January 2020

2Teach and urge these things. 3If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6).

Today by the grace and mercy of God, I started as Senior Lecturer at a theological training college. I am extremely thankful to God for making this possible and I honestly pray that I will be faithful to Him, the Most High God, in everything I do and teach at this place where young people are prepared and trained to be ministers of the Word. I have made many mistakes in my past, but I hold on to the most precious words found in the Bible for the saved sinner,

7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1)

I have had a “life-time” with the Lord in the ministry all over the world. I am not ashamed of the Gospel and I am looking forward to teaching and preaching this Gospel of Jesus Christ for the remaining of my years to live. I have quoted some verses from 1 Timothy 6 above, which spoken to Timothy by the apostle Paul, will nevertheless guide me in my teaching practice with the students.

Previously to this theological lecturing post I will be standing in now, I have taught at a teacher’s college for 21 years. To this day I still have contact with some students from those years. They are teaching all over the world. I thank the Lord for each moment I could have spent teaching and preparing them to function as Christian teachers in the secular schools of this world we are living in. But now, the student body has changed. I believe much of what was taught to the young teachers in educational practice would also be needed in the training of the young pastors. And I am looking forward to doing so. May God find me faithful to the appointed task in His vineyard.

With this in mind, this blog will change. Most that was previously posted on this blog had been archived. This blog will now cater for this new focus in my live. The content will be as beneficial to you in your spiritual walk as it will be to the students I will be dealing with. The content of the blog will not proclaim the theological views of any particular congregation, church or denomination but be Christ centered and based on the Bible as much as is possible within my finite ability. I will be theologically guided in the expression of my faith as it appears on the pages of this blog by the dicta, the so-called Five Solae, which precipitated from the Reformation, namely:

Sola scriptura: “Scripture alone”
Sola fide: “faith alone”
Sola gratia: “grace alone”
Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
Soli Deo gloria: “to the glory of God alone”

Do not leave the blog but stay with me. It will be an exciting journey. Together we will walk and talk with God, study His Word and walk into the future one step at a time.

4 thoughts on “January 2020

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  1. Dear Prof. Botha,

    Very happy to hear the news!!!!
    At what college will you be teaching? Sorry for not being able to enroll, wish to have you again as my Lecturer. Your students will have much benefit from you being there. God is great!!!!


  2. What a wonderful God do we serve – He always provide what we need and His timing is perfect. He fills me with excited anticipation of what is waiting for us every day in His presence – it is never boring.
    Wishing you only JOY in this new calling. God be with you always.


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