Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2019

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the lovely and precious Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This week marked the 2019 AFM National Conference. The conference took place on 15 – 18 September at the Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Cape Town). The conference theme was  “Rooted in Christ” –  based on Colossians 2:6-7. In this Pastoral Letter we reflect on some of the core messages that was shared during the conference. I trust that it will bless you and encourage you!

ROOTED IN CHRIST: ESTABLISHED IN OUR FAITH 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The ancient town of Colossae was in proximity of the ancient town of Laodicea and not far from Ephesus. Paul had not visited Colossae at the time of the writing of this letter. It must have started because of his ministry in Ephesus which spanned for almost two years. While Paul was in house arrest in Rome and awaiting trial, Epaphras visited him. Epaphras informed Paul about the spiritual condition among the Colossian Christians, who were strong in their faith at one time, but had now become vulnerable to false teachings (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21–23). He wrote this letter (Colossians) to refute these heresies. Some of the features of the heresy in Colossae had to do with the supremacy of Christ, sufficiency of our redemption in Christ and supplementary things to salvation.

Supremacy Of Christ

There was a false teaching which denied that God’s fullness dwells in Christ. It sought to lower the divinity aspect of Jesus Christ. It was a blend of Christianity, Greek Philosophy and Zoroastrianism elements. Among its teachings it taught that the created world is evil, and all matter is corrupt. It then concluded that Jesus’ body was corrupt. Paul is responding to this teaching in Colossians 1:15-17: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (NIV) and in Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (NIV).

Sufficiency Of Our Redemption In Christ

The Colossian heresy taught that salvation is achieved through secret knowledge (gnosis) by which individuals come to know themselves, their origin and destiny. Paul’s response is in Colossians 2:10 where he states: “…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” (NIV).

Supplements To Our Salvation

The false teachers wanted to substitute salvation through Jesus with various ascetic abstinences, Jewish rituals, worship of angels, dreams and visions (See Colossians 2:8-12 & 16-18). Paul’s message to them and to us is: “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith as you have been taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

“It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times…”

The metaphor of roots and building structures as references to the Colossian saints should remind us about the importance of being anchored in Christ. Receiving Christ and baptisms should be followed by growing into the full image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times – in the same way we are currently facing various challenges. Some of these are materialism, secular humanism and formalism.

Materialism

Material things, like money are important as a means to an end. There is a tendency among us which rate material possessions and physical comfort to be more important than our spiritual values. I am not against buying material things for purpose of utility. My problem is when it replaces prayer, humility, serving other people and honouring God with the possessions God has granted you. Life is more important than material wealth. The Lord Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15 and says: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (NIV). Our life must reflect Christ. We must always bear in mind that real deliverance comes from righteousness and not from the riches we have (Proverbs 11:4).

“Our life must reflect Christ.”

Secular Humanism

This phrase has been used since the 1930s by Anglican priests. It is a progressive philosophy of life that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment aspiring to the greater good of humanity, without God or other supernatural beliefs. In other words, it is a comprehensive, non-religious life stance. Up to date I know of four Manifestos that have been produced in this regard. They are Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) and Manifesto iv (2017). In their Manifesto ii they stated that: “…faith in the prayer-hearing God assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is unproved and outmoded faith.” The Secular Humanism stance regarding religion can be summed up as: “No God will save us; we must save ourselves.”

“We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven.”

Formalism

We are a church on a mission to fulfil the Great Commission (Matthew 20:18-20). We must always remember our ‘roots’. We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven. Our members must receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord. They must be baptized in water and in the power of the Holy Spirit. They must uphold the Biblical values of integrity, accountability, constructive relationships and excellence. Above all we must always remember that we are missionaries bearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must guard against formalism. Formalism is when the working of the Holy Spirit is replaced with human programs that have nothing to do with the extension of the Kingdom of God. We are formal when we begin to emphasize the building of swimming pools in the churches at the expense of baptismal fonts. Paul gave a warning in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 when he said: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (NIV).

“We need to deepen our roots.”

It is my prayer that we will not only receive Christ, but that we would walk with Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in our faith and abounding with thanksgiving. We need to deepen our roots through prayer and guidance from those who are leading exemplary Christian lives. We need to be built up in Christ through the Word (Bible) and fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: SERVING OTHERS
Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary – [email protected]

I have planted an apricot tree in my garden two years ago and was delighted to see blossoms on it during August this year. In the beginning of September I saw several small apricots forming – now I am sure that it is indeed an apricot tree! I recognized the fruit. Have you ever walked amongst fruit trees and you were unsure if it was a Peach or an Apricot tree, an Apple or a Pear tree, an Orange or a Lemon tree? Matthew 7:20 tells us that we will know a tree by its fruit. When you see the fruit and identify it, you will know what type of tree it is. Did you know that the fruit of a tree tells you a lot about the roots of that tree? Especially if it is a fruit tree.

The fruit producing areas in South Africa has many big orchards full of fruit trees that have all been grafted onto specific rootstock (understock). Grafting involves physically joining part of a twig or shoot of a certain cultivar or type of fruit, onto the roots of a different but closely related species, so that the two parts grow together as one plant. The process of joining the two varieties must ensure maximum contact between the layer just below the bark (the cambium) of each of the two pieces -the rootstock and the little twig, called the scion grafted onto it, so that they grow together successfully.

The rootstock makes a big difference in the life of a fruit tree: It determines the quality and strength of the root system of the newly formed tree. The understock or rootstock is usually chosen because it has strong roots, causing the tree to absorb nutrients and water better. It enables the tree to resist drought, root rot and different soil pests (like soil viruses, cutworms and bacterial infections). It also goes a long way to anchor the tree so that it will be able to stand firm during a storm. The rootstock, providing the root system of the tree has an influence on the number of blossoms the tree will produce. It determines the quantity and quality, as well as the size, shape and even the taste of the fruit. Studies have shown that most tree roots occupy an area two to four times the diameter of the crown of the tree. Which means that in most trees if the root spread is small, the tree will be even smaller…. (there are exceptions of course).

To be rooted in Christ means that we would be growing differently. We would be anchored against the storms and pests of life. We will bear fruit of a particular shape, size and taste if we are rooted firmly and deeply in Jesus. If our roots in Christ are small and shallow, the trees that our lives represent most probably will be feeble and small as well. In John 15 Jesus talks about the importance of pruning the branches a tree, so that it will produce more fruit. However, He also emphasizes the importance of the roots and says that a branch cannot produce fruit if it is not connected to the vine (the main trunk), which in turn is connected to the roots, to bring the food and water that the branches need to produce fruit.

Psalm 1, as well as Jeremiah, Jesus and Paul compared us to trees. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT) says: “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”

“We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did.”

Jesus said in John 15:4b (NLT): “You cannot remain fruitful unless you remain in Me.” He is the Vine and He must be our rootstock. We should become more and more rooted in Him. We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did. The more we grow in loving God, the more we will be rooted in Christ, because Jesus and His Father are One. We become more rooted in Christ as we share Him with everyone around us. It is like the root system of a tree that is on a constant mission to spread out and reach further and deeper. The further the roots spread, the bigger the diameter of the tree’s crown become. The more we are rooted in Him, the more fruit we will bear. The fruit of the Spirit which is also the fruit of the likeness and character of Jesus.

We learn more about one of these fruits in John 13 where Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. In verse 12-17 (NLT) we read: “After washing their feet, He put on his robe again and sat down and asked: Do you understand what I was doing?  You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since, I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”

The principle that Jesus teaches His disciples and us as His followers is not so much about washing feet. He is not saying go every Sunday, even in the 21st century, take off the shoes of your fellow believers in church and wash their feet. He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others. To be rooted in Christ is to serve others just like He served: He, our Lord and Teacher took off His robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, pour water into a basin and did what was normally done by a servant at the time: He washed the feet of His disciples. He sets the example of a leader not sitting on a big armchair with a high back, but kneeling down to serve those who followed Him.

“He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others.”

We are messengers of the Good news of God’s Grace and Forgiveness. We are not more important that the One who sends the message. We are not greater than our Master. We should never forget that we are send on a mission to fulfil a particular task – that of making Jesus known to all nations. We are messengers. We are missionaries. God is the one who sends us. To Hím alone belongs the glory and the honour! We should never think that we have arrived or that we should be served. That people should pull out chairs and open doors for us. We should rather say like John in John 3:30 (NLT) “He (Jesus) must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.”

Even if we think of ourselves as great and strong leaders, we are reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 20:25-28 (NLT): “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be (or should be) different. Whoever wants to be a leader amongst you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

“The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others…”

The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others: To greet the people that no one sees, to endeavour to understand and acknowledge the viewpoint and experiences of people living in other circumstances and cultures than our own. How do we do that? By caring, by reaching out, by seeing and acknowledging the humanity of another person, by smiling and greeting, by touching, by showing respect, by talking to others. By telling and listening to the life stories of people. By doing life together. For as much as you do these things to the smallest of people, even to children, you have done it to Me, Jesus said.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: CARING FOR & PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES
Past. Barend Petersen (General Secretary  & Chairperson of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA) [email protected]

Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone. The heart of God is reflected in the Words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:34-36: Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.“

“Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone.”

Some of the most significant socio-economic challenges in South Africa are poverty, high unemployment and low income, crime, family breakdown and poor standards of education. This is our missional context in which we must demonstrate our caring spirit and commit to actions that will make a difference in the lives of people. The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA, is the ministry through which the AFM has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people, especially children, women and older persons. Through the CHURCH, a caring community can bring change in the lives of many people that are suffering. Such Community Involvement or Developmental Action can “heal” the hurt, “meet” the need and bring sustainable living to many.

Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan. Every AFM Assembly can and must be involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people; fulfilling the original missional calling of our church. The AFM Welfare Department has the tools and programmes to support your Assembly with understanding, planning and implementing social development actions and projects. We assist Pastors and Assemblies to identify the most important social problems in their communities and equip them to be part of the solution.

“Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan.”

uManelisi is the programme that empowers Assemblies to respond to these challenges. We work with and through Assemblies to deliver the following services:

Community-Based Services – supporting vulnerable children, families, women, older persons and persons with disabilities.
Socio-Health Services – raising awareness through education and training, supporting persons suffering from chronic illnesses like AIDS and TB as well as those addicted to drugs and other substances.
Socio-Educational Services – support Assemblies that are running Early Childhood Development programmes, literacy programmes, schools as well as raising awareness in public schools.
Socio-Economic Projects – aimed at supporting government’s priorities addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through projects that focuses on food security, social relief, job creation, skills development, women empowerment and youth development.


The church is ideally positioned to bring change in the lives of people across South Africa. Every AFM Assembly can and must become involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people in your community. For clear guidance on how to practically implement Community Involvement, as a driver of the One AFM Game Plan, contact our acting CEO Ashley Theron:
Landline: Call Lizelle de Bruyn or Rebeca Kola on 012 753 7940/1
E-mail: [email protected]

CONCLUSION

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV).

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2019

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Liewe Broers en Susters,

Groete in die lieflike en kosbare Naam van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Hierdie week val die kollig op die 2019 AGS Nasionale Konferensie. Die konferensie het op 15-18 September by die Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Kaapstad) plaasgevind. Die konferensie tema was gebaseer op Kolossense 2:6-7 “Gewortel in CHRISTUS”. In hierdie Pastorale Brief besin ons oor enkele kernboodskappe wat tydens die konferensie gedeel is.  Ek vertrou dat dit jou sal seën en bemoedig!

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: GEVESTIG IN ONS GELOOF 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die antieke stad Kolosse was in die omgewing van die antieke stad Laodisea en nie ver van Efese nie. Paul het ten tyde van die skryf van hierdie brief nog nie Kolosse besoek nie. Dit het waarskynlik begin vanweë sy bediening in Efese, wat byna oor twee jaar strek. Terwyl Paulus in huisarres en verhoorafwagtend in Rome was, het Epafras hom besoek. Epafras het Paulus ingelig oor die geestelike toestand van die Christene in Kolosse wat eens sterk in hul geloof was, maar nou kwesbaar geword het vir valse leringe (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21-23). Hy het hierdie brief (Kolossense) geskryf om hierdie valse leringe te weerlê. Sommige van die kenmerke van die kettery (of “heresy”) in Kolosse het te make gehad met die oppergesag van Christus, genoegsaamheid van ons verlossing in Christus en aanvullende dinge tot verlossing.

Oppergesag van Christus

Daar was ‘n valse lering wat ontken dat God se volheid in Christus woon. Dit het probeer om die goddelike aspek van Jesus Christus te verlaag. Dit was ‘n mengsel van Christendom, Griekse filosofie en Zoroastrianisme. Dit het onder andere geleer dat die geskape wêreld boos is en dat alle materie korrup is. Dit het gelei tot die gevolgtrekking dat Jesus se liggaam korrup was. Paulus reageer op hierdie lering in Kolossense 1: 15-17: “Die Seun is die sigbare uitbeelding van die onsigbare God. Hy is die Eerste van die hele skepping, omdat God alles deur Hom geskep het. Ja, alles in die hemel en op die aarde – die dinge wat gesien kan word en die dinge wat nie gesien kan word nie, of dit nou konings of heersers, regeerders of magshebbers is – álle dinge is deur Hom en vir Hom geskep. Hý was daar vóór alles, en in Hom word alles saamgebind.” (NLV) en in Kolossense 2:9: “Die volheid van God is mos liggaamlik in Christus teen­woor­dig.” (NLV)

Genoegsaamheid van ons Verlossing in Christus

Volgens die Kolossiese kettery (of “heresy”) word die verlossing bewerkstellig deur geheime kennis (gnose) waardeur individue hulself, hul oorsprong en bestemming leer ken. Paulus se reaksie is in Kolossense 2:10 waar hy sê: “…En omdat julle één is met Christus deel julle in sy volheid – Hy wat die hoof is van elke heerskappy en gesag.” (NLV)

Aanvullings tot ons Redding

Die valse leraars wou die verlossing deur Jesus vervang met verskillende asketiese onthoudinge, Joodse rituele, aanbidding van engele, drome en visioene (sien Kolossense 2: 8-12 & 16-18). Die boodskap van Paulus aan hulle en aan ons is: “Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”

“Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan…”

Die metafoor van wortels en die bou van strukture as verwysings na die Kolossiese heiliges, moet ons herinner aan die belangrikheid daarvan om in Christus geanker te wees. Die ontvangs van Christus en die doop moet gevolg word deur te groei tot die volle beeld van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan ​​- op dieselfde manier staan ons tans voor verskillende uitdagings. Sommige hiervan is materialisme, sekulêre humanisme en formalisme.

Materialisme

Materiële dinge, soos geld, is belangrik as ‘n instrument om ‘n doel te bereik. Daar is ‘n neiging onder ons om materiële besittings en liggaamlike gemak belangriker te ag as ons geestelike waardes. Ek is nie daarteen om materiële dinge te koop met die oog op nut nie. My probleem is as dit gebed, nederigheid, om ander mense te dien en God te vereer (met die besittings wat God jou gegee het) vervang. Die lewe is belangriker as materiële rykdom. Die Here Jesus waarsku ons in Lukas 12:15 en sê: “Pas op! Moenie gierig wees nie. Ware lewe word nie gemeet aan hoeveel ons besit nie.” (NLV) Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël. Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat ware bevryding kom uit geregtigheid en nie uit die rykdom wat ons het nie (Spreuke 11:4).

“Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël.”

Sekulêre Humanisme

Hierdie frase word sedert die dertigerjare deur Anglikaanse priesters gebruik. Dit is ‘n progressiewe lewensfilosofie wat ons vermoë en verantwoordelikheid aanmoedig om etiese lewens van persoonlike vervulling te lei – wat streef na die groter welvaart van die mensdom, sonder God of ander bonatuurlike oortuigings. Met ander woorde, dit is ‘n omvattende nie-godsdienstige, lewenshouding. Tot op datum weet ek van vier manifeste wat in hierdie verband geproduseer is. Hulle is Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) en Manifesto iv (2017). In hul Manifesto ii het hul gesê dat: “… geloof in ‘n gebedsverhorende God wat aanneem dat God leef en omgee vir persone, gebede hoor, verstaan ​​en in staat is om iets daaraan te doen, ‘n onbewese en verouderde geloof is. Die standpunt van die sekulêre humanisme rakende godsdiens kan opgesom word as volg: “Geen God sal ons red nie; ons moet onsself red.”

Formalisme

Ons is ‘n kerk met ‘n missie om die Groot Opdrag uit te voer (Matteus 20: 18-20). Ons moet altyd ons ‘wortels’ onthou. Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe. Ons lidmate moet Jesus as Verlosser en Here ontvang. Hulle moet in water en in die krag van die Heilige Gees gedoop word. Hulle moet die Bybelse waardes van integriteit, aanspreeklikheid, konstruktiewe verhoudings en uitnemendheid handhaaf. Bo alles moet ons altyd onthou dat ons sendelinge is wat die Goeie Nuus van Jesus Christus dra. Ons moet waak teen formalisme.

“Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe.”

Formalisme is wanneer die werking van die Heilige Gees vervang word met menslike programme wat niks met die uitbreiding van die Koninkryk van God te doen het nie. Ons is formeel wanneer ons die bou van swembaddens in die kerke begin beklemtoon ten koste van die doopfonte. Paul het ‘n waarskuwing gegee in 2 Timoteus 3: 1-5 toe hy sê: “Jy moet ook dít weet, Timoteus, dat daar gedurende die laaste dae moeilike tye sal kom. Want mense sal net hulleself en hulle geld liefhê. Hulle sal grootpraterig en arrogant wees, met God spot, ongehoorsaam aan hulle ouers en ondankbaar wees. Hulle sal niks as heilig beskou nie. Hulle sal liefdeloos en onvergewensgesind wees; hulle sal ander mense belaster en geen selfbeheersing hê nie; hulle sal wreed wees en geen belangstelling hê in wat goed is nie. Hulle sal hulle vriende verraai, roekeloos wees, hooghartig, en hulle sal plesier liewer hê as vir God. Hulle sal optree asof hulle godsdienstig is, maar dit ontken wat aan die Christelike godsdiens sy krag gee. Jy moet wegbly van sulke mense af. ”(NLV)

“…gevestig in ons geloof…”

Dit is my gebed dat ons nie net Christus sal ontvang nie, maar dat ons saam met Hom sal wandel, gewortel en opgebou in Hom, gevestig in ons geloof en oorvloedig met danksegging. Ons moet ons wortels verdiep deur gebed en leiding van diegene wat gewortelde Christelike lewens lei. Ons moet opgebou word in Christus deur die Woord (Bybel) en verhoudinge met ons broers en susters.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIENSBAAR AAN ANDER
Dr. H.J. Weideman – (Algemene Sekretaris) – [email protected]

Ek het 2 jaar gelede ‘n appelkoosboom in my tuin geplant en was verheug om Augustus vanjaar bloeisels daarop te sien. Begin September het ek verskillende klein appelkose sien vorm – nou is ek seker dat dit inderdaad ‘n appelkoosboom is! Ek het die vrugte herken. Het jy al ooit tussen vrugtebome gewandel en was jy onseker of dit ‘n perske- of ‘n appelkoosboom, ‘n appel- of ‘n peerboom, ‘n lemoen- of ‘n suurlemoenboom was? Matteus 7:20 vertel dat ons ‘n boom aan sy vrugte sal herken. Het jy geweet dat die vrug van ‘n boom jou baie vertel van die wortels van die boom? Veral as dit ‘n vrugteboom is.

Die areas in Suid-Afrika wat vrugte produseer, het groot boorde vol vrugtebome wat op ‘n bepaalde wortelstok (of onderstok) geënt is. Om ‘n boom in te ent, behels dat ‘n jong loot of takkie van ‘n bepaalde kultivar of tipe vrug, fisies op die wortelstok van ‘n ander, maar soortgelyke spesie ingeplant word, sodat die twee dele saam kan groei tot een plant. Die proses van samevoeging van die twee verskillende variteite, moet verseker dat daar maksimum kontak tussen die laag net onder die bas (die kambium) van die twee dele – die wortelstok en die klein takkie, genoem die “bo-stok” is, sodat hulle suksesvol kan saamgroei.

Die wortelstok, of onderstok maak ‘n groot verskil in die lewe van ‘n vrugteboom: Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en krag van die nuut gevormde boom se wortelstelsel. Die onderstok word spesifiek gekies omdat dit sterk wortels het. Wortels wat die boom instaatstel om voedingstowwe op ‘n meer effektiewe manier te absorbeer.  Dit stel die boom instaat om droogtes beter te kan hanteer, asook om weerstand te kan bied teen wortelverotting en verskeie peste soos grondvirusse, snywurms en bakteriële infeksies. Dit maak ook ‘n groot bydrae om die boom te anker, sodat dit kan vas bly staan in tye van storms. Die wortelstok wat ‘n wortelstelsel aan die boom voorsien, het ook ‘n groot invloed op die hoeveelheid bloeisels wat die boom voortbring. Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en kwantiteit, sowel as die grootte, vorm en selfs die smaak van die vrugte wat die boom produseer.  Wetenskaplike studies wys dat die wortels van die meeste bome ‘n area beslaan wat twee tot vier keer so groot is as die deursnee van die boom se kroon. Dit beteken dat vir die meeste bome, as die wortelverspreiding klein is, die boom selfs nog kleiner sal wees. (Daar is natuurlik uitsonderings).

Om gewortel te wees in Jesus Christus, beteken dat ons anders sal groei. Ons sal geanker wees teen die storms en peste van die lewe. Ons sal vrugte dra van ‘n bepaalde vorm, grootte en smaak as ons vas en diep in Jesus gewortel is. As ons wortels in Jesus Christus egter klein en vlak is, sal die bome wat ons lewens verteenwoordig waarskynlik ook swak en klein wees. In Johannes 15 praat Jesus oor die belangrikheid daarvan dat die takke van ‘n boom gesnoei word, sodat dit beter vrug kan dra. Hy beklemtoon egter ook die belangrikheid van die wortels van ‘n boom, en sê dat ‘n tak geen vrugte kan produseer as dit nie verbonde is aan die hoofstam nie. Die hoofstam is op sy beurt verbind aan die wortelstelsel, wat die voeding en water voorsien wat benodig word om vrugte te produseer.

Psalm 1, sowel as Jeremia, Jesus en Paulus vergelyk ons met bome: Jeremia 17:7-8 (NLV) sê: “Gelukkig is die mense wat op die Here vertrou en hulle verwagting in Hom stel. Hulle is soos bome wat langs ‘n rivier staan. Hulle wortels reik diep tot by die water. Hitte bedreig hulle nie en hulle blare bly groen.  Lang maande van droogte pla hulle ook nie. Hulle hou nie op om vrugte te dra nie.”

“Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet.”

Jesus sê in Johannes 15:4b (NLV): “’n Loot kan nie uit sy eie vrugte dra as dit nie aan die druiwestok verbind bly nie, en so julle ook nie as julle nie aan My verbonde bly nie.” Hy is die wynstok, die hoofstam. Hy moet ons wortelstok wees. Ons moet al meer en meer in Hom gewortel raak. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet. Hoe meer ons groei in liefde vir die Vader, hoe dieper sal ons gewortel wees in Jesus, want Hy en Sy Vader is Een. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus as ons Hom deel met almal om ons. Dit is soos die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom wat op ‘n missie is om wyer en dieper te versprei. En, soos wat ons hierbo gelees het: Hoe verder en groter die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom versprei, hoe groter word die deursnee van daardie boom se kroon. Hoe meer ons gewortel is in Jesus, hoe meer vrug sal ons dra. Die vrug van die Heilige Gees, wat ook die vrug is van die karakter en aard van Jesus.

Ons leer meer oor een van hierdie vrugte in Johannes 13 waar Jesus Sy dissipels se voete was. In verse 12-17(NLV) lees ons die volgende: “Nadat Jesus hulle voete klaar gewas het, het Hy sy bo-klere aangetrek en weer aangelê by die ete. Hy sê toe vir hulle: Verstaan julle wat Ek vir julle gedoen het? Julle noem my Leermeester en Here, en tereg so, want Ek is dit. As Ek dan, wat julle Here en Leermeester is, julle voete gewas het, moet julle ook mekaar se voete was. Ek het vir julle ‘n voorbeeld gestel, en soos Ek vir julle gedoen het, moet julle ook doen. Hoe waar is dit tog nie: ‘n Slaaf is nie belangriker as sy eienaar nie en ‘n gestuurde ook nie belangriker as die een wat hom gestuur het nie. As julle hierdie dinge insien en julle eie maak, sal julle geseënd wees as julle dit ook doen.“

“Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien.” 

Die beginsel wat Jesus sy dissipels en ons as sy volgelinge leer, is nie soseer om voete te was nie. Hy sê nie jy moet elke Sondag, selfs in die 21ste eeu, die skoene van jou medegelowiges in die kerk uittrek en hul voete was nie. Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien. Om in Christus gewortel te wees is om ander te dien net soos Hy gedien het: Hy, ons Heer en Leermeester, het Sy kleed afgehaal, ‘n handdoek om Sy middel toegedraai, water in ‘n wasbak gegooi en gedoen wat gewoonlik destyds deur ‘n dienskneg gedoen is: Hy het die voete van sy dissipels gewas. Hy stel ‘n voorbeeld van ‘n leier wat nie op ‘n groot leuenstoel met ‘n hoë rugleuning sit nie, maar wat neerkniel en Sy volgelinge dien.

Ons is boodskappers van die Goeie nuus van God se genade en vergifnis. Ons is nie belangriker as die Een wat die boodskap stuur nie. Ons is nie groter as ons Meester nie. Ons mag nooit vergeet dat ons op ‘n missie gestuur is om ‘n spesifieke taak te verrig nie – om Jesus aan alle nasies bekend te maak. Ons is boodskappers. Ons is sendelinge. God is die een wat ons stuur. Aan Hom alleen behoort die glorie en die eer! Ons moet nooit dink dat ons allerbelangrik is en bedien moet word nie – dat mense stoele vir ons moet uittrek en deure vir ons moet oopmaak nie. Ons moet eerder sê soos Johannes in Johannes 3:30 (NLV): “Hy (Jesus) moet in belangrikheid toeneem en ek moet afneem.”

Al dink ons ​​aan onsself as groot en sterk leiers, word ons aan die woorde van Jesus in Matteus 20: 25-28 (NLV) herinner: “Jesus roep hulle toe bymekaar en sê: “Julle weet in hierdie wêreld tiranniseer die maghebbers die nasies, en die magtiges domineer hulle. Maar onder julle moet dit heeltemal anders wees. Wie onder julle ’n leier wil wees, behoort julle dienskneg te wees. En wie die eerste onder julle wil wees, moet julle slaaf wees. Net so het Ek, die Seun van die Mens, nie gekom om gedien te word nie, maar om diens te lewer en boonop my lewe te gee as ’n losprys vir baie mense. “

“Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien…”

Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien: Om die mense te groet wat niemand raaksien nie, om daarna te streef om die standpunt en belewenis van mense wat in ander kulture en omstandighede as jyself leef, te verstaan en te erken. Hoe doen ons dit? Deur om te gee, deur uit te reik, deur ander mense raak te sien en hulle menswaardigheid te erken, deur te glimlag, te groet, en aan te raak, deur respek te betoon, deur met ander te gesels, deur jou eie storie te vertel en te luister na die lewensstorie van die mense om jou. Deur die lewe saam te leef. Vir soveel as wat julle hierdie dinge aan die geringste van mense, selfs aan kinders doen, het julle dit aan My gedoen, het Jesus gesê.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIE SORG & BESKERMING VAN ONS GEMEENSKAPPE
Past. Barend Petersen (Algemene Sekretaris &Voorsitter van die Uitvoerende Welsyn Raad van die AGS van SA) [email protected]

Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal. Die hart van God word weerspieël in die Woorde van Jesus Christus in Matteus 25: 34-36: Dan sal die Koning vir dié aan sy regterkant sê: ‘Kom, julle wat deur my Vader geseën is! Die koninkryk is van die skepping van die wêreld af vir julle voorberei. Neem dit as erfenis in besit, want Ek was honger, en julle het My iets gegee om te eet; Ek was dors, en julle het My iets gegee om te drink; Ek was ‘n vreemdeling, en julle het My gehuisves;  Ek was sonder klere, en julle het vir My klere gegee; siek, en julle het My verpleeg; in die tronk, en julle het My besoek.”

“Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal.”

Van die belangrikste sosio-ekonomiese uitdagings in Suid-Afrika is armoede, hoë werkloosheid en lae inkomste, misdaad, gesins verbrokkeling en swak onderwysstandaarde. Dit is ons missionale konteks waarin ons ons omgee-gees moet demonstreer en ons moet verbind tot aksies wat ‘n verskil in die lewens van mense sal maak. Die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA, is die bediening waardeur die AGS reeds het en sal voortgaan om ‘n verskil te maak in die lewens van kwesbare mense, veral kinders, vroue en ouer persone. Deur die KERK kan ‘n omgee-gemeenskap verandering bring in die lewens van baie mense wat swaarkry. Sodanige gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid of ontwikkelingsaksies kan die seer “genees”, die behoefte bevredig en vir baie mense ‘n volhoubare bestaan meebring. 

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering vir hul gemeenskappe sal bring; en sodoende die oorspronklike missionêre roeping van ons kerk vervul. Die AGS Welsynsdepartement het die praktiese programme om gemeentes te ondersteun met begrip, beplanning en implementering van maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies en -projekte. Ons help pastore en gemeentes om die belangrikste sosiale probleme in hul gemeenskappe te identifiseer en rus hulle toe om deel te wees van die oplossing.

“Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”.”

uManelisi is die program wat gemeentes bemagtig om op hierdie uitdagings te reageer. Ons werk met en deur gemeentes om die volgende dienste te lewer:

Gemeenskapsgebaseerde dienste – ondersteuning van kwesbare kinders, gesinne, vroue, ouer persone en persone met gestremdhede.
Sosio-gesondheidsdienste – bewusmaking deur onderwys en opleiding, ondersteuning van persone wat aan chroniese siektes soos VIGS en TB ly, sowel as diegene wat aan dwelms en ander middels verslaaf is.
Sosio-opvoedkundige dienste – ondersteun gemeentes wat programme vir “Early Childhood Development” aanbied, geletterdheidsprogramme, skole asook bewusmaking in openbare skole.
Sosio-ekonomiese projekte – met die oog op die ondersteuning van die regering se prioriteite rakende armoede, werkloosheid en ongelykheid deur projekte wat fokus op voedselsekerheid, maatskaplike verligting, werkskepping, vaardigheidsontwikkeling, vrouebemagtiging en jeugontwikkeling.

Die kerk is ideaal geplaas om verandering in die lewens van mense regoor Suid-Afrika teweeg te bring. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering bring vir die mense in hulle gemeenskap. Kontak ons ​​waarnemende uitvoerende hoof, Ashley Theron, vir duidelike leiding oor hoe om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid prakties te implementeer as drywer van die “One AFM Game Plan”.
Landlyn: Lizelle de Bruyn of Rebeca Kola – 012 753 7940/1
E-pos: [email protected]

SLOT

“Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”
KOLOSSENSE 2:6-7

Vacancy: Housemother (Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA)

The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA Umephi, provides care and protection for vulnerable and traumatised children in Child and Youth Care Centres. The organization presently has a vacancy in one of the satellite houses located in Kosmos (Ridgeway- Johannesburg). The suitable candidate should have a passion for and experience in working with children. The position involves providing full-time care for 9 children, between the ages of 2-18 years old.

For a full description of the post, please download more information here:
EWC Advert for Primary Caregiver Posts
 
Please forward CV’s to:
Mandy Manuel: [email protected]
Tel: 012 753 7940
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Thank you for sharing this information!

Newsflash: Friday, 13 September

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SPECIAL 13 SEPTEMBER ENG 2019

AFM National Conference 2019
Invitation to Intercession Prayer
 
Thank you for registering for the AFM National Conference!
 
If you feel called to pray for the AFM National Conference and to intercede for the Body of Christ we invite you to join us for a special intercession prayer:
 
Date:
Sunday, 15 September
Venue:
Lighthouse Christian Ministries, 275 Voortrekker Road, Parow (Cape Town)
Time:
16h00
 
We will be PRAYING for:
 
Pastors that are tired and exhausted
Broken households
Our Country
Our Parliament
For the Conference Speakers – asking God to use them like never before!
For Healing & Miracles
 
We are looking forward to a great expectation in our spirits!
Thank you for joining us.

Special Newsflash: Wednesday, 11 September

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SPECIAL 11 SEPTEMBER ENG 2019

SPECIAL NEWSFLASH!

AFM Colleague,

1. A SPECIAL INVITATION TO A MINI WELFARE CONFERENCE

Thank you for registering for the AFM National Conference!

The Executive Welfare Department of the AFM of SA would like to invite you to a Mini Welfare Conference that will be held during the upcoming AFM National Conference:

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Time: 09h00 – 15h00
Venue: Lighthouse Christian Centre (275 Voortrekker Road, Parow, Cape Town)
https://www.lighthouse.org.za/

We are especially inviting the Management Committees of:

  • The AFM Old Age Homes and Retirement Villages– Western Cape
  • EWC of the AFM CYCC’s/ Foster Homes – Western Cape

As well as Affiliates across all provinces that has already registered for the AFM National Conference.

We are also inviting our Pastors, Leaders and Members with existing welfare projects or programmes to join us and learn more about the practical implementation of Community Involvement.

The Mini AFM Welfare Conference will aim to:

  • Provide an update on the activities of the AFM Welfare Department,
  • Share information and provide training on:
  1. The Role of the Church in the Community (Community Involvement as a driver of the One AFM Game Plan),
  2. Financial Management, and
  3. Income Development and Marketing.

Kindly join us and use the link below to download the Registration Form:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings!
Past. B. Petersen
(NOB Member & Chairperson of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA)

**Kindly Note: This Newsflash is only sent in English as it pertains to the AFM National Conference.

Newsflash: Friday, 6 September

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6 SEPTEMBER ENG 2019

Dear AFM Colleagues,

1. REFLECTIONS ON THE 25TH PENTECOSTAL WORLD FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE (PWF)

Pastors, Bishops and Members from various Pentecostal churches and movements convened at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary (Canada) under the theme “Spirit Now.” The Conference was held on 27-30 August 2019. Among the special Guests to the Conference was the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and the Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, Rev. Dr Casely Essamuah.

There was a sense of expectation for spiritual renewal from those who attended.

The PWF’s Advisory Committee elected Dr Billy Wilson (President of Oral University – Oklahoma) as the new Chairperson to succeed Rev. Dr Prince Guneratnum. Rev. Dr David Wells (The General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) was re-elected as Vice-Chairman and Dr Doug Beacham (Presiding Bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church – Oklahoma) was elected as Secretary of the Fellowship. The AFM of SA’s President (MG Mahlobo) was elected a member of the PWF. Rev. Dr Prince Guneratnum was granted PWF Committee’s honorary membership status. In this respect he joins Dr Yonngi Cho (Korea) and Dr Jack Hayford (USA) who are serving as Honorary Committee Members.

The Conference concluded with Global prayers where specific continents were prayed for. One of the main objectives of PWF is to unite and mobilize Global Spirit-filled family for the completion of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. The recurring sub-themes were spiritual renewal, missions and unity. There were eleven Affinity (Break-away) Groups which dealt with a variety of issues. Delegates were exposed to numerous resources through the exhibition stalls in the foyer of the Conference venue.

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all AFM leaders, Pastors and Members who attended the Conference.

2. LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO THE AFM NATIONAL CONFERENCE

May we be grounded in Christ. May we be able to demonstrate fortitude and resilience in times of challenges. “…rooted and built up in Him…” as in Colossians 2: 6-7. Join us in Cape Town for the AFM National Conference as we reflect on the importance of being ROOTED IN CHRIST. Members and Pastors are invited to attend!

For Conference information visit:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

For Online Registrations visit:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365

Download marketing resources in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa from the link below:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings
Past. MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 6 September

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6 SEPTEMBER AFR 2019

Geagte AGS Kollegas,

1. TERUGVOER VANAF DIE 25STE PINKSTER WêRELD KONFERENSIE (PWK)

Pastore, Biskoppe en Lidmate van verskillende Pinksterkerke en -bewegings het in die Telus-konferensiesentrum in Calgary (Kanada) vergader onder die tema ‘Spirit Now’. Die konferensie was gehou op 27-30 Augustus 2019. Spesiale gaste by die konferensie was onder andere die Algemene Sekretaris van die Wêreldraad van Kerke, eerw. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit en die Sekretaris van die “Global Christian Forum”, eerw. Dr. Casely Essamuah.

Daar was ‘n verwagting vir geestelike vernuwing onder diegene wat dit bygewoon het.

Die advieskomitee van die PWK het Dr. Billy Wilson (President van die “Oral University” – Oklahoma) as die nuwe Voorsitter aangewys om die eerw. Dr. Prince Guneratnum op te volg. Die eerw. David Wells (die Algemene Administrateur van die “Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada”) is herverkies tot Ondervoorsitter en Dr. Doug Beacham (Presiderende Biskop van die “International Pentecostal Holiness Church – Oklahoma”) is verkies tot Sekretaris van die genootskap.

Die AGS van Suid-Afrika se President (Past. M.G. Mahlobo) is verkies tot ‘n lid. Verder het Ds. Prins Guneratnum die status van ere-lidmaatskap ontvang vanaf die PWK–komitee. Hy sluit aan by Dr. Yonngi Cho (Korea) en Dr. Jack Hayford (VSA) wat as erekomiteelede dien.

Die konferensie is afgesluit met internasionale gebede waar daar vir spesifieke kontinente gebid is. Een van die hoofdoelstellings van die PWK is om die wêrledwye-geesvervulde familie te verenig en te mobiliseer vir die voltooiing van die Groot Opdrag van Jesus Christus. Die herhalende subtemas was geestelike vernuwing, sending en eenheid. Daar was elf wegbreek groepe wat verskillende kwessies bespreek het. Afgevaardigdes is aan talle bronne blootgestel deur die uitstallings in die voorportaal van die konferensielokaal.

Ek wil my dank en waardering uitspreek teenoor elke AGS-leier, pastoor en lidmaat wat die konferensie bygewoon het.

2. MINDER AS TWEE WEKE TOT DIE AGS NASIONALE KONFERENSIE

Mag ons gewortel en geanker wees in Christus. Mag ons in tye van uitdagings sterkte en veerkragtigheid toon. “… gewortel en opgebou in Hom …” soos in Kolossense 2: 6-7. Hiermee nooi ons jou uit om aan te sluit by vanjaar se AGS Nasionale Konferensie in Kaapstad, terwyl ons nadink oor die belangrikheid daarvan om in CHRISTUS gewortel te word. Lidmate en Pastore word uitgenooi om dit by te woon!

Vir Konferensie inligting besoek gerus:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Om aanlyn te Registreer volg die skakel:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365

Laai bemarkings hulpbronne af in Afrikaans, Engels en Xhosa by die skakel hieronder:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Seën
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 23 August

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23 AUGUST ENG 2019

AFM Colleague,

THE AFM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: A REPORT FROM KENYA

The 2019 Triennial International Conference of the AFM is currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from the 19th to the 24th of August. Delegates from 32 countries in the world where the AFM is represented, are in attendance. The conference is held at the Kenyatta University, Amphitheatre with the theme of: Missional Church Discipling the Nations.

In a missional church, all members are called to be “missionaries”. The missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself and organizes its life around its real purpose – that of being an agent of God’s mission to the world. I had the opportunity to present a workshop on Missional Church and would like to encourage you to download the presentation here:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Our General Secretary, Dr Henri Weideman also delivered a sermon on the difference between the old and the new paradigm of missions. He emphasised that being a missional church implies that every member is sent and should live the life of a missionary.

We thank you for keeping the AFM International in your prayers.

Blessings!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo