Monday, 10 September 2018

Called by God


Glory to God!

As we continue our journey of discovering what it means to live the Kingdom life, the Lord is helping us understand what it means to be the Church and what He has called us to both corporately and individually. Yesterday Richard shared a message entitled, "God's calling" in which he showed us the following:

  1. The Church is God's called out ones (ekklesia). 1 Pet 2:9-12
  2. We are called out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of light to do God's will. Eph 5:8-10
  3. God's calling is both general (that which applies to all believers) and specific (that which applies to each person uniquely). Eph 2:10
  4. God's will or calling for the whole Church is to reach up (to grow in our knowledge of God, to worship Him with our lives and to pray, etc); to reach in (to love and serve one another in the Church and to meet regularly to encourage one another, etc) and to reach out (to be salt and light in the world, to be ambassadors of Christ, to be witnesses to reach the lost, etc).
  5. God's specific and unique will or calling for each believer can be identified according to the following:
  • Gifts: What gifts has God graced you with? Rom 12:6-8
  • Recognition: Do other believers recognise the grace upon your life? Gal 2:9
  • Achievement: Does your gifting produce fruit? 1 Thess 2:19,20
  • Passion: What moves you and inspires you to live for? Col 1:24-29
  • Energy: What energises and motivates you? Col 1:28,29
Be the best version of yourself 
in the power of the Holy Spirit! (Rom 12:3)

As the Church fulfills her calling and each part does his or her work, God is glorified, the Church is built up to maturity and the lost are saved! Hallelujah!

 Notices

23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting 
26.09 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60



Monday, 3 September 2018

Christ in us!

 
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Glory to God!

As we continue on this exciting journey of learning to live the Kingdom life, the Lord is urging us to follow Him wholeheartedly. In his message entitled, "Make up your mind!" Alexander spoke to us a couple of weeks ago about what it means to follow God and be set apart for Him. Looking at the account of Elijah on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18, Alexander showed us how the Lord does not want us to "waver between two opinions" but believe that the Lord is God and follow Him! Just as Elijah stood alone in God's presence, not fearing man and as he built an altar for God, aligned himself to God's Word, understood his identity, presented an offering to God, soaked the offering and depended on God, so believers must learn to live before God, not fearing man, rebuild the "altars" that are broken in their lives, align themselves to God's truth, live according to their identity in Christ, present themselves as "living sacrifices," be emptied of self and be soaked with the Spirit as they completely depend on God. Alexander encouraged us to stand firm in God's Kingdom to be salt and light in this world so that the Lost are awakened and the Church is revived! Hallelujah!

On Sunday Richard shared a message entitled, "Let Christ be formed inyou" in which he explained how we cannot live in Christ unless He lives in us. Using the analogy of a pregnant woman, Richard showed us the following:
  1. Unless Christ lives in us, we cannot live in Christ.
  2. Those who believe in Jesus, receive Christ's life - Eternal Life. 1 Jn 5:10-12
  3. The apostle Paul lived by faith in Christ in him. Gal 2:20; Phil 1:21; Col 3:4
  4. Christ's life is real! 1 Jn 1:1,2
  5. Life is living and active. By definition it grows, reproduces, responds and continually changes.
  6. To live in Christ is to walk like Christ. 1 Jn 2:6
  7. For Christ to live in us, He must be formed in us. Gal 4:19
  8. For Christ's life to be formed in us, we must believe the truth, commune with the truth and respond to the truth of Christ in us. 
In response to God's Word to us we shared communion together and reflected on the profound truth of Christ in us. Hallelujah!

Notices

23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting 
26.09 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Parables of the Kingdom

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Glory to God!

These past weeks we have been looking at what it means to live the Kingdom life and yesterday Richard shared a message entitled, Kingdom Love. Looking at Matthew 13, we noted how Jesus explains the Kingdom using 7 parables:
  1. The parable of the sower and the seed. 13:3-9; 18-23
  2. The parable of the wheat and the weeds. 13:24-29; 37-43
  3. The parable of the mustard seed. 13:31,32
  4. The parable of the yeast and the dough. 13:33
  5. The parable of the hidden treasure. 13:44
  6. The parable of the fine pearl. 13:45,46
  7. The parable of the fishing net and the fish. 13:47-50
As we went through each of the parables, Richard showed us how one can interpret each parable from God's perspective and man's perspective. From God's perspective:
  1. God sows His Word that we are to receive and understand in order to produce a crop.
  2. God sows the good seed into the world, the sons of the Kingdom.
  3. God sows His Son as the least in the Kingdom of heaven to produce a tree of life.
  4. God sows His Son to influence the world with the knowledge of God and His love.
  5. God sacrifices His Son to purchase us as His treasure.
  6. God sacrifices His Son to purchase us as His fine pearl.
  7. God will sort out those who belong to Him and His Kingdom and those who do not.
From man's perspective:
  1. We are to share the good news of the Kingdom and God's Word.
  2. We are to live as Sons of the Kingdom in this world.
  3. We are to humble ourselves and die to ourselves to gain Christ and His Kingdom.
  4. We are to influence the world with the Kingdom.
  5. We are to sell all to purchase the Kingdom and live the Kingdom life.
  6. We are to sell all to possess the Kingdom and live the Kingdom life.
  7. We are to remain in Christ and be found to be "good fish" when Jesus comes again.
Richard then showed us very practically how we can understand the Kingdom and live the Kingdom life by recognising that God is love and that everything in and about God's Kingdom is rooted in His agape love (see 1 Jn 4:7-11). Looking at the parables from the perspective of God's love we noted the following:
  1. We are to share the good news of God's unconditional love and allow the truth of His love to be rooted and established in our lives so that we produce the fruit of His love.
  2. We are to live lives of love as sons of the Kingdom of God.
  3. We are to lay down our lives for one another to produce a tree of love that people can find rest in as they encounter and experience Christ's love.
  4. We are to influence the world and the Church with God's love.
  5. We are to "sell everything" to possess God's love and live in it.
  6. We are to "sell everything" to purchase this love that is like a fine pearl.
  7. We are to remain in God's love to be found in Him when He sorts out those who belong to Him and those who do not.
 Love was sown, so that love is grown.

We praise God for His revelation to us and for teaching us what it means to live the Kingdom life.

Notices

29.08 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60
01.09 - Welcome Coffee from 15:00 - 17:00 at Leipziger Str.60
23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting



Monday, 13 August 2018

Living the Kingdom life


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Glory to God!

What a surprise! Two weeks ago our Kingdom Life family prepared a surprise party for pastor Richard's 50th birthday. He thought he was going to have a quiet dinner out with Frances and the Blairs when suddenly he found himself welcomed to a room, prepared, decorated and filled with our Kingdom Life family. Despite the extreme heat, many came to celebrate the occasion, enjoy good food and have a lot of fun together. Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated to bless and honour pastor Richard. It was a wonderful evening.

These past two weeks we have been looking at what it means to live the Kingdom life. In his message entitled, Transforming Love, Richard showed us from Romans 12:1,2 how our lives are transformed:
  • as we receive revelation of the depth of God's mercy and love toward us (Eph 3:17-19)
  • as we grow in our love for God and worship Him with our lives
  • and as we renew our thinking and live according to God's thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:6-8).
Using the example of a chameleon and a butterfly, Richard challenged us to see whether we live our christian lives superficially by trying to keep appearances, or putting a tick in a spiritual box or whether we are truly being transformed from within so that we become what God has created us to be in Christ. We noted that the kingdom of this world is not the Kingdom of God and that the believer must learn to live from the reality of God's Kingdom to "test and approve God's good, pleasing and perfect will."

Yesterday we heard wonderful testimonies of lives being saved, healed and transformed by God as people experienced His tangible presence and power on the streets of Frankfurt and at a youth camp. Hallelujah! We also saw a presentation of our mission team's trip to Butuan City in the Philippines that took place in July. It was very special to hear Katrin's testimony of how she experienced the Philippines for the first time and to hear about her first impressions of the people, Kingdom Life Butuan, the culture of the country and what God did during their visit. You can find out more about their trip here.

Continuing with the subject of living the Kingdom life, Richard spoke to us yesterday about Revealing God's Kingdom. We noted how Jesus always spoke about the Kingdom and how He used parables to help people understand the nature and purposes of God's Kingdom. This is what we saw:

  • God's Kingdom is not the kingdom of this world. John 18:36; James 3:13-18
  • A kingdom is ruled by a king and is made up of all that belongs to him and is subject to him.
  • A kingdom is established as its subjects submit to their king and to his values, laws, customs and culture.
  • The believer is rescued out of the kingdom of satan and placed under the rule and reign of Christ. Col 1:13; Eph 2:1-9
  • Those who belong to God and His Kingdom reveal it with lives of faith, hope, love, worship, prayer, etc.
  • Those who accept Christ as King demonstrate their love for Him and submission to His rule and reign by being obedient to Him. John 14:15; Rom 1:5
  • Those who live the life of the Kingdom adopt the values, laws, customs and culture of God's Kingdom. Eph 4:17-32

The Lord is emphasising the difference between the kingdom of this world that is ruled by the "god of this age" or "the ruler of the kingdom of the air" and the Kingdom of God that is ruled by Christ, the King of kings. As we learn to live as those who belong to God and His Kingdom, obeying Jesus and adopting His thoughts and ways, God will establish and expand His Kingdom through us. Hallelujah!

Notices

29.08 - KLF Prayer Meeting at 19:30 at Leipziger Str.60
01.09 - Welcome Coffee from 15:00 - 17:00 at Leipziger Str.60
23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting



Monday, 30 July 2018

Following Jesus

Glory to God!

A few weeks ago Elizabeth shared a message entitled, "The beauty of the cross" in which she spoke to us about God's call for intimacy with His Bride. Using the perfume, Hypnosis and its properties as a prophetic image, Elizabeth showed us how the Lord desires us to be so focused and transfixed upon Jesus that we will lay down our lives to follow Him and deepen our relationship with Him. It is a call to maturity as the Church learns to not only live in the spirit of sonship but also in the spirit of the Bride - in purity, love, intimacy, sacrifice and devotion.

Richard, Frances, Andreas and Katrin have returned from their 2 week mission trip to the Philippines. They had a busy schedule serving Kingdom Life Butuan, leading 2 conferences, ministering at various churches, the provincial jail, and being part of KLB's weekly activities that include ministering to the street children, the children in the local orphanage and the children in the suburb of Ambago. You can read about their trip here. With many testimonies of how God was at work during their visit, Richard shared a message entitled, "Keys to the supernatural" in which we looked at some of the principles connected to seeing the manifestation of God's presence and power:
  1. Miracles happen in a culture of honour. Mt 13:53-58
  2. The supernatural manifests by faith. Gal 3:5
  3. God inhabits true worship. Ps 22:3; Hs 6:2,3
  4. The Church carries the supernatural. Eph 1:19; 3:20
  5. God has made us competent to minister supernaturally. 2 Cor 3:4-6
  6. When we are weak, He is strong. 2 Cor 12:9,10
  7. God is faithful. Lk 11:13
  8. We colabour with what God does. Col 1:28,29
  9. We seek to glorify God in everything. Ps 89:15
These are just some of the keys to the supernatural and we are excited to see what God has prepared for us in this season as we pursue Him and trust in Him. Hallelujah!

On Sunday, Frances shared a message entitled, "Why do you follow Jesus?" Looking at John 6:25-27 and 6:66-69, we noted how Jesus challenges His disciples to recognise why they are following Jesus - to only have their physical and emotional needs met or because Jesus is Lord and has the words of life? Frances showed us how important it is that we follow Jesus and trust in God unconditionally so that our faith and worship are not dependent on getting our emotional and physical needs met (see Mt 6:31-33). We saw how we can miss what God is doing in our lives when we place our needs above simple trust and devotion to God. Frances encouraged us to persevere in faith in the midst of unfulfilled needs and challenging circumstances and to trust our God who knows what we need but is also calling us to deeper trust and mature faith - the faith He commends (see Heb 11). Hallelujah!

Notices

23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting








 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Our great salvation!



Glory to God!

After such a dynamic and powerful prayer meeting last Wednesday at our monthly KLF prayer meeting, it is no wonder that yesterday's meeting was impacted! There was a real buzz throughout the meeting and we are sensing a greater stirring of the Holy Spirit to move us into a deeper experience of God and a greater level of devotion and commitment to the Lord and His purposes. Hallelujah!

Yesterday Richard spoke to us about "The joy of your salvation" which you can listen to here. In his message, he showed us that if we forget "such a great salvation" (Heb 2:1-4), we can "drift away" and lose the joy of our salvation (Ps 51:12). In order to continue to rejoice in our salvation, Richard encouraged us to remember that we have been rescued from God's wrath by His mercy, that we have been born into a living hope and that we must develop a mature faith that does not depend on seeing but on Him who is invisible (see 1 Pet 1:3-9; Heb 11:1,2, 24-27). In response to God's Word to us, we shared communion together and reflected on the joy of our salvation in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah!

This week Richard, Frances, Andreas and Katrin will be travelling to Butuan City in the Philippines. During their 2 week stay, they will be visiting and serving our daughter church, Kingdom Life Butuan as well as serving the pastors and leaders in Butuan and various ministries and churches in the area. It was very special yesterday, as the church gathered around the team to pray for them and send them out in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You can follow their exciting journey here.
  
Notices

08.07 - No Church Meeting   
15.07 - 15:00 - KLF will meet as usual at Salzschlirferstr.15
23.09 - 17:00 Special KLF Church Family meeting after regular church meeting
 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Revival Fire



Glory to God!

This weekend we had our Revival Fire conference with Edgar Mayer from Living Grace Church in Toowoomba, Australia. Edgar and his church are on an exciting journey of renewal in the Holy Spirit and are seeing God do miracles, signs and wonders as they press into more of His presence, power and love. As a church we too are after a greater manifestation of God and His Kingdom so that we grow in our knowledge of God, become mature disciples of Christ and become effective in reaching the Lost as we live the Kingdom Life wherever we are!


Edgar shared powerful truth and testimonies that stirred our spirits and ignited our faith. You can listen to the messages here:

Heaven's Home - The gift of eternal life is a reality to live for!
Community Anointing - The Holy Spirit is given to unite God's children and for the Church to live in unity
Holy Spirit come! - Life in Christ is a journey of experiencing God
The Divine, "Yes" - Unless Christians are truly born again, they are not saved!

It was wonderful to have Edgar with us. Not only has he strengthend our hope, love and faith but during times of ministry and prayer, Edgar helped people encounter God and receive from Him. Hallelujah!

Upcoming events and important information

27.06 - KLF Prayer Meeting at Leipzigerstr.60
08.07 - No Church Meeting 
15.07 - 15:00 - KLF will meet as usual at Salzschlirferstr.15