Monday, 14 January 2019

Prayer and Fasting

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Glory to God!

We have completed the first 7 days of our 21 days of prayer and fasting. The focus during these 3 weeks is to reach up, reach in and reach out, respectively. To help us on our journey to transformation, Richard is sending a daily devotional from the Book of Nehemiah in which we follow the example of Nehemiah and how he, together with the people of Israel, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. You can read the 21-day devotional here

During this second week of our fasting and praying we will be focusing on reaching in. This means praying for the Church and joining other believers in intercession to rebuild walls in our church and the Body of Christ in Frankfurt. We are excited to be be part of a joint prayer meeting on Wednesday evening at 19:30 at KLF together with many other churches in Frankfurt. It will be a powerful time of worship and intercession as we seek God and stand in the gap together.

Already during our pre-meeting prayer yesterday, we sensed an increase in spiritual dynamic as we worshipped and sought God for the meeting. Prayer and fasting makes us more sensitive to God, more focused in prayer and empowers us to bring heaven on earth! Consequently the meeting was powerful as we worshipped and as God spoke to us through prophetic words and the preaching of His Word. In his message, entitled, "Warring with your prophetic word", Alexander spoke to us about how we need to apply God's prophetic words given to us in our lives so that we will be established (2 Chronicles 20:20). Rather than seeking prophets to get another word from God that we forget, Alexander challenged us to remember the prophetic words given to us and to decree and declare God's Word over our lives (1 Sam 17:41-47); discern and desire the fulfilment of God's Word (Dan 9:1-3) and allow God to develop and discipline us as we depend on Him and His Word (1 Tim 4:14; 2 Pet 1:5-8). We praise God for the transforming power of His Word and that He wants to establish us as we believe His prophets and apply His Word to our lives!

Upcoming Events



07.01 - 28.01 - 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
09.01 & 23.01 - Prayer at Leipziger Str.60
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, 7 January 2019

The Journey to Transformation



Glory to God!

We believe 2019 will be a year of transformation! The Lord has been speaking to us about rebuilding spiritual walls and destroying the walls that hinder us on our journey to transformation. In his message entitled, "The Journey to Transformation," Richard spoke to us about the greatest enemy of transformation: apathy! Looking at the example of Nehemiah (Neh 1:1-2:6), we noted how apathy is destroyed in our lives as we inquire (be concerned about others, the Church, the lost, our city and our own walk with the Lord), identify (take responsibility for one's own spiritual walk, the Church and the city), intercede (seek God on behalf of the Church, the lost and the city), and initiate (put faith into action to bring about change).

As a church we will be fasting and praying for 21 days to take time to review, refocus and realign ourselves with the Lord. During these 3 weeks we will be reflecting on Nehemiah and allowing God’s Word to inspire us to rebuild spiritual walls in our own lives, as a church and in our city. If you would like to receive the daily devotional during these 21 days, please write to pastor@kingdomlife-frankfurt.com.

Upcoming Events
07.01 - 28.01 - 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
09.01 & 23.01 - Prayer at Leipziger Str.60
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, 31 December 2018

Preparing for Transformation


Photo by Erik Eastman on Unsplash


Glory to God!

As we come to the end of this year, we praise God for His faithfulness and for His continuous revelation for us to know Him, become like Him and live for Him. These past three Sundays, God has been speaking to us about rebuilding walls of spiritual protection, building an altar of atonement and preparing for transformation in 2019.

In his message entitled, "Restoring hedges of spiritual protection," Alexander showed us how to establish spiritual walls of protection against the strategies of the enemy by building spiritual hedges through prayer (Job 1:1-5,10,20), establishing core values, honouring spiritual leadership (Ezekiel 22:30; 1 Pet 5:1,2), inviting angelic protection (Ps 34:7) and keeping the unity of the Spirit.

Looking at the account of Christ's birth in Matthew 2:1-12, Richard shared a message entitled, "Three gifts," in which we noted the significance of the three treasures that the Magi presented to Jesus. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh reflect the life of Jesus: Christ our glorious King, Christ our great High Priest and Christ the Sacrificial Lamb of God. The three treasures also signify Christ as our Altar of Atonement: the altar overlaid with gold was put in place before the Holy of Holies where incense was to be burnt continuously and an annual sacrifice was to be made to atone for the sins of God's people (see Exodus 30:1-10). We also recognised that the three gifts are significant for believers in that they symbolise what we offer God with our lives: Gold represents giving our best to God as we serve Him; Frankincense represents a life-style of prayer and God-consciousness and Myrrh represents our lives, lived as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.

On Sunday, after another powerful time of worship, we spent time giving thanks to God as many came forward to testify about God's faithfulness and love. Richard then shared a message entitled, "Transforming faith," in which he showed us that God is looking for a people of faith who believe in His presence, His power and His purposes (see Lk 18:8). As we looked at the truth of God's presence, power and purposes, Richard challenged us to see whether there is evidence of our faith in our lives (Jam 2:17). We believe that 2019 will be a year of transformation as we have faith in God's presence (Heb 11:6; Jam 4:8; Mt 18:20), in God's power (Eph 3:2; 6:10; Col 2:12; 1 Cor 4:20), and in God's purposes (Col 1:15-18; Is 9:6,7; Mt 6:25-34; Rom 8:28). We praise God that as we reflect God's glory (His presence, power and purposes) with our lives by faith that we will be transformed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:18)! Hallelujah!

We pray God's richest blessings on your life and that 2019 will be a year of glorious transformation in every area of your life!

2019

07.01 - 28.01 - 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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







Thursday, 13 December 2018

Building Walls

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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