Living in God’s Purpose

LPUC eNews – Sunday 25 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 3:1-13, Living in God’s Purpose

In today’s reading, Paul writes to the Ephesians and reminds them of his special commission from God that he has been sent to proclaim Jesus’ message of inclusion. He says the mystery of the past, meaning the time before Christ, has now been revealed: “The Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (vs. 6). Paul goes on to say that his role is to be a servant of the gospel, an ambassador of the Lord.  

While Paul calls himself (vs. 8) “the very least of all the Lord’s people” due largely he might think from his earlier life – he hated Christ, and the Christian church. He did his best to wipe Christianity from the face of the earth – still God’s grace was given so he could bring the good news of the boundless riches of Christ to all. Paul’s task was to reveal the message of Christ that all were acceptable; no one was to be excluded. 

Paul, however, is not simply informing the Ephesians of his role in God’s plan (vs. 10); more importantly he is challenging that Christian community to fulfill its responsibility and, like Paul, be a servant of the gospel; be an ambassador of the Lord. He says that the church, in Ephesus and more generally God’s people everywhere, are to carry forth the message, namely that all are acceptable to God. 

Lastly, Paul urges his readers not to lose heart (vs. 13). He knows from his own experience that there will be difficult days; the road of being an ambassador of the Lord will not be easy. He says with Christ we can be bold and should have confidence. Thus, he tells his readers not to lose heart but rather to carry forward the mission and the message to others. Jesus’ message is universal, thus Paul challenges the Ephesians to do their part, to shoulder the burden and bring Christ to the world. IL-WOONG.

Whisper – Motion Worship

Justin Narayan wins Masterchef 2021 – but it’s his classic youth pastor ways we love most – Eternity News  

What Would Make You Believe in God? || Episode 4 of Seeing the Future || Thomas – Speak Life

Messy Church: Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for our July Messy Church! We’ve created an ‘at home’ activity kit for families to explore practical ways to Serve God by helping others, featuring support for Operation Christmas Child and other opportunities in our local community. 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

The Work – Freebridge Media

Meaninglessness: Deadlier than COVID – Daily Declaration  

Too much information – the COVID inundation – Eternity News  

Family Growth project: We’ve been listening to views about young families’ experience of church to understand how we can grow, together – thank you!We’ve now documented and shared findings from our data review, discussions and street survey with the Church Council on Sunday 18 July and we’re keen to discuss these with you and define what happens next, together. Look out for a Zoom meeting request or contact IL-Woong or Naomi Feigl 0419 305 988 or naomi.feigl@gmail.com

Staring death in the face Ben Shaw launches book to make you reconsider – Eternity News (book is available in library). 

Doing God – The Spectator

U turn, ACL gets access to WA venues – Eternity News  

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 from Adam: 

  • I’m reading…‘I, Robot’ by Isaac Asimov. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. It’s a collection of short stories, so it’s easy to pick up and read a story or two.
  • My next book….We regularly visit Mulga Road Books, a secondhand bookstore in Oatley (during the lockdown, they’ve got free books available on a trolley outside their store from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday) – on our last visit, we picked up ‘Bad Dad’ by David Walliams. I’ll be reading it with Zoe – should be fun!

The marriage madness in UK Methodism – Eternity News

Same Sex Marriage: UK Methodists adopt similar plan to Uniting Church – Eternity News

The experiment of progressives and evangelicals in one church – Eternity News Abortion is discrimination against people with Down syndrome – Eternity News

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