Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Luke 5: 1-11, Peter: With Jesus, Without Jesus
In today’s gospel reading, Peter “caught such a large number of fish that the nets began to break”(vs. 6) when he followed Jesus’ instruction: that was to “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (vs. 4). What we find from the text is that without Jesus, Peter caught nothing but with Jesus, Peter’s boat almost sank with the number of fish he caught.
If we look at the Bible we could find Peter’s different experiences when he was with Jesus or without Jesus. For example, Peter proclaims ‘Jesus is the Messiah’ in his journey with Jesus (Matthew 16:13-18) whereas he denies three times that he even knows Jesus in His trial (Luke 22:54-62). Peter did not understand that Jesus had to rise form the dead at the empty tomb (John 20:1-10) whereas Peter heals a man who cannot walk in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:1-8).
As I reflect on the text today I am reminded of not only the call of Christ but the life in Christ. I would say that without Christ, I was nothing but with Christ, I am blessed to be a child of God; I am valued as a servant of Christ, and I am enabled to serve Him and His church.
What do you learn from the text? Would you accept Jesus being with you or would you say ‘I’m ok, Lord’? I guess I do not need to emphasise it again that you are called by Christ to reverse your priorities and reorder your commitments to build the Kingdom of God here in our community and beyond. It is absolutely true that Christ calls you to be His follower who may have life in full; to be His servant who may fulfil His mission and ministry. It does not matter whether a call and task from God is big or small; we all have an important role to play in the kingdom of God. Will you answer His call today? IL-WOONG.
Love is for losers
Eternity News Wrap: What you need to know this week
The Church Directory is being updated. In the foyer you may find an envelope with your name on it. Inside there is a letter explaining that we are updating our Church Directory and inviting you to check and/or update your information. If you can’t find an envelope with you name on it, please take a blank envelope and complete your details, IF POSSIBLE TODAY (or in any case by Sunday 24/2/19). When the form contains your correct details, please sign that you agree to have your information included in the Church Directory. Please then put your form back in the envelope and hand it to Beryl (0405 686 109) or Lawrie (0404 354 291) Bool or to one of the stewards.
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DVD of the Week:
The Jesus Storybook Bible Vol 2. The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, now comes to life as short animated videos. Narrated by British actor David Suchet, this Volume 2 DVD contains the final ten stories from the Old Testament.
1. Ten ways to be perfect (Ten Commandments)
2. The warrior leader (Battle of Jericho)
3. The teeny, weenie …. True king (Samuel anoints David)
4. The young hero and the horrible giant (David and Goliath)
5. The Good Shepherd (David the shepherd king)
6. A little servant girl and the proud general (Slave girl and Naaman)
7. Operation “No More Tears!” (Prophecies from Isaiah)
8. Daniel and the scary sleepover (Daniel and the lions)
9. God’s messenger (Jonah and the big fish)
10. Get ready! (God’s people return from being slaves