On Sunday 03 January 2021, Apostle J Joubert conducted the New Year divine service at Sandton congregation. This divine service was conducted in English and interpreted into South African Sign Language (SASL) at the altar by sister Natasha Parkins-Maliko.

He was accompanied by District Elder A Mcdonald, a small musical ensemble and the NACTV crew. This divine service was made available on NACTV, Cape Town TV on DSTV channel 263, as well as Radio KC, Radio Teemaneng Infinity FM and SABIE stereo. Members could also listen to the divine service by calling in from either a mobile phone or landline. This divine service was also streamed live on the NACTV Facebook page.

For members who were unable to watch his message and the divine service, please find the link below and the Divine Service Guide written by Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider on which the sermon was based on for the New Year divine service.  

Bible word: "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12: 1b–2a

Message

Our future is Christ.

Christ, our choice for the future
Although we do not know what the year 2021 holds in store for us, we embark upon it with the certainty that Jesus will return soon! The return of the Lord is not a dream in which we take refuge when the here and now does not please us. It is the goal which we have chosen, hence our motto for this year: Christ, our future! Let us continue to prepare ourselves for the return of Jesus. In the Bible, this spiritual preparation is compared to a race (1 Corinthians 9: 24–27, 2 Timothy 2: 5; 4: 7; Hebrews 12: 1). Like an athlete, the believer must make an intense effort, never become slack, and remain active all the way to the goal.

Christ, our certainty for the future
It is in Christ that we find the energy and motivation required to endure. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus Christ! Let us not allow ourselves to be impressed by difficulties (Matthew 14: 30) nor discouraged by the conduct of those around us (Psalm 91: 7; Matthew 13: 26–30). Let us not feel sorry for ourselves, it would only be a waste of time and energy. Jesus Christ is the author of our salvation. It is He who has made this possible by giving His life for us. He has definitively conquered sin and death, and the defeat of evil is absolutely certain. It is Jesus who has chosen us in full awareness of our situation (John 15: 16). He knows that we can win, and He gives us everything we need for our salvation (Luke 14: 17). He promises us that He will bring His work to completion (Philippians 1: 6). His truth will prevail. It is He, and only He, who will acknowledge our worthiness at His return. By remaining faithful to Him, we can hope in His grace to make up for our imperfections (1 Peter 1: 13). And we can be certain that His glory will outshine all of our sorrows.

Christ, the solution for our future
Our choice for the future defines our lives. In order to live with Christ forever we already today seek fellowship with Him. And we make all our decisions by aligning them with His teachings. His gospel is the foundation on which we build our life as a couple, raise our children, and establish our relationship with our neighbour. Jesus Christ is the model we want to resemble. Our congregations are comprised of believers who are very different from one another. Yet this diversity is not a problem if we concentrate on what is essential: we all have the same goal and must follow the same path to reach it! And when it comes to our attitude towards those who do not share our faith, let us keep in mind the future that Jesus wants to offer them (1 Timothy 2: 1–4). Our spiritual future depends on our trust in Christ. By keeping our eyes fixed on Christ, we will reach the goal.

Summary

  • Our goal is to be with Christ.
  • To achieve this we draw strength and motivation from Christ.
  • The future we have chosen defines our everyday life.

Jean-Luc Schneider