And so as we near the end of our study of Hebrews we turn back in time to consider Ecclesiastes, likely the work of Solomon, king of Israel 970 BC. Ecclesiastes is a book of perspective. The narrative of “the Preacher” reveals the depression that inevitably results from seeking happiness in worldly things. This book gives us a chance to see the world through the eyes of a person who, though very wise, is trying to find meaning in temporary things. Most every form of worldly pleasure is explored by the Preacher, and none of it gives him a sense of meaning.
In the end, the Preacher comes to accept that faith in God is the only way to find personal meaning. He decides to accept the fact that life is brief and ultimately worthless without God. The Preacher advises the reader to focus on an eternal God instead of temporary pleasure.
We've just begun reading our next book, Knowing God, a classic by J. I. Packer, his best-known work, having sold over 1,000,000 copies in North America alone. First published in 1973, and has been reprinted several times. In 2006, the influential evangelical magazine Christianity Today listed it as 5th on their list of "The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals". In the book, Packer explores the character of God as revealed in the Bible, and correct Christian responses to it, with chapters on such topics as God's love, grace, majesty and wrath.
"Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord." - J. I. Packer.
Books we've completed since 2015:
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 email@example.com
We're currently reading through 'The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert' by Rosaria Butterfield. We meet monthly at one of the ladies homes for tea and discussion. Contact Michelle or Vasti for more.
Here's an interview with Rosaria:
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th Jan.
Cost: R30 for light lunch provided.
Welcome and Introduction: 9:30-9:45
Dr Gideon Beukes 9:45-11:00 - How Christians have understood Revelation
Bradley Trout: 11:15-12:30 - Insights from the Original Language
Lunch break: 12:45-13:30
Dr Paul Hartwig 13:45-15:00 - The Big Question: When?
Pieter Pienaar: 15:15-16:30 - Revelation, Pastor & Church
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.
We are grateful to the Lord for His provision!