Preaching

Angels & Demons entire doc

QUESTIONS ON ANGELS, the DEVIL, DEMONS, DELIVERANCE & SPIRITUAL WARFARE  Here are 23 questions we were asked during the recent mini-series on the above topic – and then an attempt to give a concise, clear and biblical answer to each. A : ANGELS Do you become an angel when you die? Do believers have angels […]

Creativity In You

Following are the notes from our weekly staff meeting at One Life Church. -By Grant Crawford “You have far more Creativity in you than you can imagine” Would you describe yourself as creative? Our view of a creative person is often packaged in flowing hair of various shades; tie dyed garments hanging loosely over sandals, moving in a […]

Primary Preaching Training

Here  are some thoughts on approaching preaching biblically, based on our primary preaching training course outline at One Life Church. Preparation to preach “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; […]

Advanced Preaching Training Part 2

Attention, impact, memorable based on AIDA-communication model 1. How did Jesus do it? 1.1 Signs and Wonders “…prophecy …led to whole town hearing gospel.” – Jn 4 “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.” – Lk 5:15  1.2 Illustration ” […]

Advanced Preaching Training Part 1

Advanced Preaching training This is an overview of preaching is designed to remind the preacher of vital components in preaching as well as a focus on how to sharpen your preaching skills. 1. Preparing the preacher to preach. “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living […]

Some Ways God Heals

3 Models of Healing Dispensational Hyper-Faith Biblical 3 Grounds for Healing Covenant (Ex. 15:26 cf., Hebrews 8:6) Atonement (Is. 53:4 cf.; Mw. 8:17) Kingdom (Mw. 12:28) 3 Pillars of Healing Spirit of God (power encounter) Word of God (truth encounter) People of God (love encounter) Why God heals compassion in response to faith to bring […]

Church and Change

Why we change things How can we be relevant as a church and reach our city in today’s society? Two types of churches In the world today, we find that there are two “philosophies” about what the church is or should be like The Half-Time Church: the church is only for Christians. It’s a place […]

Angels & Demons Part 2

C : DEMONS What is the difference between a ‘power’ and a ‘principality’? Probably very little, if any at all – certainly less than enthusiastic constructors of demonic ‘hierarchies’ would have us believe! When Paul says our battle is against “rulers…authorities…powers…forces” (Ep 6/12 cf. 3/10, Col 1/16, 2/15, Ro 8/38) he is simply using several […]

Angels & Demons Part 1

As part of our Ultimate Man series, we did a three-part “series-within-the-series”, called Spiritual Warfare, Angels & Demons. A topic such as this can raise questions, so we asked church people to ask away and Nigel Day-Lewis put together the following bible-based responses. QUESTIONS ON ANGELS, the DEVIL, DEMONS, DELIVERANCE & SPIRITUAL WARFARE  Here are […]

Angels & Demons Part 3

As part of our Ultimate Man series, we did a three-part “series-within-the-series”, called Spiritual Warfare, Angels & Demons. A topic such as this can raise questions, so we asked church people to ask away and Nigel Day-Lewis put together the following bible-based responses. Here is part 3. D : DELIVERANCE Should you cast demons out […]

Empowered Preaching

By Grant Crawford. Notes from NCF Church’s weekly staff meeting compiled by Sabine Mahabeer. In the 70s, a movement called the “Charismatic Renewal” spread throughout South Africa. Many Christians left their churches, in which there had been no room for the moving of the Holy Spirit and formed the so-called “Cottage Meetings”. What followed was […]

Some thoughts on Grace | Part 1

The Grace of God by Nigel Day-Lewis Grace has been the most preached/sung/written about topic in recent years. Anyone who’s anyone has wanted to get in on the act and preach their series, write their book or compose their song about it. No doubt much of it is good – but judging from some of […]

Finishing Strong

By Tristan Kirn. Notes from NCF Church staff meeting compiled by Sabby Mahabeer. In continuation of our series “Conviction” in the book of 2 Timothy, here are some encouraging thoughts on Finishing Strong. We live in the “Information Age”, where we can access things and information instantaneously, with as little as a phone and a […]

Prophecy

By Aiden Whitaker Aiden Whitaker, a pastor at NCF Church, shares his heart on prophecy at an NCF staff meeting. What is prophecy? When it comes to prophecy in the Bible there are 2 elements that help us understand what it is; that of “foretelling” and “forth-telling”. Foretelling deals with speaking about something that is […]

40 Lessons in 40 Years

With new elders coming on team all the time it is essential that we don’t make the same mistakes year after year. God has shown us things over the years. Some are seasonal, others are principles which endure through time. What follows is a summary of these lessons in this downloadable eBook. 40 lessons in […]

Handling Discipline

By Grant Crawford When elders are called on to discipline a person it is a critical moment in the life of the church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject. Scripture reference: 1 tim 5:1 & 20 ; 2 tim 4:2 ; Titus 1:9 When elders get it […]

Handling Finance in a Meeting

By Grant Crawford We have learnt a lot about handling finance in a meeting during our years here at NCF Church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject. Two extreme errors pastors can slip into: When they are silent on financial matters or When the begin begging/cajoling […]

Ministering to the Elderly

By Grant Crawford We have learnt a lot about ministering to the elderly during our years here at NCF Church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to ministering to the elderly. The older you get the more resistant you get to the gospel. Send the elderly to preach […]

Preaching Training: Session 1

Why God Should Be Supreme in Preaching The Goal of Preaching: The Glory of God Rom 10.14-15 : Isa 52.7 :: Good news : “Your God reigns” “The only submission to the Lordship of Christ that fully magnifies his worth and reflects his beauty is the humble gladness of the human soul in the glory […]

Ministry to the Elderly

It is a complete joy to serve our gracious grannies and grandpas and elderly singles and “love on them”. They have such a wealth of wisdom and experience and are wonderful prayer warriors in our midst! Some of them have been married for over 50 years and have great grandchildren. Focusing on the Elderly:   […]

Preaching Training: Session 2

HOW TO MAKE GOD SUPREME IN PREACHING (GUIDANCE FROM THE MINISTRY OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) “Choose one great theologian and apply [yourself] throughout life to understanding and mastering his thought” (67). Keep God Central: The Life of Jonathan Edwards SUBMIT TO SWEET SOVEREIGNTY: The Theology of Edwards “The goal of all that God does is to […]

Preaching Training: Recommended Reads

On preaching: 1) ” I believe in preaching” by John Stott 2) “Prophetic preaching” by Michael Eaton 3) ” The supremacy of God in preaching ” by John Piper   On theology:  1) ” renewal theology ” by Rodman Williams 2) ” systematic theology” by Wayne Grudem 3) ” elemental theology ” by Bancroft   […]

Preaching Training: Introduction

Preparation to preach.( 2 Timothy 4v1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.3 […]

Leading by the Book

There are different models and styles of leadership the world over. You have autocratic, democratic, control freak, motivational, strategic leaders and leaders who follow procedures. All these leadership genres are incomplete and limited in their own way.   Our God is the ultimate leader, there is leadership in heaven and God leads both heaven and earth from […]