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  • Sunday Service: He Who Withholds Kindness From a Friend

    27 September, 2020 – Job’s response to his friend’s accusations in chapters 6 and 7 reminds us that we should live the life of gospel, of being servants of God’s grace. Eliphaz failed to see God’s grace and ended up condemning his friend, instead of being an agent of God’s grace when his friend needed it the most, he became the agent of the enemy. But the life of the gospel is to fix our eyes on Christ who became our servant and gave his life for us. And when we see this great grace God demonstrated on the cross, we can’t help but make ourselves servant of his grace to others. Apostle Paul comforted believers in Corinth in their…

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  • August 10 | 2020
    Sunday Service: Let Us Draw Near to God with a Sincere Heart

    9 August, 2020 – Opening with Hebrews 10:19-27, the sermon looked at important lessons for our faith that are provided in the book of Exodus dealing with the construction of the tabernacle. The priority for Israel was not to rush to the Promised Land, but first to follow the heavenly pattern shown to Moses and construct the tabernacle according to God’s instructions so that God may dwell with his people. Many think of salvation as simply getting to heaven, but clearly, salvation is about coming to God and learning to live with him first. We must know and follow God’s will to be able to pass through the wilderness of life and enter his kingdom. One of the most important…

  • May 20 | 2020
    Sunday Service: Acknowledge And Take to Heart That the Lord Is God

    17 May, 2020 – Berlin Immanuel Church continued studying the Ten Commandments this Sunday. The First Commandment in Exodus 20:3 exhorts us to examine our hearts and acknowledge that there is no other god (Deut 4:39) in our life but the Lord who loved us in Christ Jesus. There were many gods in Egypt that Moses could name, but the purpose of the Commandment is not to give us a list of false gods. There is only one God who created the heaven and earth, and only one God who gave His Son for our sins, there simply is no other. So our highest devotion must belong to Him only. God uses revelation to make Himself know to us –…

  • December 30 | 2019
    Sunday Service: My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior

    22 Dec, 2019 – Berlin Immanuel Church ended the Christmas retreat on Sunday with a sermon on Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-55. Meditating on Mary’s response to the good news of the coming of the Savior, we can be reminded of the meaning of Christmas. Mary’s first reaction was confusion and disbelief – Luke 1:29, 34, but she humbled herself and accepted that this is not about her – “I am a virgin” – but about what God is doing. We always fall in the error of thinking of ourselves first, of what we have done or what we have to do. The rich young man who met the Savior but left empty in Luke 18 or Nicodemus in John…

  • November 13 | 2019
    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),…

  • 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,…