LPUC eNews – Sunday 4 March 2018

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

The Power of Story: before-and-after, John 4:4-30, 39-42

There are many examples from Scripture who had before-and-after experiences. For instance, the man who once had leprosy in Luke 5:12-16; a man who was born blind in John 9:1-12; a woman who was caught in adultery in John 8:2-11; Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-9; and the apostle Paul in Acts 9. And the story of woman at the well in John 4 is one of them. In fact, this story presents us with excellent lesson from the greatest Teacher, Jesus Christ.

What we learn from this is that: Jesus put himself in a place where he could meet people (vs 5-6); He took the initiative and made contact with a Samaritan woman (vs. 7); He took interest in this woman’s personal life and told her the truth without judging her (vs. 17-18); He addressed her question but stayed on the main point (vs. 25-26).

This story concludes with this woman leading many people from her town to faith in Jesus. Once she was immoral, isolated, lonely and confused. But when she met Jesus Christ, she walked across the room and shared her experience with others. And many came into the kingdom because of her witness (vs. 39).

Imagine how the woman interacted with her whole family and others in the town. Maybe her whole family has gathered together for a great time of fellowship. The woman, one more time, tells her story of how Jesus met her and gave her living water. With great boldness, she tried to change her world by telling others.

Think about your own story, how Jesus entered your heart and gave you a brand new start. Who was the one person who walked across the room to tell you the gospel story? Are you ready to walk across the room to help someone else find Jesus Christ? God wants to use you to change your world.  IL-WOONG.

Blessed are the Meek. – The Beatitudes.

Some AnswersWhy the heck do you believe in Jesus?  My name is Samantha.  Here are some interviews of everyday Christians, talking about their life, their struggles and their faith in God (of the Bible).

Remembering Billy Graham.

DVDs of the Week:

‘The Cross’   Celebrating the life of Billy Graham.  View the trailer.

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham.  An inspiration to billion throughout the world, Billy Graham is the charismatic preacher who became the embodiment of 20th century Christianity.  Now discover Billy as the young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt who finally chooses the path that would define history’s most influential Evangelist!  Witness the rise of Billy Graham as he becomes America’s pastor and one of the most revered figures of our time.

Paul – Apostle of Christ. In Cinemas 29th March.

From the archive: How God save Ken Duncan from the dark side.

“MAINLY MUSIC”We are looking to start a Mainly Music group to outreach into the Lugarno and Peakhurst community starting in 2nd term. Mainly Music is a fun music session for families with young children to enjoy together and for children to grow developmentally.  It provides the opportunity for us to develop relationships with the adults attending; relationships that provide a way to become a part of their lives; relationships that encourage people to think about God; and openings to present the message of the Gospel in a loving way. (Jo Hood, Founder and International CEO)

We need at least another 5-6 more people to assist for the program to progress (2 – in the kitchen, providing morning tea; 2 – in the hall interacting with parents and children; 1 – in the foyer doing welcoming & registering; 1 – for technical support of sound and projection)

The sessions would be held on either a Monday or Friday morning (day still to be decided).  Both men and women are welcome to be a part of this great outreach ministry.  All team members will be required to have Working with Children clearance.   Assistance can be provided to arrange this clearance.  Any potential assistants please see Il-Woong or contact Nathalie, 0414 108 250 – nathaliesaliby@hotmail.com

Yield or suffer said Diocletian.

Mary Magdalene.  IN CINEMAS – pre screening – Wednesday 7th March and Thursday 8th March and then general release on Thursday 22nd March.  MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, MARY MAGDALENE also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim.   trailer.   Discussion guide.   Show times.

Meod / Strength.  What does it mean to love God “with all of your strength”? In this final instalment of our videos on the Shema, we explore the Hebrew word underneath this phrase. And spoiler alert: “strength” is only one of many ways this rich word could be translated!

Messy Church 18th March 18 4pm – 6pm – Let’s Fish

How would you answer the question: “What is sin?”

WEBSITE TRAINING:  If you are interested in learning about or wanting to help out with the Church website, there may be a training day on Saturday 10th March from 9:30am–3pm.  If you are interested, please email office@lpuc.org.au

Chrisafari – Your House (Official Music Video)

What are doctors really saying about assisted suicide and euthanasia?