Monday, 18 August 2014

Returning to Essence

Glory to God!

The Lord is taking us back to the essence of what it means to be God's children who live the Kingdom life. Two Sundays ago Frances spoke to us about faith, hope and love and showed us how faith and love spring from the hope we have and that all three of these Kingdom essentials look like something (see Col 1:3-5; 1 Thess 1:3; 1 Pet 3:14,15). You can listen to the message here.

On Sunday we experienced a powerful time of worship that led into praise and proclamation to destroy every obstacle in our lives that was hindering our moving forward with God. The Holy Spirit led us to stand together and proclaim God's truth over our lives resulting in the enemy's strongholds being torn down and people being set free. Hallelujah!

After some of our people shared powerful testimonies of reconciliation, healing and the power of praise, Elizabeth and Renate shared the wonderful news of the publication of their new book entitled "Cross-Over." We are so excited about seeing our people use their gifts for God's glory and for boldly moving with God's Word to them until fruition!

Richard then shared a message on True Worship and showed us the difference between essence and form. Looking at John 4:23,24 where Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that the Father is looking for true worshippers, we noted how the essence of worship concerns our internal reality and response to God rather than how or in what form we worship (see Isa 29:13). We then briefly looked at the Worship Cycle which illustrates the essence of worship as the believer responds to the revelation of God. You can listen to the message here.

The Worship Cycle

Revelation: worship begins with God's revelation of Himself. Mt 16:13-17; Rom 1:20-23; Rev 1:17
Repent: in response to the revelation of God, a true worshipper will align him- or herself to the revelation and knowledge of who God is to be like Him. Isa 6:5; Mt 11:20,21; Eph 4:24, 5:1 
Respond: true repentance produces the fruit of repentance that is a visible response to God as the believer changes the way s/he lives to serve God with his or her life. Mt 3:8, 4:10; Rom 12:1,2; Heb 9:14; 1 Thess 1:9
Remain: to worship God is to depend on God as the believer lives in Him. Jn 15:4; Acts 17:28
Reflect: to worship God is to reflect the Lord as the believer keeps his or her mind and heart on things above and is transfigured by the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18; Col 3:1,2
We praise God for His revelation to us and for helping us understand the essence of worship.

Upcoming events

02.09. KLF prayer meeting at 19:00 at Leipzigerstr.60
21.09. Bengt Wedemalm will be our guest at KLF
28.09. Francois Botes will be our guest at KLF

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