Grace Communion Melbourne – Sept 30th, 2017
by Steve Schantz
Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
You may have noticed that the National Football League has shared headlines with National politics and cultural clashes over the past two weeks. With this on our minds I’d like to take us back to 2011 for a few moments to Superbowl XLV (45).
It was the era of Quarterback Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers. With the footwork of a ballet dancer and the arm of a canon, Rogers led the Packers to more than one Championship game. He lived with the unbelievable rush of achievement and stardom winning the Superbowl championship and the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. In the glory of that moment the Packers celebrated in the stadium, and then the team began to celebrate in the locker room, and then the celebration continued onto the bus. Team mates passed the trophy over their heads from player to player. Later, as Rogers shared the moment he recalled a sudden, darker moment. An empty feeling came over him, and he said, “I hope I don’t just do this.” All of the training, all the effort, all the coaching and the workouts and the pain and body punishment and the praying— Everything that led to this moment of triumph, and when he arrived, for one brief moment he thought: “Is this all there is? There’s got to be more.”
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Scripture readings: Isa. 61:10-11; 62:1-3;
Ps. 148; Gal. 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
(drawing on commentary from John Stott, Walter Hansen and Gary Deddo)
Live Like Adult Children, Not Slaves
Down through the ages, some Christians have erred by looking to the Law of Moses or other rules as the basis for their life in Christ. Having encountered this error among Gentile Christians in Asia Minor, Paul wrote to them the letter we know as Galatians. In its first three chapters, Paul points out that their attempt to earn God’s favor through obedience to the Law is wrong-headed, for in their union with Christ, by the Spirit, through faith, they already have received the covenant promise given to Abraham. Attempts to secure that promise by observing the Law are therefore foolish. Note Paul’s summary statement at the end of chapter 3:
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal. 3:26-29)
Continue reading “Advent – Week 5 Live Like Adult Children, Not Slaves”
Scripture readings: 2 Sam. 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46-55;
Rom. 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-28
Sermon by Sheila Graham from Luke chapter 1, and 2 Samuel chapter 7
Jesus, a Promise Fulfilled
As we come to the close of our celebration of Advent and look forward to Christmas Day tomorrow, we continue to look back and also forward to the overwhelming significance of what the Incarnation of the Son of God means to us as human beings. From Genesis on, the Scriptures point to the fulfilment of the promise that God would send a Messiah to save his people. God promised both Abraham and later David that the Messiah would come from their descendants.
God made many promises concerning the Messiah in the Old Testament. As we saw in our reading today from 2 Samuel, God said no when David wanted to build a house for him. Instead, God would make David a house—a lineage that would include the Savior of the world.
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Scripture readings: Isa. 61:1-4, 8:11; Ps. 126
1 Thess. 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Baptism, Jesus and Joy
We are in the midst of the Advent-Christmas season when, more than any other time of the year, joy is in the air—the joy we read about in Psalm 126:
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Ps. 126:1-3)
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Hello to all,
Below is the message given on the second week of Advent in Melbourne entitled Mary’s Magnificent Song. Merry Christmas to all!
Your pastor and brother,
Expectant Waiting: Mary and Her Magnificent Song 12/09/17 GCM
Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
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Advent week 1 – Expectant Waiting
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 1:3-9, ESV)
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