God asked us to build using the model of House Churches, and this incredible couple is committed to doing exactly that! They understand the need to equip the members of God’s Church and we are so privileged to welcome them on board our team of overseers today.
Have a look as John talks us through some of their journey with The Lord and the fulfilment of His promises to Glenn and Vanessa.
There was a fashion trend in high school that I fell prey to. It involved a body piercing that for some strange reason I was actually very keen on. So one Saturday morning, off I went with my friend, letters of consent from our parents in hand, to willingly go get holes poked in our bodies.
It was a fairly easy procedure. I sat back in the chair, and it was a matter of minutes before they inserted a pretty silver piece of jewellery with a tiny shimmery rhinestone into the piercing. It was actually very fashionable and it didn’t really hurt as much as I expected. I stood up and walked over to the full-length mirror to get a good look at my shiny gemstone in the middle of my belly and before I knew it – Bam!
I’m on the floor! I opened my eyes and to discover I’m just laying on the ground with a host of people standing over me fanning my face, trying to get me to drink a coke (because South African’s believe sugar can fix anything!)
I had fainted! I suppose I must have been in shock from actually going through with what I knew was a just a temporary craze in the world of fashion, and that in 6 months I might be filled with regret having a scar I wish would heal instead of shimmery rhinestone – but there I was in the middle of a little tattoo shop, flat on the ground.
I wish I could tell you that this is my only fainting story – but it isn’t. One of them even includes fainting while minding my own business sitting at my desk and then still bruising my eye on my way down. Apparently, it doesn’t take too much to make me faint!
While my body’s ability to randomly stop sending blood to my brain has become quite the charming anecdote for my family – There is a reality of The Church fainting in our prayer lives that is less humorous and far more serious.
If you have your great big book of everything – the one that doesn’t go out of fashion turn with me to Luke 18 so we can look at what it is that keeps the blood flowing in our prayer lives, and how to persevere without fainting…
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
We’ve all heard these words preached out of The Gospel of Matthew. It is the great commission! But what exactly does this great commissioning mean to believers in 2018?
It is God’s model of multiplication! Multiplication of Jesus’ authority right here on earth. Just like Jesus did, we are each called to make disciplined followers – to train them up and teach them the ways of the Lord; to bring about growth and freedom in peoples’ lives, as the Church reaps the benefits of greater and more consistent maturity in their relationships with the Lord.
So what does it look like when someone has been discipled? What does this lead to?
What do they do?
Who disciples them?
Who should be discipled?
How are they discipled?
John D’achada answered these questions for us at Foundations Church, as we ordained our very first overseer of the Church through the laying on of hands…
If you missed this joyous occasion – we’ve captured the moment so you could still be a part of the celebration…
The Apostle Paul had left his young (about 30 year old) true son in the faith at Ephesus because there were some men sowing havoc in the churches. They had drifted from the true gospel and brought in some other ‘laws’ that the people had to keep, they preached things like you can’t eat this, and you aren’t allowed to marry and various things which Paul calls the doctrine of demons, because it takes away from the finished work of Jesus, and says that there is something that you have to do.
Not only did these false teachers teach these horrible things, they were also greedy for money, and thought that one of the best ways to get rich was to preach the gospel and demand compensation. We still see a lot of that today don’t we?
Apart from the massive devastation that these things have caused in the life of the church the worst is yet to be revealed. These men, wormed their way into vulnerable young widows homes, and they drip-fed these cancerous teachings into their homes which caused some women to not just believe these horrific messages but to also go around and spread the message to the other congregants like gangrene spreading through the body.
Into this dire situation, Paul sends his trustworthy companion. To restore, to rebuild, to recover the mess that was left by the wolves who called themselves shepherds – and to help him do so – Paul sent out a clear letter explaining what needed to be done and how.
One of the biggest tasks lying ahead of young Timothy was to teach the incumbent and understudy Overseers – The Guardians of truth – how to act in the church which is the the pillar and support of truth.
When I grew up we had Bible teaching as a subject in our school and I remember one of the teachers told us this great news: the news was that Jesus completely forgives us of ANY sin.
So no matter how naughty you were, you had a chance… There was however a glitch in the gospel she preached, she said that we had to remember that if we weren’t really sorry Jesus wouldn’t forgive us… and being really sorry means you don’t do it again…
So you only know if you are forgiven if you don’t do it again… Can you imagine what fear it struck into our little hearts, never knowing if you would be sorry enough to receive forgiveness?
Thank God that this is not how the gospel works!
Thank God that it all falls on the benevolence of our compassionate Father who forgave us completely by His mercy alone!
And as a response to this great gift, Jesus teaches that the pinnacle of greatness in the Kingdom of God is true forgiveness from the heart…
I just love stories. Almost any good story will get my attention in an instant, especially if it’s is a real life story. This has been one of my traits from a very young age.
Growing up, one of my favourite stories was Jock of the Bushveld. This is the story set in the 1880’s of a little Staffordshire Bull Terrier who belonged to a transport-rider named James Percy Fitzpatrick. James made a living by transporting goods from Mozambique to the Old Transvaal area. You can only imagine what adventures they got up to traveling through the Kruger Park numerous times a year. Jock did many heroic and utterly outrageous things and was well know as a fearless dog, he was highly respected, and probably the greatest dog to have ever walked our beautiful country.
But the story of Jock very nearly didn’t happened. When Jock was a pup, he was half the size of his brothers and sisters, and he was looked at as having no value at all, he was the runt of the litter and his mom’s owner wanted to drown him. Since he had no value, he was looked at as having no use in life. But Sir Fitzpatrick disagreed, he saw that this dog too had value, and he then asked to take little Jock for himself, and reluctantly the owner gave little Jock away.
Fitzpatrick loved Jock tremendously, he taught him very well, and little Jock was always by his side, and this is what transformed the little runt of the litter into the famous Jock of the Bushveld.
My question to you this morning, is if a normal man can see such value in a dog, and have such a great impact on the dog, what impact do you think you could have if you truly love, if you truly value, the outcasts of the church?
This isn’t just a good idea, it’s a God idea. God Himself places major value on His people. Jesus demands that if you want to be the greatest in the kingdom of God, you have to love your brothers ands sisters like He loves them, you have to assign value to them the way He does. This is not negotiable. This has always been God’s way, and this will always be His way. Turn with me in your Bible to Matthew 18:10…
I remember a day from when I was young, where the petrol price was increasing to ZAR2.00 per litre. I don’t remember the filling station we were at, but I do remember the disgust on my fathers face as he contemplated this price hike from ZAR1.96 to ZAR2.00. He said he never thought he would experience a day when petrol would become so expensive, and that he remembered a time when he could fill up the entire tank with ZAR2.00. And yet today a tank of petrol roughly costs about ZAR600!
We’ve heard stories about economies that have taken a hit; during World War II, after Germany’s collapse, you needed a wheelbarrow full of notes just to buy a loaf of bread.
And it is in these times where our physical currency takes a hit – that people run to several different things to find solace for their economic woes – looking to other people and a variety of investments hoping to alleviate some of that pressure.
In these days when economic uncertainty looms, and people are running around, looking for just the right investment that will withstand the circumstances and protect them from the consequences of a failing currency – we, as Christians, don’t need to fear!
We have a currency that works diametrically opposite to how the currencies of the world run. You see with the Kingdom currency – the more you use it, the more your faith grows, the more valuable your currency becomes, and the more you have available to use.
How wonderful it is that we live in a Kingdom, where the value of your currency only increases. The more you use, the more you have to use.
This morning we’re talking about Prayer: The Kingdom Currency. Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 6…(Click Below for the Full Story)