Posts by Elizabeth Laubscher

Be Inviting – The Power of Invitation

“Church is for believers, not for the unbelievers”. I actually heard this from a well-meaning person recently. What the person meant was, that Church services should be designed and coordinated around believers, not those who don’t yet trust in Christ.I want to push back a little on this view. If we design and coordinate our […]

Lent devotionals

Pancake day and Lent are just around the corner… Pancake day, properly known as Shrove Tuesday, is coming up next week, 5th March. It isn’t wildly popular here in South Africa, but to my mind it’s a great excuse for a thoroughly unhealthy pancake supper and the fun of trying to toss the pancakes! After all […]

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? In Luke 9:20, Jesus asks His followers the question, “Who do you say that I am?” This seems a very straightforward question regarding Jesus’ identity, yet it is not. Although Peter will answer, “The Christ (Messiah) of God”, that does not imply that Peter really understood what he was answering. This becomes clear […]

What does the Bible say about Giving?

WHAT DOES HE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GIVING? As Christians we want our view of giving, money and possessionsto be shaped by God’s Word and not our increasingly materialistic culture. During his ministry, Jesus Christ taught extensively about these things. He warned clearly about the danger of loving money more than God; he urged his followers […]

Y.O.L.0

Y.O.L.O “You only live once…” How should we respond to the truth that we only get one shot at life? One approach is hedonism. You only live once, therefore maximise selfish pleasure and sensual experience. Frank Sinatra, who seemed to have given this approach a good go, famously said: “You only live once, and the […]

Expressing Ourselves When We Sing

Expressing ourselves when we sing There are countless passages in the Bible which speak of praising God, and many reasons why we should praise God, (we are “called out of darkness” – 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 4:11“Praise Him for His mighty deeds” and Psalm 150:2). Of course,one of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest […]

The Call of Every Christian

The Call of Every Christian… When we read Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28:18-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of allnations…” or Acts 1:8, “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We might be tempted to think that this call is only […]

DOXOLOGY: THE GOAL OF THEOLOGY

DOXOLOGY: THE GOAL OF THEOLOGY STUDYING GOD IS NOT ONLY FOR MENTAL STIMULATION… J.I Packer is quoted as saying, “Theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness.” Theology comes from the Greek word “Theos” which means God, to engage in theology is to study God or his […]