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Ontvang die ewige lewe – Handelinge 13:42-52

My eerste herinnering van die kerk was in die pastorie van ‘n predikant. Ek was afwesig toe die sertifikate vir die eerste jaar Sondagskool by die kerk uitgedeel is. Daarvan onthou ek nie veel nie. Maar, my ma het my gestuur om my sertifikaat te gaan haal by ds Leuvenink in die pastorie op Vredendal. Alleen. Net ses jaar oud. Ek onthou die huiwering by die hekkie; die ontsag wat sy lengte by my ingeboesem het toe hy die deur oopmaak; die gasvryheid van die koeldrank wat hy vir my ingeskink het; die blywende indruk toe ek in die stofstraat terug gestap het: dit is hoe dit moet wees om in God se teenwoordigheid te wees.

Ek sou daarna baie ander ervarings in die kerk hê, ‘n pad stap met wonderlike predikante – di MC Steyn, Jaap Weideman, André Strydom – en wonderlike kategete, en wonderlike lidmate. Maar, daardie eerste ervaring bly my by.

Ek wonder wat was jou eerste ervaring van die kerk? Hoe was dit is? Watter mense het ‘n rol gespeel? Hoe is dit vandag? Wat beteken die kerk vir jou?

Kom ons luister in Handelinge 13  na die mense van Antiogië (Pisidië – Turkye) se eerste ervaring van die kerk. Toe die Here almal wat vir die ewige lewe bestem was deur die prediking van Paulus en Barnabas tot geloof gebring het.

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Luister na Lasarus en die ryk man – Lukas 16:19-31

Die wêreldbevolking het in 2016 gestaan op 7,5 miljard mense (7,7 in September 2019).

‘n Paar stukkies interessante statistiek. As die wêreld 100 MENSE was:

  • Dan sou 25 kinders wees.
  • Daar sou 75 volwassenes wees,
  • Van wie nege 65 jaar en ouer sou wees.

Daar sou die volgende groepe wees:

  • 60 Asiërs
  • 16 Afrikane
  • 14 mense uit die Amerikas
  • 10 Europeërs

Daar sou die volgende aantal gelowiges wees:

  • 31 Christene
  • 23 Moslems
  • 16 mense wat geen godsdiens aanhang nie
  • 15 Hindoes
  • 7 Boeddhiste
  • 8 mense wat ander godsdienste beoefen

Daar is baie dinge wat goed gaan in die wêreld. Daar het groot verbeteringe tussen 2006 en 2016 vir mense gekom.

Byvoorbeeld:

  • Daar sou volgens die skaal van 100 mense in 2006 slegs een persoon uit die 100 mense wees wat ‘n universiteitsopleiding gehad het. In 2016 het die getal tot sewe aangegroei. Dit is vandag waarskynlik nog hoër.

En die voorsiening van huisvesting is redelik goed:

  • 78 mense uit die 100 het ‘n plek om hulle te beskerm van die wind en die reën.
  • Maar, dit beteken dat 22 mense in die wêreld nie ‘n dak oor hulle kop het nie.

Die ontstellende statistiek is egter vir my dat uit die 100 mense:

  • Sou een vandag sterf van honger
  • 11 sou vandag ondervoed wees
  • En 22 sou vandag oorgewig wees

En dit is hierdie laaste stukkie statistiek wat steeds kommer wek. 12 mense het nie genoeg om van te lewe uit elke 100 mense nie. 12% van die wêreldbevolking.

Dit is die eerste hoek vanwaar ons die verhaal van Lasarus en die ryk man moet lees, die teks vir vandag, Lukas 16:19-31. Ons lees die gelykenis uit die hoek van nood.

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Persevering despite the temptations of pleasure or pain

Walter Mischel

Walter Mischel conducted an experiment with four-year-olds in the 1970s. He left a four-year-old alone in a room with a marshmallow and a bell. If the child rings the bell, Walter returns immediately, and the child eats the marshmallow. If the little one can wait for Walter to come back of his own choice, he or she will get an extra sweet.

In videos from the experiment, you can see the kids wriggle, squirm, swing their legs, close their eyes, and sit on their hands. They are desperate to apply restraint. They usually really want to wait to get two sweets. Their actions differed greatly. Some could not hold out and rang the bell within a minute. Others could hold out for up to 15 minutes.

The children’s further development was followed by the researcher. Those who could wait longer scored higher points at school. They gained access to better educational institutions and accomplish more as adults. The children who rang the bell the soonest were prone to a higher percentage of bullying. Ten years later, they were rated poorer by parents and teachers, and by age 32 were more likely to have drug-related problems.

Walter Mischel’s conclusion was that children should learn that it is better to work, prepare and sacrifice for the future, rather than living for immediate satisfaction of needs. The future is more important than one might realize in the heat of the moment.

This is also true of spiritual life as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.

I would like us to listen to Paul’s take on temptations. And to learn from him how waiting for God’s promise provide the way of escape from temptations. That is the only sure way to persevere in faith.

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Bid dat ons getrou sal bly – Matteus 6:11-13

Wat bid ons met die sesde bede van die Ons Vader?

In die uitleg van die Heidelbergse Kategismus 127 erken ons daarmee:

  • Ons is in onsself so swak dat ons nie een oomblik staande kan bly nie (Joh 15:5; Ps 103:14).
  • Daarby hou ons doodsvyande, die duiwel (1 Pet 5:8; Ef 6:12), die wêreld (Joh 15:19) en ons eie sondige natuur (Rom 7:23; Gal 5:17), nie op om ons aan te val nie.

Ons vra daarmee:

  • Wil U ons tog deur die krag van u Heilige Gees staande hou en versterk,
  • sodat ons teen hulle sterk teenstand kan bied en
  • in hierdie geestelik stryd nie beswyk (Matt 26:41; Mark 13:33) nie,
  • totdat ons eindelik die oorwinning volkome behaal (1 Tess 3:13; 5:23).”

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Persevering despite the temptations of pleasure or pain – Sunday 18:30

Walter Mischel conducted an experiment with four-year-olds in the 1970s. He left a four-year-old alone in a room with a marshmallow and a bell. If the child rings the bell, Walter returns immediately, and the child eats the marshmallow. If the little one can wait for Walter to come back of his own choice, he or she will get an extra sweet.

In videos from the experiment, you can see the kids wriggle, squirm, swing their legs, close their eyes, and sit on their hands. They are desperate to apply restraint. They usually really want to wait to get two sweets. Their actions differed greatly. Some could not hold out, and rang the bell within a minute. Others could hold out for up to 15 minutes.

The children’s further development was followed by the researcher. Those who could wait longer scored higher points at school. They gained access to better educational institutions, and accomplish more as adults. The children who rang the bell the soonest were prone to a higher percentage of bullying. Ten years later, they were rated poorer by parents and teachers, and by age 32 were more likely to have drug-related problems.

Walter Mischel’s conclusion was that children should learn that it is better to work, prepare and sacrifice for the future, rather than living for immediate satisfaction of needs. The future is more important than one might realize in the heat of the moment.

This is also true of spiritual life as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.

Join us Sunday evening 18:30 for Paul’s take on temptations. And how waiting for God’s promise to provide a way of escape from temptations is the only sure way to persevere in faith.

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Kommentaar en navrae

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    Willem Wiid

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    Ek is opsoek na verlede Sondag (20/10/2019) se liturgie. Kry dit ongelukkig nie opgespoor nie. Kry ook nie die afkondigings nie

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    Riana Carstens

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    Dankie!!!!!! N insiggewende opbouende preek wat die “Goeie nuus” boodskàp ook bevat. Baie baie dankie.

    Riana

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    Rene De Lange

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    Ek is opsoek na n woonstelmaat vir 2020. Overbaakens kompleks naby Moffitt on main
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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Pieter

    Jy kan uiteraard lees wat ek self oor Romeine en Efesiërs geskryf het:

    Maar, as jy ‘n bietjie dieper wil delf, kan jy kyk na die volgende bronne:

    • Faithlife Study Bible (korter kommentaar oor die hele Bybel)
    • NET Bible (kort tekstuele kommentaar oor die hele Bybel – gratis op YouVersion se Bible app)
    • Scripture Direct (uitstekende woordverklarings oor die hele NT – gratis as app)
    • Keener, C. S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Second Edition). IVP Academic. 2014.
    • Vosloo, W., & van Rensburg, F. J. Die Bybel in Praktyk (Nuwe Vertaling). Vereeniging: Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy. 1993
    • Van Zyl, A. H.. Die Bybel verklaar: 1983-vertaling. Kaapstad: Lux Verbi. 1993

    Dan is daar natuurlik volbloed kommentare.
    Op Romeine:

    Op Efesiërs:

    • Lincoln, Andrew T. Ephesians WBC 1990
    • Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians NICNT
      1984
    • Foulkes, Francis Ephesians TNTC 1989
    • Stott, John R. W. The Message of Ephesians BST 1991
    • Fowl, S. E. Ephesians: A Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press 2012
    • Roberts, J. H. Die brief aan die Efesiers. N G Kerk-Uitgewers. 1990
    • William Barclay http://www.dannychesnut.com/Bible/Barclay/Galatians%20and%20Ephesians.htm