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  • SSunday Service: Sealed with the Promised Holy Spirit, the Guarantee of our Inheritance

    10 Nov, 2019 – Berlin Immanuel Church continued in the series on Ephesians in chapter 1 verses 13-14, focusing on the sealing with the Holy Spirit. When Paul first entered the city of Ephesus in Acts 19, he found disciples who heard the message of truth and believed, but were not yet sealed with the Spirit. The experience of Pentecost, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, the baptism that Christ gives, is essential in a life of a Christian. Without the Spirit there is no life of God, no power, no revival neither in the church nor in the individual. It is through the Holy Spirit that the love of God is poured out in our hearts (Rom 5:5),…

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  • September 25 | 2019
    Sunday Service: He Predestined Us to Adoption as Sons to Himself

    22 September, 2019 – Berlin Immanuel Church continued in the series on Ephesians in chapter 1 verse 5. Apostle Paul, writing to the Gentile Christians brings out a Roman legal term ‘adoption’ that they were closely familiar with, as many of them would have been slaves and servants. No matter what the position of the person getting adopted was before, even if he was a slave, after adoption he would enjoy the same rights and privilege as a natural child. This term emphasizes the status and position we have as children of God. Paul wants us to realize that we are firmly in the hands of both the Son and the Father (Jn 10:27-29) and no one can snatch us…

  • September 20 | 2019
    Wednesday Service: Paul Before Festus

    Berlin Immanuel Church members gathered for Wednesday service, continuing in Acts 25. After two years of the apostle being held in custody under Felix, a new governor, Festus, comes to Caesarea. The high priest in Jerusalem had changed as well, but Paul’s situation was still the same. The Jews still breathed hatred and death towards the apostle and the Roman governor wasn’t able to do what was right and release Paul despite knowing the accusations against him had no evidence. Being a new governor in the province, he was more interested in gaining favor with the Jews and giving Paul over to them, rather than upholding the Roman law and protecting her citizen. Luke records a story of those who…

  • July 16 | 2019
    Sunday Service: The Cherubim and the Flaming Sword Guard the Way to the Tree of Life

    14 July, 2019 – Berlin Immanuel Church continued with the study on Genesis 3 this Sunday with Genesis 3:20-24. Adam and Eve were banished from Eden, the place where life was picking the fruit, life of fulness of joy and peace that came from the communion they had with God. But after they sinned they find themselves outside of the garden, facing toil, hardship, insecurity and death. They are in the wilderness of life and the access to the tree of life is blocked. It’s important that we don’t misunderstand God and know why we are in this position. We are not meant to be on the outside, and yet here we are, banished by God. Adam believed, just as…

  • May 6 | 2019
    Sunday Service: Ask and It Will Be Given to You

    5 May, 2019 – Matthew 7:7-12 – The Bible doesn’t promise that God will change the circumstances of our life and remove all the difficulties and problems. The Lord often reminded us (John 16:32-33) that ‘there will be trouble’, but we are not alone in our trouble. We walk through this life as Abraham did, not knowing where he was going, but knowing the One who was with him, who would never forsake him. The Lord, in Matthew 7, confirms the amazing promise given to those who believe in him, the promise of God’s inexhaustible love for us, the love of the heavenly Father, who knows the best for, who wills the best for us, and who will never fail…

  • April 29 | 2019
    2019 Easter Service: If You Believe, You Will See the Glory of God

    21 April, 2019 – Through the story of the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11:1-44, that happened just outside of Jerusalem where Jesus would soon be arrested and nailed on the cross, apostle John wants us to see the glory of Christ crucified. Jesus, knowing that Lazarus was sick, waited and let the family walk through suffering because he loved them and he intended to show them the full extent of the power of God’s love (vs 4). The love of God is to show himself to us, to make himself known, to reveal his glory to the mankind so that by seeing its fullness, all who believe may receive his grace and have eternal life in him (John 1:14,16,…

  • February 5 | 2019
    Sunday Service: You Shall Not Commit Adultery

    3 February, 2019 – ‘You shall not commit adultery’ is the second commandment misinterpreted by the teachers of the law the Lord brings out in Matthew 5:27-31. Just as the Pharisees, we can look at this commandment and think that since we are not guilty of physically committing sexual sin, we are perfectly innocent, but Jesus explains that the problem of sin is much deeper. This attitude itself of using the word of God to justify ourselves is detestable in God’s sight – Luke 16:15. The purpose of the law is to reveal our sinfulness wholly, making us conscious of the sin (Romans 3:19-20) that is not in our actions only, but in our heart primarily (Matthew 15:19); its purpose…

  • January 28 | 2019
    Berlin Sunday Service: You Shall Not Murder

    27 January, 2019 – The Lord presents the first of the six examples of the righteousness of the children of God in Matthew 5:21-26. The interpretation of commandment ‘You shall not murder’ cannot be limited to its ‘letter’, and doing so would be to define it in a way that helps us to justify ourselves only. We see this kind of heart in believers very often. A good example is the story of the rich young man in Matthew 19 who asked the Lord what things he must to do to get eternal life. But when Jesus tells him that to have eternal life means to have the same heart the Father has towards us – to live a life…

  • December 19 | 2018
    Sunday Service: We Were Dead But God Made Us Alive

    16 December, 2018 – Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:12 to remember how God responded to our state of hopelessness, and it’s essential for us to do that during the Advent. We must remember the meaning of Christmas, remember why God send us a Savior. Verses 5-7 tell us how God responded to the condition we were in without Christ in our lives in verses 1-3. We were dead in sin, but instead of death we received new life in Christ. In Savior we received new life, not just a second chance to start over, not just a better teaching – if that was the case we would still be without hope – but a new life, a new nature,…

  • November 7 | 2018
    Sunday Service: It Was Said, ‘Love Your Neighbor and Hate Your Enemy’

    21 October, 2018 – The main passage of this Sunday’s sermon was in Matthew 5:43-48, opening on the commandment to love our enemy. The commandment to love our neighbor is an anchor of the Old Testament, the ‘great commandment’ as Jesus put it in Matthew 22. But hating your enemy is an interpretation of the scribes and Pharisees, for they thought if we love one then naturally we must hate the other. The duty of love was restricted to a narrow circle, to the point that they wouldn’t even greet non-Jews (verse 47). They replaced the love that is based on God’s love for us, the kind of love that comes through faith only, with a natural love – as…