Imitators of God

LPUC eNews – Sunday 15 August 2021

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

Ephesians 5:1-20 Imitators of God  

Our text today says that if we are a Christian, we are to “be imitators of God” “be followers of God (vs. 1-2). What a challenge for us to imitate God, walk the way of Christ, live the way how Christ lived. “Be imitators of God” is strong and clear as Paul intended to be an imitator of Christ/God. 

How can we imitate God – the one who is all-powerful, all-knowing, present throughout all creation and among all humankind? To imitate God is to be holy. To be holy is to seek to be and do as God is and does. It means to do what God has done in coming to us in Jesus Christ. Paul talks about that in the first two verses. He says, “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.”  The first way to imitate God is to love one another in Christ; to love our neighbours as Christ loves us.    

To imitate God is also to be filled with the Spirit (vs. 18). “Be filled” in the Greek language – πληροῦσθε (plērousthe) – is in the imperative mood. This is not a suggestion, nor is it a request, it is an unalterable command of the Living God. This verb is also in the present tense, continuous action. The filling of the Holy Spirit is to be renewed every day.  Every Christian should want to be filled with the Spirit, and should know what the Spirit-filled life is. It means that every aspect of our life is controlled by the Spirit. 

Moreover, when a Christian has the filling of the Spirit, we will bear the fruit of the Spirit (vs. 19). In other words, when we are filled with the Spirit there will be a song in our soul, and gratefulness (vs. 20). A Spirit-filled life is a thankful life. So, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will literally be able to give thanks in all things.  IL-Woong.

There’s hope in the nightmare – The Bible Project

Do it now – Gary Turk

NSW Government shocked that State founded by convicts is struggling with lockdown – Damascus Dropbear  

Everyday Christian: ‘See, I am doing a new (lockdown) thing!’ – Eternity News

Messy Church: You’re invited (and welcome!) to join a short Zoom call at 4pm on Sunday 22 August, where we can say hello and check-in as a Messy Church community. We’ve missed catching up in person over the last few months, but the lockdown has also presented some opportunities. Our next Messy Church ‘at home’ kit provides activities for families to explore how God loves us, and we hope to deliver these over the next week. Your prayers and ongoing support for this ministry and these families are very appreciated, particularly during the lockdown. For more information, feedback or to request an at-home kit for another family in the area, contact Jan and the Messy Church team on MessyChurch@LPUC.org.au

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Family Growth project: You’re invited to discuss our findings and next steps for growing young families at our church, spiritually and in number. This growth takes time, prayer and all of us – your input really matters, especially now! You’ll see several Zoom meeting options at different times of day; however, you’ll only need to attend one Zoom call that suits you. For more information, contact IL-Woong or Naomi Feigl 0419 305 988 or naomi.feigl@gmail.com

Psalm 148 – The Bible Project

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Learning how to grieve – The Bible Project

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. These top picks are from Naomi:

  • I’ve just finished reading…‘100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze’ by Australian author Clayton Zane Comber. It’s young adult fiction that was listed for the parents’ book club at Zoe’s school. I found out that the author runs a bookstore and café in Kiama, too.
  • My next book….I’ve bought a copy of ‘10 questions every teen should ask (and answer) about Christianity’ for the LPUC library. During conversations with young families for the Family Growth project, many parents described the challenges of navigating life with their kids – and the questions that come up. I can relate to that, too, and I’m hoping this book provides a helpful perspective.

A win for Franklin Graham and free speech – Eternity News

John Anderson Direct with Professor Carl Trueman, Theologian and Historian.  In this Direct interview, John is joined by Professor Carl Trueman, author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. They discuss the modern self in an age of culture wars, including the societal shift of the perception of happiness and gratification, the technological revolution, and the sexual revolution and its ties to authoritarianism. Carl emphasises the importance of Christianity to achieve a return to decent humanity.  Carl Trueman is a professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has written more than a dozen books, including Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History, Luther on the Christian Life, The Creedal Imperative, and The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution. 

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