2015… Together as One

Vision Day22014 is in the record books and 2015 is before us! We are truly thankful for all that the Lord graciously did in this past year, but we are looking forward to all that is before us in this new year. As we talk about the vision that we believe that the Lord has given to us for this new year, one thing we know has not changed… disciples of Jesus will be made. As we begin a new year and continue to consider this topic of discipleship, if there is one thing that the Lord is personally speaking to me, it is that disciples are not quickly manufactured, but rather it is a life long process that the Lord is doing in all of us. There is no cookie-cutter way of doing discipleship. There are many methods indeed, but each individual disciple are in different parts of their walks and our ultimate aim in making disciples is to see them finish their race, not to see them wear out after a 50 yard dash! We want to be those that continually walk with God. Having shared that, let me share with you the theme verse that the Lord has spoke to us for this year and the three key points that the Lord is leading us in this new year!

Philippians 1:27 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,”

  1. Living a life worthy of the gospel of Christ
  2. Unified in Spirit
  3. Striving together for the faith of the Gospel

We would ask that you would please continue in prayer for us as we move forward in unity throughout this next year!

(I will be seeking to write a brief post on each of these points)

Stepping Out…

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 8.58.40 AMThis week is going to be an exciting week for CityLight. On Tuesday and Thursday evening, our women’s and men’s discipleship groups will be going into the city of Hamburg seeking to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s right, good ol’ evangelism. Last week we started the book of Romans and went through chapter one. A major theme that was throughout the entire chapter was the ‘need for the gospel.’ As we seek to make disciples of Jesus, it is our desire not only to come together to discuss God’s Word, but also to make the steps of applying the things that we are learning. One of the greatest ways that we can seek to make disciples is also to bring them out ‘on mission’ and to make Jesus known.

We would ask that you would please keep the women in prayer on Tuesday evening and the men in prayer on Thursday evening. For many of them it is going to be their first time doing this. We would also ask that you would be praying for all of those that we will be sharing with, that the Holy Spirit would begin to prepare their hearts and minds even now. Be praying for seeds to be planted, watered, and for there even to be a harvest. Pray that the Lord would bring the increase. (1 Cor.3) We really appreciate your prayer support! God Bless you!

Discipleship Starting Up

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. – Matt.28:18-20

These verses are known as the Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion. Let me briefly remind you of some of the important truths within the Great Commission that you can take with you in your daily life.

Jesus has been given ALL authority in heaven and earth

What does all mean?  All means all and that is all that all means. We need to have this in the forefront of all that we do. Jesus is in control. There is absolutely nothing that limits Him. It is that simple.

We have been sent with His authority

As we seek to ‘GO and make disciples of all nations,’ we need to remember this. We are not seeking to do this in our own strength or with our own resources, but we have been sent with His authority. Therefore, anything that we will need to accomplish what He has commanded us to do, He will provide.

He said, “Go”

This is a call to action. There is going to be intentionality involved in this.

Identifying with Christ

Baptism. An act of obedience. Identifying ourselves with Christ. Read Romans 6.

All Nations

We see God’s heart for all of the nations throughout the Scriptures. Don’t limit what God wants to do. Go to everyone. No matter the culture, color of skin, language, background, etc. All nations.

Teaching them to obey

This is where ‘the rubber meets the road.’ It is not simply that we are to teach people; but we are to teach them to obey what Christ is speaking into their lives. As we seek to follow after Christ, reach people for Christ, and make disciples of Christ, obedience is simply a truth that cannot be ignored. This is where growth takes place.

The promise of His presence

‘I am always with you…’ – It is important that we connect this promise with the context of the previous Scriptures. As we seek to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all things that Jesus commands us, we have the assurance that Jesus is with us in this process. No matter what the situation. No matter what the language. No matter the difficulty. He is with us in this process. May we never forget this truth.

My dear brothers and sisters. There is a great cost to discipleship, but the rewards are completely worth it. Read Revelation 7:9-11. If you are not personally discipling someone at this time, I would encourage you to begin to pray and ask God to show you whose life you are to start investing into. Disciple them. Disciple them to disciple others. See how your personal life will change in the process as well. God bless you!

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Men’s and Women’s discipleship groups start for us next week! Keep us in your payers! We are really excited to see what God is going to do!

We Celebrate One Year

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 6.42.40 AMIt was a year ago today that CityLight Hamburg was born! We want to start off by praising God for all that He has done! When we stop and think about when He first planted Hamburg in our hearts, it is truly unbelievable to see all that He has done since then. He is the One who initiated this new work here in Hamburg and He has continued to remain faithful to His work. When we look back and consider all that He has done, it completely humbles us and brings us to this place of praise and adoration as well. He has truly done great things!

One year ago Calvary Chapel Siegen stepped out in faith to help birth a new church in the city of Hamburg. They brought over 30 people for a four-day prayer tour which ended with our first church service in HafenCity (a new part of the city). How thankful we are as a family and as a new church for those who came to walk the streets with us and birth  CityLight through prayer. Today we will celebrate as a family, but we as a church will be celebrating together this coming Sunday!

It is now a year later and God continues to establish His work in the lives of the people here. Every week as we gather together, we ask and pray that the Holy Spirit will draw those that need to come and every week it is a blessing to see who He brings. Yesterday we had the kids open us up in a time of worship and share with us some of the songs that they have been learning. It was an absolute blast! Here are a few photos to enjoy…

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.01.46 AM Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.02.03 AM Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.02.30 AMWe would ask that you would continue to pray for us as we seek to make Jesus known in the city of Hamburg. We praise God for all that He has done! We have learned a lot and know that we still have a lot ahead of us! Thank you!

John’s Gospel

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The Gospel. Good News. Starting this coming Sunday at CityLight Hamburg, the good news of Jesus Christ is going to be preached on a weekly basis. How desperately this city needs to hear good news!

So why the gospel of John? I will answer that question with four words – a verdict is demanded. John’s gospel is written is such a way that you must decide what you are going to do with Jesus by the end of it. All throughout the gospel, you have many people deciding who they thought Jesus was, what they thought about His statements, and what they thought about His actions. There is no way that you can simply ignore what is said and what took place and then move on with your life without any decision. A non-decision would then be your decision.

Why John’s Gospel? John clearly teaches that Jesus is God from the very get go. Have you ever asked your friends, family, co-workers, or others around you, “Who is Jesus?” If you have, then you know that you will get a wide range of answers and sometimes you will get their verdict as well, even if you didn’t ask. Sometimes in the midst of all of the responses, the following thought has come to my mind, “Will the REAL Jesus please stand up?”

John’s Gospel is very simple and to the point. Commentator Charles Erdman says: “Its stories are so simple that even a child will love them, but its statements are so profound that no philosopher can fathom them.”

Lastly, John’s Gospel is written with a purpose behind it. In John 20:30-31 it says, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

So this is what we would ask from you. Please take some time to pray for myself as I prepare the teachings each week. Pray that I would faithfully study and proclaim what God desires to speak. Pray for all those who will come. Pray for salvation. Pray for rededication. Pray that the Word of God will go out in power and truth and that God would bring in a great harvest as we go through the Gospel of John.

Thank you!

The Importance of Laying a Foundation – Pt.4

4. Building for More

CLH2As we conclude our posts on the Importance of laying a Foundation, I believe that it is important that when we build, that we build for more. Consider this quote from Warren Wiersbe,

“The foundation is the most important part of the building, for it determines the size, shape, and strength of the structure.”

Here in the city of Hamburg there is a beautiful church building that has a tower that the public is able to go to the top of for an amazing view of the city. I have personally been up there many times and have brought many others with me to go and pray over Hamburg. One of the things that I challenge them with while they are up there is with the ability to see beyond all of the apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping centers, etc. and seek to see the most important part of the city – for it can easily be skipped over. What is it? The people.

As we consider laying a foundation, we want to build wisely, we want to build correctly, and we want to build to endure. Why? Because we want to build for more! I am not sure where you live, but we live in a city of 1.8 million people from over 180 different nations. I believe that when Jesus picked His twelve disciples and invested into their lives, He did not only see them, but He also saw something more. What was it? The world! I believe that He saw us here today, in this city, and in this generation. Now I have no idea what the Lord will do here in the city of Hamburg, but I do not believe that He wants to reach only a few people. I am not claiming that we are going to be a mega church, nor do I desire that, but I do believe that as we make the preparations for more, that we need to be in prayer and ask the Lord to see the people of Hamburg how He sees them.

During a recent prayer time, we spent time praying for a meeting place where Muslims, rich, poor, drug addicts, prostitutes, those in need, the proud, different people from different nations, those lives who are in shambles, etc. to be able to come to and be taught the word of God. I am not sure at this point who God will reach through this new church plant, but I do pray that lives will be transformed and those who are currently rebels will be transformed into worshipers of Jesus. Lord, have Your way! I will end this post with a quote from Dwight L. Moody. “If God is your partner, make your plans big.” 

Let’s build for more!

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