by Baruch Worship on February 15th, 2017

You are probably well aware of the concept of "small groups" that churches use to connect people together. When I was a youngster it was called "cell groups". Although the terminology has changed over the last two decades, the purpose behind these groups have stayed the same. Maybe you aren't fully aware of the benefits of "showing up" at these groups. Maybe you feel like this is just another "project" or "scheme" for churches to try and fill their benches on a Sunday. Please allow me to explain the power that lies within showing up at these groups.

​Hebrews 10:24-25(MSG)....Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on...

We have been created for community. Although we tend to lean towards isolation, there is a fundamental need in most individuals to be surrounded and supported by others. Our everyday life is completely dependent on the successes of others (ex. farmers). This is no different for our spiritual life. We have been created to journey together as a community, instead of alone as individuals. We have just read that we are to encourage one another. This is only possible when you begin to show up.
Although technology attempts to broaden our social networking, it resulted in isolating us behind computer screens instead of interacting with others. There is something special and very human about physical interaction between people. A simple example of this is when South Africans watch rugby. There is quite a difference in the experience when watching a rugby game alone at home, at a braai with friends, or when watching the game live with 45,000 others. 
Another aspect is that there is a tremendous authority that lies within us. Our tongue has the ability to speak life or death. You never know the impact a word of encouragement can have when God allows it to penetrate into the heart of people. Sometimes in life, the difference between life and death rests upon the words spoken by a wise individual. Sometimes the life or death of your marriage rest in the wise words spoken over by our spiritual mentors in our life. We need each other. If this is true in the natural, how much more do we need each other for encouragement in our faith!
In order to receive that interaction and encouragement, you need to show up. You need to be part of the team. You never know the potential that is stored up within your story about your walk with God. There are people around you that needs those who have been through struggles in their life. There are people who are in need of your support, as you are in need of theirs.
Do not allow the enemy to steal your voice by keeping you busy. The enemy uses our silence to prevent growth to take place in the life of others. Begin to share your story. Begin to speak about your walk with God. Begin by showing up at a connect group. 

Jean Maritz
Baruch Worship Centre

by Baruch Worship on September 1st, 2016

Just a few days ago, I was sitting in my office going through my "to-do" list for the week, when I just suddenly stopped for a second. I sat back in my chair, became quite, and the idea of God's love began to fill my mind. Now this may have happened because of my short attention span or that I just became bored with all the little "sticky-notes" that was on my desk, but it surely caused me to have my own little church service right there in my office.

My father always taught me that the thing that pulls people to God is love, not judgement. I have met so many people that have been hurt by people within the church. Now I understand that there are many that use the excuse 'I got hurt in church" to justify their inactivity, but there are those who have really experienced hurt.

Consider this for a second, why do we see so many young people that enter into adulthood turn their back on God and leave the church? Why do we see so many Pastor's kids that want nothing to do with church? It is questions like these that causes me to take a critical look at what we are busy with.

There is this confusion between truth and grace. The truth is we are all sinners, but Jesus says His grace is enough. For some reason some churches got stuck by only sharing the truth, but forgot about grace. On the other hand you find churches that completely neglect truth and only focus on grace. Both ends of the spectrum is bad. It is not the one or the other, but truth and grace needs to be considered in balance of each other. The purpose of this post is not to discuss this issue, but to understand that in the end, it was love that drew me to Christ. It was the unfailing love of the Father that penetrated my heart. It was love that was the first stepping stone to the process of sanctification. 

I think that it is time for love to return to the church. I want you to ask yourself the following question: Do you truly love? Really? Do we love the way Jesus loved? When I read the Bible, I read about the Son of God coming to earth for the lost, the sick, and the broken. Jesus spent time with those who did not seem worthy of His time. How do we treat those who do not look the way we do, and speak the way we do? Are sinners welcome to attend church?

Let me conclude with this: I am not saying that sin is okay.I am not saying that everything goes and we can do what we want. What I am saying is that in order for the church to make a difference, we need to begin with love first and allow God to do the pruning. Yes, we should teach on living a moral life and doing what is right in the eyes of God, but if we are all honest, none of us had a perfect, trouble free life. Sometimes we make mistakes and other times we just simply give in to temptation, but I want to stand with David and remind you today that God's love cannot fail! Stay humble and have a repenting heart and God will do the rest.

by Baruch Worship on August 27th, 2015

I need you to take a very close look at these two Scriptures:
Galatians 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
1 John 2:16 - For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the PRIDE OF LIFE, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
When we are in Christ, we reject the pride within our life - the pride in culture, language and heritage. We exchanged this pride for unity in Christ! We now belong to the Kingdom of God that is not governed by earthly differences, but it is built on the foundation that Jesus Christ is our Lord and through Him we are now in unity and agreement with each other that stretches far beyond cultural differences and language barriers.

Its time for the church to become colour blind. It's confusing to me when I realized that the world has the upper hand on this matter. As the church, we are suppose to be the implementer of unity among different cultures and races, but this is not the case. Although with our mouth we proclaim unity, it lacks greatly within our actually church gatherings.  Now that we are in Christ, we do not see colour, but we see Christ within one another. 

by Baruch Worship on March 3rd, 2015

​Deuteronomy 31:8 - ​The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

As I meditate on this Scripture, the truth thereof grows stronger within my Spirit. Understand today that the Lord Himself goes before you. He will neither leave nor forake His children. Reflecting on the story of the Prodical son that Jesus  told, I am reminded of the father embracing his son that returned with open arms. God invites us to "Come to Him". He is ready; anxiously awaiting the return of His children. His arms are open and His heart is filled with compassion. Let us then choose Him in this day. He is our strength and fortress. He is the anchor for our soul. It is time for you to return to your Father! 

Why are you running away? Why are you scared to return to Him? We make the mistake to run away from God when we fail. Instead of running away in our time of need, we are suppose to run towards Him. He is our answer and our rock. You may have hit rock-bottom and feel that you are not worthy, but allow me to enlighten you. None of us is worthy. We are saved by His grace and His mercy. It has never been my ability or skill that has saved me, but we are all saved by grace. Dont allow lies to fill your heart. "Come to me, I am your everything!"

by Baruch Worship on February 24th, 2015

​A couple who expects the birth of their first child sometimes goes through great lengths to determine the name of their little new miracle. They would buy books and do some intense research projects to define the meanings of possible names. No parent wants their child’s name to be associated with death and violence, but instead we look for a name that can speak life and represents a successful future. Every time they call out the name of their child they want to declare a prosperous blessing over them.

We know from Scripture that God is no different when it comes to names and their meaning. There is great emphasis placed on the meanings of names throughout the entire Bible. We read in Matthew 1:21 that Mary “will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The name of Jesus, the Son of God, means “God saves”. God gave a special name to His Son that would define Jesus’ purpose here on earth. Now please allow me to ask a question that I hope will ignite something within your Spirit. What if God gave us a special name, just as He gave His Son, so that we can fulfill a special purpose He designed us for?

If by now you do not know, our congregation is known as Baruch Worship Centre. God reveals our purpose through the name He calls us. Every time someone calls us on our name, Baruch Worship Centre, they are calling to life our purpose and our task that was Divinely assigned unto us. If this is stil a bit blurry, allow me to enlighten your spiritual eyes.

The word Baruch is defined as “blessed”. If we then translate the name given to our congregation it would read “Blessed Worship Centre”. Our purpose and calling for a time such as this is to develop and grow a heartbeat of worship. For many years we attempted to fulfill man-made criteria. We went through the traditions and rituals and attempted to do that which “a normal church would do”. Let me awaken something in your heart today, Baruch Worship Centre has never been called to be a “normal” church. We have not been called to follow man-made equations and plans. We have been called to be a congregation of Blessed Worship that will ignite a heartbeat within our community that will have immeasurable impact. The moment we begin to follow God’s plan for us, we will begin to walk in power. Acts 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We have started a new movement in our congregation that will focus solemnly on the development of our worship. It is neither governed nor influenced from any man generated ideology. The Spirit of God has awakened this within us and we are following His guidance concerning this matter. If anyone is interested in sharing their heart of worship, whether it is musical ability, song writing, poems, art, spiritual dance, or singing, please make sure that you become involved in this heartbeat of Baruch Worship Centre. Anyone and everyone are welcome to join us on every Thursday evening from 19:00 until 20:00.Young and old, experienced and inexperienced; it does not matter, just make sure that you respond to the call of the Father on your life. 

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