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What Should Be The Role Of Fasting For Christians?

"Christianity Questions and Answers" podcast CQA 012

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My guest on this podcast, Dr. Hendrik Vorster, has practiced fasting as a spiritual discipline for quite some time. Each January he leads his church in a corporate fast. As a result, God has done miraculous works through his ministry. In this podcast he answers the question “What should be the role of fasting for Christians?”

In the New Testament, Jesus practiced fasting. His example and instruction can help us to understand what should be the role of fasting for Christians.

Jesus said, “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18 NLT)

Hendrik is a wonderful personal friend and colleague. We have traveled to various locations around the world training church planting leaders.

Here’s some of Hendrik’s story:

Dr. Hendrik Vorster was raised in a Christian family in South Africa. At age 15 he started ministry as a youth leader. At age 20 he became an area pastor, since the church he led had grown from 50 to 400 members. Later he led the Maritzburg Christian Church which grew to over 1,200 adult worshippers each Sunday morning.

Over the years he has spoken to thousands of pastors in many African countries, as well as in Asia, Europe and the USA. In 1999 he joined the Board of Directors of Church Growth International (the Board of David Yonggi Cho) on which he continues to play an active role. He has preached at the World’s Largest Church, Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea.


Dr. Hendrik Vorster

In 2006 Hendrik began training leaders with Dynamic Church Planting International and serves as the Director of International Partnerships. In 2008 he planted Riverside Community Church in Brisbane, Australia. He launched Cornerstone Ministries International (CMI) in August 2012. CMI now has two Campuses in Australia, one in Vietnam, sixteen in the Philippines, and many more in different nations. They recently registered in South Africa and are in process in a number of other nations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and India.

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