Monday, 28 March 2016

Arise for He is risen!



Glory to God!

On Good Friday we filled our rooms in L60 as we met for a time of fellowship, worship, communion and a short devotional that reflected on the cross. Christ's death on the cross reveals the depth of God's unconditional and sacrificial love for mankind. We considered how God does not just say that He loves us (Jer 31:3; Jn 15:9) or just show us His love (Jn 1:14; 17:26) but that He sacrifices Himself to demonstrate the extent of His unconditional love (Rom 5:8; 1 Jn 4:9,19)! We noted how true love sacrifices itself to meet the need of another and how God calls us to love one another in the same way He loves us (1 Jn 4:11).

On Sunday we celebrated the greatest day in history - the day Jesus rose from the dead! After a powerful time of worship and communion, Richard shared a message entitled, "Arise for He is risen!" Looking at Paul's letter to the Romans chapter 1, verses 1 to 6, we noted the following:

The revelation of a changed life. Rom 1:1; Phil 3:8
  • Paul's description of himself and his calling reveal a radically changed life from the life he lived prior to his encounter with the risen Lord.
The revelation of Christ's victorious life. Rom 1:2-4
  • Jesus' death and resurrection was prophesied, demonstrated and declared!
The call to live a new life in Christ. Rom 1:5,6
  • A life through Christ: because He lives and empowers us
  • A life for Christ: because He is Lord of all
  • A life anointed: because the Anointed One lives within us
  • A life appointed: because all authority has been given to Him
  • A life of faith: because He is risen from the dead
  • A life of obedience: because He has overcome sin and death
  • A life of belonging: because we are included in Him
We praise Jesus for His death and resurrection and for His victory over sin and death so that we can live new lives in Him!

Upcoming meetings and events 

Tuesdays from 19:00 - 21:00: Bible Study - a journey through the letter to the Romans at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
Fridays from 7:00 - 8:00: Prayer Meeting at L60

23.04. at 17:00: Church meeting - a time of worship, an opportunity to get to know pastors Julius and Roszel Regala (Kingdom Life Butuan) and a time of fellowship and food (potluck) afterwards at Eastsite 15.
24.04. from 15:30 - 17:00: Church with the Homeless in Frankfurt under the Friedensbr├╝cke (no meeting at Eastsite 15 on this day).
04.06.,03.09., 03.12.: Welcome Coffee from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Gospel Truth



Glory to God!

In a world of uncertainty, insecurity and trouble, God is revealing His sovereignty, authority, power and purpose to encourage His people, the Church to depend completely on Him and to stand firm in Him. Looking at Revelation chapter 5, Alexander showed us two weeks ago how the Holy Spirit is taking KLF into the revelation and knowledge of God's kingly authority. In his message entitled, "What's going on?" Alexander showed us how the revelation of Jesus as the Lion (strength, sovereignty, subtlety), the Lamb (sacrifice, submission, simplicity) and the Root of David (source, beginning and end, son of David/Son of God), at the right hand of the Father, has the right to open the scroll with seven seals because of His righteousness, authority and power. This revelation is an encouragment to us to recognise that God's apparent weakness is His strength, that God has a plan for mankind and that He is in control! Halleluja!

On Sunday Lilly and Wes gave us a report on their 6 month discipleship training school with YWAM, Gold Coast, Australia. They both gave powerful testimonies of how God touched the people on their outreaches in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines and what it was like for them to be amongst the poor, the imprisoned and the local people.

Richard then shared a message with us entitled, "Why do people reject the truth?" Answering Pilate's question, "What is truth?" in John 18:38, Richard showed us that the resurrection of Christ is proof that Jesus is the truth! However, people reject Christ as absolute truth for the following reasons: ignorance, blindness, unbelief, sin/rebellion, worldly thinking, fear of man, pride, natural-mindedness, fear of consequences, fear of getting it wrong, disappointment, deception, hypocrisy, and inferiority. Richard encouraged us to stand firm in the truth and not to give in to the thinking of the world that regards truth as relative and rejects absolute truth. The Lord is calling the Church to stand firm in the authority of His truth, as those sanctified by the truth (John 17:17), and not to give in to the pattern of this world!

Upcoming meetings and events 

Tuesdays from 19:00 - 21:00: Bible Study - a journey through the letter to the Romans at Leipziger Str.60 (L60)
Fridays from 7:00 - 8:00: Prayer Meeting at L60
25.03. at 15:00: Good Friday Service at L60
23.04. at 17:00: Church meeting - a time of worship, an opportunity to get to know pastors Julius and Roszel Regala (Kingdom Life Butuan) and a time of fellowship and food (potluck) afterwards at Eastsite 15.
24.04. from 15:30 - 17:00: Church with the Homeless in Frankfurt under the Friedensbr├╝cke (no meeting at Eastsite 15 on this day).
04.06.,03.09., 03.12.: Welcome Coffee from 15:00 - 17:00 at L60









Monday, 7 March 2016

Depending on God


 Glory to God!

As the Lord continues to speak to us about fruitfulness, He has been showing us what it means to truly remain in Him and to depend on Him. Two Sundays ago, David shared a message from Psalm 32 which you can listen to here. In his sermon, David showed us how the Lord delivers us from sin (32:1-5); protects us from trouble (32:6,7) and guides us along right paths, not forcing us but showing us His ways and watching over us (32:8-11).

This week we started our new Bible study series on Tuesday evenings on Paul's letter to the Romans. We will be working through the letter to grow in our knowledge of God, understand God's salvation purposes, examine Paul's life and apply God's Word to our lives. This Bible study is an open group so you are welcome to attend whenever you can.

On Saturday we had our first Welcome Coffee in our KLF rooms in L60. It was a great time of fellowship, an opportunity to reconnect, to meet new people, to meet some of KLF's leaders, and to hear about the history, the purpose, the vision and the structure of KLF. Our Welcome Coffees will be offered once a quarter and are a great opportunity for our new people to become part of our church family.

Yesterday we had a powerful time of worship and communion as we responded to the revelation of Jesus and reflected on all that was fulfilled in His death on the cross. Richard then spoke to us about God's perspective on weakness, showing us how opposite the world's mindset is to God's will. You can listen to the message entitled, The prayer of the weak here. This is what noted:

  • The world glorifies strength and looks down on weakness but God looks down on man's self-dependency and is glorified through man's weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). 
  • God's definition of weakness is man's complete dependency on Him.
  • Weakness is choosing to do God's will despite the consequences. The prayer of the weak is, "Not my will but your will be done." (see Matthew 26:39)
  • Weakness is choosing to get out of the way so that God can move through us. The prayer of the weak is, "I will not so you can." (see Judges 6,7)
  • Weakness is complete dependency on God in times of trouble and darkness. The prayer of the weak is, "I cannot but you can." (see Psalm 13)
  • To remain in Christ is to depend on Him completely as we lay down our own efforts and strength and choose to become weak so that Jesus can be all in all.

Upcoming meetings and events

Fridays from 7:00 - 8:00: Prayer Meeting at Leipziger Str.60
23.04: KLF Church Day with Pastors Julius and Roszel Regala (Kingdom Life Butuan)
24.04. from 15:30 - 17:00: Church with the Homeless in Frankfurt at the Friedensbr├╝cke
04.06.,03.09., 03.12.: Welcome Coffee from 15:00 - 17:00 at Leipziger Str.60