Against this Christ-denying world
This Church which God called to be His Church is to remain His Church for all time. This means that the “centre of gravity” in every aspect of the Church must always totally depend on God alone. The centre must never move even slightly to be upon a tradition, person, teaching or training other than that which comes from God and is fully confirmed by His word. All our ministers, pastors, deaconesses, teachers, leaders and congregations need to be taught the Bible in order to know God better, to love Him more and to obey Him fully and from the heart.
History teaches us that many Churches that god used mightily were made up of unlearned and ignorant believers. This was foretold by Isaiah: “All your sons will be taught by the LORD and great will be your children’s peace.” Also by Jeremiah : “No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD, because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” Jesus confirms this in John 6:44-47. Maintaining our absolute dependence upon God to teach us, we are to teach others under the authority of God through Jesus Christ and teach only as Christ commands us to do.
Jesus said to His disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefor go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Paul also instructs us in 2 Timothy 2:2 and 15 to “entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” the Word of God and to do our best to present ourselves to God as “one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Paul received the best training possible under the famous teacher Gamaliel yet after being taught by God he considered his achievements as garbage.
From the above, it is plan that the Church must take its cue from the New Testament and not from secular educational institutions which institutionalise the very principles that Paul warns us against, such as selfish ambition and vain conceit, and leaning on our own understanding. They depend on the prestige of the place of training and its quality of training – God and the Holy Spirit recede into the shadows. Those to whom God has revealed Himself and whom He teaches are those who God can trust with the treasures of heaven. They are told to entrust this to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
From 1991 we started a number of classes. To counter the extreme biblical illiteracy of many of our fine Christian congregation, we began classes in Telos Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History and personal evangelism. The number of students and courses varied yearly. It was not until 1996 that we formed these classes into a college with graded classes. We currently have four ministers and two deaconesses in training. The standard of tuition is pleasing to God as its focus is biblical, uncompromising and guided by the Holy Spirit. Our motivation and purpose is always to know God better and to love Him more. The Telos College has certainly become a vital importance to the very life and future of this congregation. To God be all the honour and glory!
All are welcome to attend the class on a Monday evening at 18:00 – 20:30 in the Church Hall, 36 John Magagula Street (Old Coetzee), Middelburg Mpumalanga.