The 2015 Twin Cities Camp Meeting was a powerful spiritual encounter with God. God’s spokesperson Pastor Clifford Nhlapo, President of KwaZulu Natal Freestate Conference spoke from the Biblical prophetic writings. Pastor Nhlapo pointed out that these prophetic writings of the Bible are relevant for us today. Every day he would pick two passages from the prophetic writings, one for the morning service and the other for the evening service. He would share relevant instruction, pointing out God’s will for us as individuals and as a church. Pastor Nhlapo told the congregation that these messages where given for our instruction, correction, rebuke and our edification.
The pastor picked passages from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Zachariah, and several other prophetic books to challenge the people to live right and be winsome in the community where they live. The pastor would then move from the Old Testament and use passages from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and other New Testament passages to appeal to churches and Individuals to do ministry as a people who are living in the last days waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He preached the grace of God, forgiveness, mercy, and pointed people to the love of Jesus. On Sabbath July 25, Pastor Clifford Nhlapo speaking to about 1,196 people in the main auditorium, used Zechariah 3 to point out our wretchedness before a Holy God. Then he pointed to God’s grace; “Take away the filthy garments from him. And He said . . . Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel”
The message throughout the week was about God’s grace and His love for us. Yes, we are sinners in need of a Savior. Jesus paid it all and we are justified and He is coming again to receive His people unto Himself. Like Peter, the preacher said “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . .”
During this Camp meeting we heard, we saw with our own eyes and felt with our hearts the gospel appeal for Repentance and Baptism. Many experienced in their hearts how Godly sorrow over sin brings repentance that leads to salvation. We all watched as several souls accepted Jesus Christ as Savor and Lord. We witnessed 18 souls join the church by baptism.
Now I know that in this contemporary culture, the most acceptable message has nothing to do with sin or sinner. Many preachers only talk about a change of lifestyle and a change of life circumstances with no repentance of sin. The Bible teaches about accepting Jesus, and that when one sees and accepts grace, that person will repent and turn away from sin and sinful ways (Rom 10). Pastor Clifford Nhlapo challenged the camp meeting that the church must live in the community as people who have been saved and as people who have the good news. We must be willing to share that good news, telling friends that Jesus is a Savior, so “no one should perish!” We must also tell our friends and neighbors that Jesus is coming back as Judge. Yes Jesus wants to save men and women, boys and girls. Yes, Jesus loves all people from every race, nation and tongue. Yes, His mercy extends to every sinner right up until the moment they die, but that mercy must be accepted! Yes, it is all by grace. My friends, we are saved by grace alone! The judgement is given in favor of the sinner who accepts grace. This is the good news of the Christian faith.
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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