Welcome 18 April 2021

For by him all things
were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or rulers or authorities
—all things were created
through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things
hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in
him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile
to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood
of his cross.

Col 1:15-20

 

Greeting brothers and sisters!  Isn’t it amazing to think that our Lord Jesus,
the Creator of all things willingly died on the cross for us, so that we may be
redeemed!  Do not waste this God given grace!  Remember to grow together, put on the new,
and redeem the time!


Blessings,

Mark

Welcome 11 April 2021

What is God's Vision for our Church?
I like this translation of Ephesians 1:9-10 – Macdonald's Idiomatic Translation:
9 God divulged to us the mystery of his will, expressing his good purpose that he projected in Christ  10 for the planned climax of the historical epochs :… the subordinating of everything in the heavens and on earth under Christ.
God has let us in on His amazing mystery – we don't need to wonder what the purpose of life is. That means we don't have to waste time, chase the wrong thing, and get frustrated. Rather, we can enter into the fullest enjoyment of Life.

We desire to lead every member towards the fullest experience of God's Good Planto experience Jesus reigning as King over every part, in every place and at every moment

Welcome 4 April 2021

"But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples". Greetings dearest Church Family.  A day of great joy it is indeed, for He has risen; A testimony to who Jesus is, a message of salvation. What a blessing and honour it is, to come before the risen King this morning, in worship and adoration. Let us share this truth with the world!

In Christ Alone

Matthew

Welcome 21 March 2021

The
LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the
stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to
eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise
against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that
will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my
life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

Psa
27:1-4

Greetings
fellow Saints.  What a wonderful message
in Psalm 27 – no matter what befalls us, we have a God in whom we can be
confident.  And once we are done with
this fallen world, and we shall dwell with the Lord (Rev21:3) and we gaze upon
His beauty!

Blessings,
Mark.

Welcome – 14 March 2021

Welcome to our fellowship! We are truly privileged to have a spiritual family to meet and a safe place to do it in! Thank you Lord!
This Sunday we have the privilege of inducting Mark, Jemaine and Matthew as they join me in eldership – the office of oversight and shepherding each soul. None of us have the means to fulfil the calling of Jesus to care for souls, but God will provide the means. All he requires of us is Faith and Willingness
Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together…
So Abraham called the name of that place, "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
May the Lord build this House.
Malcolm

Welcome 7 March 2021

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We are entering into a new era in the life of Knysna Baptist. At the beginning of 2020, we were correct in expecting a year of Vision and renewal. But not as we thought it would be! God forced us to carefully rethink what Christian life and Biblical worship is by locking us down, and driving us to embrace the essentials alone.
The pandemic is easing, and last Sunday the members gave overwhelming support for the new Eldership team. There is a fresh energy and list of goals before us to bring in the fullness of ministry that Christ intends for His People.
Pray for us, Pray for the Church. May the Lord show His glory.
God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory

Welcome – 21 February 2021

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Col 1:15-20

 

Greetings fellow saints.  In a world full of lies and distractions we would do well to remind ourselves who it is we serve and worship – Jesus Christ: the Creator, the King, the Reconciler. Join us today as we worship Him!

 

Blessings,
Mark

Welcome – 7 February 2021

My last Welcome Note

For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the work of your hands I sing for joy – Psalm 92:4

Four years ago, after being elected to Eldership of Knysna Baptist Church, I wrote my first Welcome for these bulletins. As I am stepping down this month, this is my last. It has been a blessing, a challenging blessing, to compose each devotion, and I trust that they have sometimes been encouraging for you.

An energetic young team will be in harness from March, and I look forward to the fresh outreach and ministry under them. Pastor Malcolm’s foresight and nurturing are behind the initiative, and our support in terms of appreciation, prayer and responsiveness are needed for the work to flourish.

Our work is The Lord’s work – and done in His honour, it is glad work, so we sing for joy in it: together, as a congregation – how good that we can be together again from this week!

In Him,

Claude

Welcome – 31 January 2021

It's great to be back among the Church after some good holidaying. Home will always be Home, and our spiritual home is together with the brothers and sisters of Christ.
Whatever the regulations for church services, let's never compromise on God's Good Gift of Fellowship with one another. We've been prevented from sinking our feet into the wet beach sand… but what better time than right now to choose how we'll dig our feet into Church Fellowship. We can't rely on external authorities or past traditions to guide us – So may the Lord give us wisdom and adaptability for a year powerful in the Spirit.
Eph 5:15-17

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Welcome 17 January 2021

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                                                        2Co 1:3-4


Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ.  We have all suffered and are suffering from the effects of Covid for over a year now.  We must not forget God in our suffering!  He is the Father of mercies – He will comfort us in our afflictions.  We should count our afflictions as a blessing because we can use our experiences and comfort others.  In doing so, we can be a blessing to a brother or sister, or even have the opportunity in sharing the love of Christ with the lost.


Blessings,

Mark