The highlight of the visit of the Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider to Pretoria,
South Africa was the divine service he held at the ZK Matthews Hall at the University of Pretoria on Sunday, 9 December.
The Chief Apostle was accompanied by District Apostles J Kriel and Joseph Ekhuya (Kenya) and District Apostle Helpers Kububa Soko (Zambia) and Patrick Mkhwanazi (South Africa). All the Apostles and Bishops from Southern Africa were also in attendance.
The service was transmitted to seven countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. The congregations received the divine service via audio-visual transmission and live streaming.
As a basis for the divine service, the Chief Apostle used the Bible word from Luke 1:43-45 (NKJV), “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
The Chief Apostle started the service by apologising for not being able to attend the service for ministers and their families on Friday 7 December due to airline delays in Germany. He thanked the ministers and their families for their work and sacrifices, and said that the Lord will bless them as their labours are out of love and faith. He then went on to say that in the time of advent; we focus on the Son of God who came to earth as a human being, and “by doing that, Jesus showed us that He loved us,”
The Chief Apostle went on to explain that Mary, the mother of Jesus, played an important role in the plan of salvation. Despite being a young girl, unmarried and fully aware of the difficulties her pregnancy would bring, she believed, accepted and remained obedient to God’s word.
The Chief Apostle continued and said that our calling is not a mistake. When one is reborn with water and the Spirit; God has chosen you. The Chief Apostle said: “God wants you to play a role in the plan of salvation, that’s why he elected you. God wants you to be a witness of Jesus Christ, to proclaim God’s word and the gospel of Jesus in your life. Our calling is related to a special mission. Let us be aware of this Godly call.”
The Chief Apostle went further and said that Mary believed in the mission and accepted it. Despite the fact that Mary gave birth to Jesus, she was still human and did not have a trouble-free life. After Jesus was crucified, Mary remained faithful until her death. Being faithful does not change our natural lives or provide us with earthly treasures. We are still under the domination of the Evil One. His power does not have limits. However, we have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He will be victorious over evil. Keep faith in the gospel of Jesus. Jesus leads the way to the Kingdom of God.
As Mary was elected, we too have been chosen by God. We have a mission to fulfil; in word and deed. We have to be active in the congregation in order to prepare for the return of Christ. Tell others about the coming of Christ and spread the gospel. Be like Mary and be obedient to the end.
The Chief Apostle called on District Apostle Helper K Soko, District Apostle J Ekhuya and Apostle A Page to serve the congregation.
With the preparation of the serving of Holy Communion, the Chief Apostle said that we have to remember those that have prepared the way for our faith and our salvation. We also obtain much comfort from the celebration of Holy Communion. Jesus says to us ‘I suffer with you, I am on your side; I will help you’.
The congregation was filled with much joy in their hearts with the message the Chief Apostle had brought to them. There was a feeling of fellowship and elation when the congregation left the venue.
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