Reviving the Church of ACT's
This passionate desire to be in relationship with the Lord resulted in ACTS of obedient love.
Jesus said if you love Me, you will obey Me".
But for obedient love to transpire out of a relationship we first need to come in AGREEMENT with God's perfect Word (Jesus Christ is the Word that became flesh), then we need to COMMIT ourselves to walk in obedience to the Word of God as we place our TRUST in the Word and the fulfilment thereof.
Submission to God and His Word is the act of obedience.
The Olive Press
Sharing His Love through the Olive Press
Carpentry, as any other gift, is an ability we received from God, for creativity is one of God's attributes. The ability to share is something we learned through the example of love around us. We received God's love through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ, and now we can share His love through sharing what we received.
Sustainable lifestyle farming.
(Father's Store House)
The Lord blessed us with a small farm where we venture into a sustainable lifestyle farming as we place our trust in God and His ability.
We believe the Lord gave us the opportunity, and we willingly took hold of it, looking not at our own inability but at the Lord and His ability.
Building on the foundation that was laid for us.
Wellness is based on a healthy relationship with our Father in Heaven trusting Him for the fulfilment of His promises for us in our relationship with people and ourselves.
Always thanking and praising Him for our inheritance in Jesus Christ.
Always thanking and praising Him for our inheritance in Jesus Christ.
What do we believe
Shouldn’t we make the Christianity of Acts our goal?
Apart from my salvation I am most grateful to the Lord for taking me into the mission field so soon after I was born again.
I experienced that the things we read about in the book of Acts are still happening.
I actually was changed from being a nominal Christian, who was not very far from being a heathen, to a Bible believing, Spirit filled, moving in the gifts of the Spirit believer in a matter of 7 months.
Nobody told me that God does not speak to ordinary believers – God spoke to me, not because I was in any way special, but because I needed to hear Him to be able to do what I was up against.
Nobody told me that He does not use ordinary believers to heal people and deliver people from the power of the devil.
I was confronted with the reality of a blind man or demonised person.
I had to ask myself what did Jesus do and trust the Holy Spirit to do it.
I was so aware of my own inability that I knew that I was simply the instrument—I was totally dependant on the Holy Spirit.
Nobody told me that I should wait until I have been a Christian for a longer time before certain kinds of experiences will come my way.
I knew so little about being a Christian that I accepted everything I was reading in the Bible as the way things should be. I never knew a watered down Christianity.
I was pushed into the deep end of the swimming pool and all I could do was swim.
Jesus told His disciples in Mark 16:15-18 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Verse 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
I thank God that I never had the time to doubt these words, it was shown to be true…when you experience something nobody can convince you that it cannot happen.
Why am I telling you these things?
Because we modern day Christians often have a problem with the unreal Bible.
We do not read the Bible as if it was written for us. We read it thinking those were special people and special circumstances.
We do not expect the things that happened to the great men and women of God to be applicable to us.
When we read that Jesus said in John 14:12, Most assuredly, 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 My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
We limit not only ourselves but we limit God. All these supernatural acts of the Holy Spirit brings glory to God.
God has a purpose with His Church – we are the Church.
We have to make up our minds about what Gods plan with His church is.
Has his plans changed since the book of Acts?
Has He changed? Heb.13:8 says; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Acts is the only Biblical example of Church.
Can we accept that the book of acts represent normal Christianity?
The experience of many Christians make them believe that the Christianity of Acts was not normal.
When we read the book of Acts, also called the acts of the Apostles, we should actually call it The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles.
Jesus promised that when the HS comes he will teach, remind, testify, guide and show them everything they need to know, and this is what happened.
John 16:13 When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…. He will glorify Me,. John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.
That is what we see happened in Acts. But again, has anything regarding God’s plan with His Church changed?
If Acts represent abnormal Christianity compared to the present state of the church, wouldn’t we be better off to choose the abnormal?
Acts is the only scriptural witness teaching us about life in God. Shouldn’t we make the Christianity of Acts our goal?
Jesus also promised that when Holy Spirit comes upon them they will receive power
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The word ‘witness’ is not a verb = something we do, but a noun = something we are.
It is easier to go and tell than it is to live as a witness… the Western mindset is to do things, not to be something.
Every believer is a witness. We are witnesses everywhere we go. In Acts the apostles went out to various other countries and cities, but God added new believers every day.
Who witnessed to them? Those who became believers.
What were the lives of those 1st century Christians like?
What were the things they focussed on?
Acts 2: 41-43 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles….and …verse 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved
God added…..the ordinary Christian’s lives drew people to Christ.
The first Church was not perfect, but they were noticeably different from the world. They were concerned with the right things.
We need to view life from a Biblical worldview and not from a secular worldview.
We need to know what God says about issues and we need to know what we believe and why.
Being a witness for Christ is to reveal Him to the world. We should have the same attitude as He had. Our attitude dictates our behaviour.
These Christians were characterized by their gladness and their praise of God. They were filled with the joy of knowing God.
They had a deep sense of awe about God’s power and the realization that He was amongst them because of the wonders and signs they regularly witnessed.
God was real to them. Is God real to us?
We read or hear about things God does on mission fields, how He protects and guides people, but do we expect those things to happen amongst us.
Something else that was a characteristic of the Church in Acts was that they were ‘in one accord’. They broke bread from house to house. They shared everything. They were united. Jesus said: John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
They also were united in a common goal. They knew they were called for a purpose.
They were a praying people.
Sharing His Love
Someone asked me once, what does it mean to be born again? Well in order to be born again we first need to die to ourselves and our own ideas. It seems simple but when I consider my own testimony I must admit, that it happened in a way that I could not have planned or considered in my own mind.
But today I can say without any doubt that to be born again is a process of dying, until you can clearly see what God have been trying to tell us all along. That He is in control and that He created us and desire a relationship with us, and that is why He sent His only Son into this world so that we can come to know Him. As it is said in John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Today I know that from before I knew the Lord, He called on me, as He is calling on all of us. It all began with a message from my mother, she said that a friend told her that the Lord gave her a message for me. This message from God's Word was Isaiah 45:1-7, as I received the message, I focussed on the part that said I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel"
As I focussed on the treasures and hidden riches from a worldly perspective, God in His perfect love had His eyes focussed on me, refering to the part in Isaiah 45 that said "I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:
Again in considering that the Word of God will not return void, I should have known what is going to happen but like many of us, I believed that I am in control of my own life. But God's plan started to come in fulfilment although I was totally unaware of it
Some time after I received the message from my mother, I visited her on the mission base, called Alabanza in Pretoria. At that time there were a mission conference and they invited me to attend the conference. But since I did not have any interest in the work of God or any religious afairs, I declined the invitation. They however in missionary zeal, insisted until I agreed based om my own terms. I said that I will watch from the door so that I have the freedom to go if I wish to
As I stood in the door one of the missionaries came out and said to me that the Lord told him to pull me out of the hole I am in. Without considering what he said, I submitted to his request. I put my cigarette on the ground and told him that he can pull, without expecting anything. He pulled me just by the hand for only 2 steps, and said to me that is all, ;for me it was as I expected, nothing. I picked up my cigarette and continue as if nothing happend.
But while driving in my car, after I left, I started thinking of sharing the love of Jesus through the gift of a blanket. This thought came to me without me thinking of God or even going to church, I could not understand it, but the thought continued to the extend that I thought of putting a label on the blanket with a Bible verse.
Since I did not want anything to do with the church or evangelism, I decided to tell my mother so that they can use it in their mission for the Lord. As I told my mother about the idea that came up, she simply replied:, "he who has the vision have the mission." , but I did not consider it as a mission at that time.
The Lord however did not leave me, and continued to speak to me concerning the vision of sharing His love through the gift of a blanket. I realised that I needed to find out more about the Lord in order for me to understand what was going on. The Lord knew us from before the foundation of the earth, He knew that I would seek more information concerning Him.
Again I went to visit my mother on the mission base, with the intention to find out more about the Lord. I however did not want to read the Bible, so my mother gave me a book called "Foundational Truths of Christian Living" by Derick Prince.
As I read through the book, I came to a part where the writer said that the Lord sent us His Son so that whoever believe in Him could be set free from the bondage of sin and receive the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. This was the answer to my question, for I have been told that I am a sinner but never how to be saved from sin.
After the mentioned "revelation" I wanted to know how it worked. Dini took the Bible and read Romans 10:9-11 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture said, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed"
They then explained to me that if I wanted what was promised, I should just asked the Lord in prayer to forgive me, and confess that I believe in Jesus as my Saviour and the Son of the Living God.
After I prayed, Dini said that I could ask the Lord for two things. I asked for true love and purpose for my life.
Well as said, God always fulfils what He promises, the sharing of His love as God explained to me even from before I knew Him, became my purpose. I not only surrendered my life unto the Lord, but a few months later the Lord asked me a question in this way, "I gave my life for you, are you willing to give your life for Me'. After 3 days, I said yes. I resigned my job and started working fulltime for the Lord, ;serving on the Alabanza mission base.
I now realised that by sharing His love, the Lord first wanted to show me what is the meaning of true love. True love starts with giving and not receiving. I believe it is based on the fact that the more you share the love of Christ the more you receive His love flowing through you! Therefor the one giving is more blessed than the one receiving.