LPUC eNews – Sunday 8 March 2020

Jesus the Game Changer: EQUALITY 

Genesis 1:26-27 and Galatians 3:26-29

An excerpt from the Sermon Outline of the topic: Equality.

While we say we believe all people are equal, our society seldom treats people equally. It is an ideal we aim for, but mostly fail to live out either personally or as a community. At the time of Jesus, they did not believe people were of equal worth. The Greek philosophers believed that society was structurally unequal and that there was a subclass, the slaves, who were there to serve those who were the upper classes.

It was into this world that Jesus and the early church treat people with equal dignity and worth. Jesus tells a parable of a lost sheep in Matthew 18: 10-14. The shepherd leaves the ninety-nine sheep and goes after the one lost. This story demonstrates that everyone matters. Paul writes to the churches in Galatia and reminds them that in Christ all the old barriers and classes have been broken down and destroyed, and now we are all equal (Galatians 3:28).

Christianity does not teach that you matter because of how you perform, but you matter because God created you and loves you. God loves you and wants you to know that you matter, you are important, you are loved equally and nothing you can do can change that. This value has changed the world and it will change your life.   IL-Woong.

Dear Jesus, can I have a word about your word?  Eternity News 

Word on the Streets. “Taking an opportunity at TEDx to explain the gospel. Tyler Ellis conducted 50 interviews with people with different beliefs and backgrounds which turned into unexpected adventures and discoveries. ‘That was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had!’

Jesus the Game Changer – It’s not too late to join in!  Come Sunday morning at 10:15am and/or Thursday’s 10.30am or 7.00pm.  

Dr Peter Lin, Canada – Coronavirus

What does mission shaped ministry look like? – Insights Magazine 

Tree of Life – The Bible Project  In the opening pages of the Bible, God gives humanity a gift that they quickly forfeit – eternal life that comes by eating from the tree of life.  This video explores the meaning of this powerful image and how sacred trees play a key role throughout the story of the Bible.  It all leads up to Jesus himself, who died upon a tree so that he could become a new tree of life for all humanity. 

The price we pay to follow Jesus – Cross + Culture 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Church Council Meeting 3/3/20 has called for a Special Congregational Meeting to be held after Morning Worship on Sunday, 22nd March 2020 to consider an extension of the LPUC Employment Contract with our Family Worker, Ms Nathaline El-Saliby, for a further 12 months up to 7th November 2021.

Pastor tells of move of God sweeping his city – Australian Prayer Network 

Authorities demolish Chinese megachurch mid service – Australian Prayer Network 

Patrick Glynn put God in Australia’s Preamble – Christianity.com

DVD/Book Of The Week 

Daily Readings from all Four Gospels: For Morning and Evening.  No source draws us closer to the Lord Jesus more than the Gospels. So how can we dive deeper into the Gospels’ pages to know the Saviour better?

J. C. Ryle helps us do just that by uncovering the hidden treasures revealed in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. His extensive commentary work is the basis for Daily Readings from All Four Gospels, a devotional that presents two Gospel readings for each day—one for the morning and one for the evening. 732 readings are followed by a tremendously insightful observation by Ryle, along with his wisdom-packed recommendations for practical application.

Daily Readings from All Four Gospels will take you through a wonderful exploration of the Gospels in a year, one easily consumable reading at a time.

The Weekly Pick – Helping you find hope in the cinematic landscape  – Movies Change People

 Anti-slavery laws get buried by NSW Government – Eternity News 

Faith Film Festival 5 – 29 April 2020. For the first time ever, a film festival devoted to faith-based films will be happening in Australia and New Zealand cinemas. 

Folau case: Rugby Australia ‘muzzled’ Christian players – Eternity News

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Build each other up in faith; and to

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