New Identity in Christ

LPUC eNews – Sunday 7 November 2021

You are welcome to worship in person this Sunday at 10.15am.  We are restricted to the 1 person per 4sqm requirement and there will be no singing by the congregation. As you come in you need to register via the QR  code or with the person at the front door.  Please also use the hand sanitizer provided and wear a mask whilst indoors.  If you forget your mask we have some available as you walk in.

We are also live streaming of our services.  The service can be seen each Sunday morning commencing at 10.15am.  Here is the link to our YouTube channel to access the live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEm1fJeADpcP6gO1BsBKcg 

Acts 9:1-19, New Identity in Christ 

Embracing your new identity is foundational to following Jesus and being a witness to what He has done and is doing.  In today’s passage, we can find that Saul has a transformative moment when he meets Jesus.  His intention and direction were totally changed on his way to Damascus.  He has been totally and utterly transformed by Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.  And he becomes the most stand-out character from here on in the book of Acts and in our broader New Testament.  

What does Paul do immediately after his conversion?  Immediately after Saul meets Jesus and is baptised, he begins to follow through on Jesus’ last words: “and you will be my witnesses”.  He begins to preach.  Here is key three messages that Paul brought to the early church: Jesus came for all of humanity – for Jerusalem and for the ends of the earth; Jesus offers a new identity, not just a new behaviour; and the third key message from Paul is that the Gospel changes everything – not just individual lives. 

What would it look like if people today encountered radical transformations after meeting Jesus like Saul’s conversion?  We could imagine and dream of the ways that the new identity Jesus offers could transform our context; all those people who are struggling with past hurts or broken relationships be healed, restored, renewed and empowered by the Holy Spirit; and churches show the same way how the Early Church of Acts 2 practiced in the community.    IL-WOONG.

Jesus rides donkey in Melbourne Cup, comes last but claims victory – Damascus Dropbear  

Call for swift action on euthanasia bill – Eternity News  

6 Uncomfortable Questions About Our COVID Response – Daily Declaration

Recognising Jesus- Luke 24 – The Bible Project

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How do you forgive your mother when she abandoned you at age 10, leaving you to raise a 6 year old sister? – 40 Stories

Library: If you’d like to share what you’re reading/watching or request a resource from the library, send an email to Naomi.Feigl@gmail.com and Lawrie.Bool@gmail.com

Free Evangelism eBook – Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice aims to excite and equip Christians to share their faith, even when it’s tough.

Who is Melchizedek? – The Bible Project

The Five Major World Religions and the Image of God – Daily Declaration  

Did Jesus Claim to Be God? – Cross and Culture

Three more players banned from South African cricket team after refusing to kneel – Damascus Dropbear  

Why did you first consider Christianity? That was the question posed to former atheist Brent Beshore by one of his atheist friends. And this was his response…

Woke Jesus – Damascus Dropbear Euthanasia: What is life worth? – AP

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Build each other up in faith; and to
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