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Special events have been planned to coincide with the South African public holidays.

Starting in April 2015, these will include events like a Passover Meal, a bring-and-braai at Kloofendal, Church work party, International Food Festival, and a movie night. All members, adherents and friends of Holy Trinity are invited to join in these days.

This webpage will be updated with the dates of the events.

The Reason For Violence

During a recent talk show the host asked the question, ‘Why do we have such a violent nation?’ In the light of what is happening in our country at the moment it is an important question to ask. In an article that appeared in the Citizen newspaper recently the author wrote about dealing with the cause of a problem and not the symptom. Although this is the right approach in order to find out the reason for the escalating violence he did not get to the root of the matter because he concluded that the predominant reason for crime is to be found mainly in poverty.

It appears that people who want to find an answer as to why people commit acts of violence generally only look at the symptom and try to deal with it and in doing so they do not look at the cause. Poverty, a lack of good education, deprivation, ill health, being an orphan or any other condition is not the cause for people being violent and committing crimes. The main reason for them behaving violently is revealed in the pages of Scripture, which many people do not want to hear because of their prejudice, rejection and indifference towards the Word of God. Whether people agree with God’s Word or not God has made known to us the reason why people conduct themselves in this corrupt way. Violent actions, conduct, behaviour and attitudes are as a result of a sinful heart. The heart of man’s problem is man’s heart. Jesus said very clearly that out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander, (Matthew 15:19). The implication of the words of Jesus is that all kinds of evil come from the heart, which is captivated by sin.

The heart is the cause of all forms of wickedness because as Jeremiah the Prophet said, ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure’ (Jeremiah 17:9).  The heart is not the organ that pumps blood throughout the body but it is a person’s nature, which determines the condition of their character. Everyone enters this world at birth with a heart that is polluted by sin (Psalm 51:5) and continues to live pursuing after the hearts desire, which is to gratify the sinful nature (Psalm 58:3). Every person will not act in the same violent way because there are different levels of it being manifested but since the heart is plagued with sin everyone has the potential to behave in a corrupt way. In his second letter to Timothy Paul described the reality of how a sinful heart of a person will conduct itself in society. ‘But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days, (the period of time between the first and second comings of Jesus). People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God …’(2 Timothy 3:1-4). His words paint a picture of the reality of where violence has its breeding ground.

In order to get rid of violence the heart must be changed not by undergoing a human transplant but by a spiritual awakening. Since everyone is born in sin no one has the ability to change their heart because as Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians all are dead in their sin. After describing the condition of the human heart Jeremiah asked the question, ‘Who can understand it’ and then gave the answer, ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind …’ (Jeremiah 17:9-10). In his answer Jeremiah indicates that God alone is able to change the human heart. The way that He is able to do this is by removing sin and replacing it with His nature of holiness. He has therefore made a provision for the sinful heart to be changed by sending His sinless Son Jesus Christ to become a sacrificial offering so that through His willing death upon the cross at Calvary and His victorious resurrection from the dead He is able to destroy the power of sin that captivates the heart and causes it to do evil. A change of heart only can happen when every sinner acknowledges that they are corrupt and then in faith turns to God confessing their sins and asking Him for His forgiveness. When a sinner comes in true humility and genuine sorrow God will remove the vileness of sin from the heart and place His Holy Spirit in it which will result in Him beginning a work of making the heart to become more like Jesus.

After a sinner has been changed by the grace of God the heart needs to be protected by the truth of the Word of God because it will have the tendency to want to follow after sin. In his letter to the Galatians Paul indicated to them that every believer is involved in a struggle between the new transformed heart and the old nature that is still present, (Galatians 5:16-18). Since this is possible to happen every child of God must make every effort to guard their heart from being influenced to indulge in habitual sinful actions and behaviour.

Evening Growth Group Studies: SOLA 5 Notes

THE WORD OF GOD – PSALM 119:161-176

What does it mean for your heart to tremble at God’s Word? (v 161)

How should you respond to the promises of God and falsehood? (v 162-163)

Think it through

What is the significance of the phrase ‘seven times a day’?

What is the result of loving God’s law? (v 165)

What four practices must be done and what do they mean? (v 166-168)

Think it through

How shoud you react to the fact that God knows all your ways?

What does God’s Word give to you and do for you?

(v 169-170)

What should you do with your tongue and lips? (v 171-172)

Think it through

What is the meaning of ‘your right hand?

What is the law able to do for you, how should you respond to it and What attitude should you have towards salvation? (v 174-175)

Think it through

What does it mean to stray like a lost sheep and how can you be rescued?





‘Christianity is a religion that is based upon the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture. The Bible has been likened to a fountain of living water: the fountain is ever the same but the water is ever fresh. The Bible is an inexhaustible mine of wealth, it is a spring of water that never runs dry’ (A W Pink – The Divine Inspiration of the Bible).


Prior to the Reformation the Bible was a neglected book that was not at the centre of faith and practice. The cry of the Reformation which was a Bible movement was for a return to the Word of God in order to hear His voice speaking once again.


The Bible is a supernatural book because its words  come from the mouth of God. Christian truth stands or falls on the fact that the words of the Bible belong to God.

Deuteronomy 8:3 (page 202 OT)

Luke 5:1 (page 73 NT)


The Bible is a book that contains no errors because like its Author it is full of truth. God is not a man who should lie therefore whatever He has said is true.

Psalm 117:1-2 (page 683 OT)

Proverbs 30:5 (page 741 OT)


The Bible is a book promising that God will fulfill every word that He has spoken. Nothing will prevent Him from fulfilling His purposes.

Isaiah 14:24-27 (page 778 OT)

Isaiah 40:8 (page 806 OT)


The Bible is a book that speaks with the voice of God’s power that is binding upon our conscience. His Word is superior to any other voice and demands our attention.

Isaiah 49:8-9 (page 820 OT)

1 Thessalonians 4:15 (page 243 NT)


The Bible is a book has no hidden or obscure message because it is absolutely clear in what it has to say and can be understood.

Matthew 19:4 (page 24 NT)

Matthew 22:31-32 (page 29 NT)


The Bible is a book that contains a miracle growth food that shows sinners the way of salvation and enables believers to develope in their faith and knowledge.

Psalm 119:25-28 (page 685 OT)

Psalm 119:103-105 (page 687 OT)


The Bible is a book that has an unchanging message because what God has said will endure forever therefore it can be wholeheartedly trusted and depended upon.

Psalm 119:89 (page 687 OT)

1 Peter 1:23-25 (page 276 NT)


The Bible is a book containing God’s truth that cannot be destroyed.

Jeremiah 23:29 (page 875 OT)

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (page 217 NT)










The Five Solas of the Christian Faith

THE WORD OF GOD – PSALM 119:145-160

What is required to be done for God to answer prayer? (v 145)

What will happen as a result of prayer? (v 146)

What does ‘rising from the dawn’ signify? (v 147)

Think it through

How do you obey and keep God’s decrees and statutes?

Why do your eyes need to stay open? (v 148)

What does it mean to meditate? (v 148)


Think it through

How does God preserve your life according to His   laws, promise and love?

Why will God respond to your voice? (v 149)

Why is salvation far from the wicked? (v 150 & 155)

How near is God? (v 151)


Think it through

Is there a connection between suffering and not forgetting God’s law?

When was God’s word established? (v 152 & 160)

Does your cause deserve to be defended? (v 154)


Think it through

Is it right to loath the faithless?





The word means ‘alone’ or ‘only’ and signifies the uniqueness of Christianity. There is no other religion, philosophy, ideology or teaching that can compare with it therefore the Christian faith surpasses them all.


The foundational truths of the Christian faith are:

  • Scipture alone – the revealer of salvation
  • Christ alone – the Author of salvation
  • Grace alone – the provider of salvation
  • Faith alone – the receiver of salvation
  • To the glory of God alone – the goal of salvation




2 Timothy 3:14-15


It is to be learned:

  • Through being taught
  • Through continuing in it (abiding)
  • Through being convinced of it (assured)


It produces:

  • Knowledge of its contents
  • Wisdom to believe
  • Faith to be saved




Acts 4:8-12


He is the cornerstone of salvation:

  • No other person can provide it
  • It is gained through His death and resurrection
  • It is symbolised in the healing of the cripple man
  • It is God’s act of kindness



Titus 2:11-14


It comes from God:

  • Brings salvation

Sacrifice (gave Himself)

Redemption (redeem us from wickedness)

Sanctification (purify a people for Himself)

Adoption (His very own)

  • Is offered (appeared) to all men
  • Teaches us to live godly lives
  • Enables us to wait for the coming of Jesus



1 Peter 1:3-9


The reward of faith:

  • New birth into a living hope
  • An inheritance kept in heaven
  • Shielded by God’s power


The test of faith:

  • Suffer grief through trials
  • Refined by fire
  • Proved genuine
  • Result in praise to God


The goal of faith:

  • Believe in Him
  • Be filled with an inexpressible joy
  • Receive the salvation of your souls




Revelation 19:1-8


God is to be worshipped because:

  • Salvation belongs to Him
  • His judgements are just and true
  • He has condemned His enemies and avenged His saints
  • He has prepared a wedding feast
  • He is the Almighty who reigns
  • He is to be praised in hallelujahs with joy and gladness


Church Notebook: Love

The 14th February is Valentines Day and much emphasis is placed upon love. This love is generally based upon romantic feelings of attraction, which if practiced according to God’s Word is healthy and good. Love, which is a gift from God, is an important truth in our lives as Christians therefore let us focus our attention upon practicing it during the month of February. We can do so in the following ways:

Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength

While we were still sinners Jesus Christ died for us to rescue us from slavery to sin therefore our lives should become a living sacrifice that is lived for Him. To live as a sacrifice is to have a heart that is devoted to Him which will be demonstrated in having a hunger for His Word. We need to allow the Word of God to become embedded in our minds so that it will control us. Our wills and desires need to be placed under His authority so that we live to please Him.

Love God’s Word

The Bible must be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We need to give of our time every day to devour the Scriptures so that we are fed with the Bread of Life. The Bible, which is the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God, must be our daily companion, which is read prayerfully, thoughtfully, purposefully, attentively and regularly so that it becomes buried in our hearts and governs our lives. Our lives must be built upon the solid foundation of the Word of God.

Love the Church

The Church is God’s people who have been joined to Him through the death and resurrection of His Son and have become members of His family, which is described in the Bible as His Household. As the Church we need to be regular in our attendance at worship where we meet with each other for mutual encouragement and edification but above all where we have fellowship with our heavenly Father. Church is a way of living our lives, which will reveal that we belong to God.

Love one another

Since we have been brought into a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ we are related to each other therefore we need each other. Living as brothers and sisters in Christ means caring for each other, sharing with each, spurring each other on to do good works, encouraging each other and being willing to serve one another. We need to consider each other in the same way that God treats each one of His children.

Love your neighbour

All people have been created by God therefore they are all worthy creatures in His sight. As God’s special people we must not neglect to show His kindness to those who live in our neighbourhood, who work in our offices, who play with us on the sports field and who govern us as citizens. Through being willing to reach out to them in their time of need, or distress, or struggles or pain, we are offering them God’s hand of comfort.

Love your enemies

As the children of God we will be hated by the world because of our association with Jesus Christ. Since they hated Him we can expect to be opposed for our faith and trust in Him. Although the world does not accept us or understand us we may not retaliate in any way but rather let God vindicate us when they wrong us. Living for Christ will create enemies who will be a threat to you therefore treat them with His kindness and mercy.

Love the lost

All those who do not follow Jesus Christ are lost and heading for an eternal damnation. Since we have been rescued from the condemnation of God we must be His ambassadors seeking after the lost sheep in order to bring them to the Great Shepherd. We need to boldly proclaim the Word of life to them and pray that God will move them to turn to Him to be saved so that they may become His children and be filled with the Holy Spirit.