union of your father and your mother, God has chosen you! Created you! In great love and mercy, he planned you to be for all eternity!

Sovereign over your life:

All that has happened to you, the good you have enjoyed and the evil you have suffered, was known to God before the beginning of time. Yes, life is full of surprises, unexpected twists and turns, challenges, but nothing ever comes as a surprise to God. He is all knowing! God works through all that has happened in your past and whatever will happen in the future. He will advance the great purpose he has for you. 

This is what the apostle Paul is talking about when he says,

“For those who love God all things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). 

God’s good purpose for you is to be a reflection of our Lord Jesus Christ, for His glory here and now. A reflection of His hope in times like this.

Sovereign over your death:

Jesus Christ is in complete control of the timing, the circumstances, and the outcome of your death, which for a Christian believer, whenever it comes, will be an immediate translation into glory. “In your book were written… the days that were formed for me” (Ps. 139:16; Job 14:5).

A minister of the Word of God once said, “We are immortal till our life’s work is done.”  You can’t use that as an excuse for irresponsible behaviour – driving down the wrong side of the road at a high speed.  That is an abuse of the truth.

Satan tried that abuse when he suggested to Jesus that He should jump from the pinnacle of the temple, “Nothing bad will happen!” Jesus said, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”

Use this truth when you struggle with fear. If you are afraid of this virus and its effects, say to yourself: “I am immortal until my life’s work is done here on earth”.

Q: What then is our only comfort in life and in death?

A: That you are not your own, but you belong – spirit soul and body, in life and in death, to Jesus Christ…

He watches over me! Not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father that is in heaven!

What does this then look like in practice? To honour Christ the Lord means that you hold all that you have in this life with an open hand.

 It means that you will use the word ‘my’ tentatively:

‘My’ house, means the house that God has entrusted to me for a time.

‘My’ children, means the loved ones who belong to God and are lent to me for a time.

‘My’ work means the service that God has called me to do for a time.

‘My’ money is the resource that God has trusted me to steward on his behalf.

‘My’ friends are the people God has given as companions for a few laps of the journey.

‘My’ life means the opportunity that God has given me to serve at his pleasure in this world until he calls me home.

We can only say this when we are not the one who is on the throne. Thank God for that!  Otherwise, we’d be riddled with fear. We will then deal much better with loss (whether that be the loss of a position, loss of a loved one, loss of property, whatever loss). If we believe and remember that what we have belongs to God, and it is on loan to us for a time!

H. Spurgeon says, “A man does not cry when he has to return a tool which he has borrowed… He knew that he borrowed it, he never called it his own, and he hands it back thankful that he had it for so long.”

The last time Moses spoke to God’s people before he died, he said, “Behold I set before you two ways of living.  One way is a blessing and the other is a curse.  There is a way that will lead to life, and a way that will lead to death.”

I feel a bit like that today. We live at a time where the great movement of our culture is to crown self as lord. Going down that path you will always be haunted with fear. There can be no greater curse than the curse of that path. No greater misery than the misery that lies at the end of it.

I want to say with Moses, “Choose the path that leads to life, the path on which you crown Jesus the Son of God and the Lord and Saviour of your life.” Friends, when you can say, “For me to live is Christ,” then you will also be able to say, “to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).

Here is the testimony: “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord” (Rom. 14:8).

When Christ is the sovereign Lord over your life, over your death, and over your eternity, what in all the world would you have to fear?

Let us pray:

Father make us a people of hope in this culture of fear because we are learning in these challenging times what it is to get of the throne of self.

Help us in this so that our Christ be the Lord of our lives.

You have us in your hands, let us see that and put all our trust in you.

Take us through this as we honour you with our hearts.

In Name of Jesus,

Amen

A great privilege to serve communion this morning.

Making a faith confession together of our dependency on God.

Fear creates a mountain, faith moves it!

Fear accumulates, faith diminishes!

Fear destroys but faith builds up!

Let us in community make a faith statement of victory.

I Corinthians 11; 24 -26 says:

Verse 24: “and when Jesus had given thanks, He broke it and said: ‘take, eat; for this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me”.

Let us eat together.

Verse 25: “in the same manner He also took the cup, saying; ‘this cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me”.

Let us drink together.

Father God,

We confess this morning that You have exalted Christ Jesus, our Lord. Given Him a Name above all names!

In Him we have victory! At His Name every knee shall bow, yes Lord, the corona virus shall bow now in Jesus Name! And every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

To God’s glory and to His honour!

Amen

Be Humble

The Blessed Series

Sermon by Dr Ben Hooman (22 March 2020)

Listen to the Sermon

1 Peter 5:5b-11

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”

1 Peter 5:5-6

We looked last Sunday at: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

We are called to recognize our poverty before God. You may have much to offer your family, your business, your friends or your work team, but standing before God, you are in an entirely different position.

What do you have that you did not receive?

When Jesus first called Peter, Peter said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). It was in the presence of Jesus he felt his unworthiness. That’s what happens when Christ comes near to you.

We saw how this poverty of spirit brings a surprising blessing: “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Jesus is speaking about a taste of heaven now.

Isaiah 57:15 “…I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit.

We saw this taste of heaven is God living with the person who has a humble spirit. Heaven is in the humble before the humble are in heaven.

The question then is: How can we cultivate this humility?

In this series, we noted that there is a progression in the Beatitudes. We used the analogy of the Beatitudes being like a series of rings.

They are—humility, mourning, meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.

The rings at the end are often the ones we want to get to. We really want to have purity of heart, but how do we get rid of the things that messes us up?

We really want to get to forgiveness, but how do we get beyond the wounds in our hearts? We really want to have peace, and to bring peace to others, but how do we deal with the turmoil that is inside?

The questions we then ask is:

How do I get to being merciful? How do I get to purity? How do I get to peace? These things often seem to be out of our reach.

That is why we explained previously that the Beatitudes are like a series of rings, and you move to the next ring with the momentum you gained from the last.

Momentum is the key in reaching the next ring. The momentum of swinging on the first ring will take you to the second, and the momentum on your swing on the second ring will take you to the third, and so forth.

That is why it’s so important for us to grasp this first ring. To be poor in spirit is the gateway blessing. This is where you get started. There is no other place to begin.

The way to purity, and peace and forgiving others begins with becoming poor in spirit, and using the momentum you gain from this to move forward to the next ring.

Today we are asking: How do I get on that first ring?

How do I get started? We’re going to look at:

1. The curse of pride;

2. The blessing of humility; and

3. How to become a person who is poor in spirit.

  1. The Curse of Pride

“God opposes the proud …”  1 Peter 5:5

If you’ve always thought that God is for everybody, you have to get rid of that idea, if you want to believe the Bible.

Remember Peter is writing to Christians. He is telling us that pride blocks the blessing of God!

If I give way to pride, God will stand against me. I will come under His discipline. God stands in the way of the proud. He opposes them, “but He gives grace to the humble.”

There will be a very different experience in life depending on whether you are pursuing pride or you pursuing humility.

If you want God to be for you, not against you, 1 Peter 5:6 says: “humble yourselves… under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you”. The fight against pride is a lifelong battle.

Humility is the first grace given to a Christian. This is where the Christian journey begins. But pride is the last enemy to be subdued. Pride was the first sin to enter the world and it will be the last to be expelled from it.

The battle against pride is a hard one because…

Humility goes against the grain of a self-affirming culture

In the current culture of affirmation, it sometimes seems that parents, teachers, counsellors, politicians and media all conspire to tell us how great we are, and apart from a miracle of God’s grace, we’ll believe them.

The teaching of Jesus is directly opposed to the creed of this world that says: Believe in yourself.

Jesus does not say, “Believe in yourself.” He says, “Believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14). The man who says: “I believe in myself” has put himself in the place of God.

Those far from God will often feel that he or she has the ability to face whatever comes: “I can handle this… I can do it”, and even say with pride “I can do all things in Christ”.

The person who walks with God says something different. He looks at the challenge and says, “Because the Lord is at my right hand I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

Where is your confidence?

Wisdom calls you to trust God and doubt yourself, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). But the world says: “Go with your heart, with your feelings, with your emotions, do it your way” and you then doubt God.” Satan has been working this ever since the Garden of Eden.

Trusting yourself and doubting God is rampant in our culture, so much so that we cannot recognize the lie of the devil!

Humility goes against the trajectory of religion

Religion works on the principle that you must live a life that is pleasing to God so that you may win His favour. This idea is fundamental to all religions across the world.

But Jesus says precisely the opposite: The blessing of God belongs to those who know they cannot win God’s favour: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

It is the Gospel that turns religion on its head. Every religion in the world says, “Live a life that pleases God so that you may win His favour.” The Gospel says, “Receive God’s favour, through Christ crucified, so you may begin and pursue a life in the Spirit that’s pleasing to God.”

The blessing of God itself makes humility harder

The poor in spirit experience the blessing of God.

But the more you and I experience God’s blessing, the more difficult it is for us to stay in the place where you are poor in spirit.

It is very hard for a great achiever to feel that he or she has nothing to offer God. The more successful you are, the easier it is to believe that you really are something, and the harder it is to humble yourself before God.

If your children believe while others are in rebellion; if your marriage prospers while your friend’s is falling apart; if your business succeeds while others fail; if your ministry grows when others are in decline—it’s hard to avoid the proudful feeling you must have done something right!

Success of any sort, tends to make us think that we’re something. Thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit, who has come to convince of sin and righteousness and judgment.

  • The Blessing of Humility

“God opposes the proud but He gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

We saw that the poor in spirit are blessed because God lives with them. God dwells with those who have a lowly and contrite heart. That is the first and greatest blessing, but the presence of God brings a whole cluster of other blessings.

Growing in humility helps us to bear affliction

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you.” 1 Peter 4:12

Earlier in the letter, 1 Peter 1:7 speaks about how genuineness of faith will be tested like gold when it’s refined in the fire. Trouble is on the horizon and Peter writes to prepare believers for it, so that they will stay standing.

How are they to do that? “Humble yourselves under God’s almighty hand. That’s how you’re to get through this,” Peter says. “God gives grace to the humble.”

Growing in humility will also nourish your love for others

“Love does not boast. It is not arrogant. Love does not insist on its own way.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Pride is always self-seeking. It is easily provoked.

Let as look at an example:

Pride will pour cold water on the fires of love in your marriage. If you begin to think more highly of yourself, your marriage will be in trouble. But humility will fan the embers of love into a flame.

Maybe you at a place this morning wondering: Do I really love him?  Do I really love her? And the world says to you, “You have to think about yourself.” And you may have friends who will say the same thing to you.

Christ says precisely the opposite: “You should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus… He humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:4-5, 8). The path to restoring a marriage that is burning low begins here, grow in humility!

Growing in humility will also strengthen you to overcome temptation.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride comes before a fall.” 

The Bible also tells us that the person who “thinks he stands should be careful lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

It is the person who knows the weakness of his or her own flesh, who will watch and who will pray, and who will, therefore, not fall into temptation.

Pride is the gateway sin that opens the door to other sins, but humility is the gateway blessing that opens the door to other blessings.

Growing in humility will also release you from the tyranny of self 

Some of us may be feeling that we are a long way from pride. We may be thinking that for this reason: “My problem isn’t that I love myself. My problem is that I hate myself!”

For many this is a great battle, a particular battle for some of the youth today. You experience it in an intense way. You get up in the morning and a voice in your head says, “I hate myself.” Perhaps sometimes you even think about harming yourself.

The focus is on self. Self is dominating. Self is at the centre. When you hate yourself, you are simply battling with an inverted form of pride.

Self is dominating your mind! Satan doesn’t really care whether self is exalting you or condemning you, the problem is the same. Self is on the throne, and self is always a tyrant!

The great blessing of humility is that it releases from the tyranny of self.

  • How to Cultivate Humility

The word “cultivate,” reminds us that this is a lifelong pursuit.

Cultivation is never a one-time deal. We are always working at it.

Let us look at some brief encouragements:

Measure yourself by the law of God

Use the Bible as a searchlight in your soul. Measure yourself by 1 Corinthians 13:

 “Love does not insist on its own way.” Where am I insisting on my own way, Lord?  “Love is not irritable or resentful.” Help me Lord to see where I’ve been irritable. Where am I resentful?

Open the Bible and ask God to show you yourself. Measure yourself by: The Great Commission, measure yourself by the Beatitudes, measure yourself by the Sermon on the Mount, measure yourself by anything and everything that God calls you to in His Word!

When we do this, we will become poor in spirit. You will find yourself saying: “Lord, I fall so far short of your calling on me, I need to find in You what I do not have in myself.”

This is what the Christian life looks like every day!

Use the law of God as a mentor to bring you to Christ. The commands of God, rightly understood, always cultivate humility in a Christian believer. They’ll bring you to the place of saying “I don’t have what it takes.”

The good news is that Jesus, seeing your need of Him, says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

That’s where the law brings you. The end of the law is the beginning of the Gospel! The law will bring you to a place called “poor in spirit,” and Christ will meet you there!

Model yourself on Jesus

My first thought about humility is that I have every reason to be humble because my sins are many. At my best, I fall far short of what God calls me to be and to do.

But there is more to humility than to be put in our place on account of our sins. Jesus was humble and He was without sin. The humility of Jesus did not arise from sin. It is a characteristic of Jesus Christ, the One we to follow, the One to imitate.

Listen to Him. Learn from Him. Model yourself on the Son of God. He says to you: Matthew 11:20, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart”.

Listen to what Jesus says:

I can do nothing on my own… John 5:30

I have not come to do my own will… John 6:38

I do not seek my own glory… John 8:50

If these are the words of Christ, how much more should they be mine?

Motivate yourself through the grace of God

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble…

Humble yourselves therefore… 1 Peter 5:5-6

Humility is a grace that brings more grace. People who are poor in spirit, who know their need and their poverty before God, have a blessing that will lead to even greater blessing!

Get on this first ring today!

God has gifts of grace for the humble. Blessings of purity and peace lie ahead of you. Healing that will make you want to show mercy will be within your reach.

These things can be yours! But you have to begin here: Get on the first ring. Humble yourself.

Come to Jesus Christ today and tell Him you don’t have what it takes to live this life. Tell Him that you can’t change without Him. Ask Him to give you what you do not have. Trust Him. Look to Him.

Believe in Him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Nothing in my hand I bring. Simply to your cross I cling!

Is that you?

Look to Jesus for what we do not have, and know that in Him we have all that we need.

Let us pray:

How poor are they that think themselves rich O’ Lord,

How rich are they who know themselves to be poor in spirit,

Give to us what we do not have, be for us we are not!

All for Your grace and for Your glory,

In the Name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour!

Let us this week humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God! Go in His favour and under His protection. No harm will come to those who obeys the Lord!

Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

Monday 06 December 2021
Sermon by Ps Ben Hooman

If you thought that the message of the Bible is that we are all sinners and were once under the condemnation of God’s Law but Jesus has come, and He paid the price of our sins, so now we can get on with our lives much as we did before, though we must always remember to thank Him for what He has done, that would be a complete misunderstanding. 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

The Right Perspective

Wednesday 01 December 2021
Sermon by Lodewyk Avenant

We truly live in perilous dangerous times, in the last days and in these times, we truly need to have the right perspective. When I am speaking on a perspective, I am referring to having the right Biblical and Godly perspective on first of all on the Bible and salvation but also on life.

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Beyond Obedience

Sunday 21 November 2021
Sermon by Ps. Jacques Wolmarans

The Bible places a lot of emphasis on the topic of obedience and this is very important, but in isolation and without understanding, obedience can easily be used by us as a tool to try and manipulate God and others

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Meeting Jesus: Steps of Faith

Tuesday 16 November 2021
Sermon by Ps. Ben Hooman

You are trying to figure out who God is, or who you are, or what the meaning or purpose of life is? How will faith be formed and sustained in you? The Bible presents us with a Person that we can come to know and relate to.

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Meeting Jesus: Unbelief

Tuesday 08 November 2021
Sermon by Ps. Ben Hooman

Do you feel threatened by the consequences of unbelief? Unbelief is a decision and therefor we need to understand the tactics of unbelief.

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Meeting Jesus: First Step of Faith

Sunday 31 October 2021
Sermon by Ps. Ben Hooman

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” “Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied.

John 9:8-12

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Meeting Jesus: Faith – A Kind of Seeing

Sunday 24 October 2021
Sermon by Ps. Ben Hooman

Faith is actually a kind of seeing. And it is this man’s famous testimony as we will see later in this chapter. “Once I was blind, but now I see,” has a double meaning. “Jesus performed a miracle in which I came to see” and “Jesus performed a miracle in which I came to believe.”

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, He spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then He anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”. So, he went and washed and came back seeing.”

John 9:1-7

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Weekly In-House Speaker: Marriage & Salvation

Tuesday 19 October 2021
Sermon by Lodewyk Avenant

The question is what will you and I do when a moment like this appears in our lives? When we come face to face with those who God chose. He chose to give us newness of life, he chose to love us even though there was no reason to. Even though according to his standard there is no way that we can be saved, unless he gave his son, unless he pays the price that we should have paid. That is grace and to survive and flourish in marriage is grace.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Weekly In-House Speaker: Radical Love

Friday 15 October 2021
Sermon by Dorah Marema

The question is what will you and I do when a moment like this appear in our lives? When we come face to face with those who have wronged us and walked away hoping that we would die? What will we do? Will we allow the good in us to rise and get to work? Or will be allow the bad of us to take over? 

“Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.”

Genesis 45:14-15 

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience

Weekly In-House Speaker: What Worship is

Monday 04 October 2021
Sermon by Jacques Wolmarans

Worship is at the very heart of the Bible, one of the reasons why God gave us the Bible is so that we may see His wondrous works and worship Him!

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24

  • Fear Not

  • Be Humble

  • Jesus Came: To Fulfil the Law

  • The Right Perspective

  • Beyond Obedience