In the 1970s Hennie Keyter was an angry young man, fresh out of military service for the apartheid government of South Africa, unsure of his path in life and deeply uneasy about his faith. When God revealed to him that He had a purpose for him and a calling on his life, at first Hennie was not ready to hear it.Read More
British worship leader and singer/songwriter Jake Isaac will be in Johannesburg from 7 February – 13 February 2014. Jake is an active leader in his local church, Christian Life Fellowship back in Greenwich and has been married just over three years to his wife, Tinu. After releasing his album in 2005, For More of You, Jake has recorded two live albums and written songs with Dove & Grammy award winning Martin Smith of Delirious.
More recently, Jake was involved in leading worship at Worship Central 2013 along with Brian & Jenn Johnson, Tim Hughes & Matt Redman etc.
Jake is going to be a fantastic gift to us as he has a real heart for his generation both in the church and outside the church, and he believes that he is called to really inspire this generation of Christians to have a heart for the kingdom of God and the souls waiting to be won.
Here is a video of one of Jake’s original songs:
He is doing a tour through various churches around the city, along with training and several events at New Covenant Church Bryanston (NCCB). Please RSVP for the worship training time at NCCB on Saturday 8 February. Call 011-704-3051 or email email@example.com.
Here is his schedule at NCCB:
• 07 Feb – YBF Youth / 7pm-9:30pm
• 08 Feb – NCCB (Worship Training) / 10am-1pm
• 09 Feb – NCCB / 9am – 10:30am
• 13 Feb – NCCB / 7pm – 9:30pm
See here for more information.
He’ll also be at these churches in the coming weeks:
Saturday 8 Feb – Cosmo City Church / 3:30PM – 5PM
Monday 10 Feb – Fourways Community Church (FCC) / 7PM – 9:30PM
Tuesday 11 Feb – Cornerstone Bedfordview / 7PM – 9:30PM
Wednesday 12 Feb – newDAY Edenvale / 7PM – 9:30PM
Thursday 13 Feb – NCCB / 7PM – 9:30PM
The Connect Camp is happening from Tuesday, 4 March (10AM) to Thursday, 6 March (12:30pm) at YFC Cyara.
We’re looking forward to a great time worshipping and hearing God together! The camp is an intentional time of connecting with each other and sharing what God is doing across our region. There will be times of teaching and envisioning, with lots of space for fun together. Please invite elders who may not be on the NCMI Connect mailing list.Read More
Download the recordings for the Looking Up Camp 2014Read More
by Grant Crawford – from Gauteng Connect on 24 October, 2013 at Fourways Crossing Church
3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
We can see here that Jude is encouraging us not to flow with the trends. He is saying that he was eager to write about other things, but first wants to outline what it is we should fight for. He then lists these things, saying that certain people have perverted grace, distorting the grace message for their own end. So we can do that and we must be careful with that and we must stand against that.
He then talks about those who “deny… Jesus Christ.” So we must preach Jesus! We must fight for that – fight for keeping Jesus as central!
5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed those who did not believe.
God is judge and we mustn’t mess with that. This is another truth we must contend for. Remember when Herod was eaten by worms? What was the point of that? Well, we can see that when you oppose God, you’re going to lose, and that God does kill people. The text doesn’t say that Herod slipped and died accidentally, but it says an angel of God killed him. (Acts 12:23.) Or remember what God did to Nebuchadnezzar, having him eat grass? Nebuchadnezzar was told to bow before the King of Kings. Herod was told to bow too when Peter was rescued from jail. God is the judge and we must fight for that truth.
8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.
Why do they get into sensuality and cause hassles in the Church? Why do they reject authority? Because they’re relying on dreams and fanciful thoughts instead of the Word. The Word is a rock and riverbed, you don’t mess with it. We must fight for this truth too.
But now let’s look at the conclusion here in Jude.
22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
Here’s what we’ve also got to fight for – snatching them out of the fire.
So we can see here that we fight for the preaching of Jesus; for God as judge; for the Word; and for the rescuing of people from the fire – we fight for the truth of grace.
So how do we do that?
I think that often merges into the question of style. We’re fighting for the rock of seeing people saved, but how that’s done varies in millions of different ways because God is infinitely creative and wise. He uses different ways to achieve this.
Some might say they don’t like this or that style and that’s fine, as long as we agree on this: that we are to be plucking them from the fire.
One of the styles God is using in the world today is the practice of having multiple sites of one church. I’ve been very reluctant to speak on this before because it usually only applies to a small percentage of an audience. Plus, we’re rookies in this thing – at NCF we’ve only been doing this for seven years, which is hardly a proven track record. And thirdly, the practice of planting sites fits under the element of style and therefore we can’t get dogmatic about it.
But I’ve been concerned about this because it seems to have become the in-vogue thing. I’ve often seen that if a church is struggling these days, the go-to solution is to hook up with a bigger church. Not that that’s wrong, but I’m concerned when it becomes the in-thing to do. Sometimes it works to get an emergency sorted out – for example, we took over a church because of an issue of immorality (there was also a solution of sending someone else but this was the better solution); or it can work when the guy leading a church ought not to be leading; so I’m not against this but I am saying that it’s often becoming the default solution, and as a result we need to comment on it with some degree of understanding and talk about it. My personal opinion is that this should be the last resort, not the default.
If we don’t speak about this then things can get clumsy and complicated and that will obscure Jesus, who is our focus. If you don’t understand your structures then you serve your structures rather than Jesus and the Gospel. So let’s clear the decks a little bit and keep Jesus the main thing and embrace what God is doing today.
I want to talk about these things:
1. Why would we do multi-site?
2. Its benefits
3. Its dangers
4. Signs that multi-site is not for you
1. Why would we do multi-site?
I started by quoting Jude because this is about style and also because there is only one reaso...Read More
The Looking Up Camp is happening on 8 – 11 January, 2014 at Church Unlimited Nelspruit. Cost is R300 excluding transport.
The media for the Looking Up Camp 2014 is now available so you can advertise it at your church.
Download all you need below. You can download the video directly from Vimeo.
Looking Up Camp 2014 Slide (16:9) – Download
Looking Up Camp 2014 Slide (4:3) – Download
Looking Up Camp 2014 Flyers (ready for printing) – Download
Looking Up Camp 2014 Posters (A3 ready for printing) – DownloadRead More
It was so wonderful seeing all the guys who came to our NCMI team time in North America in August. Many had huge testimonies of how God came through for them to get here! Plus the North American guys were enormously encouraged when they saw the international commitment to our region.
Getting out of our context and experiencing other places and cultures is often a fruitful adventure and we were all encouraged through that process. But even more so, the bigness of what God has called us to – and who He has called us to do it with – excites us! After these two weeks together, I am so tremendously encouraged!
During our time together, God spoke to us and encouraged us in many ways. He has shown us that the future that awaits us is huge! He is already in that future and we need to anticipate Him in this season.
There was also a fresh sense of pioneering and planting and relocating while we keep building and strengthening what we already have. Furthermore, there was a huge prophetic emphasis on the next generation and a real stirring in the Spirit to get back into those regions we had been working in in the past but stopped due to guys moving away from our partnering together. God wonderfully reminded us that our future is not wrapped up in a man but in Him! And He has not changed!
And more than all these things, the Holy Spirit kept bringing us back to Jesus as the center of it all!
God has really been so good to us. There is a real humility in our ranks and that’s been such a sign of our Father’s faithfulness. He has rescued us from ourselves. He has also created such a large capacity in our ranks by bringing in guys of all ages with all kinds of gifts. This is really a sign of God’s goodness!
We’re enjoying the evidence of God’s tangible and manifested presence in all our gatherings again. This is the kindness of our Father and proof that He is with us. You can’t manufacture that.
Furthermore, the biggest evidence in this season of His kindness is the doors that stand wide open to us today! He has gone way beyond all that we have asked or imagined! We truly are living the dream and our King Jesus continues to lead us on!
World Equip 2015
At the NCMI team time we spoke about our plans to host a World Equip in 2015 in South Africa. We’ve always hoped we could somehow get others to experience something of what we experience when we hear feedback of what God is doing. We also feel that we are stronger together and sometimes just need to do what’s necessary to be together.
I’ve been stirred over the past months by what it could look like if we bring everyone together to celebrate 35 years of God’s goodness; and also stir us on for the next 35 years!
I mentioned this to the team and they all felt we should do a World Equip and that it would play a wonderful part in catapulting us into our future. It’s also a very practical way for everyone to see and experience that they are part of something way bigger!
This is the first time we’re doing this and we don’t know if it will be a regular event. But we know that the time is right for us to go for it! Part of what we’re hoping to facilitate with the World Equip is that people that come from all over the world would use the opportunity, after the Equip, to minister and reach out into all the regions of Africa and be a blessing to that continent! We’re hosting it in South Africa as we believe, in our togetherness, that it’s the most likely place where we can host something like this and it’s the most viable option, financially, for everyone.
I’m hugely excited for this time! Keep loving Jesus and raving about Him!Read More
by Ryan Peter
We had such a fantastic and fruitful time on Sunday as we, as NCMI-partnering churches in Johannesburg, got together to pray for our wonderful city.
It was encouraging and challenging as God really worked on our hearts to love our city, in word and deed. The NCMI Gauteng Twitter feed outlines everything we prayed for and the challenges and encouragements that came our way. If you missed the evening, check out the tweets below (these are in chronological order) and you’ll get a good idea of what happened.