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Get the Newsletter of My Recent Teaching Trip to Swaziland

Missions Teaching Trip to Swaziland

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Selvan Govender

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Try to Be Greater than Jesus

Jesus himself said that those who believe in him will “be greater than him”. Greater in what? It is evidently obvious that we will never be greater than Jesus in terms of his attributes but we can be greater than Jesus in at least one area. Can you guess what that area is? You can be greater than Jesus in the area of evangelism, discipleship, missions and church planting. These are Jesus words in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

When last have you shared the gospel? When last have you given resources that would empower missions and church planting? When last did you deliberately create opportunities for the presentation of the gospel? When last did you share your testimony?

Has the hunger and thirst do do greater works than Jesus died out in you? I encourage you to re-think your role as a believer, because if you say you believe then the text tells you that the works He does, you will also do.

Go, do the works he did!

 

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Church Partnership Covenant

Church Partnership Covenant

Since we have been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal  Saviour, and  have publicly confessed our  faith in Him by willingly submitting to the ordinance of  baptised by immersion,  we  do  now,  in the  presence  of  God  and this assembly,  solemnly and joyfully  enter into this agreement with one another, as one body in Christ.

We agree, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to  walk together  in Christian  love;  to strive  for the advancement  of this  church in  Biblical knowledge, discipline and evangelistic zeal;  to  give  it a  sacred  pre-eminence  over all institutions  of human origin;  to submit to the Spiritual leadership of its officers as they teach God’s word with authority; to give faithfully of time and  talent to  its ministries;  to contribute cheerfully and regularly,  as God has prospered us, so as to support the ministry Church.

We  also  agree  to maintain  family  and  private devotions;  to train our children according to the Word of God;   to seek the salvation of our friends, neighbours and relatives; to live honestly  in the  world;  to  be just in our dealings,  faithful in our  engagements,  and exemplary in our  conduct;  to abstain from all activities which dishonour  our Lord  Jesus  Christ;  or cause  a  fellow believer to return to a life of sin; to  be zealous  in  our efforts  to  advance the  cause of Christ,  our Saviour;  and  to give Him pre-eminence in all things.

We  further agree  to encourage  one another  in the blessed  hope of  our Lord’s literal, imminent, premillennial return  for  His  Bride;  to  watch  over  one  another in brotherly  love;  to  remember Pastors,   Deacons and each other  in  prayer; to aid  each  other  in  sickness and distress;   to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready  for reconciliation, and, mindful of the teaching of our Saviour, to seek it without delay.

We  moreover agree  that  when we  remove  from this place  we will as  soon as possible  unite with some other Church  of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit  of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. In  the event that there is no such Church, we shall seek, with the Lords help to establish one.

 

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How To Find A Good Church

How To Find A Good Church

This blog post is excerpted from Mark Dever’s book “What is a Healthy Church” – Pages 79

1. Pray

2. Seek counsel from a godly pastor (or from elders)

3. Keep your priorities straight

  • The gospel must be firmly affirmed, clearly preached, and faithfully lived out. A serious lack in any of these expressions of the gospel is dangerous.
  • The preaching must be faithful to scripture, personally challenging and central to the congregation’s life. You will only grow spiritually where scripture is treated as the highest authority.
  • Also very important is to consider how the church regulates baptism, the Lord’s Supper, church membership, church discipline, and who has the final say in decision making.

4. Ask yourself diagnostic questions such as:

  • Would I want to find a spouse who has been brought up under this church’s teaching?
  • What picture of Christianity will my children see in this church- Something distinct or something a lot like the world?
  • Would I be happy to invite non-Christians to this church? That is, would they clearly hear the gospel and see lives consistent with it? Does the church have a heart for welcoming and reaching non-Christians?
  • Is this church a place where I can minister and serve?

5. Consider geography. Would the church’s physical proximity to your home encourage or discourage frequent involvement and service? If you’re moving to a new area, try to locate a good church home before you buy a house.

 

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If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

This blog post is excerpted from Mark Dever’s book “What is a Healthy Church” – Pages 57

Before You Decide to Leave 

  1. Pray
  2. Let your current pastor know about your thinking before you move to another church or make your decision to relocate to another city. As for his counsel.
  3. Weigh your motives. Is your desire to leave because of sinful, personal conflict or disappointment? If it’s because of doctrinal reasons, are these doctrinal issues significant?
  4.  Do everything within your power to reconcile broken relationships.
  5. Be sure to consider all the “evidences of grace” you’ve seen in the church’s life – places where Gods work is evident. If you cannot see any evidences of God’s grace, you might want to examine your own heart once more (Matthew 7:3-5)
  6. Be humble. Recognize you don’t have all the facts and assess people and circumstances charitably (give them the benefit of the doubt).

If You Go

  1. Don’t divide the body
  2.  Take the utmost care not to sow discontent even among your closest friends. Remember, you don’t want anything to hinder their growth in grace in this church. Deny any desire to gossip (sometimes referred to as “venting” or “saying how you feel”).
  3. Pray for and bless the congregation and its leadership. Look for ways of doing this practically.
  4.  If there has been hurt, then forgive – even as you have been forgiven.
 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Church Planting and Development

 

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