Sunday’s Point to Ponder


This week at Midrand Chapel we turned our attention to the book of Malachi; God’s final Words to Israel before 400 years of silence.

Chris covered Chapters 1:1 – 5, God’s Accusation, The Peoples Objection and God’s Evidence. God’s faithfulness despite Israel’s scorn. The key verse 2b – 3a, “…I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau…” stands as a testimony to God’s bountiful grace lavished on a people who had done nothing to deserve it but were still recipients of it because of His sovereign election.

The quotable quote for me was, “God’s love for us is unconditional been rooted in His sovereign choice of us; it therefore does not depend on our worthiness and should not be doubted because of our circumstances.”

Chris Woolley Midrand Chapel

Chris Woolley has been an elder employed at Midrand Chapel since 2005. He is married with six children, three of whom have been adopted. Chris studied mechanical Engineering at WITS University during which time he became a Christian and developed a desire be involved in missions and church planting. After initially working as a Maintenance Engineer he resigned to further his theological studies. He is a graduate of the Baptist Theological College in Randburg (DipTh) and the Masters Seminary in California (MDiv).

The Sovereignty of God


The heavens are telling of the Glory of God declare Psalm 119 1

The work of the creator, owner, architect, sustainer and king is truely awesome to behold. This is my first try of image manipulation with GIMP. What do you think? Click image to link to source.

This week, at Midrand Chapel, we looked at the Sovereignty of God, and boy, was it a sermon or what! Chris preached that as we stood back and viewed God for who He really is part of us might want to shake our fists at Him but an appropriate reaction, a right response, would be to bow down and worship Him, and indeed by God’s grace (or at His judgment) we all will.

There were 5 pity statements Chris made in the introduction of his sermon that I thought I’d write down and share,

God is the creator. Everything that exists outside of Him is His creation!

God is the owner. Everything that exists outside of Him is owned by Him!

God is the architect. Everything that exists outside of Him is designed by Him!

God is the sustainer. Everything that exists outside of Him draws life from Him!

God is the king. Everything that exists outside of Him is ruled by Him!

For more context consider these wise words from The Book,

10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?

13 …”With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.

14 “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

15 “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

17He makes counselors walk barefoot
And makes fools of judges.

18He loosens the bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.

19He makes priests walk barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.

20He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.

21He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.

22He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.

23He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

24He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

25 “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Want to hear the verse in context? Job 8 – 14
What is this about?

Chris Woolley Midrand Chapel

Chris Woolley has been an elder employed at Midrand Chapel since 2005. He is married with six children, three of whom have been adopted. Chris studied mechanical Engineering at WITS University during which time he became a Christian and developed a desire be involved in missions and church planting. After initially working as a Maintenance Engineer he resigned to further his theological studies. He is a graduate of the Baptist Theological College in Randburg (DipTh) and the Masters Seminary in California (MDiv).

How to beat the South African Time Thief


MP3 sermon traffic N1 South Africa

The William Nicol offramp on the N1 gets me every time. It’s more like a parking lot than a highway. Click image to enlarge.

I live about 40 km’s from the office but it takes me an hour to get there. Traffic in Johannesburg is a real pain. To bide the time I used to listen to 702 but recently (the last 6 months) I’ve found another way to trick the time thief. I listen to MP3’s.

So I started on MacArthur to the office and Piper on the way home but last week I struck gold. I listened to Woolley, Cantrell and Haag. “mmm,” you might be thinking, “Who’re they?”

Well they’re South African (they’re not all South African, South Africa, but they all live here and pastor churches here). They talk into the South African situation and I’m really enjoying their Biblical perspectives.

I’m compiling a page where I track the sermons I’ve listened to for the week and what I thought about them. Check it out here (https://markpenrith.wordpress.com/sermons/).

Who you listening to?

The Truth Project (Notice for the Chapel Bible Studies)


Focus on the Family The Truth Project Midrand Chapel Bible Study Johannesburg South Africa

Four of the Chapel’s Bible Studies will be kicking off the year going through Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project. Click image to enlarge.

A worldview is, “the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing natural philosophy, fundamental existential and normative postulates or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.” Basically it’s how you assess the world around you and your place in it.

The shaping of this perception has been happening from the time you were born. Your parents, your culture, your religion, your schooling, the books you’ve read, the movies you’ve watched, the people you’ve befriended. It’s almost like our worldview is the equivalent of psychological potluck.

Paul says in his epistle to the Romans that we’re not to,

“…be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Want to hear the verse in context? Romans 12
What is this about?

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project “is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This home study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.”

The following four Bible Studies will kick off their year’s programs with this material. If you’d like any more information please contact me.

Focus on the Family The Truth Project Midrand Chapel Bible Study Johannesburg South Africa

pistis with Mark @ Trevor’s

pistis with Mark @ Trevor’s

When: Tuesday

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Where: 2374 Irene Farm, Irene Pretoria

Who: Mark Penrith or Trevor Muller

What: The Truth Project

Focus on the Family The Truth Project Midrand Chapel Bible Study Johannesburg South Africa

eirēnē with Pierre @ Jonathan’s

eirēnē with Pierre @ Jonathan’s

When: Wednesday

Time: 19:00 – Whenever

Where: 15 Pitzer Road, Glen Austin AH, Midrand, 1685

Who: Pierre Maré or Jonathan Russell

What: The Truth Project

Focus on the Family The Truth Project Midrand Chapel Bible Study Johannesburg South Africa

agapē with Mike @ Mike’s

agapē with Mike @ Mike’s

When: Thursday

Time: 19:00 – late

Where: Blue Hills Estate

Who: Mike de Villiers or Michael Felton

What: The Truth Project

Focus on the Family The Truth Project Midrand Chapel Bible Study Johannesburg South Africa

praotēs with Chris @ Midrand Chapel

praotēs with Chris @ Midrand Chapel

When: Friday

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Where: Midrand Chapel, 151 Pitzer Road, Glen Austin, 1685

Who: Chris Woolley or David Brown

What: The Truth Project

Wanna find us?

So, if you’re a member, a regular visitor or just interested to find out what a Bible Study at Midrand Chapel is like please come and join us.