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WCBI Graduates in the Muslim Middle East
This week marks an important milestone as one of our satellite schools for William Carey Bible Institute (WCBI), in a country in North Africa, holds its first Graduation service for WCBI students in this Arabic-speaking, Muslim country. WCBI was founded to provide free Tertiary Education for Christians in Restricted Access Areas. It has since expanded wider to Home Educators and Missionaries worldwide. However, these six graduates of WCBI in the Muslim Middle East mark an important milestone in the development of our distance-learning programme of www.WilliamCareyBI.com.
Container Shipment of World Missionary Press Gospel booklets
Next week we will be receiving and offloading a 40-foot container of World Missionary Press (WMP) Gospel booklets (This shipment includes over 4,000 boxes, containing over 2 million Gospel booklets). Please pray for the strategic distribution of these Scriptural booklets. World Missionary Press has been a spiritual quartermaster store and armourer for our Mission from our very first cross-border mission to Mozambique in 1982. Millions of WMP Gospel booklets in over 100 languages have been a vital part of our Mission over the last 39 years. We praise God that His Word will never return void. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The Gospel is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes.
Reformation 500 Conference 2021
To mark the 500th anniversary of Professor Martin Luther’s historic stand before the Emperor, 18 April 1521, we organised the Reformation 500 Conscience Captive to the Word of God Conference. This was hosted in the Upper Room Bathman Memorial Hall at Livingstone House in Cape Town. You can read the Cape Town Declaration - Here We Stand document here. In the weeks leading up to this Reformation 500 event, I had numerous international radio and TV interviews, dealing with the momentous issues emphasised by the Protestant Reformation and what we can do to work for Reformation Today.
International Participation by Livestream
Over 500 people, or families and congregations, participated in this event, from as far afield as America, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand and throughout Africa. The programme included 11 speakers: Dr. Jay Grimstead, the Founder of Coalition on Revival and Author of Rebuilding Civilisation on the Bible; Col. John Eidsmoe, Law Professor and Author; Reformed Evangelical Fellowship Evangelist, Dr. Al Baker; Author, Dr. Robert Fugate of Lord of the Nations; Author and Pastor, Dr. Phil Kayser of Biblical Blueprints; Pastor Matt Trewella, Founder of Missionaries to the Pre-Born; Pastor Joel Saint of Mid Atlantic Reformation Society; Pastor Anthony Stander of Living Waters; Missionary and Author, Charl van Wyk, Hunter Combs and myself.
Video Presentations and Audio Lectures Available
You can listen to, or view videos of the presentations given at the conference on the www.FrontlineMissionSA.org website Vimeo page, click here. To listen to audios of the presentations given, click here. To view PowerPoints of some of the presentations given, click here. To view the Cape Town Declaration - Here We Stand! Click here. You can view videos, or download the Declaration and lecture notes of the various speakers at the conference on the www.Reform500.org website.
Understanding the Threats That Confront Us
Civilisation in Crisis – The Threats that Confront Us, can be viewed as a PowerPoint here, or as a video, here, or listened to as an audio lecture, here.
The Inerrancy of Scripture
Inerrancy – The Great Watershed, can be viewed as a PowerPoint here, or as a video, here, or listened to here.
Parallel Children’s Programme
A Parallel Children’s programme run by Alieske, Dalinda and Daniela, was packed with interactive, inspiring practicals and activities as young people were taught about the inspiring life of Dr. Martin Luther, the Five Solas of the Reformation, how to effectively proclaim the Gospel, the importance of the Law of God and how to pray effectively.
Here I Stand!
On Sunday, 18 April, the Reformation 500 service was also livestreamed. To view a video of the sermon: Here I Stand! click here. View the PowerPoint of this message, here. To listen to the audio of this message on sermon audio, click here.
Cape Town Declaration – Here We Stand!
You can view, download and share the Cape Town Declaration – Here We Stand! which deals with foundational issues of Biblical Inerrancy, the roles of men and women, masculinity, femininity, marriage and the family, education, worship, creation, the Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission. Issues of justice, truth, Salvation, church membership, Marxist Critical Race Theory, the Covid Cult and the need to proclaim liberty throughout the land. This Declaration was adopted in Cape Town, 17 April 2021, together with the 95 Theses for Reformation Today and other Coalition on Revival documents, including the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which can all be viewed on the www.Reform500.org website.
The Launch of the Reformation 500 Movement
The Reformation Society was launched in 2005. This was after my eleven-country, five-week Mission to Europe in 2005, which included visiting some of the great Reformation centres in Europe, including: the Schlösskirche (Castle Church), where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses, 31 October 1517; the Stadtkirche, where Luther preached at least three times a week; Lutherhaus, which was the original University of Wittenberg and Melanchthonhaus in Germany, as well as Grossmünster (the Great Cathedral) where Ulrich Zwingli launched the Swiss Reformation, 1 January 1519, in Zürich; Zwinglihaus and his place of birth in Wildhaus; the Great Reformation monument in Geneva; Calvin’s Auditoir and Academy and St. Pierre (St. Peter’s), where John Calvin preached daily, for 26 years, in Geneva; the Martyrs Memorial in Oxford and many other Reformation sites around Europe.
Research for Reformation
I accumulated many thousands of photographs and a library of books on, or from, the Reformers. From these resources, I developed lectures and PowerPoint presentations of each of the key Reformers, Doctrines and events which God so wonderfully used to transform the Church and to change the world.
The Launch of The Reformation Society
From January 2006, the Reformation Society began meeting every Thursday night at Livingstone House in Cape Town. Out of this developed a number of books including: Greatest Century of Reformation; The Power of Prayer Handbook; Reforming Our Families; Old Testament Survey; New Testament Survey and many Audiovisual boxsets to equip and empower pastors, teachers, chaplains and missionaries to inform, inspire and involve others in working for Reformation and praying for Revival Today.
2017 was, at that stage, twelve years ahead, but marking, as it would, the 500th anniversary of Professor Martin Luther’s posting the 95 Theses on the Church doors of the Schlösskirche, it would be a momentous historic milestone to galvanise a renewed interest in the doctrines and examples of excellence from the Reformation era.
I also noted that Ulrich Zwingli launched the Swiss Reformation on 1 January 1519, by dispensing with the Latin mass and beginning expository preaching, line by line, verse by verse, through every Book in the New Testament. That would be 14 years ahead. It would be good to produce a survey of every Book of the Bible by 2019, to inspire pastors to preach through the whole Bible.
Captive to the Word
The ultimate Reformation 500, 2021, marking Professor Martin Luther’s historic, bold and momentous “My conscience is captive to the Word of God! Here I stand!” speech before the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, 18 April 1521.
Mobilising for Reformation Study Bibles
I spoke to Reformed teachers, such as Dr. R.C. Sproul and Dr. Joel Beeke, pointing out that it would be important and strategic to bring out a Reformation Study Bible to coincide with these historic opportunities to rekindle a new Reformation Today. Dr. R.C. Sproul worked on and produced the Reformation Study Bible in both New King James Version and ESV. He then, very generously donated over 2,000 copies of the Reformation Study Bible to Frontline Fellowship, which we have carefully, prayerfully and strategically distributed to pastors, missionaries and Bible College libraries throughout Africa. Dr. Joel Beeke also produced the King James Version, Reformation Study Bible.
A Revival of Calvinism
The Calvin 500 was a success, even being commented on in a cover article of Time magazine as one of the Ten Ideas Which Are Changing the World Today. In July 2009, participants from all over the world gathered in Geneva for the Calvin 500 Celebration Conference. You can view a video of an interview I gave in front of St. Pierre in Geneva on that occasion, click here.
95 Theses for Reformation Today
To help mobilise more intensive interest, Bible study and discussion on the great issues identified by the Reformers, I produced the 95 Theses for Reformation Today, which was also translated into Afrikaans, German, French and Dutch. We have distributed thousands of these throughout Africa and Europe.
Reformation 500 FIRE Manual
To help mobilise new initiatives for Reformation Today, we produced the 80-page Reformation 500 FIRE Manual (Fellowship for International Reformation and Evangelism) including Coalition on Revival documents on The Authority of Scripture; 42 Essential Articles of A Christian Worldview; the Manifesto for the Christian Church; 25 Articles on the Kingdom of God; 7 Essential Actions Local Churches Must Take; The Sanctity of Life, Marriage; Homosexuality; Biblical Economic Systems; Education; Freedom of Expression; The Discipline of Children; Contextualisation and Missions; The Trinity; 95 Theses for Reformation Today and Launching Reformation 500. This is also available digitally, free, online on www.Reform500.org. website.
The Eurochor in Cape Town
In October 2016, we invited the Eurochor to conduct outreaches and Reformation 500 services at the open-air auditorium at the Waterfront; at Strand Street Lutheran Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Southern Hemisphere; at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and at the Dutch Reformed Church in Franschhoek. You can view videos of the Eurochor presentations, outreaches and concerts here.
Reformation 500 Wittenberg
In 2017, I conducted Reformation conferences in California, Pennsylvania, Zambia, South Africa and across Europe, including to over 960 people at the Reformation and Revival Conference in the Netherlands, held special Reformation services in Belgium and in Wittenberg, Germany. Participants in our Reformation 500 event in Wittenberg included representatives from as far afield as Burma, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, England, the Netherlands, South Africa and the USA. You can view videos of Wittenberg, here. You can view the Eurochor Concert in Wittenberg, October 2017, here.
You Can Start a Reformation Society
Initiating a Reformation Society is not as daunting and difficult a task as you may first think. Our prayer is that Reformation Societies will be started in many hundreds of homes, churches, schools and colleges throughout Africa and the world. It is our earnest prayer that through these multiplied Back to the Bible for Reformation and Revival Societies there will be a revival of interest in the doctrines and devotions of the Reformers whom God used to transform lives and change history. You can find Reformation videos, audio lectures, PowerPoint presentations and articles on our www.ReformationSA.org website and Reformation 500 Facebook page. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:27-28
Do You Want to Change Your World?
Please keep in touch with us and let us know how we can practically assist and pray for you. May the Lord abundantly bless and strengthen you as you seek to be informed, inspired and involved in doctrines and devotions of the Reformers who changed the world forever. May God be pleased to bless our studies and endeavours with spiritual revival in our lives, in our churches, in our communities, in our country and in our continent. “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6
From the Frontline
Our weekly From the Frontline radio podcasts can be accessed here.
Faith, Family and the Future Conference
Please pray for our upcoming events and outreaches, including the Faith, Family and the Future Conference - Celebrating 30 Years of Africa Christian Action, which will be held at our Mission on Ascension Day, Thursday, 13 May. This will also be livestreamed. All those who are part of the campaign to be “salt and light” in the community, to be a “watchman on the walls,” standing for the right to life of preborn babies, for family values, for Biblical marriage and Bible-based education controlled by the parents, aided by the Church, but independent of the state, are welcome to join in this conference as we evaluate what we have learned from the last three decades, fighting the good fight of Faith and to plan for the future. “So, I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it…” Ezekiel 22:30
Is the Great Commission your Supreme Ambition?
Please also pray for our Great Commission Course (25 June – 14 July 2021) in Cape Town. The GCC is an intensive, practical, hands-on, three-week Missions course, incorporating daily PT, intensive Bible study and lectures most mornings, outreaches and practicals every afternoon, including film Evangelism, Muslim Evangelism, mass literature distributions at railway stations and bus stations, personal, one-on-one Evangelism and either outreaches, or more training, in the evenings topped up with regular late-night hikes, culminating in a hike up and over Table Mountain. The GCC also includes numerous practical tests, evaluations and missionary assignments to stretch your mind and muscles. Watch a video on a previous Great Commission Course, here.
Requests for Prayer
Please also continue to pray for my wife, Lenora, as she battles Cancer, in and out of hospital multiple times so far this year. My eldest daughter, Andrea, is expecting to deliver her third child this coming week. Please continue to pray for our ongoing outreaches in Muslim areas, training programmes, writing and printing projects and cross-border missions. Frontline Fellowship is expanding and is short of staff. We need: more fieldworkers, another secretary, a bookkeeper, a librarian, handyman and audiovisual/IT person.
Thank you very much for all your prayers, encouragement and support, without which none of our ministries would be possible.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
See also other Prayer and Praise Updates:
Applying the Lordship of Christ to All Areas of Life
Surgery, Scorpions and Scripture
Evangelism, Education and Edification
Bad Times Are Good for Spiritual Work
Bibles, Films and Outreaches
Resources for Redemption and Reformation, Remembrance and Rescues
Responding to Ramadan with Digital Evangelism
Perseverance and Productivity Despite Pandemic Panic
Equipping and Empowering Evangelists
Mountain Climbing Marathon
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