Newsflash: Good Friday & Resurrection-Sunday

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RESOURCES

AFM of SA Elections 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-elections-nomination-forms/

Upcoming Conferences & Events:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

NOB Empowerment Visits 2024 (Invitation):
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

Dear Colleague,

The first NLF meeting for this year will be held from 11 to 14 March 2024 in the Strand, near Cape Town. The leaders of the 43 Regions of the church as well as the National Departments, will receive reports on various activities and ministries of the church and will also discuss and make decisions on matters relevant to the ministry and future of the AFM of SA. Please pray for guidance and discernment as the NLF members engage each other and the matters at hand.

1.  GOOD FRIDAY & RESURRECTION SUNDAY

Good Friday (29 March 2024)

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and is a pivotal event in Christianity. As recounted in the Bible, particularly in the Gospel of Matthew 27: 32-56, Mark 15: 21-41, Luke 23: 26-49, and John 19: 16-37, Jesus endured immense suffering for the redemption of humanity’s sins. He willingly carried the cross to Golgotha, where he was crucified alongside two criminals. Amidst immense agony, Jesus uttered the moving words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Darkness enveloped the land, signifying the weight of sin and separation from God. As Jesus breathed his last breath, he cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30), completing His atoning sacrifice for all. Good Friday serves as a solemn reminder of Jesus’ sacrificial love and the promise of salvation through His death and resurrection.

Let us encourage our members to gather on this day to celebrate what Jesus did for us, as we also proclaim His death in the sharing of communion (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Resurrection Sunday (31 March 2024)

Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter Sunday, celebrates the triumph of Jesus Christ over the cross and death. It is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, symbolizing hope, regeneration, and the promise of eternal life. As described in the Gospel of Matthew 28: 1-10, Mark 16: 1-8, Luke 24: 1-12, and John 20: 1-18, on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, the tomb where He was laid was found empty, and He appeared to His disciples alive. The angel proclaimed to the women at the tomb, “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:6).

Jesus’ resurrection validated His divinity and fulfilled the Scriptures, demonstrating God’s power over death. This miraculous event brings joy and gratitude to believers worldwide, inspiring faith in the promise of new life and the victory of light over darkness.

Both Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are foundational events in our faith as Christians. It is not really a weekend of holidays but of “Holy days” and should be celebrated as such.  May you experience God’s guidance and presence in a very special way as you prepare and minister the Word during this distinctive time in the Christian calendar.

2.  UPCOMING CONFERENCES

The NMF Conference (17-19 May)

The men of the AFM of SA are ready and prepared with the annual National Men’s Fellowship Conference information. Kindly “save the date” and refer to the letter for more information by visiting the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The International Children’s Ministry Educator’s Conference (25-28 April)

Pastor A.K. Khoza, Director of the AFM International Children’s Ministry invites everyone – especially the international AFM community – to register for and attend the upcoming conference in April at AFM Kempton Park. He extends this invitation as well as a humble request for contributions/donations, via two video messages that can be accessed from the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

Fan into Flame the Gift of God!

We are looking forward to visiting and spending time in ministry and impartation with Regional Pastors, Assembly Leaders, Governing Body Members, Departments and Members during the Regional Empowerment Visits. The Theme for 2024 is: Fan into Flame the Gift of God!

The NOB felt led to continue the focus on who we are and how we must live as Holy Spirit-filled people and church in 2024. This time around with the focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Based on 2 Timothy 1: 6: “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you. (NIV)” and “Stir up the gift of God which is in you. (NKJV)” We will share on the spiritual gifts, sound teaching, our testimony and unity.

Kindly take note that the dates and venues of the 2024 NOB Empowerment Visits have been confirmed:

The Programme for Friday and Saturday is also available:

NOB Programme 2024

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Friendly Regards!
Henri Weideman

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