Perspective - True Freedom

09/29/17

Mervyn Eloff

This October we celebrate 49 years of God’s grace at St James. How thankful we can be for all that the Lord has done, as we trust Him for future blessings. In the Bible the number 7 and its multiples are important numbers. In Genesis 2 we read that God rested from His creation work on the 7th day, declaring it holy, a Sabbath day. Israel were thus commanded to honour the Sabbath both in remembrance of God the Creator and, after their deliverance from Egypt, also in remembrance of God their Redeemer (compare Exodus 20:8-11 with Deuteronomy 5:12-14). In the Book of Revelation, the number 7 represents God and His perfections. And, of particular significance for our 49th birthday as a church, we note in Leviticus 25:8-54, that the 49th year ushers in the year of Jubilee, a year to remember the freedom that God’s people enjoy because He has redeemed them from slavery. For Israel that meant remembering their deliverance from bondage in Egypt and living practically as the free people of God. For us today it means remembering the even greater deliverance from the penalty and power of sin that Jesus has brought about. It is this greater deliverance and the true freedom that flows from it that Jesus is speaking about in John 8:34-36

49 Years of Grace - A legacy worth celebrating

09/29/17

Mervyn Eloff

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.

Test Drive Kids Ministry

09/29/17

Jenni Galloway

Our aim in St James Kids’ Ministry is to see children put their trust in the Lord Jesus, to see them grow in Him as they come to grips with His Word and to equip them to serve Him where ever they are. If you would like to find out more about serving on the Kids’ Ministry team please join us at one of the two TEST DRIVE meetings we will be holding.

Month at a glance - October 2017

09/29/17

Various Contributors

October is our birthday month! We have much to give thanks for as we reflect on and celebrate 49 years of God's grace to us as a local church.

Perspective - A Delicate Balance

09/01/17

Mervyn Eloff

"Fear God, honour the King." 1 Peter 2:17 The words quoted above form part of the Apostle Peter's exhortation to his readers that, by their good deeds, they should be witnesses for Christ before a watching and sometimes even hostile world. In such a world, Christians were (and are) misunderstood and misrepresented. Peter's deep concern was that, as far as it depended on believers, the grounds for such misunderstanding and misrepresentation be removed. As he puts it in 1 Peter 2:15: "It is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people."

Turning Strangers into Friends

09/01/17

Various Contributors

As we pass the mid-year of Connect 2017 - Reach500 and head into Spring, it is exciting to hear so many stories of Gospel conversations and invites in response to the Reach500 challenge, and to see so many new faces on our campus. But for some it may still seem like an impossible task. So, we thought this article may be an encouragement to you.

Month at a glance - September 2017

09/01/17

Various Contributors

September dates for meetings and events which will take place both on and off our campus. Please be in prayer for our two special events taking place mid-September “Future Proof Your Life”. The first is an opportunity for us to connect with our neighbourhood on Thursday evening 14th where we will be hosting Robyn Hey of Robyn Hey Attorneys and Mike Moore of WellsFaber. Robyn and Mike will give you practical advice on future proofing your life in an uncertain world. There will be an opportunity to have free wills drafted and a chance to consult with experts on how to safeguard your wealth and protect what is yours. The second is on Sunday 17th, where all three services will be evangelistic. So invite a friend to come and join us on Sunday the17th at St James to hear about God’s plan to “Future proof You Life”.

Perspective - A lesson from Barnabas

07/27/17

Scott Tubman

In this month’s Perspective we take a closer look at ‘encouragement’ and what it means to encourage one another. “The Bible says that God gives to some people the gift of encouragement (Rom 12:8), but that encouragement is also something that should characterise every Christian (Heb 13:3). We have all felt the disappointment of being discouraged, but what does it mean to encourage someone? How can we be more like Barnabas and have it so much a part of who we are, that it is the thing people most remember about us too?”

Upcoming Events - August

07/27/17

Various Contributors

August is action packed full of events and one of the highlights is the upcoming visit of Vaughan Roberts as the keynote speaker for the Cape Town Men’s Convention. He will also be our guest preacher at St James that weekend and will be speaking from Revelation at both the 8am & 10am services. Not to be missed!

Focus on GriefShare & DivorceCare (& DC4K)

07/27/17

Various Contributors

This month we take a brief look at two support groups, DivorceCare and GriefShare, both of which have been a huge encouragement and help to those who have either gone through the pain of divorce, or who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Month at a glance - August 2017

07/27/17

Various Contributors

August is a busy month as all our ministry activities start up again for the third term. Below are dates to diarize as well as events to pray for as together we partner in Gospel ministry.

Perspective 2017 - The Cross-Shaped Life

06/30/17

Mervyn Eloff

For those who first heard Jesus’ call to the cross-shaped life of the disciple, there was a real chance of actual death. The early Christians were fiercely persecuted and some were killed for their faith. In their case they were literally called to take up the cross and follow Jesus. This is a reminder to us that as Christian disciples we should not be surprised if we are persecuted for our faith.

Ten tips on developing a heart for the “lost” in kids - by Kidswise

06/30/17

Sandy Galea

Ten tips on developing a heart for the “lost” in kids - by Kidswise Tips taken from Sandy Galea’s Blog. https://www.kidswise.com.au/about/blog/40-ten-tips-on-developing-a-heart-for-the-lost-in-kids

Front Page - Update on Red Post Church

06/30/17

Cameron Shabangu

Thank you, to everyone who has supported this initiative and church plant. We thank the Lord we have been able to secure a venue for our Sunday services. We have also been granted society status at UCT which is an answer to prayer.

Month at a Glance - July 2017

06/30/17

Various Contributors

For all our events and meetings taking place over the month of July.

Perspective - Lord and Christ

05/28/17

Mervyn Eloff

“God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ” Acts 2:36 Celebrating Ascension Day, it is even better to live day by day in the light of the ascension of Jesus, trusting in Him as our one and only Saviour, submitting to Him as our One and only Lord, and prayerfully proclaiming Him to the people that God brings across our path every day.

Who will stand next to you in Heaven?

05/28/17

Lisa Craye

The South African Sign Language Bible Translation Project (TSASLBTP) began in 2013, spearheaded by Hands With Words (HWW), a ministry that seeks to “Love, serve and uplift the Deaf into being a part of God’s Kingdom on earth.” The ultimate way to love, serve and uplift anyone is to give them the gift of God’s Word in the language of their hearts.

Month at a glance - June 2017

05/28/17

Various Contributors

Month at a glance for all events and happenings at St James over June 2017.

Connect and Serve in Audiovisual Ministry

05/28/17

Gerhard Bothma

The more we serve the more we grow! One great opportunity to serve is within our Audiovisual Ministry. Listed below are a number of areas where some additional volunteers are needed to serve.

Perspective - According to the Scriptures

04/28/17

Mervyn Eloff

In this month’s Perspective we take a look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, as it provides us with a striking reminder of Paul’s gospel. This gospel was not something that Paul invented, a charge that was often leveled against him by his enemies. But, The gospel that Paul preached, he tells us, is a gospel which he ‘received’ and ‘passed on’ to the Corinthians as of ‘first importance’ (1 Corinthians 15:3). So the question we’ll explore is thus: “From whom did Paul receive this gospel which he preached?”

Time for our Soul Food Market 2017

04/28/17

Various Contributors

It’s time for our annual Soul Food Market! Something for everyone! Join us for our St James Annual Soul Food Market on Friday 5 May. There will be lots of yummy things to eat, stuff for kids, crafters and an awesome Jazz Band. Bring the whole family!

Ministry Focus - Mammas & Munchkins

04/28/17

Various Contributors

This month's ministry focus is on Mammas & Munchkins. A place where the mamma next to you will really understand what you're going through! It is a place where you are free to encourage, learn & share your daily struggles & joys.A place where all mammas & munchkins can feel part of a greater church family.

Month at a glance - May 2017

04/28/17

Various Contributors

Month at a glance reflects all the events and regular meetings taking place on and off our campus over the month of April.

Perspective - Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

04/03/17

Mervyn Eloff

In this month’s Perspective, we take a look at “Christ the Power and Wisdom of God”. In our world, as in Paul’s world, the message of Jesus’ death for sinners seems to be pathetic and absurd. Based on human wisdom and human power it is a message which we would never preach. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds believers what they know from their own experience of God’s grace in their lives.

Connect - UNITE Easter Convention

04/03/17

Various Contributors

At this year’s UNITE Easter Convention we will be looking at great truths marked by the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Gospel which was rediscovered then is as powerful to change now. The three great ‘solas’ – the ‘alones’ - which mark the key elements of the Good News, Faith in Christ and Grace will be explored from the Bible to show how essential they are to genuine Christianity, vibrant spiritual life and church growth. The series should enrich our vision of Christ and invigorate us in our discipleship.

Update on our Finances April 2017

04/03/17

Phillip Van Blerk

As we look at the final figures of 2016 we see that the Lord once again, through the generosity of His people, provided the resources we needed for gospel growth in and through St James. Thank you so much for your partnership in this way. Below is a short summary of our financial positon as a church in terms of our income and expenditure for last year compared to 2015.

Month at a glance - April 2017

04/03/17

Various Contributors

Month at a glance reflects all the events and regular meetings taking place on and off our campus over the month of April.

Perspective - A vision for the lost

03/01/17

Scott Tubman

In this month's Perspective we look at the question of how will ‘Reach500’ capture our imagination and energy this year? God might ‘switch you on’ to the urgency of reaching 500 people with the message of Jesus in any number of ways, but one way that is guaranteed, is for us to remind ourselves of where the ‘good news’ of Jesus begins.

Ministry Focus - Where to serve

03/01/17

Scott Tubman

Our mission is to introduce people of all ages to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and to help them to grow to maturity in Christ. One of the ways we achieve this is to invite Christians to serve in and through the St James community. By matching gifts and personalities to opportunities to serve, we connect with each other as well as our neighbouring communities. The more we serve the more we grow!

Month at a glace - March 2017

03/01/17

Various Contributors

A quick reference for all events and meetings taking place over the month of March at St James.

New at St James

03/01/17

Various Contributors

Introducing Cameron Shabangu, who is new to our staff team as well as the launch of the Explore Correspondence Course on site at St James.

Perspective - True Repentance

02/01/17

Mervyn Eloff

To repent in Biblical terms is to turn away from what is wrong and to turn back to what is right, first in one’s thinking and then, as a result of this change of mind, in one’s daily life. And as Martin Luther saw clearly, and as the Bible itself affirms, this change in mind and life was not a simple once-off thing, but a daily process. It was to this life of repentance that Jesus called people during His earthly ministry, and it is to this life of repentance that He continues to call people today.

St James Child Protection Policy

02/01/17

Kirstin Kukard

St. James Kids’ and Youth Ministries are stepping up their game when it comes to keeping our kids safe and keeping everyone connected to what is happening. As a result, they will be doing things a bit differently this year.

2017 Upcoming Events and dates for the first quarter

02/01/17

Various Contributors

Some dates and events for the first quarter to add to your calendar.

2017 February Month at a Glance

02/01/17

Various Contributors

All our February events and dates to add to your calendar.

Perspective - Peace on Earth?

01/01/17

Scott Tubman

This month's perspective reflects on a familiar Carol " I heard the bells on Christmas Day" and what the coming of Jesus means to each of us. By coming to earth, Jesus experienced this broken world first hand (Isaiah 53:3). However, He came not just to sympathise, but to reconcile us to the God we have rejected. The good news of the angel’s song is that peace with God is within our grasp, even while the world is groaning under the weight of sin.

The Measure of a Year

01/01/17

Scott Tubman

Looking back on 2016 there is so much to give thanks for and so we put pen to paper to not only reflect on 2016 but to also share some exciting new initiatives we have planned for 2017.

Introducing those new to our staff team

01/01/17

Various Contributors

In 2017 we have the joy of adding to our staff team. Kirsten Kukard will be joining us for one year, to come alongside Jenni Galloway in our Children’s ministry, to teach, assist and to do a strategic analysis of our Ministry to Children. And Donne’ Daniels will be coming on board as a Children’s Worker Apprentice from mid Feb 2017.

2017 Month at a Glance

01/01/17

Various Contributors

As we launch into the new year here are dates to add to your calendar.

Perspective - This Same Jesus

12/02/16

Mervyn Eloff

Advent reminds us that the first and the second coming of Jesus are inseparably connected in the Person and Mission of Jesus. Thus while we wait for His return, we work for the extension of His Kingdom through the worldwide proclamation of His death and resurrection. Those who wait are called to witness. This is our responsibility and our very great privilege.

2016 Connect News December Christmas Diary

12/02/16

Various Contributors

For all your information about the happenings and services over the Christmas season.

2016 Month at a Glance : December

12/02/16

Various Contributors

For all the dates for events taking place over December.

Perspective - Contending for the Faith

11/02/16

Mervyn Eloff

In this month's Perspective we look at the things that are worth standing for, things worth fighting for, things, to use Jude’s word, worth contending for.

Connect News - Mind, Heart, Life

11/02/16

Scott Tubman

This past Sunday we took time to celebrate and thank God for His goodness and provision over the last 48 years. So this is a perfect opportunity to reflect on our progress for Connect 2016.

St James Connect Front Page November musings

11/02/16

Various Contributors

St James Connect News front page musings for November

2016 Month at a Glance : November

11/02/16

Various Contributors

For your November calendar of events and activities you can download November month at a glance.

Perspective - The Fruit Bearing Gospel

09/25/16

Mervyn Eloff

This month’s perspective looks at the Fruit Bearing Gospel, the Gospel that we are called to believe and not only to believe but also unashamedly and eagerly to preach in our own day.

Operation Christmas Box 2016

09/25/16

Various Contributors

With only a few weeks till Christmas, we will be collecting and filling Christmas boxes for children, as we support two of our local REACH SA Churches in Gospel partnership. Collection will be from Sunday 16th October – 20 November.

48 Years of God's Faithfulness

09/25/16

Mervyn Eloff

This October we celebrate 48 years of God’s faithfulness to us at St James. How grateful we are to Him.

Those we support in mission

09/25/16

Various Contributors

At St James we support a number of folk who work full-time in missions. Please keep them in prayer as they value our prayers and partnership, as they labour for the Gospel both locally and abroad.