Vlees of Ou Natuur (Meer as Oorwinnaars Deel 1B)

Die tiperende van ‘n Christen se lewe is dat die nuwe herskepde, Goddelike natuur heers oor die vlees  of die ou natuur, maar dit kom nie maklik nie. Die Stryd teen die ou sondige of vleeslike natuur van binne en die satan van buite is ‘n bloedige stryd
(Deel1B van ‘n transkripsie uit die “Meer as Oorwinnaars” reeks deur Nico van der Walt)

Soos twee honde wat baklei
Vlees teen die gees
Vlees teen die Gees

Jare gelede toe preek ek hier in Pretoria by ‘n plek.  Die aand, na die preek, kom ‘n man na my en sê vir my:   “Ek het vanaand niks verstaan van wat jy vir ons wou sê nie”. Wonder bo wonder nooi hulle my om weer te gaan preek. En die aand besluit ek ek sal baie eenvoudiger preek en ek sal baie meer prakties wees. Toe gebruik ek onder andere ‘n bekende beeld van twee honde wat in ‘n sak baklei. Dis nou as jy twee staffies in ‘n sak toemaak, en daardie twee manne spring aanmekaar, binne in die sak. Destyds was dit nog nie polities verkeerd om te praat van ‘n wit hond en ‘n swart hond nie.

Die mense kon sien hoe baklei die honde, want ek het daar voor hulle net so te kere gegaan om hierdie ding tuis te bring by hulle.  Toe vra ek watter hond wen en ek dink die een ou het toe vir my gesê: “die hond wat die meeste kos kry!”  Dit was ‘n wyse antwoord.  Die aand het ek agtergekom die mense geniet en verstaan die beeld, en hulle nooi my weer om daar te gaan preek. Toe ek ‘n paar maande later instap in die saal was daar ‘n plakkaat met ‘n tekening van twee honde wat baklei, ‘n witte en ‘n swarte, en die witte is bo op die swarte! Toe weet ek, ek het deurgekom. Continue reading “Vlees of Ou Natuur (Meer as Oorwinnaars Deel 1B)”

Substitute in My Place (He died for me – Part II)

Give Me a Body (Substitute)

(Part II of a transcript of a sermon about atonement by Dr. Martin Holdt)

Heb 10:3-12 “ in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.  For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;  in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”  When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God “

There you have it “Substitutionary Atonement”, Christ giving His own body as a sacrifice in your place for your sin.

We live in a day and an age when, even within the Christian church, there is far too little of a brokenness of heart and a mourning over sin.  May God give it back to us, because when He does, we might be a step closer to revival.  It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.   I find the above verses the most moving in the whole Bible. Continue reading “Substitute in My Place (He died for me – Part II)”

Stryd van Binne en Buite (Meer as oorwinnaars Deel 1A)

Die Christen se Stryd

Efes 6:10-20 (Nuwe vertaling)
“Verder nog dit: soek julle krag in die Here en in Sy groot mag.  Trek die volle wapenrusting aan wat God julle gee, sodat julle op julle pos kan bly ondanks die listige aanslae van die duiwel.
Ons stryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie, maar teen die bose magte van hierdie sondige wêreld, teen die bose geeste in die lug.  Trek daarom die wapenrusting aan wat God julle gee, sodat julle weerstand kan bied in die dag van onheil en, nadat julle die stryd tot die einde toe gevoer het, nog op julle pos kan bly staan.  Bly dan op julle pos, toegerus met die waarheid as gordel om julle heupe, die vryspraak deur God as borsharnas, en die bereidheid om die evangelie van vrede te verkondig as skoene aan die voete.  Daarby moet julle altyd geloof as skild in die hand hê, want daarmee sal julle al die brandpyle van die Bose kan afweer. Sit verlossing as helm op en vat die swaard van die Gees, dit is die woord van God.  Doen dit alles biddend en smeek God by elke geleentheid deur die Gees. Wees waaksaam en bid gedurig vir al die gelowiges. Bid ook vir my dat wanneer ek preek, God my die woorde gee dat ek die geheimenis van die evangelie met vrymoedigheid kan bekend maak. Ter wille van hierdie evangelie is ek ‘n gesant in boeie. Bid dat ek dit met vrymoedigheid kan verkondig soos dit my opgelê is.”

Skewe Idees

Efesiërs 6 is seker een van die bekendste gedeeltes in die Nuwe Testament, maar dit is terselfdertyd een van die gedeeltes wat ek dink, waaroor mense die meeste skewe idees oor het, besonderlik in ons dag. Continue reading “Stryd van Binne en Buite (Meer as oorwinnaars Deel 1A)”

He died for Me – Part 1 (Atonement)

Transcript of a sermon about atonement preached by Dr. Martin Holdt
Based on: Isaiah 53; and 1 Peter chapter 3, verse 8 – 22.

Well beloved, on this glorious theme of the cross of Christ, may God give me the grace to share with you something that will elevate your soul and move you to worship Him who died for our sins.

You all know what Paul said in that crisp, wonderful, glorious statement in
1 Corinthians 15 verse 3.  ‘I delivered to you as the first importance what I also received (now notice, of first importance, it is paramount, it is crucial, its vital He says) that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures. And that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures.’

Substitutionary Atonement

This morning we are going to pause and think about this statement, that Christ died for our sins.  I think you know this doctrine of substitutionary penal atonement is under attack today, but it has been under attack before. We have, amongst others, professors in the theological faculty of the University of Pretoria, who say that to teach that or to preach that is to suggest and imply that God is guilty of child abuse.  For a mother wouldn’t do that to her child.  Why should God do that to His beloved Son?  For of course it is things we know, we don’t expect better from that faculty. Continue reading “He died for Me – Part 1 (Atonement)”

Ligon Duncan on Hope Holiness and Perseverence

hope_holiness_perseverence_L_DuncanDid you pray for years for revival but it did not come, or preached your heart out with little fruit, or as a lay christian you see your church dying while you laboured and prayed for change that did not come. Well there is hope, Elijah had a similar experience. Although God revealed himself in a mighty way on mount Carmel, Ahab did not repent thereafter and neither did the people, and on top of that he had to flee for Jezebel

God used His servant Ligon Duncan in an extraordinary way to deliver a message “Hope for the depressed in heart” on Elijah which will greatly encourage you. What happened in his flight and thereafter. God’s grace in the chariots of fire and what happened on the mount of transfiguration – don’t miss this and his other messages below.

Dr . Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor & CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and God especially uses him to encourage Pastors and Lay Christians alike. Through this series of messages you will be greatly encouraged. It was delivered at the Grace Ministers Conference which we recorded in South Africa in 2015

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1. K0096-01  Hope for the depressed in heart
2. K0096-02   Hope and the Holiness of heart
3. K0096-03  Hope and the perseverance through trials
4. K0096-04   Hope and the return of Christ

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Phil 4:15,17  “15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.”

True Preaching – by J.C. Ryle

george-whitfield2The instrumentality by which the spiritual reforms of the eighteenth century carried on their operations, was of the simplest description. It was neither more nor less than the old apostolic weapon of preaching. The sword which the apostle Paul wielded with such mighty effect, when he assaulted the strongholds of heathenism eighteen hundred years ago—was the same sword by which they won their victories. Continue reading “True Preaching – by J.C. Ryle”

Gebed (Deel 2) – Raad vir die wat Bid en wie nie Bid nie.

vertaal en verkort uit ‘n skrywe van JC Ryle (1816-1900)

1. Aan die wat nie bid nie

Vriend is jy iemand wat glad nie bid nie ?. Indien wel dan moet ek jou ongelukkig waarsku met al die erns waartoe ek beskik. Jy is in ernstige gevaar. As jy in hierdie toestand sterwe is jy ‘n verlore siel en jy sal ongelukkig opstaan in ‘n ewig misrabele toestand in die hel. Hoekom? – wel alle christene bid. As jy dus nie bid nie is jy nie ‘n christen nie.

  • Jy sê jy weet nie hoe om te bid nie.

Tog is dit die eenvoudigste handeling. Dit is eenvoudig om net met God te praat. Dit vereis nie geleerdheid, wysheid of boek kennis nie, dit vra net jou hart en wil. ‘n Swak babatjie huil as hy honger is. Die armste bedelaar hou sy hand uit vir ‘n aalmoes en wag nie om verfynde woorde te vind nie. So, die mees onkundige persoon sal iets vind om vir God te sê as hy bedeeld is met verstand. Continue reading “Gebed (Deel 2) – Raad vir die wat Bid en wie nie Bid nie.”

The False Reality of Social Media

“We live in a world of false realities. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest all offer an alternate view of who we are as individuals. We can tweet spiritual tweets and show off our immaculate houses or perfectly cooked food on Instagram. We can either judge or feel judged as we scan our Facebook timelines, and Pinterest shows us how far we fall from perfection.”

Read the rest of This article by Elizabeth Wann its worth it.

 

Jelly-Fish Christianity and Affection for the Flock

Quotes from JC Ryle

Jelly-fish Christianity

There is a jelly-fish Christianity in the land; that is a Christianity without bone or muscle or power…of which the leading principle is “no dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine”. We have hundreds of jelly-fish clergymen, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity…We have thousands of jelly-fish sermons preached every year – sermons without an edge, or a point, or a corner, smooth as billiard balls, awakening no sinner and edifying no saint…and last, and worst of all, we have myriads of jelly-fish worshippers – respectable, church-going people who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology…they think everybody is right and nobody is wrong, everything is true and nothing is false, all sermons are good and none are bad, every clergyman is sound and none is unsound. Continue reading “Jelly-Fish Christianity and Affection for the Flock”

Moderne Sadduseërs en Fariseërs Deel2

In die vorige artikel het ons begin kyk na hierdie eeue oue verskynsel in die kerk van Jesus Christus na aanleiding van ‘n hoofstuk in die boek van JC Ryle “Churches Beware!” In hierdie artikel fokus ons op sekere voorsorg maatreels en teenmiddels  teen die suurdeeg van die Fariseërs en die Sadduseërs wat elkeen van ons tot vandag toe bedreig. (Baie van hierdie gedagtes is my vry vertaling uit JC Ryle se boek met my eie toevoegings t.o.v. huidige omstandighede en toepassing.) Continue reading “Moderne Sadduseërs en Fariseërs Deel2”

Ministers who make it

by the late Dr Martyn Holdt

It is required of a steward to be found faithful. Faithfulness is basic to the Christian ministry. Jesus Christ was absolutely faithful to the end. The apostle Paul was faithful throughout his ministry. All of God’s great servants were loyal and trustworthy throughout the period of their service in the kingdom of God. Faithfulness is non-negotiable. However, is a servant of Christ not meant to seek for and to experience the kind of prosperity God promised to Joshua and to all those who do the will of God? Joshua 1 v 8. Continue reading “Ministers who make it”

Moderne Fariseërs en Sadduseërs Deel 1

Wat volg is hoofsaaklig my opsommende vry vertaling van ‘n hoofstuk uit die boek van J.C. Ryle “Churches Beware” met so hier en daar my eie byvoegings en voorbeelde uit ons eie land se situasie.

JC Ryle skryf : Wanneer die hoof van die Kerk, die Opperherder praat dan moet ons regop sit en aandag gee. Hy praat as die kaptein van sy soldate, as die Meester van Sy huis wat praat met sy diensknegte. Hy praat met die outoriteit wat Sy Vader Hom gegee het. Hoor dus wat Hy sê :

Daarop sê Jesus vir hulle: Pas op en wees op julle hoede vir die suurdeeg van die Fariseërs en Sadduseërs.(Matt 16:6)

Continue reading “Moderne Fariseërs en Sadduseërs Deel 1”

Christen jou Vyand is nie ‘n Lam nie maar ‘n Leeu

Thomas Brooks skryf in 1659 (vry vertaal uit “The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod” of “The silent Soul with Sovereign Antidates”) na aanleiding van 1 Petrus 5:8

Die duiwel is nie ‘n lam nie – maar ‘n leeu.
Nie ‘n slapende leeu nie – maar ‘n brullende leeu. Nie ‘n stilstaande leeu nie – maar ‘n rondlopende leeu opsoek om te verslind.
Hy is nie tevrede met die prooi wat hy reeds besit nie maar is onrustig in sy voorneme om die hel te vul met veroordeelde siele.

Satan kom nooit kort aan

‘n appel vir ‘n Eva,
of ‘n druiwekorrel vir ‘n Noag,
of ‘n klerevervanging vir ‘n Gehasi,
of ‘n stafie goud vir ‘n Agan,
of ‘n kroon vir ‘n Absalom,
of ‘n sak silwer vir ‘n Judas,
of ‘n wêreld vir ‘n Demas nie.

As jy kyk na een geselskap sal jy vind dat Satan sy lekkernye uitdeel volgens elke smaak. By ‘n ander groep sal jy vind dat hy ‘n veter het vir elke skoen en by ‘n derde groep dat hy ‘n kledingstuk het vir elke rug.

Hier met Jael lok hy ‘n arme siel in met melk en vermoor hom met ‘n spyker.
Daar met Joab omhels hy hom met een hand en deursteek hom met die ander.
Hier met Judas, soen hy en verraai.
En daar met die hoer van Babilon bied hy ‘n goue beker aan – met gif daarin!

Bly op jou hoede! Kyk uit vir jou groot vyand, die duiwel. Hy loop rond soos ‘n brullende leeu, en soek wie hy kan verslind!. (1 Petrus 5:8)

Maar oppas, selfs in kerklike kringe verskyn hy dikwels as ‘n wolf in skaapsklere – Wees op jou hoede!

Waarom Geen Bekerings

440px-Ds_Andrew_Murray_Elliott-versamelingWaarom geen Bekerings verskyn in 1898  uit die pen van Andrew Murray. Dit is 38 jaar na die herlewing in die Kaap en teen die tyd was daar weer algemene vervlakking in die gesondheid van die Kerke.

Hier is my baie kort opsomming van hierdie boekie met die bede dat die Here dit mag gebruik in die huidige gebrek aan egte outentieke bekerings in alle kerke in Suid Afrika.

Continue reading “Waarom Geen Bekerings”

The Work of the Pastor is to Feed the Sheep

work of the pastorHere follows the first chapter of the book “The Work of the Pastor” written by William Still. This chapter is also freely available on the Internet as an advertisement to buy the book. Well it is worth buying the book for the rest of the chapters (just google it). I ordered my copies through Christian Book Discounters in Rosebank Johannesburg (Christian Book Discounters)

Chapter One – Feed My Sheep

The Pastor
Before we look at the work of the pastor we must look at the pastor himself. The pastor by definition is a shepherd, the under-shepherd of the flock of God. His primary task is to feed the flock by leading them to green pastures. He also has to care for them when they are sick or hurt, and seek them when they go astray. The importance of the pastor depends on the value of the sheep.
Continue reading “The Work of the Pastor is to Feed the Sheep”

Introduction to The work of the pastor

Sinclair Ferguson once said “Every Pastor should read this book at least once a year” If you wonder why, then read what Thabiti Anyabwile have to say about his experience below. In this post I will post the introduction to this book written by William Still, and in the next post, the First chapter of the book which is also freely available on the Internet as an advertisement to buy the book.  After that then go ahead and order the book from Focus publishers.

This is what Thabiti Anyabwile said:

On the plane ride to the New Life Bible Conference, I began reading William Still’s The Work of the Pastor.  I’ve had the book for a few years, but had yet to pick it up.  In recent conversations with some pastor friends, I was strongly encouraged to take up and read.  And boy am I glad I did!

Continue reading “Introduction to The work of the pastor”

Gay Marriage – what is it all about?

Insights on this issue

excerpt from a blogpost of David Murray

http://headhearthand.org/blog/2015/06/08/gay-marriage-is-not-about-gay-marriage-2/

“Gay marriage is not primarily about gay marriage; it’s mainly about silencing gay consciences.

Why is this state-sanctioned validation, empathy, acceptance, acknowledgment and approval so important to gay marriage campaigners? Why is it far more important than actually being allowed to marry? Continue reading “Gay Marriage – what is it all about?”

The cross and the world – what is the Gospel?

Author: Martin Holdt
This is the second part of the sermon, which is transcribed, delivered by Rev Martin Holdt, entitled, The cross and the world.

What is the gospel? It is what God has done in Christ. It is called by the apostle Paul “justification”. Just so that you can understand where we are at, because I don’t think that all of you have got this sorted out. Please allow me in as simple terms as possible to tell you.

Years ago I had a phone call from a lady I did not know. She said on the telephone: “Do you preach the doctrine of justification?” What a strange question, on the telephone, from a woman. So I said, just tell me why do you ask? She said: “Come and see me.” I did. Continue reading “The cross and the world – what is the Gospel?”