LPUC eNews – Sunday 29 April 2018

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

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16, 22-31.

What on earth is God doing for heaven’s sake?

In the NIV introduction to the book of Ephesians, we read these words:

“Unlike several of the other letters Paul wrote, Ephesians does not address any particular error or heresy.  Paul wrote to expand the horizons of his readers, so that they might understand better the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace and come to appreciate the high goals God has for the church.”

God, through Paul is challenging us to respond to the gospel story with how we live out our own life story.

All of us are empowered by the one Holy Spirit.  Each of us is called to use our unique talents and passions to serve and love each other and to build up the church.

In Chapter 4 Paul speaks of humility, patience, unity and grace.  We all have been given gifts to serve God, the world and each other.

Paul challenges every Christian to take off our old humanity, like a set of old clothes and to put on our new humanity in which the image of God is being restored.

God wants to teach us the unforced rhythms of His grace.    Lawrie.

Their Sacrifice

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

The Vible told me so.

Jesus said watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing – vs – who are your to judge your neighbour?

‘We need to be honest about the failings of the church’.

Mother of pearl church celebrates 100 years

God Revolution Video 4 – Shining light into darkness.

DVDs of the Week:

By War & By God.  How does war shape a man?  The Vietnam conflict was long ago, but its impact lives on and the battles continue in the hearts and minds of the U.S. soldiers who were there.  In the jungle heat, the sweat, and the blood they become men.  But today, over 40 years later, Vietnam is the land where these men become heroes.  Nominated for a regional Emmy Award, By War & By God tells the traumatic, yet redeeming story of a small group of soldiers whose lives were forever shaped by war, but whose faith has led them back to Vietnam to love, serve, and care for the people of that Beautiful land.  Through-first-person interviews, archival war footage, and present-day on-location filming, the stories of these amazing “Vets with a Mission” exemplify the good that can come from a handful of lives that are touched By God & By War.

ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.  Watch the trailer.

What a Beautiful Name – Christafari (Official Music Video)

Israel Folau on homosexuality.

5 minutes with Erin Martine.

Can you tell the story of the invisible book?