LPUC eNews – Sunday 17 February 2019

Categories: Blog

Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.

 

 

 

Luke 6: 12-26, Sermon on the Plain

Matthew and Luke both record in their gospels a collection of Jesus’ sayings.  We know Matthew’s version as, “The Sermon on the Mount.”   We call Luke’s account, “The Sermon on the Plain.”  There are major differences between the two collections.  Matthew hears Jesus’ message as spiritual.  Matthew’s gospel is an effort to prove Jesus is the Messiah — God’s messenger, sent to save people from their sins.  Luke, on the other hand, is not concerned with some spiritual quest.  He is out to prove that Jesus came to do away with all the distinctions which make some people think they are better than others.  Matthew lists the Beatitudes, then he stops, goes on to something else.  Luke lists the four Beatitudes, then he continues with four “Woes,” or curses.

Do you see what Jesus is doing?  He comes down to the plain, where the people are, and demonstrates what God’s will for the whole world is.  What he is doing is giving us a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.  In the Kingdom of God there will be no more disease, no more pain, no more sorrow.  Life will be whole.  Life will be the way God created it to be.

But In the meantime Jesus has come to identify with the poor, the hungry, and with those who weep, to be with them, and to stand with them, and to let them know that they are God’s children.  In Jesus’ ministry the well-off had a terrible time hearing and rejoicing in the gospel.  But the poor heard him gladly, because he came to them with a message of hope.  It was not their poverty which he blessed.  They were blessed.  He painted a picture, which included them, of a world where poverty, injustice and terror were gone forever.  We call that world, “the kingdom of God,” and we pray that it comes on earth as it is in heaven – where there are no rich and poor – every time we gather together to worship God. IL-WOONG.

What is true love?  Here’s what the Bible has to say

An Australian in China: The unexpected life of Amy Oxley Wilkinson: an Aussie girl who lived a remarkable life, far from home.

The monthly prayer breakfast for the Peakhurst Area School Scripture Board (and teachers) meets 8am tomorrow Saturday 16th February in our church.  You are invited to join in praying for this vital work.

Movement Day Calls on Christians to leave the church walls

Our first Messy Church for the year is this Sunday 17th February 4pm to 6pm. Come and join in the games craft, stories and meal.

Catch the vision of a stadium full of hearts on fire for Christ.

DVD of the Week: 

Paul Apostle of Christ. Paul who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero.  Luke, his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him.  Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius, the prison prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat.  But before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.  Their faith challenged an empire.  But their words changed the world.

Frances Havergal wrote, “Take my life and let it be”

Trash Your Bible is all about loving, living in and wearing out your Bible so much that you have ‘trashed’ it! The website provides a book-by-book Bible journey with videos and blog posts to help you get the most out of your Bible reading time. We do all the study and preparation and present it to you in an easy and engaging way, so your time is maximised. We want your Bible reading time to be alive and active so jump onto the site today!  www.trashyourbible.com

2019 Graham Tour: a lot has changed. Sydney event: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 7.30pm at the International Convention Centre – Theatre.  Read more.

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. 

Test of faith for Aussie cricketer Marnus Labuschagne

Was Jesus a communist?

World Day of Prayer – Friday 1st March 1.30pm at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Peakhurst.  Each year World Day of Prayer focusses on a different country and its needs.  All are welcome to join with our local churches to pray this year for the people of Slovenia.

Religious freedom lost at White magazine shuts