Thursday, 13 December 2018

Building Walls

Photo by Greta Farnedi on Unsplash

Glory to God!

The Lord is continuing to speak to us about maturing in Christ. A couple of Sundays ago, Richard shared a message entitled, "Running the race", in which he showed us what the apostle Paul describes as a mature view of the believer's life in Christ (Phil 3:15). Looking at Philippians 3:1-16, we noted how Paul's two primary goals in life were to know Christ and to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of him. Richard pointed out how Paul sought to completely identify with his Master in every way, not relying on himself or on what he had achieved but by dying to self; imitating Christ's sacrificial life and depending entirely on Jesus in order to truly know Him. We also saw how Paul lived to fulfil God's purpose for him as he took hold of that for which Christ saved him. Comparing his development as a marathon runner with the believer's spiritual growth, Richard showed us three stages of growth in Christ, from babes in Christ, to spiritual teenagers to maturity in Jesus. Having understood that the goal of the believer's faith is salvation (1 Pet 1:9) but that the goal of the believer's good works is a heavenly reward as s/he takes hold of that for which Christ took hold of him or her, Richard encouraged us to be the best version of ourselves in the power of the Holy Spirit and to press on to win the prize! (see Mt 6:1,4,6,18; 10:42; 16:27; 1 Cor 3:14; Eph 6:8; Heb 11:26 & Rev 22:12).

On Sunday, we had another powerful meeting as we worshipped and then moved into intercession as we proclaimed Christ's victory and lordship over, our lives, the Church and our city. Alexander shared a significant message entitled, "Restoring hedges of spiritual protection", in which he showed us how the enemy develops strongholds in our minds. Looing at Nehemiah 1:1-4 and particularly Ezekiel 8:1-8, Alexander pointed out how the enemy looks for "holes in the wall" of our lives, areas of weakness left unguarded in order to gain access and build a door where he can then continue to have free entrance and influence the mind of the believer. Having built a door in the believer's life, the enemy seeks to establish a seat, a place of authority from which to deceive the believer and ultimately develop a stronghold that is founded on a lie, fed by fear and that leads to idolatry. In response to Alexander's message, we took hold of our authority in Christ and asked the Holy Spirit to expose any strongholds in our thinking that we needed to destroy (see Eph 6:10-18 & 2 Cor 10:3-5). Those who had overcome any strongholds in their lives were then encouraged to pray for those who were still struggling in the area of fear, anger, sexual addiction, and finances (fear of debt and lack of trust in God's provision). It was a very powerful time of ministry and many strongholds were exposed and destroyed with the "weapons of divine power" in the name of Jesus. Hallelujah!

2019


16.01 - Joint prayer meeting as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche at CZF
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14.06 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer








Monday, 26 November 2018

Dancing with God



Glory to God!

Just as Isaiah received revelation of God's holiness and glory, so the Lord ushered us into His presence as we worshipped Him yesterday. The Holy Spirit seemed to fill the room with His presence and holiness so that we continued in worship that led to approaching God's throne in repentance, commitment, and touching "the train of His robe" (see Isaiah 6:1-8). It was a very powerful time indeed!

The Lord is speaking to us about maturing in Christ. Following on from his sermon last week, Richard shared a message entitled, "Dancing with God." Looking at Galatians 5:16-25, we noted that in order to live in the Spirit and keep in step with Him, the believer must begin with the Spirit to overcome the flesh. Using the example of a couple dancing to demonstrate how God wants us to learn to keep in step with Him, Richard explained the principle of P.D.F. - position, deny and follow. Keeping in step with the Holy Spirit and dancing with Him, requires us to position ourselves in such a way as to be aware of Him; to deny ourselves in order to move with His will and to follow His leading as we trust Him. As we apply PDF to our daily lives, we learn to remain in the Lord and keep in step with Him so that He can lead us even into unknown "dances" or realms where we experience an even greater measure of His glory. Hallelujah!

Notices

28.11 - KLF Prayer Meeting 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019

16.01 - 17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14.06 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer




Monday, 19 November 2018

Mature in Christ

Glory to God!

These past two weeks, the Lord has been speaking to us about spiritual maturity. In his message entitled, "Building right foundations," Alexander spoke to us about the need for the believer to have strong foundations in order to grow to maturity. Looking at what it means to build our lives on the bedrock of Christ, he showed us that we must live in relationship with Jesus and align ourselves to Him and His Word (Luke 6:46-49). Alexander also described the evidence of immaturity that include:
  • being dull of hearing
  • lethargy, lack of drive, stagnation
  • taking no responsibility
  • being self-focused
  • not participating or adding value but just consuming
  • lack of discernment
  • instability
  • not keeping spiritually fit
  • disobedience
  • compromise
A life built on the Rock will grow to maturity and withstand the storms of life.

We are excited about new Life Groups that have started and will be starting in the next weeks. These small groups that meet at various people's homes in and around Frankfurt are instrumental in building community and helping our people stay connected, care for one another, grow in their relationship with God, discover and exercise their gifts and learn to be light in the world.

A couple Sundays ago, a KLF team of 10 people were invited to minister at the EFG Frankfurt-Nordwest. Our team led the worship, shared God's Word and ministered prophetically during and after the meeting. It was a very special time as we experienced God's presence and power and many were visibly touched by the Father's love. It was also a powerful opportunity to demonstrate the unity of the Body of Christ in Frankfurt and to witness the spiritual reality of God's anointing upon unity (Psalm 133).

On Saturday evening was another Proverbs and Jazz event at the Awake Café. Alexander and Natalie, together with Guardians of Jazz, hosted a wonderful evening of short input that provided food for thought, excellently played Jazz, and 2 artisitic presentations. The atmosphere was relaxed and inviting and provided a great opportunity to connect with others and bring non-Christians into a non-churchy, spiritual environment.

Yesterday was another special time in God's presence as we worshipped and encountered God together. In his message entitled, "Wanted: Dead and Alive!" Richard spoke to us about what it means to be mature in Christ. This is what he showed us:

  • God wants us to become mature. Eph 4:11-13
  • Maturity means being Christ-like. 1 Jn 2:6
  • Christ-likeness means being conformed to Christ in His death and resurrection. Rom 6:2-14
  • God is looking for a people who carry both the death and life of Christ. Jn 12:24-26; 2 Cor 4:10; Phil 3:10,11
  • By faith we put sin to death so that the life of Christ will be revealed in and through us. Rom 6:12,13; Col 3:5-11
  • The road to maturity is perseverance. James 1:2-4
  • Perseverance is remaining unmoved under the influence of God. Eph 4:14
  • You are wanted: dead and alive! Rom 6:11
Those who persevere, who remain unmoved by faith in Christ's death and resurrection, grow to maturity! Hallelujah!

Notices
28.11 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019

16.01 - 17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14.06 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer
















Monday, 5 November 2018

Building God's House


Glory to God!

God is building His house! In his message entitled, "Living Bethels for God," Alexander spoke to us a couple of Sundays ago about Jacob's encounter with the Lord in Genesis 28:10-19. Looking at the account, Alexander showed us how God is building His house, the Church, to be a house of prayer, a house of encounter, a house of God's presence, a house of worship under an open heaven, a house established upon God's Word and a house that attracts angelic activity.

We are on an exciting journey of discovering our identity in Christ as God's house, His people, the Church, and what that means for each of us in our daily lives. As identity determines responsibility, we are seeing what God expects of us as we understand who He has created us to be in Christ!

As a growing church we are faced with the challenge of building community with a people from many different nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, and walks in life that congregate on a Sunday from far and near. In order to facilitate growth, connectivity, care, fellowship, use of gifts, strengthening of relationships, spiritual growth, discipleship, etc. we believe our people need to meet together in small groups during the week. For this purpose we are emphasising and establishing Life Groups across Frankfurt and surrounding region where people meet at someone's home in groups of 10 -15 people to encourage one another, care for one another, worship and pray together and explore God's Word together.  Life Groups are a wonderful way to become a significant part of the church and the fulfillment of God's vision for His people.

In order to give our people a taste of what Life Groups are like, we decided to surprise the church and have the entire worship service in the coffee area at KLF. We arranged the tables and chairs for people to sit in groups of 8 people; Antje and Cyrus led the worship as we sang from prepared song sheets, Richard shared a message, translated by Vicky and had sheets prepared for everyone to take notes. Every table was led by a table host who then led a time for discussion with questions relating to the sermon that was then followed by sharing the Lord's Supper together around each table. Alexander then wrapped everything up, explaining the importance of Life Groups and why we decided to surprise the church with a different form of meeting. Everyone was positively surprised and enjoyed our unusual church meeting very much.

In his message, entitled, "The Law of Christ," Richard spoke to us about why God expects us to love one another. Richard showed us 10 reasons why believers should love one another:


  1. Jesus commands us to love one another. Jn 13:34
  2. It is God's nature in whose image we are made. 1 Jn 4:8
  3. God loved us first. 1 Jn 4:19
  4. It proves that Jesus came and that the Father loves us. Jn 17:23
  5. It is the fruit of the Gospel - the evidence that we have been united to Christ. Col 1:3-6; Jn 13:35
  6. It assures us of our salvation. 1 Jn 4:16-18
  7. It reveals the fulfilment of God's reconciliatory purposes in Christ. Col 1:19,20
  8. It should be our highest goal. 1 Cor 14:1
  9. It benefits others. Gal 6:2
  10. It leads to maturity in Christ. Eph 4:1-16


As Alexander pointed out, God is shifting KLF from the inner sanctuary into the outer courts and beyond as we seek to reach up, reach in and reach out to fulfill God's vision for the church which is Christ! Hallelujah!

Notices

17.11 - Proverbs & Jazz from 19:00 at the Awake Café, Frankfurt
28.11 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019 
16.01 - 17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14.06 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer
















Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Abundant Grace!


Glory to God!

The Lord is establishing our identity as new creations in Christ, both individually and corporately as the Body of Christ. As identity determines responsibility, it is clear that God wants us to grasp what it means to live as sons and daughters of the King and as His holy and chosen people, the Church!

In his message entitled, "Release the handbrake,"  Richard spoke to us about how God wants His grace to reign in our lives. Looking at Romans 4:25 - 5:2 and 5:20,21; Richard showed us how, through faith in Christ, the believer is made righteous and therefore has access to God's abundant grace. This grace is the realm of God that is beyond anything we can ask for or imagine that God makes available to His children to live in. Just as sin ruled in our lives when we were separated from God, so grace can reign now that we are joined to God through righteousness in Christ. Hallelujah! Richard also showed us that many still allow their old way of thinking to hinder them from moving forward in their new identity in Christ. Releasing the handbrake is about letting go of the past, letting go of old patterns of thinking, ceasing to believe the lies of the enemy, and letting go of unbelief in God's truth. Once the believer establishes his or her righteousness in Christ, God's grace and the "huperballo" (beyond the boundary) realm of His Kingdom can reign in the believer's life so that we participate in the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:3,4; 1 Cor. 2:12; Rom 5:9,10, 17, 21; 8:32; Eph 2:6-8; Col 1:6).

Grace reigns through rigthteousness!

God is doing something new with us as a church and we are excited about new Life Groups forming and more and more people getting connected, involved and experiencing Kingdom life! On Sunday Alex interviewed some of our ex and present Life Group leaders who testified to the value and importance of believers being part of a Life Group in order to build community, grow in love, discover and nurture gifting and learn how to live the Kingdom life together in this world.

It was a powerful meeting on Sunday and after an awesome time of worship, many came forward with words and impressions given by the Holy Spirit in particular in the area of finances. Even before the message concerning living in God's abundant grace was given, the Holy Spirit was encouraging us to be faithful in giving and to increase our expectation in God as the One who is able to provide beyond our imagination! Hallelujah!


Notices 

31.10 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
17.11 - Proverbs & Jazz from 18:00 at the Awake Café, Frankfurt
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019 
15 - 17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche 
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer 



Monday, 15 October 2018

Kings and Priests


Photo by Matteo Vistocco on Unsplash

Glory to God!

Jesus is God's vision for the Church! As we grow in our understanding of the truth of our identity in Christ both individually and as the Church, we sense the Lord stirring us more and more to reach up, reach in and reach out. Two weeks ago Richard shared a message entitled, "A Royal Priesthood" in which he showed us how our identity in Christ determines our responsibility as believers. This is what he shared with us:


  • Jesus is the highest authority. Eph 1:18-23; Mt 28:18
  • Jesus is our great high Priest. Heb 7:23-26
  • As those who have Christ the King and Priest dwelling in them, the Church is God's royal priesthood. 1 Pt 2:9,10; Lk 22:29,30; 1 Cor 1:26; Rev 1:6; 5:9,10
  • As kings and priests, the Church is called to exercise her kingly authority in Christ and to serve God in representing man before God and God before man. 
  • As kings and priests, the Church has the power to build or destroy.
  • God's royal priesthood is called to build up the people of God but to destroy the works of satan. 2 Cor 10:8; 13:10
  • The problem is that we can misuse the authority and power entrusted to us when we destroy one another and build satan's kingdom! James 3:9-12; Eph 4:29-32
  • God's royal priesthood has the responsibility to be good stewards of the authority, power and intercessory anointing given to them to build God's Kingdom, to destroy the work of the enemy and to pray!
Identity determines responsibility!


In response to God's revelation, we spent time around the Lord's Table to examine our hearts and to confess any cursing of others and dishonouring of God's people, the Body of Christ. It was a powerful time that the Holy Spirit then led into a time of prayer and intercession as we stepped into our authority in Christ as His royal priesthood. Hallelujah!

Yesterday was another powerful time in God's presence as we worshipped Him and made room for the Holy Spirit to lead the meeting. Worship in song turned into intercession as we sensed the Lord breaking strongholds and obstacles in people's lives that were preventing them from stepping into all that God has prepared for them. It is evident that as we realise our identity and responsibility as a royal priesthood that we are going to see more and more people set free, healed and saved in our midst and wherever we go. Tobias then shared a message entitled, "The creative God" in which he showed us the awesome creative power of our God and how He wants us to speak His Word to release His creative power! In response Tobias encouraged us to prophesy and speak God's truth over one another. It was a wonderfully encouraging time as we used our authority to build one another up. Hallelujah!

Notices 

31.10 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
17.11 - Proverbs & Jazz from 18:00 at the Awake Café, Frankfurt
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019 
16,17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche 
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer 




Monday, 1 October 2018

A Chosen People

 
 Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Glory to God!

Yesterday there was a real buzz in the meeting! We all sensed that God was setting us up to encounter and experience Him. During our time of worship the Lord began to minister to us and speak to us through prophetic words and impressions. God's presence was wonderful as healing and liberation was declared over people and the Lord began to break chains of addiction, restless minds and the like. Already this morning we received a testimony from someone who received a specific prophetic word yesterday that was fulfilled last night. Hallelujah! God is good!

The Lord is stirring us to all be a significant part of the fulfillment of God's vision for KLF and yesterday, Elizabeth announced that she and her team have started a Kingdom Toddlers group that meets during the service in order to integrate our little ones from the beginning and to expose them to church life and fellowship. It is so wonderful to have the whole church family together in God's presence and for all of us to learn to love and consider one another, even at such a young age.

Richard then spoke to us about being God's chosen people in his message entitled, "You are chosen." Looking at 1 Peter 2:9 and 10, we noted the following:

  • God chooses us. 1 Pet 1:1; 2:8-10; Jn 15:16; Gal 4:8,9; Col 3:12; Rom 8:33
  • It is God's divine right to choose. Rom 9:8-21
  • God's choosing puts salvation completely in His hands. Jn 1:12; Rom 8:30
  • God's choosing us secures our relationship with Him. Rom 8:28-39
  • God's choosing us for His purposes means we are responsible to fulfill what He has chosen us for in the power of the Holy Spirit. Eph 2:10; Jn 15
In response we thanked God for His mercy, for choosing us, for saving us, for placing us firmly in His hands and for empowering us to do His will.

We are excited to announce that Alexander and Natalie have responded to God's call and have agreed to assist Richard and Frances in leading KLF as associate leaders. It was a special and significant time as the church prayed for Alex and Nat and were anointed by Richard and Frances to establish, honour and ordain them as leaders and to recognise the grace that is upon their lives. In turn, Alex and Nat anointed our senior leaders as a prophetic expression of Psalm 133 which God confirmed with an increase in His tangible presence! In response we began to declare God's healing over people and many came forward for prayer. It was very powerful and the atmosphere was electric! People were being healed and filled with joy! Hallelujah!

Notices

31.10 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
17.11 - Proverbs & Jazz from 18:00 at the Awake Café, Frankfurt
01.12 - Connect Café from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60 for the church and newcomers

2019 
16,17.01 - Joint prayer meetings as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with André Bronkhorst
14 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer