It is about God’s Gift of Grace

LPUC eNews – Sunday 18 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 2:1-10, It is about God’s Gift of Grace 

The key word today is “grace”.  Paul says in verses 8-9, “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift.”  

For Paul, “Salvation is all of grace.” It is grace that proposed salvation; it is grace that purchased it; it is grace that proclaimed it; and it is grace that applies it to our souls. We did not deserve it. We could not provide it. We did not seek it. From first to last, salvation is all of grace.  

For Paul, “Salvation is by grace.” All that God does in Christ is what we mean by “saved.”  

The fact is, He forgives and pardons; he receives us as His own; he regenerates us; he adopts us into His family as a child of God. All this God does. Salvation in its fullest sense, including the past, present and future work of God for the believer, is one continuous series of acts of grace. 

For Paul, “Salvation is the gift of God”. Grace is the gift of God that helps us to see our way more clearly. Rather than be stuck we are free to live. God’s gift of grace is freely given. There is nothing that you can do, no set of instructions, no step-by-step process, no certain words to say that will bring grace upon you. The grace of God is an absolute free gift. It is initiated by God, not us. It is God’s way of intervening and loving us unconditionally. IL-WOONG.

Covid vaccine ads from around the world  

Japan asks for one million hours of prayer during the Olympic Games – Australian Prayer Network

Sports theologians volley over sinlessness of Wimbledon winner Ash Barty – Damascus Dropbear

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 

The end of me

John Anderson Direct: with Yeonmi Park, Human Rights Activist and Author.  Human rights activist and author Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, a brutal, communist society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Il. At the age of 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a life free of tyranny. In her viral talks, viewed online nearly 350 million times, Park urges audiences to recognise—and resist—the oppression that exists in North Korea, and around the world.  Human rights activist and author Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, a brutal, communist society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Il. At the age of 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a life free of tyranny. In her viral talks, viewed online nearly 350 million times, Park urges audiences to recognise—and resist—the oppression that exists in North Korea, and around the world. In this interview she recounts her story of escape from North Korea, only to be sold into slavery in China, before eventually finding freedom in South Korea and the US. Her personal story is a cautionary one for us in the West as she articulates her concern that there is a creeping authoritarianism spreading through our society and its institutions. She warns us that our freedoms are precious and precarious and that we need to fight to keep hold of them.

Cancelled: ACL gets banned from WA venues – Eternity News  

Exile – The Bible Project 

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.

When Christians gather should we make an acknowledgement of country – Eternity News

Making Aboriginal History More European is Condescending, Says Indigenous Critic of Pascoe – Canberra Declaration

Believer’s Creed – The Skit Guys

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.

Why can’t the Margaret Court haters be a little more Ash Barty? | The Spectator Australia Max – Fired Over Transgender Conviction – Human Rights Law Alliance

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