LPUC eNews – Sunday 24 June 2018

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Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.




Exodus 20:1-17, Who Is Your Number One?

We know the Ten Commandments, but it is not enough just to know them. We must live them and teach them to our children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Today, we are going to closely look at the first commandment because it is foundational to the other nine, and if you don’t get the first one you will never get the other ones.

In the first commandment, God is not saying, “If you want to have a relationship with Me, this is what you have to do” but He is saying, “If you have a relationship with Me, this is what you want to do.” The first commandment forces us to answer the question, “Who is your God?  Who is your number One?” Yes, it is true that if our dad, mum, child or partner is our number one then, what we want to do is we love them and care for them, and they may become our top priority.

The Ten Commandments are not about the law of God but really about the love of God; His love for us and our love for Him. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us what the greatest commandments are (Mt 22:37-39). “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ … And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” What Jesus said was, “The Ten Commandments are not about law; they are about love.”

Remember, when you and I were born in a spiritual Egypt, a house of bondage called sin, God sent Jesus Christ to rescue us, redeem us, and restore us to His family. Why? Because He loves us, He wants us to have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). God wants you to put Him first, because when He sent Jesus to die for our sins, He put us first. So, answer the question in your life – “Who Is your God?   Who is your Number One?”  IL-WOONG.

More than a book

Amazing Grace.

“Dear Friends, we just wanted to remind you that the Beverly Hills release screening of FOR THE LOVE OF GOD only has a few hours to be confirmed; if you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, jump on now to see this screening get over the line and not miss out!!

As you may know, Bible Society Australia is working alongside Centre for Public Christianity to promote the limited release screenings of their new documentary, called For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined.

We are delighted to say that feedback so far has been beyond our expectations and overwhelmingly positive. People have said that this is both an excellent tool for church outreach and has equipped and encouraged individuals already in church.

We’d hate for you to miss the opportunity to see For the Love of God in cinemas and wanted to remind you that the upcoming screening needs a few more tickets to be confirmed:

GU Filmhouse Beverly Hills  
7:30 PM, Monday 2nd July ‘18

 The tickets need to be purchased online before the event. Click on ‘Buy a Ticket Now’ to buy tickets for Beverly Hills.

Click here to watch the trailer, and click Beverly Hills for the Facebook event.

Please feel free to contact Grace at grace.dellis@biblesociety.org.au if you have any questions. Thank you for your support as we prepare for the launch of For the Love of God – we can’t wait to see you at the screening!”

Who made God?

God Revolution Video 12 – How to grow new believers?  “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children… we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his children….”  1 Thessalonians 2:7,11.

How do you look after people who respond to Jesus? Our story in the video above tells us that the Gospel is “Too good not to share”. If you do this well, in time, you will see ‘spiritual multiplication’.

Gareth Phillips says that from very early in his Christian walk, he and his wife have responded to the call to be disciple makers. Jesus made disciples. “Edmund and Karon taught us those basics and it opened up our eyes. It’s something we can’t keep to ourselves. It’s too good not to share.”

Launching a God Revolution in your family, workplace or neighbourhood means praying for the lost and presenting the Good News. After people come to faith, the job begins in earnest as you ‘parent’ spiritually those who are coming to faith.


Why I support Dark Mofo’s inverted crosses.

The Heart of ManThe Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, intertwined with contemporary and poignant true testimonies of personal and sexual brokenness. These two genres are combined as never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the father for his sons and daughters illuminating an age-old truth: Shame is not a barrier to God’s love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom and hope.  Event Cinema Hurstville Tuesday 26th June and Wednesday 27th June at 7pm.

Facing Darkness.  It’s the story that shook the world … and challenged the faith of those who lived through it. Now, the amazing true story of how Samaritan’s Purse staff trusted God in the midst of the devastating Ebola crisis in Africa is coming to Sydney for one day only. Plan now to see FACING DARKNESS on Tuesday, 7 August – at 10am, 1pm or 7pm. The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood.  Cost – a suggested donation of $10.00.  See more.

It’s a God thing
.  Mindfulness can help us become more aware of the things God is doing in us and around us.

When centred on Jesus and the Word of God, mindfulness can shift our perspective and refresh us for the journey ahead.

Why not take a ‘mindful moment’ and allow this five-minute video to minister to you as you reflect on your emotions, search your heart, and offer up thanks to God for all he’s given you?  – A mindful moment

Congregational meeting.  On the 24th June we will be having a congregational meeting. During this meeting we will be discussing the budget for the 2018/2019 financial year. If you have anything you would like to discuss, please contact Robbie Kell on 0401 843 422 or email robbie@lpuc.org.au. Finally, in an attempt to reduce printing, we will only have a very small number of printed documents available. If you would like a digital copy, please leave your name and email on the list near the stewards desk or contact Robbie Kell on the above details and request a copy. The meeting will start after the morning service has finished at approximately 11:00am.

The church should be sorry for what we tell women about the Old Testament: scholar – Eternity News

The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church will take place 8-14th July 2018.
The theme of the Assembly is Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope.

If you are interested there is a lot of information about the Assembly, including reports and proposals that can be accessed here: https://uniting.church

On the website there are also ways you can keep up with what is happening at Assembly and ways you can be involved even though you will not be attending. Please pray for the Assembly and those attending as they discern God’s leading on many proposals and action of the Uniting Church nationally.

Church is for messy people.

DVDs of the Week:

The Zookeeper’s Wife.  An incredible true story about one family’s courage in the darkest time in history.  Poland, 1939, Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband are the devoted custodians of the beloved Warsaw Zoo.  Then one day, their whole world is rocked to the core – the Nazis invade Poland and establish the horrific Warsaw Ghetto.  Now in a time of chaos and brutality, the brave Zabinski family risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance to smuggle hundreds of Jews out of the ghetto to hide them in the zoo.  But this brings them to the attention of the Reich’s evil new commander (Daniel Bruhl).  Frightened, threatened and increasingly in danger, Antonina and her family show that in a world of fear, you can create a place of hope.  By their heroic actions, the real-life Zabinski saved the lives of hundreds of Jews.  This is their awe-inspiring story.

Superbook – Peter and Cornelius.  Chris will get detention if he’s late for school again, yet a hall monitor quickly reports him for not being on time.  The two boys could never be friends – or could they?  Superbook takes Chris, Joy, Gizmo, and the hall monitor to first century Israel.  There they meet the Apostle Peer and Cornelius, a Roman army officer – two very different men with little in common until they both have amazing visions from the Lord.  Discover how God doesn’t have favourites and salvation is for everyone!

New Moral Code.

The slippery slope: dementia sufficient grounds for euthanasia.