LPUC eNews – Sunday 19 August 2018

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Genesis 3:1-24, The Big Picture of The Bible: The Kingdom and the Fall

As we tried to see a big picture, it is found that the theme of the Kingdom of God underpins the whole of the Bible story. G. Goldsworthy defines ‘the Kingdom of God’ as ‘God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing’. The story so far is ‘God’s people, Adam and Eve, live in God’s place, the Garden of Eden, under God’s rule. God, the Creator and King of the Universe, lives in harmony with his people in His paradise, the Garden of Eden.’

Now in today’s text, we find the story of how God’s perfect creation being spoilt and perfect relationships being broken. It all begins with a rebellious evil serpent. It causes Adam and Eve to doubt on God’s word. It twists God’s word (3:1, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”): it questions God’s word (3:4, “You will not certainly die.”): It distorts God’s motives (3:5, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”)

Unfortunately Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s clear command (2: 16) and decided for themselves how to live their lives, rather than submitting to God. It is an act of fundamental rebellion. And their wrong choice damaged perfect relationships in the Perfect kingdom: damaging relationships between men and women (3:12, Adam blames Eve.), men and creation (3:17), and men and God (3:8-10, they are ashamed and hide from God.) Not only that the sin was passed on to everyone. For example, Cain murders Abel (Gen. 4); God destroyed the earth because of corruption and full of violence (Gen 6-9); People built the tower of Babel (Gen 11).

However, God is a loving, caring and gracious God, who comes looking for Adam and Eve (v 8-9) and shows his continued love for Adam and Eve by providing clothes for them (v 21). He promises that a saviour will come who will crush Satan (v 15). He wants to restore his kingdom on earth and the rest of the Bible tells how He does this.  IL-WOONG.

Gloves off – the gripping, often irreverent, sometimes hilarious history of the Bible in Australian culture.

Power of prayer in teen’s survival.

Freedom For Faith is …..

Special Religious Education Needed – Please consider joining with other Christian Churches SRE Team to teach our primary school children at Lugarno Public school every Tuesday during school term. First class – 9.00-9.30am, Second class  – 9.30-10.00am. Training and resources are all provided for you. Please speak to IL-Woong or Nathalie as they look for someone to take a class or even to assist occasionally when there is a need.

MasterQ – your questions answered: What is God’s view on sex?
What do we say to our friends who think that they have a good enough life without God?
Do you think Christianity will be around in 100 years?

It’s a God thing .. Play them a tune they’ll keep humming to.

DVDs of the Week:

Jesus the Game Changer.  Jesus Christ has made an indelible mark on human history and he continues to do so through his followers.  Yet many people do not realise that the values western democracies are built on originate in the life and teaching of Jesus – the equality of all, servant leadership, care for the poor and marginalised, to name just a few.  In this series, Host Karl Faase travels to the UK, USA, Singapore, India and Australia, interviewing authors, academics and modern-day game changers about how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters.  1 Jesus, 2 Equality, 3 Forgiveness, 4 Women and children, 5 Democracy, 6 Care, 7 Leadership, 8 Education and Health, 9 Wealth, 10 Reason and Science. Jesus the Game Changer.

God’s Not Dead 2.  When high school history teacher Grace Wesley is asked a question about Jesus in class, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble.  The ensuing epic court case could expel God from the classroom – and the public square – once and for all!  God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful call to action: Where will you stand?

Moving Backward.

What Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull and John Howard have in common.

What’s happening in Canada over a decade after same-sex marriage was legalised?

Worship Parody.

Going the full Kafka on free speech – The Spectator.