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





Monday, 24 September 2018

God's vision for the Church


Glory to God!

It was very special to have Holger Genzmer with us two weeks ago as he shared God's Word with us and ministered to us prophetically. After a powerful time of worship, Holger shared a message entitled, "Seated in Heavenly places" in which he encouraged us, to not only live from our new identity in Christ, but to also live from the truth that we are seated with Christ and have authority and power in Christ to bring heaven on earth in our daily lives. Holger prophesied that KLF's prayers have been gathered and that the answers are about to be released in this season. As a prophetic act, Richard, Frances, Alexander and Natalie held up a net under which people could enter under and step into the full blessing of living in Christ (Eph 1:3)! It was a beautiful, powerful and significant time as we sensed God pour out His Anointing over the leaders and the Body as described in Psalm 133. Hallelujah!

Yesterday we had our Vision Sunday, a time for the church family to come together and hear what is on God's heart for us, to understand where He wants to take us and how we believe we will get there, to find out how we are doing and what is being planned for the future. Richard spoke to us about vision and in his message entitled, "Up,in, out", he showed us the following:

  • The Church is not an organisation that exists to fulfil the pastor's vision!
  • The Church is the people of God living to fulfil God's vision for the Church.
  • God reveals the vision but it is up to His people to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted them with - the church must steward what she has in her hand (see Ex 4:1-5).
  • God's vision for the Church is Jesus! The Church is the redeemed of God on her journey to heaven and is called to be like Christ in this world (Jn 16:23,24; 17:26; 13:14-17, 34; 17:8).
  • Being like Jesus means reaching up (getting to know God more and going deeper with Him); reaching in (loving and serving our church family) and reaching out (influencing the world and reaching the Lost with our faith).
  • Acts 2:42-47 reveals the fruit of a Spirit-filled people - a people devoted to God (UP), a people devoted to one another (IN) and a people devoted to God's salvation purposes (OUT)!
  • God's vision for the Church is the same for the whole Body of Christ, globally and locally.
  • How the vision is fulfilled in the local church is determined by who is part of the church and how each person contributes to the fulfillment of the vision with his or her gifts, passion, personality and energy.
  • What we do must be governed by God's vision for us.
  • How we do that is determined by who we are, the involvement of the people in the church and the relationships that are formed within the local body and the those outside the local body.
  • The uniqueness of any local church is determined by stewardship and not vision.

Living the Kingdom life wherever we are is about being like Jesus in this world: reaching up, reaching in and reaching out on our journey to heaven and faithfully stewarding what God has entrusted us with so that we are a significant part of the fulfillment of God's vision for the Church.




After a short break, Richard spoke to the church about where we are at in terms of changes in our leadership structure, ministry leaders' roles and responsibilities, the situation with our various ministries, the ministries outside the church that we are presently supporting, various meetings, etc., after which Tim gave us a report on KLF's finances.
Frances then shared what we believe is needed to fulfil God's vision for us and looked at ways we can reach up, in and out in the areas of discipleship, pastoral care and the establishing of Life Groups as well as helped us to think creatively about ways that we as a church can reach out to the lost and our local community.
Richard then informed us about the projects we are working on, changes and plans concerning our premises and what we are planning for the coming year in terms of conferences, trips, and special events.
We then had a session for questions and answers.
Natalie then led us into a time for us to reflect on what God had been saying to us in the meeting and asking the Holy Spirit to help us to identify how we can all be a significant part of the fulfilment of God's vision for KLF. As a prophetic response to God's Word to us, Natalie encouraged each one of us to contribute one personal item and place it in a silver bowl to symbolise what Alexander stated as, "The redemption of God's gifts for the purpose of fulfilling His vision for KLF." It was a joyous and fun time of celebration as many made a commitment to be devoted to the Lord, His people and His salvation purposes as they placed their "gift" into the silver bowl.

We praise God for this exciting journey we are on together and for the things He has prepared for us as His people. Hallelujah!

Notices

26.09 - 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, 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