Author: Prof Jan Hattingh (page 1 of 2)

Thinking of studying theology?

The below letter from ATS’ rector to prospective students might help you better understand your options with regard to how you can structure your studies.

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Revival

Experiencing a revival has become a yearning in the hearts of ATS’ people. It started growing from deep within us and has become more and more urgent.  We are thinking about it and are listening to the whispering of the Holy Spirit to help us understand this yearning.  We wonder if revival should not be the dream or desire of the church of Jesus Christ?  Is it correct to think this way, or is it just wishful thinking or worse, a way to escape reality?

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Superlative people

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Contents

  1. The circumstances of the Macedonian churches as background
  2. Habitat for God to work
  3. They become Superlative people
  4. The grace of God
  5. The churches of Macedonia gave themselves to God
  6. In closing
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Doping in die Heilige Gees

‘n Getuienis:

Ons gesin kom van ’n Gereformeerde agtergrond.  Een aand het ons kinders saam met my ma, ’n Pinksterbiduur by ’n Pinkstergemeente bygewoon.  Na die preek het die pastoor almal wat graag die doping in die Heilige Gees wou ontvang, vorentoe genooi.  Die geleentheid was vir ons vreemd en ons het daarom nie vorentoe gegaan nie.

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Finance vs. God’s will

An open letter to Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s staff.

I write this to you as a testimony, praise be to God, of His faithful love to us at ATS.

On 31 December 2008, the AFM church terminated ATS as being a training institution for the AFM church. I was on vacation in George during this time and was busy evaluating a thesis as an external examiner. The dissertation was about the trauma care of someone who has experienced the death of a loved one.

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God calls you today

I invite you to reflect very seriously on God’s calling for your life. Do not shake your head too quickly. Rather, read slowly and listen to the whispering of the Spirit. As I grow older, I become more aware of the importance of God’s calling in a Christian’s life. I am surprised by the tragic fact that the devil has managed to rob God’s people of this truth, and by the boundless losses that God’s kingdom has suffered and continues to suffer.

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God roep jou vandag

Ek nooi jou om baie ernstig te besin oor die feit dat God jou roep.  Moenie jou kop skud nie, jy moet stadig lees en die fluisteringe van die Gees hoor.  Hou ouer ek word, hoe meer word ek bewus van die belangrikheid van God se roeping vir ’n Christen.  Ek is verbaas oor die tragiese feit dat die duiwel daarin geslaag het om God se mense van hierdie waarheid te roof en daarmee saam die grenslose leed wat God se koninkryk daardeur gely het en steeds ly.

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Essay on the Lord’s Prayer

Abstract: Our whole life is a prayer which consists of a praise to God, a hallelujah, an amen, an echo on the Lord’s Prayer. It embodies the kingdom of God advancing forcefully and us vigorously laying hold of God’s kingdom. It represents our calling. Paul’s statement on the ministry of the Spirit was spot on: But thanks to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Cor 2:14).  We should never settle for less, for Jesus’ death was too costly.

1. Introduction

The Gospels convey a lot of information about Jesus’ prayer life.  He prayed through the night, rose up early in the morning to pray, went alone to the mountain side to pray and went to lonely spots to pray.  The writer of Hebrews commented on Jesus’ prayer life as follows: “He offered prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, …”. (Heb 5:7).   He talked to his Father in the dark moments of his life on earth and made great decisions after long periods of prayer. 

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Oortreffendetrap-mense

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2 Korintiërs 8:1-5

Broers, ons wil hê julle moet weet van die genade wat die gemeentes in Masedonië van God ontvang het.

Al was hulle swaar beproef deur verdrukking, hulle blydskap was oorvloedig;  en al was hulle baie arm [die woord wat Paulus gebruik, is “diep arm”], was hulle ryk in hulle oorvloedige vrygewigheid.

Ek verseker julle hulle het na vermoë, ja, bo vermoë, bygedra.

Uit eie beweging het hulle by ons daarop aangedring om te mag deel in die liefdeswerk van hulpverlening aan die gelowiges in Judea.

Dit was meer as wat ons verwag het, want eers het hulle hulleself aan die Here gegee en toe aan ons.  Dit is soos God dit wil.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit in perspective

Prof WJ Hattingh gave the following presentation at Auckland Park Theological Seminary during the one-day seminar on the Holy Spirit on the 18th of October 2016.

Summary

This presentation will unfold as follows:

  • Secondly, I will give a Biblical alternative of the Holy Spirit and His work, with examples from the Old Testament.
  • I will discuss an important Hermeneutic key to guide our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • We will especially give attention to Jesus’ visit to His disciples during the night after His resurrection and His command to them a few days before His ascension.
  • In conclusion, I will present three truths we cannot disregard.

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