Monday, 30 April 2018

Are you spiritual?



Glory to God!

Continuing in our series entitled, "Are you spiritual?" we have been looking at what it means to be led by the Holy Spirit. Having looked at how the apostle Paul was led by the Holy Spirit and governed by the truth of God and His Kingdom, two weeks ago we focused on how believers must learn to live from their new identity in Christ. In his message entitled, "Who do you think you are?", Richard showed us the truth of our identity as bond-servants (Rom 1:1), saints (Eph 1:1), sons (Rom 8:14) and soldiers (2 Tim 2:3). The believer does not live to become a new creation but must learn to live as one who has been born again and created in Christ anew Hallelujah!

On Sunday we had another powerful time of worship as the Holy Spirit led us into God's presence and ministered to us. People testified to God healing them in the meeting and with words of knowledge and prayer, many were touched with God's presence and power. Richard continued in his series and spoke to us about living from revelation. In his message entitled, "Come and see" we looked at the importance of receiving spiritual revelation in order to live from the reality of spiritual truth. Richard showed us that God gives us His Spirit so that we can know the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:9-14). Looking at John 1:35-51, we noted the importance of seeing and how Jesus invites us to follow Him to be able to see the things of the Spirit.

We praise God for spiritual revelation and for showing us what it means to be spiritual as we live from the truth of our lives in Christ. Hallelujah!

Upcoming Events

18 - 20.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
26.05 - Global Outreach Day in Bockenheim

02.06 - Welcome Coffee at 15:00 in Leipziger Str.60

09.06 - Men's Bike Ride
10.06 - Baptismal Service at the EFG Frankfurt-Nordwest in Haeberlinstr.3 at 15:00
16.06 - Church BBQ on the Lohrberg
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer
 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Kingdom perspective



Glory to God!

These past two weeks the Lord has been speaking to us about living from a kingdom perspective. In his message entitled, "Are you a candidate for God's promotional programme?" Alexander showed us how God wants us to move from a poverty or slave mindset and a settler's mindset to a kingdom mindset. Looking at the parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16, we noted the following principles for Kingdom living:
  1. Our reputation as God's children is important. (Prov 22:1)
  2. We should not ignore issues but face them. (Rom 4:19)
  3. We should invest in our relationships to enhance them.
  4. We are to be influencers who know their sphere of influence.
  5. We are to be motivators who encourage others.
  6. We are to be faithful stewards of all that God entrusts us with. (Prov 27:23,24) 
Alexander encouraged us to seek God's wisdom (Prov 16:16) in order to gain a kingdom perspective (Mk 4:10-13) so that we live the kingdom life wherever we are.

Yesterday's meeting was very exciting as God ministered to us through prophecy, healing, impartation and words of knowledge. It is really wonderful to make space for the Holy Spirit and simply follow His leading. Hallelujah! Richard shared a message entitled, "Are you spiritual?" in which we explored what it means to be led by the Spirit as sons of God (Rom 8:14). Looking at the life of the apostle Paul, Richard showed us that to be led by the Spirit is to be governed by the Spirit and that it is those who are governed by the Spirit that are truly spiritual (see 1 Cor 3:1-3). Being governed by the Spirit of God is responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit and being moved by the reality of God and His Kingdom. Richard showed us that the apostle was spiritual (Spirit-led) in that

  1. Paul lived from his new identity in Christ. 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20
  2. Paul acted on spiritual revelation. Gal 2:1,2
  3. Paul depended on supernatural peace. 2 Cor 2:12,13
  4. Paul followed his specific calling. Rom 1:1
  5. Paul lived by faith. 2 Cor 4:13,14
  6. Paul lived in hope, having an eternal perspective. 2 Cor 4:17,18
  7. Paul lived to please God because of future judgment. 2 Cor 5:9,10
  8. Paul lived in the fear of the Lord. 2 Cor 5:11
  9. Paul was moved by Christ's love and sacrifice. 2 Cor 5:14,15
  10. Paul was obedient to God's commission. 2 Cor 5:20
  11. Paul lived from grace. 2 Cor 6:1,2 
As sons of God we are to be led by the Holy Spirit as we follow His leading and respond to the reality of God and His Kingdom in our everyday lives. Hallelujah!

Upcoming Events

25.04 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
26.05 - Global Outreach Day
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer









Monday, 2 April 2018

True Forgiveness



Glory to God!

We had a full house on Friday in our church premises in Bockenheim as we gathered together for a time of fellowship and reflection. Looking at the seven last sayings of Jesus on the cross, Richard used the word CROSS to show us how Christ's last words reveal aspects of His life that we are called to follow.

Communion: Jesus lived in unbroken communion with the Father but experienced separation on the cross. Mark 15:34
Reconciliation: Jesus came to reconcile man to God and mankind to one another. Luke 23:43; John 19:30
Obedience: Jesus was obedient to the Father, even to death on the cross. John 19:30
Suffering: Jesus suffered as He persevered in fulfilling the Father's will. John 19:28
Sacrifice: Jesus laid down His life for mankind. Luke 23:34

It was a special time as we reflected on Christ's life and death and shared communion together.

On Sunday we celebrated Christ's resurrection. After a powerful time of worship we ministered to some people in prayer with resurrection power and hope. Richard then shared a message entitled, "The Gospel of Forgiveness" in which he showed us the nature of true forgiveness that involves the 3 stages of death, burial and resurrection. Using traffic lights as a symbol and a reminder of true forgiveness, we saw how Christ's death, burial and resurrection is the essence of the Gospel: the good news of God's forgiveness through Christ.

  • The red light symbolises death: Our sin was nailed to the cross. Rom 4:25
  • The yellow light symbolises burial: God buries our sin and chooses not to remember it anymore. Heb 10:17,18
  • The green light symbolises resurrection: God treats us as though we had never sinned by not counting our sin against us. 2 Cor 5:18,19

A traffic light can however also symbolise the nature of unforgiveness where:

The red light symbolises death: choosing to separate oneself from the one who has sinned against you.
The yellow light symbolises burial: you hold onto the offense and bury it your heart.
The green light symbolises resurrection: I bring up past wrongs to get you back.

In response to the revelation of the nature of God's forgiveness through Christ, we took communion together and were encouraged to receive God's forgiveness and to forgive others in the same way God has forgiven us in Christ (see Mat 6:15; Lk 11:4; Col 3:13).

 Upcoming Events

25.04 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
26.05 - Global Outreach Day
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer




Monday, 26 March 2018

Healing Encounter



Glory to God!

On Sunday we had our first Healing Encounter, a special meeting devoted to praying for the sick and making room for the Holy Spirit to minister to us. We believe that Jesus came to reveal the reality of the King and His kingdom by "preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people" (see Matthew 4:23-25). In order to continue His ministry, the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father in the name of Jesus for the Church to represent her King and His kingdom (see John 14:26). Therefore, we believe that as we preach the reality of our King and His kingdom, He will prove His word with "signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will" Hebrews 2:4. Hallelujah!

After a powerful time of worship, Vicky spoke to us about the goodness of God. In her message entitled, "God is good" she showed us that people either question the goodness of God or live by faith in the goodness of God. Either view will determine our walk with God and how we interpret life. Vicky established that God is indeed good and that His purpose for us is not to steal, kill and destroy but to give us life - fullness of life! (see John 10:10). Looking at Jeremiah 17:7&8 and Philippians 4:4-7, Vicky encouraged us to trust in God and in His goodness so that even in times of trouble we can experience the Lord's peace and can rest in His goodness. After hearing her own, personal experience of God's goodness, others were invited to share their testimonies of God's intervention in their lives - stories of salvation, healing, and encounters with the love of God. We then invited people to share words of knowledge and prophetic words after which we prayed for people and made room for the Holy Spirit to minister to us. It was an amazing time! People received healing, salvation and many had  a significant encounter with God. Hallelujah!

We praise God for this journey we are on with Him and for using each part of the Body to glorify His name and further His kingdom!

Upcoming Events

28.03 - Prayer meeting at L60 at 19:30  
30.03 - Good Friday Service at L60 at 15:00
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
26.05 - Global Outreach Day
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer


Monday, 19 March 2018

Not I, but Christ!


 Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Glory to God!

On our journey to revival, the Lord is speaking to us about unity and living by faith in Christ. Two weeks ago, Prem shared a message entitled, "Kept united by God's glory." Looking at Matthew 7:1-5 and John 17:22, we noted how the believer not only has access to God's glory but must depend on the Lord's presence to keep the unity of the Spirit. Prem showed us that spending time in God's presence:

Exposes the log/sin in our lives
Enables us to remove the log throgh repentance
Enables us to gain God's perspective on others
Empowers us to remove the speck in the eyes of others through blessing and intercession
Ensures that the unity is kept as we live in His glory

In preparation for our special healing service on the 25 March, the Lord is equipping us to minister in His power and authority. Having looked at the true nature of faith - receiving God's grace, resting from our works and resting in the Lord's finished work and remaining in Christ, Richard spoke to us yesterday about reigning in life through Christ as we live in Him. In his message entitled, "Living in Jesus' name," Richard showed us that just as Jesus came in the Father's name to represent the Father's nature, authority and power, so the believer is called to represent Jesus by not only using His name but by living in His name (see John 5:43; 10:25; 17:6; John 15)! Looking at Galatians 2:20, we noted how the apostle Paul lived his life in Jesus' name, having been crucified with Christ and living by faith in the Son of God to reveal Him and represent Him for God's glory.

The Lord is teaching us to be completely dependent on Him and to rid ourselves of our self-life so that Jesus is glorified in all that we say and do (see Col 3:17). Hallelujah!

Upcoming Events

23.03 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at Leipziger Str.60 at 7:00
25.03 - Healing Service at KLF at 15:00
28.03 - Prayer meeting at L60 at 19:30  
30.03 - Good Friday Service at L60 at 15:00
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer



Monday, 5 March 2018

Living by Faith



Glory to God!

These past weeks the Lord has been speaking to us about the unity of the Spirit and His desire for us to live in His fulness. Two weeks ago Tobias shared a message entitled, "One body, one language," in which he showed us that God's purpose has always been to unite mankind to Himself and one another to be His dwelling place. Comparing the account of the building of the tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13, we saw the power of unity as God intended it, for His glory and purposes in eternity. In response to God's Word we split up into groups to pray in the Spirit and pray for one another.

On Sunday, after another powerful time of worship, we had the privilege of having Kay Lorentz with us who gave us an update on their ministry and family whom we support as a church. It is humbling and sobering to hear the testimony of what Kay and Holger are doing in Cape Town, South Africa and it was important for us to bless Kay and their ministries, Resilient Kids SA and Mercy Aids. We praise God for Kay and Holger who demonstrate true faith in laying down their lives for the needy to give them a voice, dignity, hope and a future!

Richard then shared a message entitled, "Reflections on faith," in which he showed us some important principles about faith that will help us individually and corporately to experience a greater measure of God's fulness in and through our lives. Comparing a torch with a mirror, Richard showed us that we must make a shift from our being the origin to God being the Origin in our lives (Rev 3:14). With God as the Origin of all things in our lives, we saw that faith is not something we produce but a response to God and what He has completed in Christ. Richard showed us that faith is:

Receiving what God freely gives (Mk 10:15; Jn 1:12,13; Eph 1:3)
Resting from human effort and resting in God's finished work (Heb 4:9-11)
Remaining in Christ and living in Him (Jn 15; Col 2:6)

In response to God's Word to us we split up into groups and prayed for one another, receiving, resting and remaining in God's presence. It was a very powerful time indeed and it was wonderful to experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit as we ceased from every human effort and made space for Him to do His work among us. Hallelujah!

Upcoming Events

09.03 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at Leipziger Str.60 at 7:00
25.03 - Healing Service at KLF at 15:00
28.03 - Prayer meeting at L60 at 19:30  
30.03 - Good Friday Service at L60 at 15:00
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer




Monday, 19 February 2018

The Jerusalem Puzzle



Glory to God!

The Church is the foreshadowing of the new Jerusalem! 

In his message entitled, "The Jerusalem Puzzle", Richard gave us God's big picture for mankind, showing us how the puzzle pieces of Scripture all fit together to reveal what God has planned for His people for eternity. Looking at Revelation 21, we took note that the City of God, the new Jerusalem, is in fact the Bride of Christ, the Church and that it has always been God's intention to dwell in and among His people (see Rev 21:2,9&10).
Jesus came not only to reconcile Man to God, but to reveal perfect humanity as God intended from the beginning - Man living in perfect union with God as the Lord's dwelling place. In Christ, believers become the temple of God, both individually and corporately so that the Church becomes a prophetic sign of what God will do when Jesus comes again (see 1 Cor 6:19,20; 3:16,17; Eph 2:15-22). Having been reconciled to God and one another through Jesus, we have peace with God and one another.
Richard showed us that as the City of Peace, the new Jerusalem, we are called to "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace," so that the manifestation of God's presence in us and with us will distinguish us from the world (see Ex 33:15,16; Ps 133; Eph 4:3). The urgency with which the apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth, concerning not destroying God's temple by their divisive behaviour, reflects how he lived from an eternal perspective - the revelation of the new Jerusalem, the Church as the dwelling place of God (see 1 Cor 1:10; 3:16,17; 6:1-11).
Richard showed us that true revival is the manifestation of God's presence and power in and through the Church that convicts the sinner, humbles the saints and affects culture and society. For the Church to live in revival to see the lost saved, the sick healed, the oppressed set free and society affected, she must honour God's presence as she makes every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hallelujah!

Upcoming Events

23.02 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at Leipziger Str.60 at 7:00
28.02 - Prayer meeting at L60 at 19:30
25.03 - Healing Service at KLF at 15:00
18 - 21.05 Deep calls to deep Conference with Steve Porter
22 - 24.06 Journey with the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer