Pentecost: Everything is New

LPUC eNews – Sunday 23 May 2021

In person worship – 10.15am this Sunday.

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Acts 2:14-21, 37-41, Pentecost: Everything is New 

On the day of Pentecost, the disciples in the Upper room heard the sound “like the rush of a violent wind” (vs. 1-2).  When they experienced of the wonder and power of that rushing wind they were immediately filled with the Holy Spirit and then something truly amazing happened (vs. 6).   

There are really two Pentecost miracles: first, the uneducated disciples spoke foreign languages; and second, the frightened disciples spoke bravely and publicly about Jesus.  Today, we are going to find what happened to Peter when he experienced of the descent of the Holy Spirit; what new things happened to him. 

Peter, in the text, stood up and reviewed the story of Jesus to the crowd in Jerusalem (vs. 14).  He spoke boldly and in a loud voice.  Realise that he was the same Peter who had denied even knowing Jesus.  This was the same Peter who was hiding behind locked doors after Jesus’ death, afraid for his very life.  Suddenly, however, Peter was a new person.  He proclaimed all that God had done in Christ.  He told how God had publicly endorsed Jesus (vs. 22-24); that we became witnesses of the resurrection of Christ (vs. 32); and that we can tell everyone of the resurrection life they can have.  

We are now made not just spectators, but participants, joyful witnesses to a sick, doubting, sinful, dying world, that because he lives, we live – and they can live also!  IL-WOONG.

Pentecost

“God Calling” – now on Netflix

Image of God – The Bible Project

Church library: We’re continuing to collect donations and any reviews of books/DVDs that you’d like to share. We’ll be introducing some more family resources into the library as we go.

Holy Spirit promise – Centreline New Media

Live rich – Gary Turk

Mystery player, Gisreal Tolau, scores 86 points in first ever game – Damascus Dropbear  

Government urged to take action to save girls from porn – Australian Prayer Network   

Family growth: We’re setting up now for coffee conversations with LPUC members and non-LPUC members. See Naomi if you’d like to schedule a chat or would like to refer one of your family or friends – huge thanks to those who have already offered their time to facilitate the conversation or to contribute their views.

Pentecost – the story never ends – The Skit Guys

Sydney’s almost unnoticed Archbishop-elect: The challenges facing Kanishka Raffel and the Anglican church – ABC.net.au

What Good News looks like – Isaiah 40-66 – The Bible Project

God Loves Me” – (Books for little ones) read by Stephanie Carmichael

Messy Church: We’ve got our next Messy Church THIS SUNDAY – 23 May – if you’re available to help the Messy Church team, please let Jan know.

Fact-Checkers claim certain biblical verses are ‘mostly false’ – Damascus Dropbear

Sex, drugs and gender dysphoria – The Spectator

Get ready for the ‘new normal’ – FamilyVoice Australia Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Cross and Culture

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