Monday 23 January 2012

Building a Culture of Agape

Glory to God!

The Lord is speaking to us about Agape this year and how He wants us to grow in His love. A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of having Sharron Frood (picture above) visit KLF. As someone who has committed her life to sharing the Father's heart, she has given her life to caring for widows and orphans in South Africa. For more information on Sharron and The Gogo Trust in Port Elisabeth, South Africa, please click here and here. Sharron spoke to us about "What message do we live?" She described the very practical outworking of God's love in our lives and encouraged us to make God's love "look like something!" We were inspired and challenged to exercise our faith through love. James writes,

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

We praise God for people like Sharron who truly live out the Gospel and inspire us to do the same.

Yesterday the Lord spoke to us through Alexander Blair about "Being free to fail". Looking at various people in the Bible, we saw how God loves His people even when they fail. We were encouraged to realise that even though we fail sometimes we shouldn't consider ourselves a failure. God loves us and accepts us even when we fail because He doesn't consider us a failure. He sees His people as "more than conquerors" (Rom. 8:37) and strengthens them to do all things (Phil. 4:13).

It is KLF's desire to build a culture of Agape - a people who love, forgive and accept one another as they are. Creating, what John Burke calls, "a come as you are culture" (see Burke's book, "No perfect people allowed"), requires the church to recognise that we are all on a journey of growing in Christ. The church must be a gathering of people who accept the broken, the sinner, the religious, the weak and the strong! Accepting one another obviously does not mean that we agree with everything that is ungodly but unless we love, forgive and accept one another, we will not help one another know God and grow in Christ.

This Sunday, Rick Bundschuh will be visiting KLF. Here is a video clip of Rick, teaching on becoming an "Off ramp" church. For more info on Rick and his church, click here.

On Saturday 25 Februay at 3pm (venue to be announced), KLF will be having a church get together where anyone who considers KLF to be his or her church or is interested in KLF can find out more about who we are, what we are here for, where we are going, what we are doing, what we are planning etc.

Quote of the week:

"We are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37


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