On 06 June 2021, District Elder Roderick Mosalisa conducted the central AVT Sunday morning divine service in Silvertown congregation. The divine service was conducted in English and interpreted into South African Sign Language (SASL) by Beryl Botha.
He was accompanied by Shepherd Gavin Van Der Hoven and the local ministers from the congregation. This divine service was made available on NACTV, Cape Town TV on DSTV channel 263, as well as Radio KC, Radio Teemaneng and SABIE stereo. For members who were unable to watch the divine service, please find a detailed summary of the sermon:
Opening Hymn: Hail to the Lord’s annointed (EH: 525)
Bible word: ‘Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,’ (Romans 1:5)
District Elder Roderick Mosalisa:
My dear brothers and sisters, as we gather in God's house this morning, we are filled with that wish that we've just heard of that our heavenly Father, our God, the Holy Spirit may guide us. The overarching theme for today's word speaks about the Church of Christ. We are also reminded through the word of Paul where he describes and he says in our Bible word, that through Jesus Christ we have received faith, grace on the one hand, and on the other hand, we received the Apostleship. And that for us is important, especially as we reflect upon the divine service with our Chief Apostle a few days ago. I'm sure that word still reverberates within our hearts. Brothers and sisters, the message today speaks about Apostolicity. Apostolicity is part of the Church of Christ and forms part of the four distinguishing factors that we find that underpins the Church of Christ. And Apostolicity, if we break it down, it has two elements. On the one hand, the ministry of Apostleship, and on the other hand, it speaks about the Apostles’ doctrine. As we reflect on the word of our Chief Apostle, it provides us with a nice introduction, and it has a beautiful connection to today's divine service. Our Chief Apostle mentioned one of many beautiful gems in his divine service on Pentecost. He reiterated that the Holy Spirit could create something new out of something that didn't exist. However, this Holy Spirit that Jesus said He would send, the Comforter, is one with the Father and with the Son. And therefore, the author of our Bible word mentions that the Holy Spirit won't do anything that contradicts and opposes or is different from that which Jesus Christ has introduced. So, the framework in which the Holy Spirit operates for us as God's children, he reminds us, is the framework of Jesus Christ.
And what is that framework brothers and sisters? It is the Apostle ministry that operates within the Church of Christ. It is the Holy Sacraments, it's the gospel that is preached today for us. And within that framework, the Holy Spirit operates. Then the author emphasises especially, and it is through the Holy Spirit that we are led, that we are guided to the completion of the Church and to the unity of the Church. So, it's all about this beautiful Church of Christ that Jesus has established. Jesus Christ has also given us the Apostle ministry to guide us and to serve us.
And so that as an introduction brothers and sisters then brings us to the Apostolicity, and in our creed, that stands out and that is emphasized. The Church of Christ is one of the factors that we believe in. In our third article of faith, it makes it beautifully clear for us, it says, ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’. This is our belief; it is our faith as Christians around the world. In terms of history, this is our faith. We believe in the Holy Spirit. And then it says, ‘and we believe in the Church of Christ’. We believe in that, that's our faith, that is what we believe that Jesus Christ has established for me and for you. ‘I believe in the one holy, universal Apostolic Church of Christ.’ And that creed that we have as New Apostolics is the same creed that most Christians around the globe also believe, because that was the Nicene Creed that was introduced. And out of that, we have also extracted and built the New Apostolic Creed that connects us with other Christians around the globe.
Brothers and sisters, when we speak about the Church of Christ, then perhaps one of the beautiful images that we can use for the Church of Christ, is in the Old Covenant. And here we must remember that when Noah went into the ark, all Christians also have this special connection that they believe that Noah's ark is an image for us of this Church of Christ. And when we consider where Noah received that faith, Noah received the wonderful grace, that he and his family could enter the ark, and thereby be saved. That picture is a picture that we have of the Church of Christ. The picture says that the Lord inclines His ear unto us. The Lord helps us, He protects us. The Lord incorporates us into His covenant. And when we understand that, everything that is done, the Old Covenant is actually called, and sometimes it is mentioned in our catechism, it says it's just a shadow. I think Paul has also alluded to it. It's a shadow of the pinnacle of a salvation plan which is Jesus Christ. Because everything that God has instituted, all the prophets, everything that has happened in the past, has been instituted and built up to the birth of Jesus Christ because He is our Saviour. He is the one that established the salvation plan for us. So, when we understand that, when we know that the Lord cares for us, then we feel comforted, despite that which we have to encounter. And we all have been affected and impacted by Covid-19, and many families have been ravaged, many have lost their lives, lost loved ones, lost jobs. But we have every guarantee that our salvation has been secured through Jesus Christ. And through the Church of Christ that has been established, this is our ark today, when we gather and surround the Lord's altar. It is with that understanding that the Lord has called us into this beautiful place. This place that does not emanate from man, is not registered somewhere. The focus of the Church of Christ is to worship God. It is a place where we come, we praise, and we worship God. It is a place where we come and we are reminded that we have a bigger picture, that there is a bigger goal, a greater goal, a goal that is beyond anything that elevates us and allows us to rise above our situation and our circumstances here upon the earth.
When we look at the incarnation of Jesus Christ, when He came as God with us here upon the earth, when we consider the life of Jesus Christ, when we consider the main activity of Jesus Christ, that is the foundation for the Church of Christ. That is the basis for what developed on Pentecost, the first congregations. We experienced the Apostle ministry, the activity of the Apostles. And as you know, our Chief Apostle has reminded us of what is unique about those first congregations that was established, and that was that they preached to everyone. They preached to the Gentiles, and they preached to the Jews. And that is what the Lord Jesus Christ has established for us. Our Bible word refers to this Apostolicity that Jesus Christ has given to His church. And it incorporates the Apostles’ doctrine, Acts 2:42 - ‘And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.’ What is this Apostles’ doctrine for me and for you brothers and sisters? It is not a unique and a special doctrine and a separate doctrine. It is actually the gospel of Jesus Christ. We've heard that before. And today we are once again reminded. So, within this Church of Christ, one of the pivotal elements, one of the important factors which is the Apostle ministry, it references back to how the first Christians were striving. The Apostle doctrine reminds us of the death of Jesus Christ, of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And as we are reminded in every divine service, and this is important for us to always remember to hang on to, because it is essential that we are reminded. Because every moment we must be reminded of the importance of the return of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in every divine service, we are reminded Jesus is coming. There is a greater goal to which we are striving. And today, brothers and sisters, it is that which the Lord wants to remind us of. Firstly, that we remember the crucifixion, the resurrection and the return of Christ.
Then, the second element that we heard of this Apostolicity is the Apostle ministry. We know, and we often hear about it, the Bible verse in Matthew 28:19-20, “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Brothers and sisters, that is the responsibility that we are reminded of today. When we look at Mark 3:13-15, ‘And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:’. And they were Apostles. He appointed them and called them to be Apostles. Therefore, brothers and sisters, when we consider that responsibility Jesus Christ gave the Apostle ministry, the Holy Spirit is leading so that the full power of the ministry is accessible to us today as children of God. And the power is to proclaim the gospel, to teach. The power is to dispense the sacraments, therefore it is so important for us, and we are reminded continually to come to the divine services when it is appropriate, where you can within the numbers. Yes, we are restricted at the moment. But the importance of the Holy Sacraments is constantly placed into our hearts. Therefore, we do everything in our power to come to the Lord's house to be part of this fellowship, because that has been given to the Apostle ministry. Paul, the author of the word, also reminds us that the ministry he received came from Jesus, from God, not from man. He said man didn't give him this ministry. It comes from God. And therefore, brothers and sisters, we embrace and we ultimately take responsibility for the power that is invested in the ministry, to proclaim the word, to dispense the Holy Sacraments and at all times that we as children be prepared for, as the bride of Christ, for the return of Jesus.
But then the Bible word proceeds brothers and sisters. It speaks about faith. It says through Jesus Christ, we have received grace and we received the Apostleship. Then we must have obedience of faith. That is why we receive this, to be obedient in our faith. What does this mean? It is that obedience that the Lord has placed into our hearts to follow these articles of faith. The summary of our faith is condensed in the ten articles of faith. So those 10 articles of faith, when I say I believe in the Trinity, I believe in the Church of Christ, I believe in the ministry of Apostleship, I believe in the sacraments. It is that belief and that faith, it is my obedience to that faith that allows me to come into the Lord's house, that allows me to partake of Holy Communion, that is what keeps us. Because the word could have said this is the comfort of faith, but it doesn't say that. It says we must be obedient in faith, which means sometimes when you need to be obedient, it is perhaps not according to my will. It's the Lord's will, therefore I'm obedient, because sometimes my will wants to override and give me the comfort, but the Lord says today we must have this obedience of faith. It is that faith, that is described as there is a substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It is that faith that we are reminded of as God's children today. Brothers and sisters, that is the faith that takes us to places that would otherwise elude us, because it takes us further. Without that faith, we stop. We stop because doubt sets in and doubt places the impossible over what I do. It comes out and tells me you can't do that. But it is our faith and obedience of faith, brothers and sisters, that takes away those limitations. Today, we are reminded that when I have that obedience of faith, I recognize that I am completely dependent on Jesus. And when I accept with humbleness and I've subjected my will to do the will of God, then something happens, things that people would say is impossible, that happens. When I go through the saddest moments of my life and when I would even doubt, how am I ever going to get over this? It is that obedience that I put my own feelings and my own emotions aside, because I know there's a great God that will remove those feelings and remove those limitations. Brothers and sisters, if I have obedience of faith then I value the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, then I truly see the Messiah in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then I focus upon the return of Jesus Christ. And that becomes for me of immense importance. Ultimately, brothers and sisters. It is about eternal life. It's about recognizing that God is doing everything in His power to give me a chance to be with Him forever. The fact that I have been born, not just to die, but I've been born to live forever with Him. And when I recognize that this is what the Lord has given and established through the Church of Christ, that He has given the sacraments that He has given to His appointed servants, and through them, our sins can be forgiven. In John 20:23, we can read what the Lord has given. He has never abandoned us. And when we understand that, then we develop and embrace this beautiful faith.
So, in summary, today we are taught and reminded that the Apostolicity has been established and implemented for us as children of God. On the one hand, it provides us with a reminder of the Apostles’ doctrine which is actually the gospel of Jesus Christ. On the other hand, we're reminded of the Apostle ministry that has been instituted for us that we can embrace. And that as our faith grows that we are obedient in faith and that we focus at all times on the return of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thoughts from District Elder Roderick Mosalisa
For the benefit of those who were not connected to the divine service, please find the announcements below:
Various provinces around South Africa have announced that they are experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections. Let us continue to do our part in the fight against the virus by continuing to wear our masks, keeping a safe social distance and washing or sanitizing our hands regularly.
Please be advised that the annual burial subscription fee of R450 is payable by no later than 30 June 2021. It is important for members to note that the payment can only be made via the EasyPay method. For more information, please feel free to contact your local Rector, Priest or burial co-ordinator.
In addition to the above, please note that there will be a burial presentation for all members on Tuesday 22 June 2021. This broadcast will commence at 7 pm and will be made available on NACTV and all current online platforms. More details regarding this broadcast will be provided closer to the time.
On Sunday 13 June, District Elder Stanley Fourie will conduct the central AVT divine service from Sandton congregation. This divine service will commence at 9 am and will be made available via all current radio, television and online platforms.