God Adopted Us

LPUC eNews – Sunday 11 July 2021

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

Ephesians 1:3-14, God Adopted Us  

Ephesians as a letter, was written by Paul not to one church but to many churches in one area, Ephesus. As Paul greets everyone, he outlines the most important thing they all share – Jesus. The language used in Ephesians 1 draws us into an understanding that we are God’s chosen people and that God’s grace extends to all people at all times.   

Using the metaphor of adoption, Paul helps us understand the extent to which God cares for humanity. Adoption, both in modern times and in the first century, signals a person’s inclusion into a new family in name, loyalty, and inheritance. Adoption in the family of God includes an inheritance of eternal life with God. This would have been particularly significant to people in the first-century, as Gentiles were considered outside the faith and the family of God. Yet this passage emphasizes that God has included all people since the beginning of time.    

What a privilege we have to become God’s children. And now we could enjoy free access to our heavenly Father because of redemption and forgiveness through Jesus’ blood’ (vs. 7). So redemption, forgiveness, and adoption all go together. We become his sons and daughters because of the lavish outpouring of his grace on us (vs 7-8).  

There is one more thing to be said. We have adopted that we might grow into the likeness of Christ. God is our adoptive parent whose love is beyond measure. But here is what we need to understand: the purpose of our adoption is that someday we shall reflect the nature of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. That’s what God desires out of each of us that we reflect the nature of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Are you ready to go beyond your desire and your plan to a new life, a new purpose, a new identity as one who belongs to God? IL-WOONG.

The Work – The Skit Guys

“Lay your burden down”: The surprising solemnity of Dark Mofo – ABC Religion & Ethics

Jesus Shall Reign

Family Growth project: We’ve been hearing about young families’ experience of church to understand how we can grow, together. We’re now documenting findings that we’ll share with Church Council and then with LPUC in July. Thank you for providing encouragement and prayers, sharing insights, practical resources or getting involved directly. It’s mattered. And still matters. For more information, contact IL-Woong or Naomi Feigl 0419 305 988 or naomi.feigl@gmail.com 

Man questions faith after sensing God wanted him to bet big on QLD in State of Origin – Damascus Dropbear

Courage to conquer – movement.org.au

Kids TV series smashes The Chosen Crowdfunding record – Eternity News

Messy Church: Thank you for your prayers and help this week, as we had to change our plan for Sunday 27 June due to the Greater Sydney lockdown. We’ve sent an ‘at home’ activity kit via mail so that families can learn how God has a plan for us – includes a super booklet from Grace called ‘How to spend 5 minutes with God. Special thanks to Grace, Sharon and the team.

Western civilisation. Now an optional extra | The Spectator Australia  

Thank God for Labor – Eternity News

Xivinity – The Spectator

Church Library: If you’d like to share what you’re reading or watching – or if you’d like to borrow something from the LPUC library – send an email to Naomi.Feigl@gmail.com and Lawrie.Bool@gmail.com. Lawrie’s just finished reading ‘7 Reasons to Re-consider Christianity by Ben Shaw, who was interviewed in Eternity News (see ‘Staring death in the face‘), and is looking forward to reading ‘In order to live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom’ by Yeonmi Park after seeing an excellent interview on John Anderson’s podcast.

BaptistCare release health advice warning against baptism for people under 18 – Damascus Dropbear

John Anderson Direct: With Matthew McConaughey, Actor, Author and Philanthropist.  They discuss Matthew’s new memoir, Greenlights, and delve into his storied life so far – his acting career, upbringing, and the profound lessons he has learnt first-hand about victimhood, courage and self-responsibility.  They investigate broader topics; the importance of learning from, rather than erasing history, how to heal a divided America, civility and freedoms, and Matthew’s (potential) political future. 
A world-renowned actor and producer, Matthew McConaughey is famous for starring in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2001), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor, as well as Interstellar (2014). A concerned and active Texan civic leader involved in multiple charities and fundraising efforts, Matthew started the just keep livin foundation in 2010, dedicated to helping teenagers lead active and healthy lives. 

Could voter fraud swing Australian Elections? – Cross and Culture God in my pocket: are we comfortable with God acting like God? – trashyourbible.com