On Sunday 3rd April 2022 District Apostle Michael Ehrich conducted a divine service in Heidelberg (South Germany) which was transmitted through YouTube to most of the congregations in Nigeria
After reading a text word from James 5:8 ‘’You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand”
In his message, the District Apostle reminded all about the coming of the Lord
With a reference from the book of Mark 10:46-52 the District Apostle talked about the blind Bartimaeus who was patient in his condition and had great determination to see Jesus Christ.
He eventually had an encounter with Christ and he received healing and regained his sight.
This is because He trusted and believed in Jesus.
In like manner let’s bring our concerns and situations to God in the divine services and trust Him for help and support in the difficult situations of life. He always listens to us and He shall grant our desires. Christ will not leave us alone; He is always willing to help us.
He went on to elaborate the core thoughts below:
Establish your hearts and be patient.
Christ is coming soon. Let’s patiently wait for Him as we remain in fellowship. Many have heard of the coming of Christ at their infant age and now at old age Christ is yet to come. The perceived delay in His coming should not deter us from waiting patiently, for He will surely come. God the Father, God the Holy spirit knows when He shall come.
We need to patiently endure the challenges and situations of life by trusting the Lord.
Patience is the offspring and fruit of the Holy Spirit. The more room we give to the Holy Spirit in our lives, the more patience we have.
Open your hearts to God.
God Has given us hope. He doesn’t disappoint those who trust Him. Let’s open our hearts to Him and put our trust and hope in Him at all times. He will help and support us. God is patient and full of mercy.
The heart is a picture of our spiritual life, which is strengthened through our communion and fellowship with God.
Our fellowship with God and our neighbor.
In the divine services we have communion with God through the word and sacrament.
The celebration of Holy Communion is a confirmation of our connection with God and His Son Jesus Christ. The benediction also assures us of our relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
When we seek quiet moments and pray, we are in communion with God. This strengthens our spiritual lives. We synch and connect with God in Love.
Our communion with God shows us His will. It makes us to also be interested in the concerns of our neighbors, to show them love and seek fellowship with them as Christ Has commanded us.
Concluding the divine service, the District Apostle admonished the congregants to remain in love as one community with a strengthened heart and active faith. Jesus will give us grace and we will see that when He returns our faith will be ground because we see everything as it says in scripture: The coming of the Lord is at hand.
Apostle Jürgen Loy of Stuttgart and Apostle Hans-Jürgen Bauer of the Ulm Apostle area were called to assist in the divine service.