Explore How to Read the Bible: What is the Story of the Bible?

LPUC eNews – Sunday 10 October 2021

There is no in person worship this Sunday due to the current COVID restrictions, however you can still watch the service online.

Explore How to Read the Bible: What is the Story of the Bible?

Ephesians 1: 3-14

Today is the second week of our new sermon series: Explore how to read the Bible.  If you missed last Sunday’s worship service, then I recommend you watch the last Sunday’s online service to follow what’s happening.  Today we are going to talk about ‘What the Story of the Bible is.’

I believe that the main theme of the Bible is ‘the Kingdom of God.’  God’s Kingdom is the focus of what God does, His interactions with people, and His work here on earth; when He chose Israel, it was in relation to the Kingdom; God’s covenant promises are kingdom promises; God’s kingdom was the dominant theme in Jesus’ teaching as he began his public ministry by proclaiming, ‘The time has come… The kingdom of God is near’ (Mark 1:15).  Jesus taught that his mission was to introduce the kingdom in fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament; when He saves men from their sins and declares them righteous, it is with a view to His Kingdom; when Christ died, it was to make that Kingdom possible.

In His love and mercy, God continues to restore His Kingdom.  The rest of the Bible tells how He does this.  God is faithful and keeps fulfilling his promise throughout the history of Israel.  God made the covenant with David that he will set up one of his sons as a king whose reign will last forever.  The perfect kingdom will be established through Jesus Christ.  He talked about the kingdom of God; he lived for it; he died for it; and that is the Kingdom of God.  The story goes on…  Let us find more about that in the message. 

IL-WOONG. 

Step by step. Bryan’s story – 40Stories

Christian Panthers give thanks for game-changing intercept – Eternity News

Tolerant journalists can’t wait to judge new Premier Perrottet by his race, gender, appearance, family, age and religion – Damascus Dropbear  

Who do you say I am – The Bible Project

Eyewitness testimony in the Bible’s accounts of Jesus

God’s War I – Undeceptions

Library: If you’d like to share what you’re reading/watching or request a resource from the library, send an email to Naomi.Feigl@gmail.com and Lawrie.Bool@gmail.com Available from Lawrie:

Ghost Boy – the miraculous escape of a misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body by Martin Pistorius with Megan Lloyd Davies.  ‘Have you ever seen one of those movies where someone wakes up as a ghost but doesn’t know they’ve died?  However much I tried, I couldn’t make them notice me.  I was invisible.  The ghost boy.’ In January 1988, aged twelve, Martin Pistorius fell inexplicably ill.  Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound.  Doctors were mystified and told his parents an unknown degenerative disease had left their sone with the mind of a baby.  What nobody knew is that while Martin’s body remained unresponsive his mind slowly woke up, yet he could tell no-one.  He was a prisoner inside his own body.  It took ten years before a therapist senses part of Martin was alert and his parents realised their sone was as intelligent as ever.  With no memories from before his illness, Martin was a man-child reborn in a world he didn’t know.  He was still in a wheelchair, unable to speak, but he was brilliantly adept at computer technology.  Since then, and against all odds, he has fallen in love, married and set up a web design business.  Ghost Boy is a deeply moving account of recovery and the power of love.  His extraordinary story acts as a wake-up call to cherish our lives. 

Dr Megan Best: No to Euthanasia – Christian medical and dental fellowship of Australia

The Story Behind 40 Stories

Rumours abound that Saint Perrottet can forgive the sin of unvaccination – Damascus Dropbear

Live rich – Gary Turk

Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and Daniel Andrews could do the same for Christian schools – Eternity News   

The lies of euthanasia – The Spectator

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