Thursday 17 October 2013

Revealing the Kingdom

Glory to God!

God is speaking to Kingdom Life about His Kingdom and how He wants us to respond to the reality of His presence and Kingdom in our lives. We have seen how true worship is the response to the revelation of God and the grace of God, as believers live from the spiritual reality of who God is and who they are in Christ. As we depend on the Holy Spirit to reveal the Kingdom of God to us, we are called to align ourselves to God and His Kingdom on earth. You can listen to recent messages here:

The substance of servanthood - Aris Maniatis
Only with the Holy Spirit - Alexander Blair
Spiritual discernment - Frances Morschel
That's not my dog - Richard Morschel

One with Christ - one with one another.

On Sunday we had a powerful time in God's presence as we shared communion together. The Lord impressed upon us how the cross not only represents Christ's death for the purpose of reconciling man to God (vertical) but also to reconcile man to one another (horizontal). Christ's body was broken and His blood was shed so that man could be rightly related to the Father and to one another. For this reason Paul not only emphasises the believer's union with Christ but also the believer's union with the Body of Christ. Paul writes,

"Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation on the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf." 1 Cor 10:16,17 (NIV)

God's extravagant love

The Lord then spoke to us about how He and His Kingdom are extravagant - beyond limitation. Understanding the nature of God and His Kingdom is vital if we are to reveal His nature and Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. The Lord showed us that His love is extravagant and that everything He does and everything pertaining to His Kingdom is governed by His extravagant love. Therefore, as "sons of the Kingdom" we are to be governed by God's extravagant love if we are to release the yeast of the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus revealed the extravagant love of the Father with His life (His compassion, mercy and grace) and His death (unconditional, sacrificial love). Believers are called to love others as they are loved as evidence of their being followers of Christ (Jn 13:34,35; 1 Jn 4:7-21). The extravagant love of God will not be revealed if believers only love conditionally. It is only as believers receive God's extravagant love, rely on His love for them and release His unconditional love, that God's extravagant Kingdom is revealed (Mt 5:44-48).

Upcoming events

08.12. - KLF Christmas Musical @ 15:00 at Eastsite 15
24.01. - 26.01. - Worship seminar with Francois Botes 

Quote of the week:

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Eph 3:16-19 (NIV, emphasis mine)

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