49 Years of Grace - A legacy worth celebrating

  • Mervyn Eloff
  • Sep 29, 2017
  • Series: St James Connect Newsletter (Monthly)

49 Years of God's grace - a legacy worth celebrating

Legacy   n. something handed down or received from a predecessor (Collins English Dictionary)

Legacy is an important word – a word that reminds us that we don’t live just for ourselves but in community and within history. Legacy has to do with what we have received and what we leave to the next generation. Legacy speaks about privilege, but also about responsibility.

At St James, we have a wonderful gospel legacy, a legacy of God at work within a diverse community, a legacy of faithfulness to the Gospel and of deep concern to see that Gospel grow and spread. It is a legacy of grace, passed on to us and one which by God’s grace we can pass on to others.

Thus, as we celebrate 49 years of God’s grace to us at St James this October, we are celebrating our gospel legacy. And there is no better way of celebrating that legacy than by making sure that each of us is personally committed to nurturing what has been entrusted to us.

We live the legacy by following Jesus ourselves. We live the legacy by witnessing to others. We live the legacy by teaching our children that it is valuable to be part of a Gospel community – that there is nothing more important in life than being a Christian. We live the legacy by giving to Gospel work not only monthly but as part of our special Thank Offering during our Birthday month. We live the legacy by being partners in the Gospel rather than spectators. We live the legacy by celebrating God’s Grace in our lives, thankful for all that He has done for us and by declaring the praises of Him who called us out of darkness and into His wonderful light.