Multitudes of Jehovah’s Witnesses gather at stadium

2015-09-22 06:00
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Lyle Laaks from the Hillcrest Park Congregation was one of the baptised candidates.

Photo: supplied Lyle Laaks from the Hillcrest Park Congregation was one of the baptised candidates.

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JEHOVAH’S Witnesses began their 2015 convention series in the United States on May 22. The 2015 “Imitate Jesus!” Regional Conventions will continue worldwide through to January 2016

Locally, Jehovah’s Witnesses held their annual convention at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal over the weekend.

It included delegates in Zulu, English and sign language from the north up to Richards Bay, south up to Port Shepstone and Midlands up to Greytown. Over the weeks prior to the convention local congregations went out inviting the public to the convention, the reason being that Jesus died for all of mankind. Thus it would be fitting for all to benefit from the examination of Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and see how all, regardless of background, lifestyle or religion, can benefit in practical ways from his example and teachings.

On Friday 11 September the convention opened with 20 786 delegates and visitors in Zulu, English and sign language, with a series of talks and symposiums demonstrating how Jesus’ example can give parents and children the tools to build stronger and more united families, and included a stimulating examination of Jesus’ famed Sermon on the Mount.

On Saturday 30 321 Jehovah’s Witnesses attended, when the highlight was the baptism of 425 new delegates. Jehovahs Witnesses view baptism as an important part of the life of a Christian. The Bible states in 1 Peter 2:21, “In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.” Four large pools were set up in the stadium grounds and each candidate was individually immersed into water and brought up just as Jesus was baptised by John. At baptism an individual enters into a new relationship with God. In this relationship one lives no more for himself, but for the will of God’s purpose to be accomplished on Earth.

Sunday was the final day of the convention which saw 33 185 in attendance. The public talk titled “Jesus Christ, World Conqueror” unveiled the reason why Jesus came to Earth. A two-part theatrical production titled For a certainty God made him Lord and Christ, benefited all as it portrayed significant events in Jesus’ life.

Trevor Lee a spokesman for the Durban Convention explained: “A common misconception is that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in Jesus Christ, yet the theme of this convention was titled ‘Imitate Jesus’. The programme helped conference attendees to arm themselves with Christ’s mental disposition.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses in South Africa have organised 52 conventions in 16 languages in 20 cities. Worldwide,there are over 8 000 000 Witnesses in more than 115 000 congregations.

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