Theo Groeneveld

Theo Groeneveld

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Date: 2017-11-26AM

Context: Emmanuel – AM GRA PM
Series: _
Title: Amen
Readings: 2Co1:18-20; Rev7:12


2Cor1:21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.


2CO 1:18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Rev7:12 “Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

Intro to Readings


What does “Amen” mean?

Comes from the Hebrew root “Aman” to be firm, confirmed, reliable, faithful, have faith, believe.

Main uses:

  1. May it be so…
    • Dt 27 – 12 uses – all dire curses
      DT 27:15 “Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol–a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman’s hands–and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
    • 1Cor14:16 If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving
  2. Jesus used it “Amen, Amen” – Truly Truly – Verily Verily
    “You’d better believe this….”
    Matthew 18:3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
  3. As the end of a Doxology. (Say the “Amen’s” with me)
    • When the Ark of the Covenant was carried into Jerusalem.
      1CH 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
      35 Cry out, “Save us, O God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations,
      that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”
      36 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
      Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”
    • Psalms at the end of some of the sub-divisions – Amen and Amen!
    • 1 Tim 6:15 God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
    • 2 Tim 4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
    • Eph 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  4. After a Benediction
    PHP 4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

But what does it mean for us?

We’ve been praying the Lord’s prayer all year.

  • Our Father
  • Heaven, Hallowed
  • He has a Kingdom plan and His will is the best thing for us.
    RO 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Bread, Forgiveness and Trespasses
  • His power and glory

So when we say AMEN – we’re really saying
“God is good and we believe He has done wonderful things and that He can do incredible things!”

Questions I asked:

  • Did you pray for healing and God answered?
  • Did you step out on a new venture and God has blessed it?
  • Did God carry you through a very tough time?
  • Did the Lord protect you in an amazing way?
  • Did God provide bountifully when you were in a tight spot?

Testimonies from you

  • God’s comfort in the loss of a loved one and being drawn back into church.
  • God’s guidance to the right doctor and protection and comfort in a time of danger
  • God’s healing and protection in sickness and cancer
  • God’s faithfulness over a long period of time when times have been tough
  • There are easily 40 items of answered prayer that Susan, Jackie and myself have put in the prayer letter
  • This year there are at least two folk who were in hospital who the doctors used the word “Miraculous” of their recoveries
  • A number of folk who have been carried through sad loss.
  • I know of at least two people who are making a significant impact for the betterment of others in their work place
  • And I’m sure I could go on

In the church

  • R100K for Grace
  • We have 40 people teaching our children
  • People have grown from our teaching series
  • We’ve get a Saturday morning kid-sitting service and emergency baby-sitters
  • In our partnership with Woodhill College we have done over R100K of good
  • In tough financial times – we raised over R200K for D.O.G.
  • In tough financial times – we did 350 boxes R52500
  • We’ve donated R9600 to Pta West and R7800 to shaveathon

In our country, since our season of prayer and the Bloemfontein day of prayer

  • Nuclear power deal halted
  • Various corruptions revealed
  • Greater levels of transparency sought
  • And now Zimbabwe


Three lessons

  • God is good
  • Prayer matters
  • We have hope



  • PHP 4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
  • HEB 13:20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 1PE 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
  • JUDE 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.


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