Friday, April 23, 2010

Godly moments in a strange place (MMC2010)

My journey to MMC2010 was much more than I had expected.

Our journey started with anticipation, bikes loaded like a Hilux bakkie and grown men as excited as small boys. We left from Somerset-West, Western Cape to Greytown Natal on our round about journey of 3520km.



While riding through our beautiful country we were confronted with God’s majesty. From the Mountains of the beautiful Cape to the plains of the Karoo we saw God’s creativity, His grace and His greatness.
Our trip to Greytown was a sermon in itself with God providing the backdrop. We came together as guys who knew a little about one another but ended as friends who shared a amazing experience with God. Riding, camping and being together became a song of worship that was answered by God Almighty.
We reached the farm Shalom at Greytown joining the other guys of our Church for the conference. Pitching our tents, joining 300 000 men for a weekend of seeking the face of God.
On my way I listened to the books of Ron Martoia. Transformational Architecture: Reshaping Our Lives as Narrative This book is available at Audible.com It is a very interesting, liberal and thought provoking book. The interesting thing was that this liberal and academic Ron came to the same conclusions as the ultra conservative Angus Buchan. In the meantime I was busy with my Bible study with the book Jona where I too reached the same conclusion. Thus on these three levels I had experienced God’s will for my life and the World we live in. Couple this with the exhilarating spiritual bike trip and the experience of 300 000 men praying and singing together in the presence of God and you have Godly moments in a strange place.
What is this NEW message of God? God loves me, God loves you and God wants us to love one another. He wants us to live forgiveness, grace and mercy. He wants us to live with respect for Him and for those around us. He not only wants to bring healing but He also wants to bring hope. So what was new? The fact that 300 000 men bowed their knees in a communal worship and said “Yes Lord, I choose to make these things part of my life” This was more than the rational choice we as South Africans (especially Afrikaanse manne) usually makes. Grown men stood crying confessing their sins, sometimes even before the sermon.
Then there were holy moments at the tents, where men sat down and took off their masks. They allowed others into their broken lives. Telling stories of failure, pain, brokenness, confessing their sins and praying for one another. I SAW God working in and through men, not only those who were trained for spiritual work, but those who where willing to open themselves up to the living God.
If I have to talk about my spirituality I must confess that the way Angus Buchan uses the Bible does not really fill me with excitement. But I am convinced that the Lord God uses him in a wonderful way. With all respect my experience is that he has two messages that he preaches over and over again. When I look at some of the prophets of the Old Testament I find people who were called to deliver one message. Take for example Jona, one message and a whole city was saved! Angus Buchan has a life calling and I pray that he will stay true to it. He is helping the church, he is not starting a new church.He never tries to talk theology.

He reminds me of Paul in 1 Cor. 2:

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.


I think that if there is one thing that we can learn from him, it is to stay true to the basics. To live with passion and to dare to walk by faith and not by sight.
On our way home we talked about our experiences and I could not help but smile at the thought that if the church (all the denominations) are so busy with their plans, visions and great theology that they do not focus enough on the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ – then Jesus Christ will call upon a farmer to do His miracles. God does not need somebody with a systematic theology or a sort out spirituality. When we tend to make things too complicated, God will use those who are willing to bow down and submit. He is not in need of our knowledge, He wants us to love Him. I did not agree with all Oom Angus had said, but then again I do not want to follow Oom Angus, and luckily he is not looking for followers, he is just pointing them to Christ in the only way he knows.
The trip on the bike back was absolutely the most amazing blessing. We were surrounded by beauty! It was as if the Lord God Himself spoke the blessing on our lives.
I know my Saviour lives and that He is still calling me to preach the basics, to build relationships, to love those around me and to love Him with everything I am.
Thank you Father for Godly moments in a strange place.



8 comments:

  1. rucarldo oosthuizenApril 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    i was there and this message hits home with the same simplicity as oom angus. blessings on your work to bring the message across.

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  2. Thank you Paul, I experience this godly moments in your sermons as well as on your blog. It is a shame that you are not allowed to preach more. We need Christ not lessons in politics.

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  3. YES THE COMPLETION SEED WAS SOWN!AND THE PERFORMANCE ORIENTATED MIND BLOWN! FREEDOM IN CHRIST HAS SHOWN OUR INHERITANCE WAITING AT HOME. I KNOW GET THE MESSAGE CLEARLY. AS A MAN SEES SO HE IS. sean

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  4. Awesome Paul. Ek LOVE die grasie wat jy gee vir iemand wat teologies op so 'n ander planeet as jy (en ek ;) is! Ek stem heeltemal saam dat die Here vir oom Angus gebruik om ONTMOONTLIKE versoening te bewerkstellig. Maar dink jy nie dalk die rede dat hy soveel inspraak het is dat sy teologie so eenvoudig en accessible is nie?

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  5. Ben ek stem een honderd present saam met jou. Se die Bybel nie dat ons soos kindertjies moet word nie. Ons wil egter so graag meer geleerd wees.

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  6. Ek wens iemand kan ons liewe Ds Hannes ook net help om by die eenvoud van die evangelie uit te kom

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  7. I believe that every man at the Mighty Man Conference was handpicked by God himself. Not to just listen to the message, but to take that message to the world. Whether it’s just to take it home to your family or to take it further, Only God will know. He has got a different plan for each of us. I would like to do my bit by sending out this e-mail to give other men something to think about.

    I would like to see a country where we can look deeper than skin color, where we can stop competing and trying to be the same and start to respect each other for our differences, where we can see others through the eyes of Jesus. Do you love someone enough to die for that person? Jesus does and he did, for everyone of every skin color. Who the hell are you to think you are better? Stop hating and calling yourself Christians, you can’t be both.

    You are your child/ children’s hero, everything you say and do are perceived as the right way. Please don’t teach your children to hate, don’t swear at them. Teach them respect, with respect and please teach them to read the bible. How can you discipline your child for doing wrong if you teach it as right? Remember that our children were entrusted to us by God, to raise and educate them according to the will of God. Please make the right choice.

    When you go to bed at night, say a prayer for our president and parliament. Everyone has got something to say, but if you really think about it, is it a job that you would like to do. I know that I would rather not, and a prayer will cost you nothing and He answers prayers. If we all pray, it could only go better, because God is almighty and nothing is too much for Him.

    As for your wife, I am the last person to preach to others, I make a lot of mistakes myself. Please respect your wife. Open up to her, tell her how you feel and look for answers together. I’m not an expert on this subject and struggling myself, but I brought Christ in to our marriage a week ago and the results are clearly noticeable. If God is for you, who can be against you?

    I would like to tell everyone that I have given my life, my wife and son and every other aspect of my life to Christ. Life makes much more sense and is much more enjoyable now. I love the Lord and therefore love every person made and loved by the Lord.

    I pray to You Lord to please give me the strength to live according to Your will, and to give me the wisdom to help and encourage others to seek You in their lives. In Jesus name,

    Amen

    Written by

    P.Visser.

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