"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven"
A Word of Welcome!
It is a privilege to welcome you all to the 2023 National Conference.
The theme for this conference is “Ablaze.” It is anchored in our theme for the year, being “Keep the Fire Burning” as well as on Matthew 5: 14-16 (NKJV), which instructs us as follows: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The time we are living in calls us, in many ways like never before, to be a lamp on a lampstand. To not hide who we are and what we believe, but be unashamed in our Pentecostal testimony and belief proclaiming and sharing our faith and taking up our Missional calling as people of the Holy Spirit.
Our light should not only shine to those in our communities and workplaces but must also give light to all who are in the house. It is of utmost importance that we pass our faith heritage and the DNA of Pentecost on to the next generation. Our children and young people need to understand where we come from, who we are and what we believe. Our house - being the AFM church, must be a place that is accessible to all people, especially to our youth and children.
In a time of ethical and moral decay on a worldwide basis, we must let our light shine before all people in such a way that they may see our good deeds and moral excellence and recognize, honour and glorify our Father in heaven. This speaks to the importance of a constantly lived, testimony. Not only on Sundays or at certain events, but every day and everywhere. It includes the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The children’s song “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” based on Matthew 5: 16 and originally written by Harry Dixon around 1920, reminds us to let our light shine everywhere we go.
Our light should never be focused on glorifying human leaders, personalities or earthly philosophies, but must always reflect Jesus. All our services and ministry activities must be spaces where the Holy Spirit is welcome and active. Wherever the Holy Spirit is present, Jesus will be glorified.
I trust that the 2023 National Conference will not just be another meeting, but a time of real upliftment, transformation, motivation and renewal. Let us enjoy each other’s presence (talk to someone you do not know) and make the most of worshipping God together as one AFM church.
Love and Regards,
President of the AFM of SA
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