Monday, 11 April 2016

Contemplation




Glory to God!

Contemplation is the key to growing in our relationship with God and strengthening our faith. It is the privilege of being able to enter God's presence by the blood of Jesus and living our lives there in order to reflect the glory of the Lord (Heb 10:19,20; 2 Cor 3:18). Contemplation is about seeking God until His revelation affects us and transforms us. What a privilege and what a necessity!

Two Sundays ago Prem shared the third part of his message entitled, "Revelation of the Father's heart" in which we spent time contemplating the love of the Father as revealed in the parable of the lost son in Luke 15:11-32. Prem showed us that the Father plants good seed in our lives so that we can make the right moral decisions; that the Father wants to see the seed He has planted in our lives bear fruit and that the Father celebrates with us when He sees the seed He planted bear fruit. Furthermore we saw how the Father plants the best in us so that we are blessed; that the Father desires that we be a blessing by colabouring with Him and that the seed that the Father plants in His children is Christ Himself, so that we produce the fruit of Jesus, the manifestation of His life in us! Halleluja!

Yesterday, after a very powerul time of worship in God's presence, Richard spoke to us about the substance of faith in his message entitled, "Psalm 27: The Prayer of Faith." Looking at Psalm 27, we identified 7 aspects of faith that are important for the believer to grasp and exercise:

  1. The declaration of faith. 27:1-3
  2. The focus of faith. 27:4
  3. The assurance of faith. 27:5
  4. The response in faith. 27:6
  5. The request from faith. 27:7-12
  6. The root of faith. 27:13
  7. The source of faith. 27:14
Richard reminded us of the importance of fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, in order to strengthen our faith. Psalm 27 is a Psalm that is steeped in the culture of faith in the midst of trouble and reveals the substance of faith that is birthed and strengthened as the believer contemplates the glory of God - gazing upon the beauty of the Lord all the days of our lives. We praise God for His revelation to us and for the privilege of contemplation!

We are looking forward to having pastors Julius and Roszel from Kingdom Life Butuan (Philippines) with us next week for 2 weeks and for the special meetings we will have with them as a church.

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
 

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