LPUC eNews – Sunday 16 June 2019

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Romans 5:1-5 & John 16:12-15, Trinity: the Three-in-One

It can be noticed that Trinity Sunday is not very big in the Christian calendar.  In fact, the word ‘Trinity’ itself cannot be found anywhere in the Bible, while the formula of Father, Son and Holy Spirit appears several times.  I would say that the Trinity is a mystery as God reveals himself in three forms – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Creator, the anointed and crucified one and the counsellor who lives in our hearts.

The truth we know about God comes to us by divine revelation in the world, in Word, and through the work of the Holy Spirit.  John tells us in John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” as God’s final act to put things right in the world.  Christ is God’s free and gracious gift to all people and that gift may release us from sin and the power of death into the possibility of new life in Jesus Christ, here and now, and in the life to come.

However, our problem is that while we may recognize the gift God gives us in Jesus Christ, we do not always obey him in a faithful and loving response – obedience – and miss the richness of the life that he offers to us all.  Therefore, we have The Holy Spirit who tunes us into God.  The work of the Holy Spirit is to change all of that.  He comes to us in the world to tune us into the truth about God the Father and the Son.  He convinces us that God is love, and that we can rely on what he has done for us in the precious gift he gave us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  He helps us to treasure the life God gave us and to hold all life as sacred.  He empowers us to sing – with faith and feeling – “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” Amen.  IL-WOONG.

Nabeel Qureshi explaining the Trinity.

Being Missional in a Post-Christian Culture

CREDible Churches – Insights Magazine

Faith: Three myths and the Christian Ideal – SMH – As our nation forgets its cultural history and moves away from Christianity, more of us have little idea of what we are really rejecting.

Holiness was the fruit of faith not the cause – John Wesley.

Sin: not as much fun as you think.

Movement Day Australia 2019.  Movement Australia prophetically declares that Australian cities belong to God. Movement Australia champions a new paradigm where the local Church and local Christian leaders make a choice to come together in humility, trust and reconciled diversity to become a generational, city-wide family.  The focus of this city-wide family is to serve one another, accept responsibility for the stubborn facts affecting their city and engage collaboratively to bring solutions that permeate their city with a generous, localised gospel that releases beauty and shalom. The impact of this new paradigm is showcased at Movement Day.

Watch videos from 2019 Sessions.

DVD of the Week: 

Trust  – A modern-day telling of the story of JobTrust, originally inspired by the Book of Job, is a film that tells the story of Daniel Rainwater, and everyday guy whose life is very much falling apart.  As his marriage to Sarah begins to crumble, he loses his job thinking that life couldn’t get any worse.  It does.  Bitter towards God and going nowhere fast, Daniel must learn to trust God again before he loses it all for good.  For Sarah, as tensions in the marriage rise, she falls out of love – only to be confronted with whether she can still believe in her marriage and in hope once again.  Meanwhile their children Lea and Jonah are going through their own personal troubles, with Lea having to learn to trust in her parents and Jonah having to overcome his individual fears.  Trust is a film that asks the age-old question of “How do we trust God, when life is falling apart?” and offers the message that no matter what you’re going through, ”Never give up on hope.”

The Mystery of the Trinity – 1. Monotheism.

Conversations with John Anderson: Featuring Tim Montgomerie, political activist and newspaper columnist.   Tim is a co-founder with former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith of the Centre for Social Justice and is the creator of the ConservativeHome website, which he edited from 2005 until 2013, when he left to join The Times.

He was the paper’s comment editor until March 2014. In February 2016 he resigned his membership of the Conservative Party citing the current leadership’s stance on Europe, which was supportive of EU membership.

He was former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith’s Chief of Staff and was a main influence behind Smith’s theme of compassionate conservatism. In more recent years he has been a prolific columnist, contributing to many major British newspapers.

Some familiar ground is covered in this conversation as they discuss the legacy of Western Civilisation, Brexit, ideological conformity in universities and more. And some new ideas are considered, such as compassionate conservatism, capitalism and the legacy of Thatcherism.

George Fife Angas and the settling of Australia

 Religious freedom after Ruddock – Freedom for Faith.

The critics are wrong: religion has a place in the classroom – The Age.

7 things Jordan Peterson taught me last night.

Performing our anger monologue

Canadian couple barred from foster parenting because they won’t deny the Bible – Australian Prayer Network