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The 25th Zambia Annual Reformed Conference will be held from the 25th to 29th August this year at Lusaka Baptist Church.

This year’s theme is “25 Years of Reformation: Running Forward, Remaining Faithful“, and the key speakers will be:

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Voddie Baucham – Running forward (across Africa in missions). The idea under this is that for the last twenty five years we have planted about 40 churches across Zambia but only about 4 outside Zambia. SOS calls are beginning to come from various corners of the continent, asking us to go there and plant churches. We need to “run forward” and hit the iron while it is hot. Our continent has been overrun by an extreme form of Charismania, which is threatening the very faith of God’s elect. We cannot afford to stand or walk. We must run and plant truly sound New Testament churches across the continent in order to turn the tide around.


Pastor Kenneth R. Jones

Ken Jones – Remaining faithful (to the Doctrines of Grace). The idea under this is that we have been a distinctly Reformed Baptist movement since inception some 25 years ago but it is so easy, as the churches multiply, to simply become a popular grouping of churches with no robust doctrinal convictions. Once upon a time we were the despised young people who were being misled and whose churches were expected to die (because “churches that hold on to the doctrines of grace in other parts of the world are small and dying”) but now we are the respected churches in Baptist circles in Zambia and so attract many who do not necessarily sense those early convictions that caused us to pin our colours to the mast at great cost. We need to remain faithful to those truths that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation, to great revivals across history, and to the great missionary movement that we see today–and are still a force to reckon with across the globe.


Plus there will be other local preachers to cover topics on life  (i.e. Worldliness, dressing, childishness, entertainment, etc)

  • Keynote address: Conrad Mbewe

At this year’s conference, we will have:

  • Thematic interviews over 25 years, plus Q & A in the afternoons
  • Testimonies about how the conference has impacted people in the 25 years (Some to be shared in public while others in the  conference bulletin).
  • Conference bulletin to be handed out covering 25 years.

Because of the 25 year fellowship model, we will have only one conference throughout this time (no School of Theology).


REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED.

Please be much in prayer for this great event!

- The Conference Committee

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Justified by Faith- Masiye Miyoba’s Testimony http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1912 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1912#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:08:09 +0000 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1912

Masiye Miyoba

Before I became a Christian, I lived a life full of sin and I knew that I was destined for hell, but wouldn’t do anything about it. I was self-centered, deceitful and envious. All I wanted was to please my flesh.

At one point, certain things and people took the place of God in my life.

But thank God for all his dealings in my life, on August 22nd, 2009, I attended a youth meeting at Kabwata Baptist Church. Elder Chibuta preached on Justification by Faith from Romans 3:19-31, but the key verse was verse 28. It says “For we maintain that man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” He explained justification in a simple way: “being treated by God as if you have done nothing wrong. He takes Christ’s Righteousness and puts it on you, then takes your sinfulness and puts it on Christ. In short, it’s just as if you never sinned”. He later gave an example to say, “Imagine yourself in a court room facing judgment by God, about to be sent to hell forever for your sins. But a man walks in, prepared to take your place but only if you accept him and put your faith in him. This man is Jesus Christ, the only true son of God.” This made me realize how serious sin is before God and how much he loves me that he freely gave up his son as an atonement for my sins.

As he continued preaching, I thought about my life and how I would go to hell if I continued living my life without Christ as my Lord. When I went home, I found the elder at home. When it was time for him to leave, I walked him to the door and I took this opportunity to find out who can be justified. He told me that it’s only those who are in Christ that are justified. In Desperate need for a savior and justification, I quickly rushed to my room, knelt and prayed asking Christ to forgive me and justify me by faith. After praying my heart was filled with both sorrow and joy; Sorrow for the sins I had committed, and joy that Christ was my Lord.

My walk with Christ has not been easy. I had to give up most of my friends, movies, music and motives. There was a time I had backslidden due to the doubts I had about my faith and the struggle I had with sin. But later I came back to Christ because there was an aching void within me which could not be filled by anything. This was on 8th August, 2010 when Pastor Mbewe preached about Christ being the only way to heaven, only mediator and the only ransom to buy me from sin (Timothy 2:1-7). Christ has completely changed my life (Philippians 1:6). I live my life spending time with His Spirit, word and also in prayer. Day by Day I know am growing in grace through Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen!

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You May Put Soil on Him But Never on His Soul http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1883 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1883#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:34:13 +0000 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1883 A tribute to Elder Mwamba Chibuta who went to be with the Lord on 3rd January 2014-by Mr. Nsenduluka

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Kapambwe Nsenduluka

Mwamba Chibuta

Mr. Chibuta

It is such a taunting task to lift a weight heavier than body weight. Was he not more righteous than I? Indeed He was, younger in age but bigger in life. I have known this man for over 30 years. I can almost say I do not remember meeting him because it is as a person being asked when he met the very mother who bore and brought him up. All I remember are things bigger than first meeting.

  1. The Servant of the Lord
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At the Ordination Service of Pastor Nsendulula in Namibia

A far as back as I can remember, Mwamba Joy Chibuta had served the Lord in three different churches as member in good standing, as a deacon and as an elder in churches where I also have been; a member and deacon at LBC, a member and deacon at Fairview Reformed Baptist Church in Mufuria and a member and elder at Kabwata Baptist Church where he died in service.I was his elder at Fairview Reformed Baptist Church in Mufuria and he was mine at KBC. Here is how I remember his service:

  • An extremely meek servant; a man whose strong influence you experienced upon your life but who would never forcefully impose his will on you. I am quite strong willed but I do not remember Mwamba and myself in any argument at all no because there was no occasion for it but because he had abundance of wisdom, grace and tact to win it without ‘bloodshed’. Such is the testimony of many who would testify having been blessed with serving with and under him. As I write, Facebook is saturated with more than you wish to find out.
  • He was a very clear and theologically sound teacher, a wise counselor, a gifted singer and a man who was always available for what he could do and be where he was needed. He was a leader who could not betray you even in moments you felt he needed to save his face.
  • Of all who have been my very good elders, I can testify that he is among the few that paid me more visits and had a feel of where and how I was living.

2. An Outstanding Family Man

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Mr. Chibuta with his family

I was married almost seven and half years before him was quite instrumental, by the Lord’s grace, in his marriage in many ways. But I have had a lot to learn from him. We discussed our marriage lives freely and again I have been astounded by his meekness there. I particularly remember one of his many statements vividly that has rebuked be over the years; he told me that his philosophy in marriage is that he would rather be a happy husband than wind the arguments. There are many who know this but so few of us who live by it.
Not only so, Mwamba was a good father whose own children were his best friends. He would share with me how from the oldest to the youngest of his two daughters and one son, had this freedom to share his T-shirts, warm clothing and even footwear! Even in his illness he more than twice testified to me of how they had taken good care of him and lessened his loneliness in the absence of his dear wife.
Brethren I can go on to talk about his outstanding performance with respect to extended family, his domestic workers, and brethren who would pass through his house. I know of three families from outside Zambia who I referred to them at short notice, and they took them in one family in their absence was accommodated by them.

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The Chibuta’s with the brethren in India

3. A Citizen Worth Emulating
Mwamba was not perfect, but as far as being a citizen in good standing was concerned; he set a very high standard. His career was in the banking industry where he joined virtually as a school leaver; rose through the ranks and reached the top ranks of one of our country’s largest parastatal companies, including acting as chief executive. Throughout that ‘mountain climbing’, it was through excellence, dedication, patience and integrity that took him to the top. It was on the basis of these very values that he left his winding path through that career.
He did not leave that career un-blamed; but speaks of more than one incidence of being falsely accused and was ultimately cleared of the charges. If He has owned anything, Mwamba has fully paid for it or is faithfully paying for it. I just came to realize that at every stage, his principle was to live contented with what he had earned through honest hard work.
4. Through the ‘Valley of the Shadow of Death’
When the illness that finally took his life came, he was up and about faithfully serving us. He has been to India several times for medication, but that painful illness would not subtract from him the substance of what he has always been in character though it had its toll on him physically. He practically was a member at our local church and one of the most prayed for.
When he had little strength, he attended church and sang for the congregation, he attended some bible studied and participated in one outreach program at St Stephen’s Hospital; he visited the sick members of the church prayed and sang for them. But he too had reciprocal visits by some elders and other members of the church. He and his dear wife will be fondly remembered for a long time. From this and more, Mwamba demonstrated his commitment to the Lord even in such severe trial and strange place where most people would have had reason to resign.
It would appear he was conscious his departure was at hand. He always told me that he was ready to go. On this last visit he asked me if it was right to desire to die. While I was trying to find just the right words to use and avoiding eye contact, he had passed out on his hospital bed. Sugar was extremely high, and shortly afterwards he was taken to the ICU. The point is that this man marshaled up his little strength in him to serve the Lord and the people he loved so much. He had frequent fainting episodes, when he came round he just smiled about it. He died serving; indeed he died well
5. A friend Indeed
There is much I can say about our friendship but I will just put it in form of a short tribute to summarize my short experience of you dear brother.

TRIBUTE TO A GREAT FRIEND (from the Nsenduluka family in India)

Memories of you will linger long and searing pain will bite
For you were, to us, a great one; a big fish in our pond
The darkness of the grave will hide your loveliness for a night
But surely you are greater than that grave that opens its mouth to swallow you
For it cannot bury the abundance of good that still lives on and fills our memories

There is a gap that that grave cannot gulp; it is a vacuum you have left
Just what will life be like for many of us with you gone?
Yours was the first face I saw on arrival at the airport to receive me
Yours was the face I last saw on my departure
It will painfully hurt to arrive and know we will never see that face ever again

Your graceful soft disposition had such a powerful influence upon our life
Your generosity so blind to distinctions of tribe, race and else
Your personal sacrifices to ensure and assure unity will be greatly missed
The name Joy Mwamba Chibuta will be missed even in India where you were but for brief while

Yours was the home in which I personally found a home; it was never full for me
Yours was the life we shared to the full and there nothing sharable we could not share
I know not a house but only one in which you made your home and I did not sleep there
I know not a place I made my home and you did not come there
In you was a gift from God that was many in one;
A real younger brother, a real friend, a competent counselor, a true sympathizer

As a family here we have lost a great pillar in our life,
The good part is that we all have the hope of seeing you again
In a place where you will never leave us.

Thank you for the priceless gift you have left us with for a while,
Your dear wife and the children; May the Lord protect and provide for them

Come away into glory, Oh fair one; enter into the eternal joy of your Master;
Your good works decorate your path to glory as the most beautiful of flowers
And Oh, how so sweet also is the fragrance they leave behind
Who can find a wreath worthy of such a man as you
Now go and take your rest in eternal peace
And receive the crown you have earned by the grace of the Lord you so loved

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Elder Mwamba Chibuta- Gone to be with the Lord http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1854 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1854#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:59:11 +0000 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1854 Gone to be with the Lord

Elder Mwamba Chibuta went to be with the Lord on 3rd January 2014 after an illness. The funeral is being held at their home in Bennie Mwinga PHI, Chaimana area in Lusaka. He shall be put to rest on Tuesday, 7th January 2014 beginning with a Church Service at Kabwata Baptist Church at 10:00 hrs.

]]> http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?feed=rss2&p=1854 10 Who We Are http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1833 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1833#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:54:09 +0000 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1833 Kabwata Reformed Baptist Church is a Confessional Reformed Baptist Church. By Confessional, we mean a church with a detailed Confession of Faith – known, loved, defended and confessed by all church members.

By Reformed, we mean a church that stands in the tradition of experimental (practical) Calvinism. To this end, we have adopted the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith as our confession. Read this doctrinal standard and familiarize yourself with its contents. To borrow Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s words, “This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us.

It is not issued as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby you may be fettered, but as a means of edification in righteousness. It is an excellent, though not inspired, expression of the teaching of those Holy Scriptures by which all confessions are to be measured.” We hold to the humbling truths of God’s sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Salvation is through Christ alone and by faith alone. We hope to use this page to promote the Truth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to provide a means of encouragement for Brethren throughout the world. Thank you for taking the time to visit
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Chainama Prison Outreach http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1719 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1719#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:15:18 +0000 http://steve.ai/kbc/?p=1719 Kabwata Baptist Church through the Chainama and Northmead Home groups have been holding services at the Lusaka Chainama East Prisons for a month now. Last Sunday, Easter Sunday, they celebrated the fourth service. Four KBC members conducted the service and 20 male ‘patients’ attended.In line with the emerging order of worship, the service was characterised by joyful singing, prayer and preaching. Brother Solomon Nyirenda preached from the gospel of John Chapter 3:1-20 on the subject of being born again.

After the service the team distributed some bath soap and petroleum jelly. They plan on adding clothes and other daily needs to the gifts which they will distribute on a regular basis. Other needs requested such as local language bibles are still outstanding. The authorities only restrict cooked food as donations or gifts.

Prayer items

The number of Chainama and Northmead Home group members attending the service is visibly declining. The first service had 9 outreach team members. We were down to 4 at this service. Pray that the Lord will sustain the 2 cell groups to pursue the work earnestly and also supply the needs requested, especially the Bibles.

A meeting to assemble a team of men who will commit to lead the services and preach regularly is scheduled to be held on Monday 1st April 2013. There is a great need for men conversant in English and/or Nyanja or Bemba to preach the word of God. Or else an interpreter is alternatively needed. Pray that the Lord’s direction in this important matter.

The team has slowly appreciated the state of minds of most patients attending the services, thus to effectively communicate with them, they requires special skills.  A few of them can read but require more basic materials than most of the tracts available at the moment. Language barrier is another challenge the team faces. Pray that the word that is preached will have a bearing on the hearts of the ‘patients’ and that appropriate reading materials will be secured.

The team is also seeking to practically engage the authorities by providing paint and having their buildings painted, providing a new National Flag as well as reading material for them. Pray that the word in practise may affect them as well.

Praise the Lord for the few ‘patients’ who are opening their hearts to the team and that they shall soon be engaged in personal evangelism with as many of them as possible.

In Christ

sakwiyaalfred

Alfred Sakwiya
Chainama Prison Outreach Team Leader

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New Work in Kapiri Mposhi http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1724 http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/?p=1724#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 02:19:54 +0000 http://steve.ai/kbc/?p=1724 I visited Manasseh Kaonga, the man we are considering for missions work in Kapiri Mposhi, on Thursday, May 5, 2011, and spent the whole morning driving around the town to see its layout and the challenges for church planting. I also handed over a bicycle from KBC for his use as he travels around the area. I came away convinced of the need for a Reformed Baptist church in that town. It is a strategic junction town, which is evidently growing.

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 Pastor Kaonga with the bicycle
As we drove around we saw many church buildings scattered around Kapiri, especially in the residential areas. African National Church, which allows polygamy. Apostolic Faith Church, New Apostolic Church, African Methodist Church, SDA, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Reformed Church in Zambia, Bread of Life, Grace Ministries, Grace Pentecost Church, etc. These are the churches that have their own buildings. Manasseh said that there are a lot of charismatic churches that meet in schools. In fact, most school classrooms are totally taken up by these churches. Grace Baptist Church, which our brother Manasseh Kaonga has started, is presently meeting at Chika Private School. They tried getting a place in a government school but completely failed. They are all full.
There is also a fairly visible mosque, which is continuing to be developed but is already in use. So, the Muslims are already there! Economically, the town survives on government and council departments. However, there is no government secondary school in Kapiri Mposhi.
There are only basic schools. High school pupils go out of town to boarding schools for their education. There are two commercial banks (Barclays and Zanaco) in town. So, Kapiri is essentially a major junction town for both trucks and the main railway line. Of course, in a town like this, prostitution and drunkenness thrive.
The residential areas we visited were Kapiri Glass Products housing estate, Kapiri Township Council housing estate, Valley View, Kawama, Hill Top, East Park, Ndeke, Tazara, Soweto, Zambia Compound, etc., on the eastern side of the Great North Road. Then we also visited Matilyo (material?) and Riverside on the western side.
There were a lot of new houses going up literally everywhere, but with no council services in terms of sewer system and tarred roads. The only tarred road is the Great North Road which passes through the town. Most of the houses are incomplete—and rely on septic tanks for sewer disposal. Electricity and water is available in the new residential areas.

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Pastor Kaonga holding the church poster
A new area is being opened up for development behind Zambia Compound, near the turn-off to Northern Province. Those interested in getting plots are paying K300,000 to be interviewed. Then, if selected, they are to pay K10 million for the plots. Residential house plots are 50mx30m, while church plots are 100mx50m.
Bemba is the most common language spoken around the town and Manasseh is fluent in Bemba. Most of the churches are cults, charismatic, or liberal. Hence, the need for a strongly conservative evangelical church there is evident. The SOS call is being heard, “Come over… and help us” (Acts 16:9). Let us rise to the challenge, since God has already given us a man! This could also be a midway stop for our ongoing plans to reach the Northern Province.
By Pastor Conrad Mbewe
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