Monday, 6 April 2015

Standing in the Truth

Glory to God!

The Lord is calling the Church to stand in the truth and to be "The conscience of the state" (Neil T. Anderson). In his very powerful and prophetic message two Sundays ago, Alexander shared what he believed to be God's message for the Church at our present time. It is a black and white call for the Church to stand up and take her place corporately as the people of God. Looking at the account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17, Alexander showed us how this prophet of God understood the times and heaven's perspective and how he applied the authority of God to influence the nation (James 5:17,18; Matthew 16:13-19). Similarly, Alexander helped us understand where we have come from historically, what is happening at present in this nation and how God is calling the church to respond. You can listen to the message, The Battle for the Gates, here. A more detailed outline of the sermon is attached here.

This long weekend we celebrated Christ's death and resurrection as we met on Good Friday at our KLF offices where we enjoyed a time of fellowship, reflected on the cross, worshipped, prayed and shared communion together. Richard shared a message on the spirit of Jesus that caused Him to be obedient to death, even death on the cross (Phil 2:8). Using the acronym C.R.O.S.S., we noted the following:

- the spirit of Jesus continuously persevered until the end. Heb 12:2,3
- the spirit of Jesus was determined to fulfill the purpose for which He was called. Luke 9:51
- the spirit of Jesus overcame the spirit of this world and conquered sin and death. John 16:33
- the spirit of Jesus faced suffering full of hope. Heb 12:2,3
- the spirit of Jesus lay down His life as a servant of all. 1 John 4:7-11

Likewise the believer, who has received the spirit of Jesus and is governed by His spirit will also continuously persevere, be resolute, overcome, face suffering full of hope and live a sacrifical life of love for others (see Phil 3:7-14; Eph 5:1,2; James 1:1-4; 1 John 5:4,5).

On Sunday we celebrated Christ's victory over sin and death as we rejoiced in worship and reflected on the significance of Christ's resurrection. Richard spoke to us about how important it is for the Church to communicate the true Gospel as it was shared by the New Testament witnesses and not to change the Gospel to make it more attractive or popular to try and draw people to Jesus. Richard shared what he called chocolate-coated gospels that contain some truth but do not relate the full message of the Gospel:

  • The Don't-worry-be-happy gospel. This message promises a problem-free life if you invite Jesus into your heart.
  • The Insurance-policy gospel. This message promises an entrance into heaven if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
  • The Glory-now gospel. This message promises heaven on earth in its fullness if you give your life to Jesus.
  • The true Gospel is about Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
  • At the heart of the Gospel is the resurrection of Jesus that is proof of life beyond the grave.      1 Cor 15:12-14, 32
  • At the heart of the Gospel is the truth that only Christ lived a righteous life and only He defeated sin and death. Christ is therefore the believer's Righteousness as He dwells in us and gives us the assurance of eternal life. 1 Cor 1:30
  • At the heart of the Gospel is the hope of glory - the assurance of a life beyond the grave that will dwell in the fullness of God's presence and goodness for eternity! Rom 8:22-26; 1 Cor 15:42-44
  • It is this hope of future glory that the believer rejoices in and lives a life of faith and love until Jesus comes again! 1 Peter 3-9
You can listen to Richard's message, "The Chocolate-coated Gospel" here.

Upcoming Events

07.04 @ 19:30 - KLF Prayer Meeting @ Leipziger Str. 60
12.04 - Bengt Wedemalm @ KLF Sunday Service
14,21,28.04 @ 19:30 - Prayer Ministry Training @ Leipziger Str.60
12,19,26.05 @ 19:30 - Introduction to Biblical Counseling @ Leipziger Str.60

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