Welcome to EFC Online

Welcome to Ebenezer Family Church Online

We appreciate your visiting our website and pray that you will be blessed as you do so. The Ebenezer Family Church is found in King William’s Town, the Capital of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Feel free to visit us or to contact us with any suggestions or comments. JESUS IS LORD!


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Wordless Witness

WORDLESS WITNESS Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the …Continue reading →

Scapegoat And Sacrifice

SCAPEGOAT AND SACRIFICE ‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed.’ For ‘you were like sheep going astray’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2: 24, 25). In spite of …Continue reading →

Christ Suffered For You

CHRIST SUFFERED FOR YOU To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin and no deceit was found in His mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to …Continue reading →

Slaves, Yet Free

SLAVES, YET FREE Slaves, in reverent fear of God, submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive …Continue reading →

Free, Yet Slaves

FREE, YET SLAVES Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect for everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor. (1 Peter 2: 16-17) How could Peter’s readers be both slaves and free? Slavery in his day was universal and, for the most …Continue reading →

God’s Pattern For Authority

GOD’S PATTERN FOR AUTHORITY Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish …Continue reading →

Prove Them All Wrong

PROVE THEM ALL WRONG Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. (1 Peter 2: 11, 12) Peter …Continue reading →

God’s Chosen People

GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have …Continue reading →

Living Stones

LIVING STONES As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him, you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5). Peter’s short letter is a treasure chest of spiritual …Continue reading →

What’s On The Menu?

WHAT’S ON THE MENU? Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. Like new-born babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2: 1-3). When you see a ‘therefore’, you must ask …Continue reading →

The Living And Enduring Word Of God

THE LIVING AND ENDURING WORD OF GOD For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you (1 Peter 1: 24-25). This world and everything in it is …Continue reading →

Born Again

BORN AGAIN Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each another, love one another deeply from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God (1 Peter 1: 22-23). Being first-born or second-born in Hebrew culture …Continue reading →

Redeemed By The Blood

REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but revealed …Continue reading →

Be Holy

BE HOLY But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written, ‘Be holy because I am holy.’ Since you call on a Father who judges each work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear (1 Peter 1: 15-17). ‘Holiness, reverence and fear’ are not very …Continue reading →

Alert And Sober Minds

ALERT AND SOBER MINDS Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance (1 Peter 1:13-14). “Straightforward and serious, not exaggerated, emotional or silly” …Continue reading →

Highly Privileged People

HIGHLY PRIVILEGED PEOPLE Concerning this salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when He predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed …Continue reading →

Take The Long Look

TAKE THE LONG LOOK   In all this you greatly rejoice, though now, for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of you faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour …Continue reading →

The Gospel In A Nutshell

THE GOSPEL IN A NUTSHELL Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you who, …Continue reading →

Peter, An Apostle

PETER, AN APOSTLE Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood: Grace and peace be yours in …Continue reading →

Finally . . .

FINALLY . . . Our dear friend, Luke the doctor, and Demas, send greetings. Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church at her house. After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn, read the …Continue reading →

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” — Ephesians 6:12-13 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.