7 - 9 Oct 2003
From LTR: Rev du Preez, Rev Mcambi, Rev Mashighu
These days, the director of Trans World Radio (TWR), together with
two of his colleagues, visited KwaSizabantu Mission, and particularly, Doctors for Life
(DFL), to prepare programmes together with DFL to help AIDS victims.
- Rev du Preez took the service on Tuesday evening, 7 Oct.
John 15:1 - 8, "Abiding in Christ". There's 5 points of particular note in this
- Everything the vine has, belong to the branches. The
vine exists for the branches. Jesus came to earth, walked amongst us, was tempted without
sin, died, rose again, ascended and is set down at God's right hand, for us. He did it all
for us, so that He might succour a complete salvation (Hebr 4:14 - 16). The branches need
not worry about the complexity of how the nutrients, water, etc. get from the ground, up
the vine and into the branches. They only need to be connected to the vine, and all the
nutrition and sap flows into them.
- Everything of the branches belong to the vine. We live for Him and
His glory. We produce good fruit that the Father might be glorified. The quality of the
fruit we bear, reflect on the quality of the vine. If we do not bear good fruit, no one
will come (or desire to come) to Christ, the vine.
- The branches cannot do anything (bear fruit)
without the vine. The branches could never produce fruit on their own, no matter how hard
they try. If they are not connected to the life-giving sap of the vine, they wither and
die. It is the sap of the vine that gives them life and enables them to produce fruit.
- The vine cannot bear fruit, but through the
branches. Jesus chose to work through consecrated humans, surrendering all to Him, to
reveal His glory to the world.
- The branches are there to bear good fruit. That is the
reason for their existence. If they do not bear fruit, they are only to be cut off and
- Rev Mcambi, Wednesday evening, 8 Oct
1Chron 28:1 - 10, "To know God". David is an example of a wise, godly father.
His son, Solomon, was so excited to build the temple, but David knew that all the works
pale into insignificance compared to the one most important thing, that Solomon knows God.
Here he most solemnly instructs his son, before the people, to know God and serve Him with
all his heart.
- We must have a saving knowledge of God. It is one thing to
know about God, but quite something else to know Him. Many want to work for Him and
perform great exploits, but they do not know Him. They learn a lot about Him in
Theological seminaries, etc. and think that that qualifies them to work for Him, but they
miss the point completely. No, the first requirement is that you know Him personally.
- We must know God as holy (Is 6:3). We must be holy, as He
is holy (1Pet 1:15 - 16). Our whole conversation and walk must be different from the world
and the lukewarm. God expects our lives to be different, separated, that the beauty of
Jesus might be seen shining through our lives.
- We must know God with total consecration and devotion (Rom
12:1). In Mal 1:10, God commands the temple to be shut, because His people served Him
hypocritically with their lips, while their hearts departed from Him. Do you still
experience the sweetness of serving and knowing God? God searches the motives and intents
of the heart and of your service, and He will judge righteously. If you serve Him
wholeheartedly, and seek for Him with all your heart, He will be found of you, but if you
forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Many hear great preachers and men of God preach
day after day, and their hearts get hardened, and they start to calibrate preachers
against each other, but their lives are not changed. God will hold them accountable, and
unless they cry out to Him with all their heart, repent and forsake their sin, they will
be rejected forever.
- Rev Mashighu, Thursday evening, 9 Oct.
John 1:35 - 38, "Christ's disciples". Jesus called the disciples and trained
them to proclaim His Gospel across the world. He calls us to train us to become faithful
disciples of Him. We must be disciples that intercede for one another and work together in
God's vineyard. When we see one weak in the faith, it is our duty to save him from death.
Jesus sent out the disciples two by two, that they might strengthen and compliment each
other. Let us in the same way follow Jesus' example.