20/10/2019

Hi church,

It has been a true blessing to delve in to the Book of Revelation with you these past weeks as we explored the message to us as the church through Jesus’ letters to the seven church communities of Revelation.

This week we conclude our series as we look at the message to the Laodicea’n church. Jesus tells his church in Laodicea that they should either be like a nice warm coffee or hot chocolate great for cold winter nights; or like a refreshing cold beverage to ease a scorching summer’s day. But instead they have become “luke-warm” and therefore not able to fulfill the purpose they have been given. In the end, it is all about being intentional about following Jesus.

I am looking forward to sharing God’s words of warning and encouragement with you this Sunday. I pray your week is filled with hope and joy.

In His service, Pastor Roelof

13/10/2019

Week six into our series looking at the Seven Letters to the Seven Church in Revelation, and this letter we are looking at is to the church in Philadelphia.

And Philadelphia was a young city, and was a city that was plagued with earthquakes, both large and small, and so never grew to be a big place.

But Jesus calls the church there to ‘hold fast’. And he encourages them to hold fast to His Word, the Good News of His life, death and resurrection.

And when we face shaky times in life, sometimes the best thing that we can do is ‘hold fast’ to the one thing that is holy and true – Jesus Christ.

And as we do, Jesus will open a door, and the door that he opens only he can shut, and the reason he opens it, is that the open door is a metaphor for us going out – through that open door with the word of life, forgiveness and salvation to our city, just as the Philadelphians were encouraged to.

And as we hear this message, and as we are victorious, may God write on you His name so that you receive the full inheritance of heaven.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

06/10/2019

Week five into our series looking at the Seven Letters to the Seven Church in Revelation, and this letter we are looking at is to Sardis.

The church in Sardis had a reputation – ‘the reputation of being alive, but you are dead’ says Jesus.

The believers there cared more about looking like they were following Jesus than actually following Jesus.

They cared more about conforming to the culture than holding on to their integrity.

We need this same wake-up call, the call to follow Jesus with our whole hearts, despite what the world says or offers. We need to ‘Get Real’ just like the church in Sardis.

May God bless you as your name is never blotted out in the book of life, but is acknowledged before our Father in heaven, as we hear this message, and as we are victorious.

In His Service, Pastor Ben

29/09/2019

This week we are looking at the fourth of the seven letters that Jesus writes to the churches of Asia Minor as recorded in the book of Revelation.

And this letter to the church of Thyatira could be summed up as Jesus saying to them: ‘Don’t be naïve’.

Jesus commends the church for their good works – commendable things like love for others and service to others. But the church had offended Jesus by tolerating someone who was leading the church to idolatry and immorality through false teaching.

And the problem was that the church was almost too ‘nice’. It was so tolerant that false teaching and immoral living ate away like a cancer at the church’s commitment to Christ and testimony for Christ.

Jesus calls us also to ‘not be naïve’ and instead hold on to our Christian deeds, our love and faith, our service and our perseverance as we receiving the heavenly promise that can only be found in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May God bless you as we hear his message, and as we are victorious.

Pastor Ben