Join us for 'Playdate' a casual atmosphere for moms, dads, grannies and nannies to have a cup of tea, chat and play with their child in our kids facilities, with age appropriate crafts and games. English and Afrikaans. Contact Vasti Pienaar firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming seminar on the prophet Isaiah, to be held at Mowbray Baptist Church, 20 February, booking essential. More details below.
This excellent and timely series was preached by Pastor Pieter Pienaar in response to the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa's decision in October 2015 to approve same-sex unions and the ordination of homosexual ministers without the requirement of celibacy. Accompanying each sermon is a short video introduction providing some context and intended to be watched first.
Upcoming seminar on the Gospel of Mark, featuring our own Dr Paul Hartwig. Held at Connect Church in Meadowridge, 1st August, booking essential. More details below.
Many thanks once again to all who made the Revelation Seminar possible. As promised, here's our speakers recommended reading list arranged according to difficulty. If you're just starting out, remember: Revelation, like the rest of Scripture, is all about Christ!
JUST STARTING OUT:
The ESV Study Bible by Crossway
Includes a 10 page introduction to Revelation and verse by verse commentary. A great resource for the whole Bible.
How to Read the Bible For All its Worth by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
This is very readable and a good introduction to the basic principles for understanding Revelation. If you've never read Revelation or other books dealing with Revelation, start here.
The Returning King by Vern Poythress
This book is an easy introduction to the book of Revelation, written in a simple, even humorous style. Best of all: it is available for FREE on his website: http://www.frame-poythress.org/ebooks/the-returning-king/
The Message of Revelation by Michael Wilcock (BST Series)
Wilcock gives us a very accessible commentary on the whole of Revelation which deals openly and honestly with the difficulties and differences. This is a good guide to anyone who is attempting Revelation seriously for the first time.
Revelation: the Spirit speaks to the churches by James Hamilton
A slightly thicker volume compared to Wilcock, but it is very accessible and helpful. Each chapter focusses on a new section of Revelation and is written in the form of a sermon - which might frustrate some more serious readers, but will help those starting out.
The Book of Revelation (NIGTC Series) by G.K. Beale
Beale's commentary on Revelation is grounded in the Old Testament and will challenge and inform. It is a larger and more detailed volume that will probably interest students and pastors more.
The Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Bauckham
The Theology of the book of Revelation is a goldmine of insights into the book . Readers are richly rewarded with insights on how the original listeners of the Revelation letter would have been impacted by the book. This is not a commentary.
Revelation: Four Views by Steve Gregg
A Parallel Commentary covers the traditional views in an even-handed fashion. Four parallel columns present the information you need on these key views, and inform you about outstanding commentators on the book of Revelation. No other book gives such extensive coverage of how the church has understood Revelation over the centuries.
Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael Gorman
Gorman writes with a very informal style, which makes the book an easy read. What makes the book useful is Gorman insistence that the book be taken for what it is: a Revelation of Jesus Christ which should have a profound impact on how we live. Not recommend as a first read, but to those preaching through Revelation it might just help to keep the main thing the main thing: the Lamb who was slain.
The Book of Revelation (NICNT series) by Robert H Mounce
Clear and very comprehensive commentary. He interacts with the traditional interpretations very well, so that the reader gets acquainted with the landscape of diversity in interpretation.
For those who were challenged by Bradley Trout's Greek insights, have a look at 'Basics of Biblical Greek' by William Mounce.
Courses available online at: https://www.teknia.com/classes
Though the book of Revelation appears last in our Bibles, it is sadly first in being the most abused book in that divine library. It is often loved for all the wrong reasons, with readers divided between those who never bother to venture into the book and those who never care to get out of it. Yet it remains a very important book for the church today and God has placed it in our personal Bibles in order to be read, understood and obeyed.
YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR SATURDAY SEMINAR, open for anyone who wants to get to grips with the meaning of this book given to the church in the first century. The format will include both individual presentations and discussion. Speakers: Dr Paul Hartwig (host) with Bradley Trout (pastor), Dr Gideon Beukes (lecturer) and Pieter Pienaar (pastor).
WHEN / WHERE:
31st Jan 2015 at Strand Baptist, 121 Church Street Strand, 09:30am-16:30pm.
RSVP Heather email@example.com by the 28th Jan.
R30 for light lunch provided.
PROGRAM FOR THE DAY:
Hope you can join us!
We are pleased to announce that PIETER PIENAAR will be inducted as the new Pastor of Strand Baptist Church this Sunday (5th October 2014 @ 9:30 am). Tea / coffee and treats will be served afterwards.
The following Saturday (11th October) between 1:00 and 3:00pm, we will be gathering together in the church hall for a light lunch to welcome Pastor Pienaar and family to SBC.
Please diarise these days and times. All welcome to attend.
Grateful to the Lord for His provision!
Dear Strand Baptist and friends
I do hope that you are all enjoying some down-time with your family during this season. What a grace it is that many of us do not have to go into work but can rather leisurely enjoy ourselves at home. No matter what many say about 'Christmas', it is still a season of blessing to so many. Long may it last!
As many of you may be expecting, this is my last Pastor's Weekly. This is because this coming Sunday will be my last Sunday as pastor of Strand Baptist Church - and you are all invited to attend as I take my leave as pastor of SBC (9:30am -). Starting from January, I will be taking up a lecturing position at the Cape Town Baptist Seminary. So for us this is a very significant season of transition. Regarding our whereabouts, Heather and I will be staying in our home in the Strand at present and I will be commuting into Cape Town. From living right next door to my work to now working 35 km away from home is rather different, but the travelling is still worth while for us, since we love our home, church and location. Yet we are not our own and we look to our Lord to lead and guide us forward.
As mentioned, the Pastor's Weeklies will not be continuing. However I will probably still be writing some similar weekly reflections of some sort. If you are interested in still receiving something from me ('Paul's Pondering' ?, not sure yet what I will call it), please would you let me know via email. Just say something like: please include me in your future reflections. If you do not do this I will not be putting you on the new mailing list. I also need to let you know that I now have my own website, which is very much in embryo at present. It is aimed at hosting some of my thoughts & reflections in general. It will also be a resource for my students at the Seminary. See www.logia.co.za.
Well, what can I say about my Pastor's Weekly? I think it fitting to mention to you what I said in my first Pastor's Weekly (the message is pasted below in its entirety). The date is lost on me, but it was written somewhere at the end of 2010 (ps, thanks to Ann in the SBC office who has faithfully printed and documented all 80 of these pastoral emails). That first email was about crafting a personal life-motto that could encapsulate the motive of one's life. This is important for as Christians we are called to live for something greater than our own survival. My crafted motto was "One for all, and all for One", as per 2 Cor 5:14-15. In that text the wise apostle reasons that since Christ died for all, we are called to live for Him. Since He has redeemed us from eternal death we are eternally obligated to Him and should respond by letting the short little current of our ebbing life flow out and spend itself on the Person of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So after 3 years of my emails would you not join me is saying "Yes" to Christ, and through all our failures, weaknesses and times of stubbornness and through all that you have experienced in the passage of time, by His sheer mercy, let us continue to direct our life's flow into the Alpha and Omega of all things. There is no other besides Him!
May Jesus ever be the joy and hope of your soul.
In that Name,
Hello SBC and friends
On Friday morning, all South Africans awoke to the not-so-unexpected-news of the death of the first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. In this one man the political hopes and ideals of millions of South Africans have converged and found an articulate expression. Not only nationally, but also globally, Madiba has been the icon for the ideals of much of the Western World: political freedom and personal equality for every citizen, regardless of gender, race and religion. Thus the flood of a public and deeply felt sympathy that we witnessed today is truly fitting for all that he stood for in this painful yet beloved country of ours. Only the most hardened can not offer up a heartfelt prayer to God for giving the country such a leader at her most important hour. I hope you have done that already.
As Christians we know that the real problem remains and that Mandela has not been able to accomplish the ideals for which he stood for. New laws can be in place (as needed as they are) and a new South African anthem and flag can carry high in the sky our deepest longings for this country yet without the root problem being eradicated. Let me remind you again that what we will always need is not a new South Africa but new South Africans. Neither Mandela nor any man can do. We are all aware that the great gains ushered in in the 1990's have also been accompanied by newer problems. Sexual and violent crime now characterizes our society, and though racial segregation is outlawed infant-murder (abortion) is legislated in the new South Africa . So in one very real sense the sins of the country are as ever present with us though their appearance has changed.
This reality that we daily face reminds us that Mandela is not Messiah. We are led to ask then: who then will truly bring lasting and effectual moral change to South Africans? Well, there one:
So as we pause today and reflect upon the life of Mandela, let us give thanks to God for giving us such a leader to inaugurate the new era in the history of South Africa. But let us also remember the limited and small place that he plays in the things that ultimately matter. Let us remember that Mandela was not able to give us what we need most. Only in the Christ of God will all our deepest and dearest longings find rest and fulfillment. We 'honour the king' as the apostle Peter told us to do in his first letter, but we also declare with him to the Crucified One who was rejected of men: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God".