The Challenges of Change
Firstly before discussing anything else. My wife and I wish to gratefully thank the whole church for your demonstration of the Love of God towards us. The last week of August I believe should be regarded as one of the great highlights in the life of the Cornerstone Family Church. The week was packed with activity that glorified the Lord, from the Monday night Prayer meeting and continued throughout the whole week as we were privileged to sit under the ministries of different anointed Pastors.
The week was culminated with the Ordination of Pastor Linda Mtshali by our Group Leader Pastor Donovan Coetzee as the new Lead Pastor of this assembly, and the handing over the leadership of the church to him as my wife Eileen and I, stepped down after 40 years of full-time ministry, with the last 21 years of leading this church. We intend to remain at this church in the roles of being the “The Father and Mother” of the assembly, as long as the Lord gives us the health and strength to do so. Prior to the ordination Pastor Donovan gave a tremendous word of exhortation and encouragement to the church which was absolutely in line with all that had been previously said during the week of Celebration
This past week was without doubt a period of time that the Lord used to minister to the church regarding commitment, and our personal walk with Him. Every ministry content contained an individual and collective challenged to everyone in the church. There was no escaping that the Lord was speaking strongly and directly to the church.
1.Peter.4:17. ‘For the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God;and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the Gospel of God?
From the scripture quoted above from the writings of Peter an Apostle of Christ, that it is clear that he is indicating the any revival will always first start from within the church. There is no doubt that we need to apply the principles of reaching out to the many lost souls living in and around the immediate area in which the church is located. We can only do this by being obedient to the Lord as we apply the principle of both soul winning and establishing new believers. Matthew.28:18-20 and Mark.16: 20.
“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord “WORKING WITH “ them and “CONFIRMING THE WORD THROUGH THE ACCOMPANYING SIGNS”
Please note the sequence of this last verse, firstly there must be the sharing of God’s word with the unsaved, before there can be the signs and wonders that we all long to see happening amongst us. From my own experience I have heard and seen congregations praying for the Holy Spirit to move with miraculous signs and wonders in the church. Sadly the church in generally have missed the mark because it has neglected reaching out with the Gospel as the first priority Jesus mentioned. Until the church becomes infected with a spirit of Evangelism, there will be little or no “signs or wonders” taking place. To use an old saying “YOU CANNOT PUT THE HORSE BEFORE THE CART” It will be only when we apply the word of God as Jesus indicated that we will begin to see the miraculous taking place.
I personally believe with all my heart that the Lord does heal the physically sick as well as the soul. It is in His word that “We shall lay hands upon the sick and they shall recover” But look carefully at Luke.4:18-19, the very first clause Jesus says is “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR” It is only after that first statement, giving priority to preaching does He go on to list healing, recovery of sight to the blind, etc.
From the beginning of His public ministry at Nazareth, He clearly states soul winning is the number one reason for Him coming to the Earth. Addressing Nicodemus in John 3:1-21, Jesus first concern is for the man’s soul. John.4:4-30, again Jesus used the opportunity to introduce the woman of Samaria to eternal life in Him.
The church must get back to the first basic priority “SOUL WINNING” Then teaching new converts to become true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ as per Matthew.28:18-20.
Finally in closing, my wife Eileen and I again thank the church and all who worked so hard to make the Celebration Week an event to be remembered.
Bless you all, gratefully yours, Pastor Terry and Eileen Brinded