LPUC eNews – Sunday 8 April 2018

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

Ephesians 1:1-14, A Privilege to be Adopted!

The book of Ephesians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the church located in the city of Ephesus. Its purpose is to strengthen and encourage the Christians there in performing their works of service and holiness in response to God’s saving grace.

I believe the key word in today’s passage is “adopted.” See two parallel statements that are made by Paul: “he destined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ” (v. 5) and “he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy” (v. 4).

What a privilege we have to become God’s children. And now we could enjoy a free access to our heavenly Father because of redemption and forgiveness through Jesus’ blood’ (vs. 7). So redemption, forgiveness, and adoption all go together. We become his sons and daughters because of the lavish outpouring of his grace on us (vs 7-8).

There is one thing more to be said. We have been adopted that we might grow into the likeness of Christ. God is our adoptive parent, and also our real parent whose love is beyond measure. But here is what we need to understand: the purpose of our adoption is that someday we shall reflect the nature of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. That’s what God desires out of each of us that we reflect the nature of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Are you ready to go beyond your desire and your plan to a new life, a new purpose, a new identity as one who belongs to God?  IL-WOONG.

Who do you say I am – Mary Magdalene.

Jesus reigns: Thomas.

Can a Christian not believe in the resurrection?

Have we had Jesus wrong all along?

Sophie Delezio’s incredible new life as she learns how to drive.  Daily Telegraph.

What is the God revolution?

Book and DVD of the Week:

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard with Robert Noland.  The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music – and the man who wrote the song.  MercyMe’s crossover hit “I Can Only Imagine” has touched millions of people around the world.  But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired the song.  Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a diving moment in music history.

Adventures with God.  Vol 1.  Adventures With God is the brand new television series from acclaimed filmmaker, Darren Wilson, where he brings his trademark humour and everyman personality to the things God is doing around the world  Combining new adventures with old, adding never-before-seen moments and backstory, as well as an all new series of round table discussions with many of the people featured in his films, Darren asks big questions about God and faith that most of the church shies away from.

Last Sunday (After Easter)

For the love of God – how the church was better and worse than you ever imagined – in cinemas 9th May.

Why God became weak.

Ball tampering scandal: sportsmanship not part of cricket any more: Stephen Liggins. Herald Sun.

Easter, Australian cricket, politics and the art of public shaming.  ABC News.

Freedom For Faith – March Update – The Religious Freedom (Ruddock) Review.

Mary Magdalene reveals Jesus is ultimate ally in battle of the sexes.