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The Power of Purpose

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Even when I was in the banking world, when accountants still used the Abacus, managers acknowledged the power of purpose.

The bank had a corporate purpose, the branch had a statement of purpose, and all managers had a stated purpose that aligned with the hierarchy of purpose above them. Then in 1995, this concept invaded the Christian world through Rick Warren’s book, ‘The Purpose Driven Church’. Now, in 2021, ‘purpose’ has resurfaced in the spheres of both business and church.

If you were to ask the average Christian, “What is your purpose in life?” they would probably respond with something like, “To succeed at X”, or “To earn or own Y”, or “To do Z”. The common theme in such responses is that they are all descriptions of DOING something. Yet we are all ‘humanBEings’ not ‘humanDOings’ and we are ‘BEleivers’, not DOleivers’.

So, what then is YOUR purpose, and just how important is that purpose to you? To assist in answering this question, I want to turn to the Apostle Paul, a Jesus-follower with a clear sense of purpose.

Paul’s Purpose
When we consider someone like Paul, we tend to compare his clear purpose with our lack of purpose. Was he not the Apostle to the gentiles, the prolific church planter, and the author of much of the New Testament? But did the Apostle see these things as his purpose or as missions and ministries flowing from his real purpose in life? 

In Philippians 3:12, Paul wrote, ‘I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me’. This sounds to me like an indication of his sense of purpose. He also wrote to the Philippians, ‘I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ’ (Philippians 3:8).  So, Paul’s overriding purpose was to know Christ. A few verses after this (Verse 10), he wrote, ‘I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.’ Then, writing to the Roman believers, Paul expanded on and included us in his purpose statement by telling us that we are ‘predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son’ (Romans 8:29). The word ‘conformed’ means ‘moulded’ and the word ‘likeness’ means ‘image’. This is why the Amplified Bible translates this verse as ‘to be moulded into the image of his Son’, and his Son is Jesus. This, then, should be at least a part of every believer’s Purpose of Life statement.

Note well that Paul understood his purpose, and ours, as being and becoming and not doing and getting.

Your Purpose
So, is your purpose, your reason for being on planet Earth, perhaps about leaving a legacy, or making the world a better place? These are excellent results of a life lived, but they should not be a purpose and motivation for living. Even outcomes like serving God, making disciples, excelling in Christian ministry, are not THE God-given purpose of life.x
Let’s return to what Paul wrote to the Philippians:

I want to know Christ’: This was Paul’s foundational statement of purpose and should also be ours. Not just to know about Jesus, but to know him, how he feels, what he says, and how he regards people. Knowing Jesus starts with what he referred to as the ‘new birth’ experience. We cannot know God, who is a spiritual being, unless the Holy Spirit quickens us and makes us alive spiritually. Having met Jesus, spirit to spirit, we then continue to get to know him better throughout our earthly lives. Therefore, ‘To know Jesus’ needs to be the first clause in our statement of life purpose.

Paul went on to write of ‘becoming like him’ and so the second clause of our purpose statement should also be ‘To be like him’. We are called to become as much like him in this life as we can, and this means that our minds need to be transformed: ‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is’  (Romans 12:2 NLT).  To the Corinthian church, Paul put it this way: ‘And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Our Purpose Statement Completed

So, in Romans 8:29 Paul wrote of ‘conforming to the likeness of Jesus, in Philippians 3:10 he wrote, ‘becoming like him’, and in 2 Corinthians 3:18 he wrote of us being ‘transformed into his likeness.’

However, there needs to be a third and final clause in our statement of purpose. The first two clauses are about being and becoming but the third clause is about doing: You see, doing flows from being and is the evidence of becoming. This third clause was part of Jesus’ purpose, it is part of the Holy Spirit’s purpose, and it certainly was part of Paul’s purpose. This third clause is ‘to help others to know and become like Jesus’.

Therefore, the full statement of purpose for all Jesus-followers is ‘To know Jesus, to become like him, and to help others to do likewise.

For some, this purpose seems too simple to be true and too abstract to be of practical value. Yet it is true and it is of great practical value! Can there be anything for a person to aspire to more worthy than to be like Jesus? No. Is anything in this world more valuable to others than a Christ-like person? No. The statement is simple, but it describes a life-long endeavour more worthwhile yet more demanding to apply than any other does. Yes, by being more like Jesus we do become more content, less stessed, and so on, but discipleship is not a transactional trade-off. We want to become more Christlike becuase it is the highest ideal of humanity and the very best for both ourselves and others.. even though it often requires sacrifice and even persecution – ‘Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did’ (1 John 2:6).

Purpose is Important

Over the centuries, philosophers have been telling us that there are three big life questions that all people seek to answer in some way or another. They are,

  1. Where did I come from?
  2. Why am I here?
  3. Where am I going?

All born-again believers know the answer to Question Three – we are going to be with Jesus in Heaven. Question Two is the only one about the here and now and so it is a pressing question demanding an urgent and compelling answer – Why am I here on Earth?

Tragically, many, if not most, people cannot answer this question and as a result, they live their lives without any satisfying purpose and often with an underlying sense of hopelessness. As a result, an alarming number of people suffer from depression or even attempt suicide. During the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the number of suicides has doubled over previous years. The group most affected is teenagers, the very youth who should be looking with bright and expectant eyes into the future. It is not hard to figure out why suicide has become a teenage pandemic all of its own. Little to no prospect of a job, separation from friends and often family, educational aspirations thwarted, parents who are without income, and so on. No wonder that some answer the ‘why am I here?’ question with, “Nothing worthwhile that I can see!”

But I wonder just how many teens and others would respond so negatively to this question if they could grasp that the overall purpose of life for all people is to know Jesus, to become like him, and to help others to do likewise. Moreover, once they understood and accepted this, it is easy for them to see how every life situation, no matter how difficult, can contribute to achieving this purpose. This is why Paul wrote in Romans 8:28 that ‘we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

Purpose is important: It is vitally and critically important!

Conclusion

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’.

Do you believe this? Well, if you are born again of the Spirit then you should believe this! However, for someone who is not born again, there is no real basis for living out this statement of purpose. So, if you encounter someone who is feeling hopeless, and perhaps suicidal, then the first question to ask is “Are you spiritually born again into an eternal relationship with Jesus?” Then, based on this, explain what the purpose of life really is. 

If a Christian, who claims to be born again, is feeling hopeless, then the likelihood is that they do not grasp God’s purpose for their life on earth. So, explain it, pray for them, and encourage them to pursue this purpose.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’. Philippians 4:7

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The Perfect Storm

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On 24 March 2020, I wrote an article about the perfect storm. I defined the natural phenomenon by this name as something that occurs when a warm wind collides with a cold wind over a warm and wet area. The result is often a very intense and destructive storm. I went on to write that ‘Here in South Africa, we seem to be experiencing our own ‘perfect storm’. For some time now our nation has been ‘warm and wet’ with corruption, crime, recession, and the like. Then came the warm wind of even more electricity load shedding than last year, followed closely by the cold wind of Covid-19. The results of the ensuing storm are stock exchange and rand collapse, rapidly deepening economic crisis… and panic! Like three apocalyptic horsemen with the 4th grim reaper not far behind!”

Now, sixteen months later, we are experiencing an even more intense Perfect Storm. Two of the vectors of this remain the same and the only difference is that we still have electricity, although there is no guarantee that this supply will remain stable.

The Storm of July 2021

I am neither a political nor an economics ‘expert’, but here is how I see the current situation that will most probably be seen by future generations as a turning point for South Africa:

  • Our previous Head of State is the figurehead for a faction within the ruling party of our nation who are openly opposed to the more moderate and honest current government.  On Wednesday night he was arrested and incarcerated and at the same time on Friday 9th July 2021, a mob burned about 25 trucks on the national road between Durban and Johannesburg. And so it started.
  • The tactics employed by the insurrectionists are plain to see and are right out of the Marxist playbook. Mobilise the hungry and hopeless to loot and burn, attack key infrastructures such as distribution networks, the apparatus of law and order, and so on, all to make the nation ungovernable so that they can ascend to power amid the chaos.
What is Obvious to me

Some overseas readers might have been informed by what I have written by way of introduction, although all of us here in South Africa are painfully aware of the crisis we face.

I write this on the fifth day of the insurrection with no idea of how things are going to go from here. However, the following problems have already become obvious to me:

  1. There are millions of people in our nation who are hungry and millions more who have no job or prospect of employment.  75% of the nation’s youth do not earn a living because there just are no jobs for them. They are the future fathers, leaders, and influencers, but they are also a huge body of people who have little hope and nothing to lose. To date, the government has been unable to productively deploy these people and the current decimation of our economy will make this task even harder.
  2. We have a huge moral deficit in our nation, not only among some businessmen, government managers, and political leaders, but also among the middle class of society. I watched with horror as hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children looted mall after mall. At first, the plunder was mainly food, but as the chaos continued the looters started taking fridges, TV sets, furniture and the like. (There is a saying doing the rounds on social media that reads, “I am so hungry I could steal a TV”). Then my horror reached an even higher level when the news channels were flooded with shots of hoards of people arriving in smart cars and trucks to haul away their loot. These were not the poor and hungry, but morally corrupt middle-class people.
  3. Our leaders and their law enforcement agencies appear to lack the ability to take fast, dynamic and decisive action. The political pronouncements are careful, calculated and uninspiring. The TV reporters arrive at the scene of looting and arson long before the police do and when the ‘law’ eventually arrives they seem to just potter around trying to prevent loss of life but not loss of livelihood.
Now, as I write this, the looting and arson in the two affected provinces continues, food and fuel supplies dry up, and the late and lacklustre COVID-19 vaccination campaign almost grinds to a halt.
What can we do?

I don’t ask the question ’what can be done?’ but what can we do, you and me.

From my perspective, the government is doing what it can and so it is not just a matter of what ‘they’ can do. The church is the extended family of God and, in the main, local church leaders are also doing what they can. However, we Christians are the church and we are also citizens of our nation, and we can do something. We need to be praying and we need to be encouraging one another and sharing the Gospel wherever we can. We can and should be doing this in any event, but these are extraordinary times. Our nation is in crisis and this calls for extraordinary effort.

Amidst the chaos around us, I am observing the difference that relatively small groups of people are making.

Determined citizens are banding together to protect their businesses, shops, and suburbs. In the area where I live, the Community Police Forum is doing a great job in keeping us safe and our local Residents Association is keeping us up-to-date and in touch with emergency services.

So, then, against this background, what can you and I do?
Feed the Hungry

In the longer term, we can get involved in teaching moral values to the people of our land. We could even, as individuals, get involved in local and national politics. However, the question is ‘what can I do now’?

Well, the ‘cannon fodder for the insurrectionists is the huge number of hungry and hopeless people. They are suffering now and they will be in an even worse position when the smoke clears and they see that they have helped to destroy their sources of supply and hope. Now, I am a pretty average South African. I don’t have a job because I am a retired 73-year-old. My means are modest but my needs are even more modest. I can do more with my financial resources than I have done in the past. I can give to organisations that have the infrastructure, methods, and leadership to feed the poor. I can find out if I can assist local groups like the Community Police Forum.

I can make a small difference but enough of our small differences could make a huge difference.

So, here is what I suggest: Get hold of your church leaders and ask them if there is any feeding scheme your church supports that you can also support in your personal capacity. Ask them for contact details of other organisations they know of and can recommend as honest and effective. Ask them to liaise with the various community groups I have already mentioned, and to let you know what their needs are and how you can get involved. Don’t suggest that the church office, staff, or the pastor do more, but find out what YOU can do.

What Else?

What else can I do? I can comfort those in my circle of influence, pray for and with them, and point them to Jesus and the peace he brings. I can try to guard my own heart and not let anger or despair grip me. I can determine to make clear and reasoned decisions and to act responsibly in these irresponsible and insane times.

What Jesus did and said

Everything I have written so far does not just come from social conscience or self-preservation. These do factor into my thinking, but the general ideas are in line with what Jesus said and did.

For instance, when Jesus saw the poor people of his day he had compassion for them and fed them while also teaching them.
  • ‘Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’ (Matthew 9:35-36).
  • ‘When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” ‘ (Matthew 14:14-16)
  • ‘Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.””(Matthew 15:32)

We have the words of Jesus. We have the Gospel of Salvation. We have the guiding and empowering influence of the Holy Spirit. We have resources and we are resourceful. So, we can preach, witness, pray, and feed the hungry… all in the name of Jesus. We can make a difference!

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Pentecost and Babel

The title of this article, Pentecost and Babel, may sound a little strange, but the Tower of Babel sheds wonderful light on the glory of Pentecost. My last article covered two important aspects of the Day of Pentecost:

  1. The memorial of the birth of the church and
  2. The celebration of the day that the Holy Spirit inhabited the church as the presence of God among men.
The additional aspect of Pentecost I introduce in this article comes from a comparison of the Tower of Babel disaster with the triumph of Pentecost.

To discover this we need to refer to Genesis chapters l0 and ll.

Nimrod

Genesis 10:8-10(a) reads: ‘Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The first centres of his kingdom were Babylon…’

Because the Hebrew alphabet has no vowels, much is lost in this translation. However, an ancient commentary, the Jerusalem Targum (A Jewish Rabbinical paraphrase of the Old Testament), more accurately describes Nimrod as ‘powerful in hunting and wickedness before the Lord, for he was a hunter of the sons of man and he said to them “Depart from the judgement of the Lord and adhere to the judgement of Nimrod.”’

Now, where have we read something like this happening before? Oh yes, in the Garden of Eden when the serpent led Adam and Eve into rebellion against God. Satan appeared again later, not through a serpent, but through the great Nimrod of Babylon who instructed the building of a tower to reach the heavens. Here is the biblical account of this:

‘Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth’(Genesis 11:1-9).

The Tower of Babel

The word Babel sounds like the Hebrew word for ‘confusion’ but in the ancient Akkadian language of that part of the world, it meant ‘Gateway to god’.

In the early 19th century, a Leut-Gen Chesney excavated the ruins of ancient Babylon and found evidence of a Ziggurat, a stepped pyramid, at the top of which was a temple to the stary host complete with a depiction of the Zodiac.

The prophet Isaiah wrote something that sheds light on the motivation for building this tower:

‘How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit’. Isaiah 14:12-14

The tower of Babel was all about a satanically inspired leader attempting to ascend to the heavens and be as God, and in the process bringing judgement upon the people that scattered them across the earth.

The Reversal of Babel

About 3,000 years later, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, ascended to Heaven and on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to Earth to inhabit a temple not build with bricks but with living stones. A temple not in Babel on top of a Ziggurat, but in Jerusalem in the upper room. This temple on earth is the Church!

At Babel, the people of the world were scattered to many nations with many languages, but on the Day of Pentecost, they were gathered from the many nations. On that day they heard the glory of God extolled in tongues, the language of the church, and 3,000 were saved and baptised.

Now, this is key: When the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 members of the first church, they went out into the streets extolling the wonders of God — they were empowered and they went OUT!

At Babel, God judged idolatry and scattered the people. At Pentecost, God blessed the people. Today, God still blesses the nations of the world through the church and there are now an estimated two billion members of the universal!

What is All This to us, Today?

Now, this is all very interesting and inspiring, but what does it mean for us today, here and now?

Well, for me, the lesson that dominates the comparison of Babel to Pentecost is that we, the Spirit-empowered church of Jesus, need to emulate the first disciples and pour out into the world. The message of the reversal of Babel is of a church that unites the people of the world into one body speaking one spiritual language. A church that goes out to gather in the scattered nations of the world.

What Jesus Said

Consider what Jesus said concerning this, and these are just some of his pronouncements:

  • Mark 1:38-l9: “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” And then it says, ‘So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons’.
  • John 6:38-40: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  • John 12:46: “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

The conclusion is clear and it is this; If we are followers of Jesus then his mission is our mission. So then let’s apply these statements of Jesus to our mission as follows:

  • Being light in the darkness: This entails being positive and hopeful and it includes doing good.
  • Teaching truth: We can do this through preaching, training, writing, and podcasting the truth that Jesus spoke and embodied.
  • Raising up the name of Jesus: This we do by witnessing to his reality in our lives and his centrality in all things.
  • Ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit: This includes healing, delivering, speaking out Words of knowledge and wisdom, and so on.

If you are in any doubt that this applies to us, you and me, then just read again the lord’s commission to us:

Matthew 28: l 8-20 ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-18 “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Our Negative Circumstances

It is so easy in these long months of COVID-19 lockdown to become defensive and inwardly orientated. We are faced with such huge social and economic challenges that we tend to direct what little resources we have to survive or to caring for the hungry and needy amongst us. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that human need goes beyond physical bread to the bread of heaven, and that we Christians are the only ones who can distribute ‘spiritual bread’.

So the question before us is: ‘How can we break free from bondage to our circumstances and find innovative and inspired ways to do as Jesus did in the world’.

Two Practical Suggestions

I want to offer two suggestions:

  1. Recognise that reaching out into society is not limited to Evangelism and Evangelism is not just formal presentations and tracts etc. Outreach is an outward orientation from a Jesus centre and includes poverty alleviation, education, acts of kindness, and personal witness to Jesus. All of this needs to be in his name. If we provide loaves of bread to the hungry without telling them about the bread from heaven, then we meet just a physical and temporary need.
  2. Secondly, outreach flows from the realisation that we have something of immense worth to share.

Just consider what we, as born again, spirit-filled Christ-followers have:

  • We Know Jesus and his way of salvation and we know how others can come to know him and be saved.
  • We have Good News (The Gospel) in a world full of bad news. The good news is that Jesus came to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, not his judgment.
  • We have hope, light and life and oh, how people today need this.
  • We have access to the power of the Holy Spirit to minister and help.
  • We have truth amid the flood of false news, lies, and deception.

So, to break out and reach out we need to change our orientation from inwards to outwards and to realise that we have much to share that people desperately need. But we also need to act.

The Need to Act

Here are some ways we can act:

  1. Start to phone, visit and interact with others as much as safety will allow at this time.
  2. Join in what the church body is doing to reach out.
  3. Decide how you can reach out and then contact your church leader to see if there are others you can join with.

Conclusion

Pentecost signifies the reversal of Babel, the replacement of curse with blessing, the birth of the church, and the advent of the empowerment and presence of the Holy Spirit.

No wonder the first disciples burst out of the upper room enthusiastically proclaiming the glory of God and immediately getting involved with growing the church and reaching the nations. A good example for us to follow.

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Focus on Jesus

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This is a call for all of us as Christians to focus on Jesus this Easter.

Resurrection Sunday is just five days away but the focus of the world and the institutional church seems to be on everything except Jesus! Here in South Africa, the media are full of warnings of how the government’s Ministry Advisory Committee is calling for tighter lockdowns to avoid church ‘super spreader’ events. In response, an inter-church group of ministers is threatening to take the government to court if they clamp down further on church services. On the one hand, the focus is on fear of a Third Wave over Passover time, and on the other hand, the focus is on legal action and power. Where is Jesus in all this?

This year, April 2021, we need to focus more than ever on who Jesus is, what Resurrection Sunday signifies, and how the church functions as his spiritual ‘body’ in these times. Our hope is not in a new set of government lock-down regulations, and nor is it in court litigations. Our hope is as Peter expressed it when he wrote: ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’ (1 Peter 1:3).

Focus Aids

In April 2019 I re-published some articles I had written in previous years, and you can find them HERE. In the same month, I preached on ‘The Easter Earthquakes, which you can find HERE. Then in April 2020, I published ‘What Happened After the Resurrection’ and you can access that HERE.

So this week, as we approach the celebration of the most momentous event in all of human history, may I suggest that you read and listen to these publications to help you refocus on the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Be blessed dear disciples.

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TruthTalks: Are these ‘The End of the Days?’

I’ll admit it, during the last year of COVID and other world madness, I’ve often wondered if we are in the end times.

In fact, some days I’ve been frankly quite surprised to NOT see the four horsemen riding in or Jesus descending down. Dr Christopher Peppler discusses THIS post about what to look out for and biblical explanations regarding the end times to help us understand if now is a good time to build that bunker or not ;P

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In case you find yourself reaching for your Bible to look up the book of Revelation to help understand, please remember that Dr Christopher Pepplers book on it can be found HERE.

Until next time, click the play button or download below. Best, admin

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.