This was my very first Sunday in the living generation church and to sum it up, it was incredible, the intercession, the praises, the worship, the preaching, the Holy Spirit was truly in the midst of this service. But let me break it down for you so you really understand what I mean. I had quite high expectations for that day, especially because some of my close friends, as part of the church, were talking about it for a while so I came expectantly. The service started at 11 am I was there a bit early and could see the excitement of some members. My boyfriend reserved a seat for the two of us so we sat in the second row.
The service ran very smooth, starting with a warm welcome and intercession. It was powerful to see how the young people of the church make room for God, how they let God use them. So we started with intercession and out of that, it became clear that prayer is a foundation that this church is built on and indeed this is a very strong foundation, to begin with. Back to the service so we started praying about a lot of different things and everything that was said got interpreted so it was basically a full-on service in English/ German. I personally really enjoyed that because I’m not used to it in that way.
Another thing that I loved is the fact that even though it was an inauguration service the focus remained on God throughout and even though they had a program for the day, they emphasised that regardless of the program they will let the service be led by the Holy Spirit. I love that they invited the Holy Spirit into their midst right from the start and well he certainly accepted that invite as he was truly in the midst of it all.
After praying I looked back just to see how many people were there and the whole room was full of people and even though I’m not a church member I was really happy to see the turnout. As they said this living generation church is different and the fact that so many young people were part of this truly put a smile on my face. They did worship and praises and let me tell you it was fire. The praise was sooo good, there was true life in that from the people in the choir that radiated through the room. The way they were praising God, there was nothing else one could do than do than join them and remember how good God is and we all know, he is great. And through the whole praises and worship, the lyrics were displayed so nicely that even without knowing the song one could still participate. The worship was equally as good, I could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit, and in general, it was emotional and wonderful.
The preaching was led by a guest preacher Pastor Joy from Amsterdam and guys I hope you encountered her on Monday as well for the ladies Bible study because it was a-ma-zing, but that just as a side note. Back to the Sunday service, the sermon was titled “focus”. After mentioning it I pondered around the word for a bit focus, well I stayed expectant to what will come. So focus…. she gave us 3 examples of people in the Bible that stayed focused despite their circumstances. First, Elisha that story can be found in 2 Kings 2:1-14, second Nehemiah from Nehemiah 1:3-6 and last but not least Solomon the story can be found in 2 Chronicles 1:7-12. Focus… the first example spoke to me personally because sometimes I lose focus on the things that are truly important because of my circumstances because of my situation. But no we should remain focused like Elisha he had to stay focused even though he knew that his master would be taken from him.
The sermon truly made me think about my own life and how important focus is in every situation and Pastor Joy summed it up saying that we should and need to focus on our personal relationship to God as well as the relationship to the Holy Spirit. But also for our purpose and time. I might be speaking for myself but I like sermons that personally speak to me and this one did. And even though most of us might know that we should focus on our relationship to God first it was different to hear it within that context.
Don’t quote me but I think after the sermon we prayed again and fully presented the church and its vision as well as the people of the church with a really nice video and then, it seemed like a surprise for Pastor Nick the members introduced him. And it was so great to see that they have a true relationship and someone to consult about everything in life, regardless of how bad it is. We then prayed for the church, for the members and Pastor Nick. After that, the two guests Pastor Maame and Pastor Joy (both present on Monday) came up again shared some inspiring words and surprisingly blessed Pastor Nick and his family with a gift. However, as a surprise to them, they got a gift from the church as well, for their help and presence.
The service really gave me the opportunity to see what the people in the church believe in, what they are built on and how much love they share for God and the way they understand each other and how much laughter they share together. After the service we had fellowship, there was loads of food so that everyone could stay a bit longer and have a chat with each other. And the church members took some pictures and videos and there was just so much joy and love.
written by a guest of the Living Generation Church