This Sunday Selaotswe is taking the services in Soweto and the Presbytery has sent me to Mount Faith Presbyterian Church in Krugersdorp. Your preacher is the Rev. Prof. Vuyani Vellem, a Presbyterian minister from the University of Pretoria. Please welcome him warmly.
Our theme, across August and until mid-September is called “Unsolicited advice for spiritual pilgrims”. The advice is unsolicited because you didn’t ask for it – which is more or less the way Paul gave advice in his letters – helpful suggestions for people who have come to faith. The advice is for the spiritual pilgrims, people who are on a journey to learn more about themselves, this Saviour they call Jesus, and about the nature of living.
We’re using the letter to the Ephesians as our guide and discovering more and more “unsolicited advice”. I enjoyed preaching last week about how God moved us from death to life and how death started “working backwards”. Today, the lesson is from Ephesians 3 and contains some “inside information about life, the universe and everything”.
By the time we get to next week, Paul is giving some straight talk, some advice that is pretty hard to hear.
Why not read ahead? For next week it’s Ephesians 4: 4 – 7, 11 – 16
Lots of love this week.
We’d love to get to know you, please introduce yourselves to our ministers, Selaotswe, George or Mukondi as they greet you at the door.