Perspective - The Cross-shaped Life

06/29/16

Mervyn Eloff

Being a real Christian is a costly business, for to follow Christ is to embrace the Cross-shaped life. But it is also a wonderful thing. For as we die we discover that death is indeed the path to true life. It was so for the Lord and it is so for us as well.

2016 Connect News - Winter Warmer Project

06/29/16

Various Contributors

Over a number of years, we have encouraged our church family to partner with U-turn in collecting blankets and clothes for those who are most affected by the cold and wet of Winter. This year we thought we would do things a little differently, so we contacted Arise and asked if we could do anything to help them this year and they were overjoyed! Read more about this year exciting project.

2016 Connect News - St James Educational Trust Update

06/29/16

Glynda Herman

The St James Educational Trust as had a busy few months, however, the highlight of this period has been our involvement in setting up the new library at Red River.

Month at a glance - July 2016

06/29/16

Various Contributors

July Month at a Glance is a quick reference for all the regular meetings and happenings at St James.

Month at a glance - June 2016

05/29/16

Various Contributors

Month at a Glance is a quick reference for all the regular meetings and happenings at St James.

2016 Connect News - On & Off-site Happenings

05/29/16

Various Contributors

Some updates on a few happenings on & off-site over the next few weeks.

Connect News - Insider News

05/29/16

Jenni Galloway

Inspector Smart is coming to town!

Perspective - Guilt

05/29/16

Scott Tubman

In a recent series ‘Overcoming’, Scott addressed the topic of guilt. H began with a quote by the Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand, “The memory of old transgression stands like a savage watch dog before sanctuary of God's peace.” Guilt is a universal human experience that leaves us full of regret from our past, and fearful of the future. This article will get you thinking about guilt in a new light.

2016 Perspective - Responding to Trials

05/09/16

Mervyn Eloff

One of the important and very precious things about the Bible is the honesty and reality with which it views daily life. False religion trades on untruth and on empty promises, Biblical Christianity speaks into the world as it actually is and enables God’s people to live in the real world with integrity and in a way that honours God.

2016 Connect News - Women to women at St James

05/09/16

Alison Eloff

A closer look at what Women-to-Women ministry looks like at St James.

2016 Connect News - Soul Food Market Promo

05/09/16

Various Contributors

A sneak preview of what's on the menu for this year's Soul Food Market at St James.

Month at a glance May 2016

05/09/16

Various Contributors

A quick reference for all our events and happenings at St James during the month of May.

Month at a glance May 2016

05/09/16

Various Contributors

For all our church events and happenings for the month of May.

2016 Perspective - A clear conscience

03/29/16

Mervyn Eloff

In this month's Perspective Mervyn reflects on a book by Christopher Ash " Pure Joy" which takes a look at what the Bible has to say about the conscience and its importance in our daily walk with the Lord. The book comes highly recommend and is a challenging and deeply encouraging book.

Connect news - The Goodness of the Lord: Testimony - Stan Thomas

03/29/16

Stan Thomas

The Goodness of the Lord has been written as a testimony to what the Lord has been doing in and through the life Stan Thomas. Stan FOUND THE LORD - FOLLOWED HIS WILL and is FINISHING HIS CALLING.

2016 Connect News - What's coming in term 2

03/29/16

Various Contributors

A few tasters of studies and events coming in term 2.

Connect News: Month at a Glace - April 2016

03/29/16

Various Contributors

For all the events and regular meeting taking place on and off our campus for the month of April.

Connect News: Month at a Glace - March 2016

02/29/16

Various Contributors

All the events you need to be aware for the month ahead.

Financial Update: 2015 Overview

02/29/16

Phillip Van Blerk

A brief summary of our churches financial position over the 2015 Financial year. In spite of the difficult economic conditions we found ourselves in a very healthy financial position.

UNITE Easter 2016

02/29/16

Various Contributors

The 2016 UNITE Easter Convention will take place over two evenings this year, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March. This year we have the joy of having Bishop Glenn Lyons, Presiding Bishop of REACH SA as our speaker, and his theme for UNITE is “Love Ran Red”.

2016 Perspective - The Power of Forgiveness

02/29/16

Mervyn Eloff

In this month’s Perspective Mervyn takes a look at Colossians 1v13-14 “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

Connect News: Month at a Glace - February 2016

01/31/16

Various Contributors

A quick reference for all events and regular activities taking place at St James.

Introducing the Thrive Five

01/31/16

Various Contributors

This year we started a new initiative at St James called "Thrive". THRIVE is a one year program for school leavers carefully designed to help them grow in spiritual maturity and to equip them with essential life skills.

Side by side

01/31/16

Scott Tubman

God has funny timing. The first Christian book I’m reading this year is almost the perfect match for our Bible studies this term, ‘Six Steps to Encouragement’. I’d like to say I planned it that way, but of course God’s providence is always more reliable than my diary. The book is called, ‘Side by Side: Walking with others in wisdom and love’ by Edward T. Welch. Before I tell you a little about the book, let me begin by asking you, how are you feeling about our first term’s mid week studies on encouragement? Perhaps you haven’t stopped to think about it, or perhaps ‘encouragement’ is such a well worn Christian word that you have yet to get excited about it. But encouragement is to Christians what fresh air is to a miner. Essential. Life giving. Refreshing.

2016 Perspective - Renewed Minds

01/31/16

Mervyn Eloff

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of the age but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. ” Romans 12:2

What's coming in January 2016

12/25/15

Various Contributors

As we start up the new year there are a number of opportunities to share life with each other, including a Morning with Robin Jackman.

Connect News - Month at a Glance January 2016

12/25/15

Various Contributors

Month at a glance is a quite reference for all our meetings and regular events happening at St James in January 2016.

Connect 2016 at St James

12/25/15

Mervyn Eloff

Two years ago, we launched CONNECT, a five-year plan designed to enable St James, as a gospel community, to play our part in God’s mission to His world. Through Connect, we committed ourselves to work together, for everyone, for Christ, so that we can introduce people of all ages to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and help them grow to maturity in Christ. We committed ourselves to grow in our conviction about God’s truth, to grow in character as God’s children, to grow in our competence to serve as His ambassadors to a lost world and as encouragers of one another. We committed ourselves to sharing life with others, those within the congregation and those on the outside, engaging with others and inviting them to share the life which we enjoy in Christ. We have prayed, given, learnt and served and by the grace of God we have seen fruit, both in ourselves and within the congregation.

2015 Perspective - Love Divine

12/25/15

Mervyn Eloff

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) We live in a world in which there is a great deal of confusion, even scepticism about the doctrine of the love of God. For some, God’s love is nothing more than mere sentiment, a kind of a general feeling of benevolence or good-will on the part of a distant deity who has little real power or influence. For others, the idea of the love of God is nothing more than an empty mantra on the part of desperate believers, blind to the reality of the world around them. For such people the fact of suffering in the world and the love of God are mutually exclusive. And since our world is undoubtedly full of suffering, God, if He exists at all, can certainly not be a loving God.

2015 Perspective - Our ever present help

11/30/15

Mervyn Eloff

“God is our strength and refuge, an ever present help in trouble…” Psalm 46:1 For many of us, the past year has been a particularly unsettling one. Of course we have had our fair share of joys and blessings and it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge this fact or to forget to give grateful thanks to God. We do thank God for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life, and especially for His immeasurable love shown in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory. And yet the events in our beautiful yet troubled country and the events on the world stage leave us unsettled. Power cuts, failure of basic services, civil and political unrest, crime, unemployment, financial uncertainty, terror perpetrated in the name of religion – the list goes on and wherever we turn it seems to us that the world is in turmoil with no apparent hope of a solution! In the graphic language of Psalm 46, we live in a world in which the very foundations are being overthrown – the earth giving way, the mountains falling into the sea, the waters roaring and foaming (Psalm 46:2-3). In such a world, a world full of trouble and turmoil, how are we as the people of God to stand firm, to sustain our faith, to live with hope?

St James Connect News - December 2015

11/30/15

Various Contributors

For the latest edition of our St James Connect news you can download the PDF version at the link provided...

Connect - Come and behold Him

11/30/15

Scott Tubman

This Christmas, we want to invite you to come and behold Him. Across all our services for the first three weeks of December we are running a series inspired by the line in the carol, with the invitation of the gospel. We’ve simply called it; ‘Come and behold Him’.

Connect - The Monday Guy is off to GWC in 2016

11/30/15

Gareth Heuer

On Monday, the 18th of January 2016, I (The Monday Guy) embark on a whole new journey as I start my 3 year Bachelor of Theology degree at George Whitefield College (GWC). Since joining the staff team in 2014, with the launch of Connect, Melissa and I have been prayerfully considering the decision to go into full-time ministry. With the support, encouragement and guidance from Mervyn, Scott and others (not least of all God’s Holy Spirit at work in our hearts), we’ve decided that 2016 is the year it all begins...

Month at a glance - December 2015

11/30/15

For an overview of all the events and activities taking place over the month of December.

St James Connect: Looking back over Connect 2015

10/26/15

Various Contributors

As we part of our Birthday month celebrations, we asked folk from our congregation to share with us what they were thankful for as they looked back over Connect 2015. These few comments were just a few of the many many comments folk shared with us over the month.

2015 Perspective - Great Gain

10/26/15

Mervyn Eloff

In this month's Perspective, Mervyn takes a closer look at "Godliness with contentment is great gain" from 1 Timothy 6vs6. Asking the question "Are you a contented person?" That is a personal question of course and a searching and uncomfortable one for it calls on us to examine our hearts and our motives, not an easy thing to do. But I am sure that you will agree that it is an important one, especially in our materialistic and greed-driven world.

Month at a glace - November 2015

10/26/15

Various Contributors

Month at a Glance - For all the happenings and regular meetings for the month of November, which take place as part of the ministry at St James.

Month at a Glance - October 2015

09/27/15

Various Contributors

A quick reference guide to the month of October at a glance.

Financial Update - August 2015

09/27/15

Phillip Van Blerk

The last two months we have seen a marked increase in our normal giving and we want to thank you for this. We pray that God will allow this trend to continue for the rest of the year.

The Great Adventure - Scott's Testimony

09/27/15

Scott Tubman

The Great Adventure - Scott's Story On the 18th of September I turned forty. A few weeks ago in a sermon I joked about the fact that I was considering a mid-life crisis but then realized I couldn’t afford one. I am grateful to report that it was a joke! Although, while it has finally dawned on me that a professional sporting career is now probably out of my reach, the big day ticked by without drama. In

2015 Perspective - Declaring His praises

09/27/15

Mervyn Eloff

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light…” 1 Peter 2:9 It is not uncommon today to hear people described as ‘privileged’ or as ‘underprivileged’, usually with reference to the socio-economic position that they hold in society. We hear of ‘underprivileged’ communities living around our major cities or in the remote areas of our country, people without access to basic needs such as housing, clean water, health care, education, etc. And we hear of the ‘privileged few’ who have easy access to such things and who generally have far more than they actually need. Understandably we also frequently hear that since Government cannot meet the demands of all, it is the moral if not legal duty of the ‘privileged few’ to share with those who are in need. And given that by world standards the majority of us are in fact well off, it is important for us to think about the many who do not have what we have and to work toward improving their situation, whether through job creation, training or acts of charity and generosity.

2015 Month at a Glance : September

08/30/15

Various Contributors

For all your September meetings and events.

2015 Share Life this September

08/30/15

Share Life this September! Spring has sprung and it’s time to leave the warmth of your home where you’ve been hibernating for the past 3 months and get out and about again. Here are 5 ways in which you can share life this September:

Just start talking

08/30/15

Scott Tubman

Testimonies are an essential tool for speaking to our friends about Christianity. It may be quite unusual for someone to ask you specific questions about the Christian faith (‘Is Jesus really the son of God?’) but questions like; ‘When did you get so religious?’ come up far more often. A question like that is an invitation for you to share the story of how Jesus has changed your life. It may in fact be the most natural way for an evangelistic conversation to unfold.

2015 Perspective - Of first Importance

08/30/15

Mervyn Eloff

“For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance…”1 Corinthians 15:3 As Christians we don’t often think about the gospel as a ‘tradition’ – indeed that word may make us feel quite uncomfortable when it comes to talking about Christianity. We are accustomed to using the word ‘tradition’ with reference to man-made religion and to speak about the gospel in terms of ‘relationship’ rather than religion or tradition. And at one level of course this discomfort about the word tradition is quite understandable. For did not Jesus Himself rebuke the religious elite of His day because they held onto their religious traditions and so doing set aside the Word of God (see Mark 7:6-8)?

2015 Connect News: How to upload the St James Mobile APP & Midyear Finance Update

07/26/15

Phillip Van Blerk, Gareth Heuer

This month's inside info features two items: 1. The 'How to steps" for installing our new St James Mobile APP 2. Our Midyear Financial Update

2015 Connect News : Introducing the St James Mobile APP

07/26/15

Gareth Heuer

We're excited to be announcing that we launch our St James Mobile APP today.

2015 Month at a Glance : August

07/26/15

Various Contributors

A handy guide to regular meetings and events at St James, which will take place during the month of August.

2015 Perspective - Redefining Marriage

07/26/15

Scott Tubman

Last month the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for individual states to ban same-sex marriage. The court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the denial of recognition of same-sex marriages, violates due process and the equal protection clauses of the fourteenth amendment. This was met with celebrations not only in America but around the world as a victory for freedom and equality. However it also put many Christians on the back foot as conversations began again in earnest about why we were not joining in the celebrations. What follows is far from a comprehensive response to the shift in culture and law surrounding the definition of marriage, but I hope it begins to clarify some of the important issues.

Perspective - A Generous Gospel

06/29/15

Scott Tubman

‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you, through His poverty might become rich.’ 2 Corinthans Ch 8:9 These words lie at the heart of Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians in Ch 8. It’s an appeal, not for more zeal in evangelism, but for greater generosity in their giving. Although we may feel awkward talking about money and God’s church in the same sentence, it seems neither Paul nor God Himself feel the same hesitation. For two chapters in the middle of his letter Paul discusses the special collection he was taking for the church in Jerusalem at great length. Yet at no point does he guilt trip the Corinthians or feel the need to apologise for asking in the first place. Paul simply reminds them that God is a generous God, and that Jesus Himself is a giver. Paul understood that what determines your willingness to give, is the kind of gospel you believe in.