Our Christmas musical, "Chosen!" was a huge success! It was wonderful to see 3 churches in Frankfurt come together to produce such a creative, dynamic, powerful and inspiring musical that was written, composed, danced, sung and performed by all our own people. Hallelujah! Even with the 4 performances at the 3 churches, we did not have enough space to accomodate all those who would have liked to see the musical and sadly many could not be admitted into the buildings because of security risks. The place was packed at our KLF performance and the atmosphere was electric. The performance was outstanding and the message was clear. As part of the event we took up a special offering to be able to put on a Christmas party for needy children in Butuan City in the Philippines that was to be organised by our sister church, Kingdom Life Butuan. Through the generosity of those present, we were able to bless more than 200 children with a wonderful party where they were given t-shirts, food, gifts and a whole lot of fun. It is such a blessing to bring joy to these precious children! Hallelujah!
On the 24th in the afternoon we had a special Christmas Eve celebration in our newly renovated church offices where we spent time together enjoying some traditional Weihnachts Stollen, worshipping God, giving thanks to Him and reflecting on the significance of Christ's birth. It was lovely to have both the adults and the children together as everyone contributed to our time together.
On Sunday Richard spoke to us about The Hope of Perfection which you can listen to here. Looking at 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 and 1 Peter 1:3-9, we looked at the following:
- The Kingdom of God is perfect and everything in heaven or from heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:38; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 12:23; James 1:17; 1 John 4:18
- The world in which we live is imperfect and has been subjected to imperfection until Christ comes again and all things are made new and perfect. Romans 8:18-27; Revelation 21:1-4
- The believer lives in the tension of living in the imperfect but hoping for the perfect to be manifested both in the present and in the future. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
- When the believer has an unbalanced view of either the present hope or the future hope, s/he will either lose hope and consequnetly joy because perfection is not manifesting in the present or s/he will not expect perfection to manifest in the present until Christ comes again. Both extremes are unhealthy and can lead to either disappointment with God or a life without any expectation of the supernatural.
- The apostle Paul dealt with the reality of the perfect in the context of imperfection by humbly recognising that we know in part but will one day know fully as we are fully known! 1 Corinthians 13:12
- The assurance of not experiencing perfection in its fullness yet, is that we are known fully by God and have a certain hope for an inheritance that is perfection itself! 1 Peter 1:3-9
- The believer's greatest joy should come from the hope of salvation, the hope of perfection when the old order of things passes away and God makes all things new! 1 Peter 1:8,9; Revelation 21:1-4
- Glimpses of perfection in our imperfect world also give us great joy and the assurance of greater things to come but we must not depend on these glimpses for our faith to be strengthened. We walk by faith and not by sight. Our hope is in the present and future reality of perfection even if we don't see it. 2 Corinthians 5:5-7; Hebrews 11:39,40
We praise God for the glimpses of perfection He has granted us in 2014 and for even more in 2015 but most of all we praise God for the certain hope we have as believers who have received the Hope of Glory, the Hope of perfection, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Our Kingdom Life family prays you will have a blessed and fruitful year 2015 as you remain in Him!
06.01. KLF Prayer Meeting @ Leipziger Str.60