The Lord has called and RCSS ordained to the office of ruling elder, Rudolf Botha (right of Rev. Jooste), and to the office of deacon, Adam Jooste (left of Rev. Jooste).
In Belgic Confession Article 27, we confess certain foundational truths about the nature of Christ’s church: things like its universality, its unity and its holiness. Vital to our understanding of the church and its attributes is that they find their ultimate source in the workings of the Triune God. It
To learn more, listen to this sermon on Belgic Confession article 27. If you are curious to learn more about the Reformed confessions and why RCSS is a confessional church, you click can here and here.
Is Christ’s command in Matthew 5:38-42 to forsake retaliation normative for Christians in all spheres of life? If so, then what does one do with the New Testament affirmation of the God-ordained legitimacy of civil government that bears the sword? How, then, does a Christian know when to turn the
Simon Jooste’s first sermon preached as an ordained minister from Deuteronomy 31. You can listen to it here. What exactly is it that defines the church and what defines a Christian? Well, simply put, the answer is: the Word of God. The church is a creature of the
In Matthew 5:33-48, Jesus – as the one greater than Moses – contrasts his spiritual kingdom with the earthly geopolitical kingdom of Israel in the Promised Land, governed by the laws of the Mosaic (Old) covenant. What is most striking about Christ’s words here is that he overturns God’s commands
The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day believed that they had kept the 6th commandment by not committing the gross external act of murder. In keeping with the penetrating and disorienting nature of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount so far, in Matthew 5: 21-26 Jesus proclaims that anger in the
On Sunday morning, we looked at the Deuteronomy 26 as the ceremonial laws found there to help shed further light on the radical words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, especially in Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think I came to abolish the law and the prophets; I
Can we benefit from these words of Rev. Robert Godfrey from over a decade ago written in the North American context? I think so… The Westminster Directory of Publick Worship has a significant section on the preaching of the Word. It begins by stressing the spiritual importance of preaching and