LPUC eNews – Sunday 4 February 2018

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


 Philippians 2:5-11, Christ’s Walk Across the Room

When we talk about sharing our faith with people who have still to come to know Jesus Christ there might be hundreds of excuses why we are not being a witness for the Lord. However, what if we knew that simply just crossing the room and saying hello to someone, we can change that person forever. Just few steps make eternal differences. It is nothing to do with methods, but has everything to do with a genuine interest in another human being.

Our text for today in Philippians 2 describes that Jesus Christ walked across the universe to get to us. “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (vs. 6-8) Jesus left the heaven, the Fellowship of the Trinity, and walked across the universe for you and for me. He stooped to be with us. He became a human being and even gave His life for us while we were still sinners! He walked across the room to bring us to the Father who loves us.

Why did He do it? He took that walk “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). People matter to God, especially hurting, lost, sick, helpless, hopeless people. It does not matter whether they are religious or irreligious, good or not. Everybody matters to God because all were created in the image of God and need that relationship restored. Then, Jesus says to those of us who have experienced His grace and love in their lives, ‘I want you to do what I did.’ So the questions we may ask and ponder ourselves are, ‘Are we willing to walk across the room?’ ‘Are we ready to leave our Circle of Comfort and follow His Lead?’

I began hating this verse ‘For I know the plans I have for you…

Why the Rocky Horror Show has been caught in a time warp.

Character in Biblical Narrative.

Lent commences Wednesday 14th February. This Lent, Common Grace and Bible Society Australia invite us to create space in our busy lives as we journey together through a central part of Jesus’ teaching and Ministry:  The Beatitudes. Watch intro video 

Please note that this Sunday 4th February, our morning worship time reverts to 9.30am and Sundays@5 will resume in the afternoon.

Slavery no more: Wilberforce and the settlement of Australia.

What’s your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Love Anthem. As much as we talk about and consider love, we rarely get it right. But God does, in every way.

The 15:17 to Paris.  From the acclaimed director Clint Eastwood comes ‘The 15:17 to Paris’, the real-life story of three men whose brave act in stopping a terrorist attack turned them into heroes during a high speed railway ride.  In Cinemas 8th February.

Book and DVD of the Week:

A Fortunate Universe By Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes.  Over the last 40 years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe has been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it – and life as we can imagine it – would be impossible.  Join us on a journey through how we understand the Universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos.  Conflicting notions about our place in the Universe are defined, defended and critiqued from scientific, philosophical and religious viewpoints.

Unexpected Journey – From cancer to a higher Calling.  Walk hand-in-hand with four different cancer patients and survivors who discover new meaning and purpose to their lives as they face the unknown future during their battles.  From hearing the news from their physician, to going through chemotherapy, to battling the different fears and emotions, these individuals testify how their faith plays a major role in giving them hope as they travel an Unexpected Journey.

A Christian framework for ethical decision making.

What can Christians learn from a global Islamic Movement?

Australia: same-sex marriage and religious adherence.