SULLIVANS FOR THE SAVIOUR
103 Leisuredene Village
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O. Box 366
Andy +27 82
9685830 HIBBERDENE 4220
Heather +27 65 935 1605 KWAZULU NATAL
This newsletter is being sent from Union Bible
Institute (UBI) in Hilton outside Pietermaritzburg. Andy is teaching on the Gospel of John. We are staying in a flat on the UBI campus(photo) and are looking forward spending these next eight weeks visiting friends and family
in the area while we are here. UBI is one of the Bible Colleges where we send
our Zionist church leaders, there are two of our students at the College this
year. Andy was invited to teach a few
years ago but covid delayed it so finally we are able to assist them as a
number of lecturers who normally help them out are not available.
If you want us to visit please contact us on one of
the numbers listed above. We also plan
to go home to Hibberdene on some weekends.
before we went to UBI Andy attended a Mukhanyo “tutors conference” aptly named
“Distance Forum” outside Pretoria. This
is when tutors from all over South Africa AND
meet and discuss matters relating to teaching the Mukhanyo courses. He was privileged to present a paper
“Reducing Student Apathy and Increasing
Motivation”. Heather stayed with Casi
while Andy was away and was able to get her first covid “jab”. Andy spent one night with Kirsten and the
family before going to his meetings.
We will miss teaching at South Coast Bible School
this term but we rejoice that our diploma students were able to write one of
their exams even though they weren’t able to get together for teaching during
July. Pray for them as they are so close to the end with only a few
Please pray for our ZEFA Executive meetings
that will be held
at Sunbury from 8th to 10th October. We were supposed to hold our annual ZEFA
Conference over that weekend but with covid restriction we cannot, even though
we have moved to level 2. The campsite
can only accommodate 50% of capacity and
we normally get around 200 plus. Also
there is no way of restricting attendance by registering first as some of the
church people just arrive.
celebrated his birthday this past month and the family were able to come down
to stay at #104 for a few days over the long weekend. Kirsten is slowly recovering from an
operation she had a few weeks ago. Casi is still busy as usual in her doctor’s
The words of Psalm 46 are very appropriate at times like these
when things change so quickly and sometimes drastically. Verses 1 and 2 read
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will NOT FEAR though the earth
gives way …..” Sometimes it is as if
everything around us is collapsing and falling apart. We are tempted to be afraid and anxious for
family, friends and for our future. BUT verses 7 and 11 read “The LORD of hosts
is with us. the God of Jacob is our fortress”.
We can rest assured that the Sovereign God of the ages is never taken by
surprise or caught unawares by what is happening. Therefore in the words of verse 10 “be still
and know that HE IS GOD”
Thank you for your faithful prayers and loving
& Heather Sullivan
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What to do about all attacks on the true
faith in Africa? Various speakers at the Consultation agreed that firstly the
Bible must be known and understood. In addition, one has to be conscious of the
results of these influences in Africa such as self-serving leaders, corruption,
poor economies, oppression, etc. It must be realized that only the Bible speaks
authoritatively in a relevant way in any given situation.
To be able to refute the Prosperity Gospel,
there must be a total commitment to the Word of God, the true preaching of the
Word (sola Scriptura), and a realisation of God’s sovereignty and the willingness
of God’s children to suffer.
Defending the True Faith
God’s Word does not change but its
application does, according to Dr Siegfried Ngubane of the Serving in Mission
organisation (SIM), also a keynote speaker at the Consultation. The present
trend is for theology to move away from the truth; religious experiences
replace Scripture away from Christ and his Word. But Africa’s theology should
be based on the knowledge of God’s revelation and inspiration. Doctrine should
be taught from God’s Word about our God who directs us to know Him, love Him,
do His will, and live for His glory.
The question one must always ask oneself is
what the Bible says in a specific situation. The questions we ask are rooted in
our experiences, cultural beliefs and worldviews, but one should be very
careful regarding so-called contextualisation; we must not adjust sound
Biblical doctrine to suit people’s preferences. True faith is based on true
knowledge, regardless of the time and part of the world.
Mentoring Spiritual Warriors
How many Christians see themselves as
contenders and fruitful spiritual warriors? Through an approach of gentleness,
humility and respect, we must be prepared to defend the Christian faith to
anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope we have in us through a well
thought through explanation and rebuttal. Remember, hearts and minds have to be
won, not an argument. We are in the world to be contenders, the salt and light
of the world.
In the light thereof, it is the job of
Christian pastors and teachers to train students how to discern between right
and wrong. This discernment requires skill, according to Rev. Atwebembeire.
Much damage is done by so-called prophets who give wrong advice and draw people
away from institutional churches. The key is a pastor’s preaching: to teach,
motivate and grow his congregation to be informed and equipped. Discernment is
a necessary fruit of discipleship.