Are you living a Biblical lifestyle?

newsletter-june-2014.jpg“I don’t want to condemn but convict; not to insult but to inspire. I know that some of the thoughts and teachings will challenge our non-Biblical lifestyles, just as the teachings of Jesus did to all who dare to listen to Him. The truth, believe it or not, is that I have often offended myself as I compared my belief system and theologies with those of the Persecuted Church.

The sword of self-denial often penetrated the coat of self-indulgence that protected my comfortable and secure existence, where sacrifice is a theory and suffering an inconvenient truth. However, may God forbid that the message of the cross becomes a non-offensive message of self-enrichment.

The cross was never intended to be a highway to self-esteem; it has always been understood to be the road to death”.... (Mike Burnard in “The 18 inch Principle”)

The above quote challenged me personally. The young man we took in about a year ago has taught me much about myself. Like so many in our relatively affluent community, I have a sense of entitlement and comfort that is not promised in the Bible. I quickly forget the saying “ God is more concerned with my character than with my comfort”.

Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4: 12,13

We’re continuing with our mission from our MASTER.....making disciples.

We’ve just taken in a young mother and her beautiful 3 year old son. A huge privilege and  responsibility.

Coming up:

  • A Marriage Course with a Difference – 6  Thursday Sessions starting Thursday 12th June.
  • Family Foundations, Ancient Paths 2 - Transforming Hearts Seminar, 20-21 June.
  • Family Foundations, Ancient Paths 1 – Generations of Blessing Seminar, 26-28 June. 

Please contact Johan Woest at 082 451 9859

 

May GOD bless and keep you.