MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

The Preaching of John the Baptist

This Sunday's bible scriptures are taken from the following :

*Isaiah 11:1-10
*Romans 15:4-13
*Matthew 3:1-12
*Psalm 72:1-7,18-19

You can read other bible scriptures on your own but we will go through the scripture taken from the Gospel of Matthew 3:1-12. This particular scripture explains the preaching of John the Baptist at desert of Judea.


The key words and phrases in the bible readings are:
 - Turn away from yours sins.
- Kingdom of Heaven is near.
-prepare rod for the Lord and make straight path for him to travel.
- people of Judea confessed their sins and baptised.
- Pharisees and Sadducees came to John the Baptist to be baptized but John said to them, you snakes!, who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send?
-  Trees that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in fire.
- I baptise you with water to show that you have repented, but the one who will come after me will baptise you with Holy Spirit and fire. he is much greater than I am. He was referring to Jesus Christ.

From the key points picked up above our discussion, we can see that John the Baptist was preaching the word of God to the people to repent and be baptised and people from all over Judea came to be baptised. He baptised other people but why he refused the Pharisees and Sadducees?
The difference is that the rest of the people who came have turned away from sins and confessed their sins and they were baptised. But the Sadducees and Pharisees did not move away from  their sins and they did not confess their sins.

How can we receive the Kingdom of Heaven which is near?
There are few things John the Baptist showed us here. He said;
* turn away from your sins - how? We have to stop doing things we love to do which are not correct in the eyes of the Lord.
* Confession of Sins - we have to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. we must confess our sins every time because we are sinner at all times.
* This will show that we repent from our wrong doings.

By doing the above things, The Holy Spirit who is in us will make us to be renewed in spirit and by the Grace of our Lord God we will receive the Kingdom of Heaven which is coming near.

The Lord bless this word in your hearts now and forever by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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