On Sunday 10 January 2021, Apostle P Lambert conducted the Sunday morning divine service at Silvertown congregation. This divine service was conducted in English.

He was accompanied by Apostle P Thompson, Priest Owen Peters, 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 the divine service, please find the Divine Service Guide that was used by Apostle Lambert to conduct the Central AVT divine service: 

Bible word: ‘Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me”.’ John 7:16

Message
We learn of Jesus and want to become as He is.

Introduction
God became man in Jesus Christ to prepare the way for human beings to enter into eternal fellowship with God. With His sacrifice, He acquired the merit of redemption from sin and guilt, and thereby established the foundation for sharing the same prospect with all those who believe in Him and follow Him. A second aspect of His commission was to teach humanity. Through His words and deeds, He taught human beings what God expects of them. Jesus’ teaching was not His own, nor did He seek His own glory (verse 18) but rather imparted God’s will and divine thoughts, all while giving God the glory. He also cultivated an intensive connection with His Father and was one with Him and remained authentic in the process: there was no difference between His words and His deeds.

Jesus taught with divine authority
Jesus taught with divine authority (Luke 4: 32; Matthew 7: 29). This is clear from the Sermon on the Mount, for example, when He declared: “But I say to you…” (Matthew 5: 22). Here it was revealed that His authority is greater than that of Moses. When Jesus sent out His Apostles, He commissioned them as follows: “[Teach] them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 20). Here too, His concern was that it should not be their will, but rather the will of the Son of God that was to be proclaimed. The sending of the Holy Spirit likewise served to this end, namely to remind them of everything that Jesus had said (John 14: 28).

Jesus is our example
Jesus Christ is our example. His doctrine, which is never theoretical, gives us direction as to how a deep connection with God can indeed be made. If we orient ourselves by Jesus Christ and remain in fellowship with Him we will want to have a constant connection with Him. Let us do the same as Jesus Christ did and be obedient to the Father and cultivate an intimate prayer life. He gave glory to God alone when He said: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…” (Matthew 6: 9 et seq.) Let us do the same.

Let us also pass along the message of the kingdom of God. “The Christian faith is intended to be shared with others” (CNAC Introduction). This can be done in words, but deeds often have more impact. Jesus gave His love to all people, He excluded no one. In His parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25 et seq.) He makes a point of having the Samaritan, who was despised by the people, exhibit the exemplary behaviour He is trying to teach. Let us not discriminate anybody, but turn to all people regardless of their origin.

By taking Jesus as our example, we will be prepared to be firstlings and to enter into direct fellowship with God.

Summary
Jesus Christ taught with divine authority. The Apostles pass the teachings of Jesus along to us. Jesus is our example in
• maintaining a connection with God.
• showing reverence before God.
• setting the proper priorities.
• loving our neighbour.

Thoughts- Divine Service Guide, Sunday 10 January 2021