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About Kingdom Treasures Blog

I am married to Gill and we have two grown-up children, Zander and Misha-Joy. We live in an intentional Christian community called The Field, located south of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am a Vineyard pastor and author of a number of books. My passion is to see God's Kingdom come with power to save, heal, form and transform us into Christ-likeness. I have taken Paul's words as my life-mission: "To live a life of love, just as Jesus loved us..."

Moved to new Blog/Website

Hi, thanks for coming to visit me at Kingdom Treasures. I have moved my blog (with the various categories and my history of blog posts, and all my teaching materials and resources) to a new website: alexanderventer.com Please visit the … Continue reading

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You may be wondering….

If you’ve come to this blog looking for my teaching notes on “Exploring Membership with Following Jesus”, you may be wondering where Sessions 5 and 6 are. With the help of a generous techno friend of mine, I am migrating … Continue reading

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Exploring Membership with Following Jesus Session 4

SESSION 4:  MINISTRY FRAMEWORK – HOW WE DO CHURCH AND MEMBERSHIP  The Sociological Framework contrasted three models of ‘doing church’ and membership – we embrace the centered set with its values. We now examine the Ministry Framework through which we … Continue reading

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“Purity of heart is to will one thing”

Yesterday was a most interesting day for me! In my morning devotions I picked up an old book on spirituality written by Ronald Rolheiser and read a page or two here and there. He quoted Soren Kierkegaard, who said “purity … Continue reading

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Audios for Exploring Membership teachings

A quick explanation regarding the audio teachings (MP3s) that accompany the notes of Exploring Membership with Following Jesus. I’ve received numerous requests for the audios. Our church is in process of changing the audio upload from the old website (http://valleyvcf.org.za) … Continue reading

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Exploring Membership with Following Jesus Notes Session 3

SESSION 3: MODELS OF (LOCAL) CHURCH AND MEMBERSHIP  We’ve looked at a) Jesus and his disciple-community (following Jesus meant joining his community), and b) at belonging and ‘membership’ in the Early Church. What does this mean for our church?  In … Continue reading

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South African Crisis of Violent Rape and Murder

What is the cause of the unbelievable levels of violence in South Africa – specially in terms of rape and murder – what men do to women and children in our country? Our society and the public media, including the … Continue reading

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Exploring Membership with Following Jesus: Session 2

SESSION 2:  THE EARLY CHURCH AND COMMITTED BELONGING  We looked at following Jesus, which meant joining his community: Following Jesus… in community… for others (one reality in three inseparable values). Jesus told them to “go, make followers…” How did the … Continue reading

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Exploring Membership with Following Jesus (Notes)

As promised, here are my notes from session one of Exploring Membership with Following Jesus. The audio will available this week on http://www.followingjesus.org.za (or check http://www.valleyvcf.org.za). SESSION 1:  INTRO TO FOLLOWING JESUS  What does following Jesus have to do with … Continue reading

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Invitation to a Key Vineyard Leadership Institute Teaching Course

Please bare with me in a little foolish boasting (as Paul said and did!) In God’s sovereign design I was privileged to work with John Wimber in 1982 for 8 months as a pastoral and research assistant. I researched and … Continue reading

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