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

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JESUS APPEARS TO HIS DISCIPLES

Today's discussion is based on John 20:19-23. In this scripture it talks about Jesus meeting his disciples on Sunday evening after the crucifiction of Jesus.

Jesus' disciples were gathered together behind locked doors at Sunday evening as they were afraid of the Jewish authorities.
Jesus came stood among them and said, "Peace be with you" and he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord.
Jesus said. "Peace be with you" again and said , as the Father sent me, so I send you. Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit". If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

Discussion points.

From the scripture reading, it indicates that the disciples of Jesus were living with fear but Jesus appeared to them and comforted them and even strengthened them by saying that Peace be with you.

The Disciples were filled with joy when seeing the Lord. This gave them some hope in their minds.
Then Jesus, said, The Father sent me so I send you. Here Jesus knew that the disciples were in fear but when seeing Jesus after the death, they have that  work  to do which is to be the witness and reach out to people about the Good News of resurrection of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

To further strengthen them, He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that help the people to understand and believe in the Good News and follow Jesus.

Jesus also said to them that, Forgive the people's sins and it will be forgiven, if you do not forgive then it will not be forgiven. These were the tasks given to the disciples among other things.

In our daily lives we also have the task of spreading and maintaining the Good News of Jesus Christ. In order to do that it is not by our strength and goodness but it is the Holy Spirit that will make things possible for us to reach the unreached in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

In doing so we also forgive those who sin against us and our Father in Heaven will also forgive our sins and we must always be at peace.

Amen.
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JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES

The scripture reading for today is taken from the Gospel of John chapter 17 verses 1 to 26. This is a prayer that was said before the arrest of Jesus by the Roman Soldiers.  We will only discuss part of the prayer from verses 1 to 11 with the summary of the prayer is in the bullet points below.


  • Jesus looked up to Heaven and said, " Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that Son may give glory to you. For you gave him authority over all people, so that he might give eternal life to those you gave him. And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
  • "I have shown your glory on earth, I have finished the work you gave me to do. Father! give me glory in your presence now, the same glory I had with you before the world was made.
  • "I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They obeyed your word, and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you. I gave them the message that you gave me, and they received it; They know that it is true that I came from you and they believe that you sent me.
  • " I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those you gave me, for they belong to you. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine; and my glory is shown through them.
  • "Holy father keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one."
Discussion
  •  Jesus knew that the hour of his arrest was near and he prayed for his disciples before he was taken away. He knew that after his arrest, he will have no time to pray for them and preach to the people but his glory will be revealed.
  •  And also Jesus knew that all the work he was supposed to do were all done and he prayed to God for the glory of God to be revealed in him.
  • He prayed to his Father to keep the disciples safe. He said, "I do not pray for the world but for the people whom God gave  them to me". He knew that his glory will be shown through them.
Of course we belong to this world but it is by the Grace of the Lord that he chose us to be his disciples and so this prayer is for all christians too.
  •  Now, how can we reveal God's glory in us to the world? 
  • What is the task that Jesus assigned to us to be completed and when is it expected to be completed?
  • What reward we will get when we complete all the work that is given to us.
To answer the above questions it depends on individual opinion based on the scriptures in the Holy Bible. But for the purpose of our discussion today we could conclude that :
  • By believing in the word of God and obey his commandments and continue to have fellowship with him will reveal Christ's glory in us. And we will be seen as God's children. 
  • We have the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to friends and love ones who do not believe in the word of God. Continue to pray and worship him and support churches and Gospel ministries to reach out to the people to gather lost sheeps. Preaching the gospel and spreading  Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached people is the task we have at hand which we must never give up.
  • When the life on earth is over, then all our work on earth is done, God will reveal his glory in us and give us peace and reward us with the Eternal life.
Amen


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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Today's Bible Discussion scripture is take from the Gospel of John 14:15-21.

Jesus Promised his disciples that he will send Holy Spirit to them as their helper. (John 14:15-21). What Jesus said is summarised here:

  • "If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
  • I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. He remains with you and is in you.
  • When I go, you will not be left all alone, I will come back to you. Because I live, you also will live.
  • When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you. (John 14:20)
  • Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me. I too will love them and reveal myself to them." (John 14:21)
Bible Discussion.
  • How and when did we receive the Holy Spirit which Jesus has promised his disciples? We understand that the disciples received the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost. In our case, we received the Holy Spirit during the the baptism and the Holy Spirit lives in us forever. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us to do what is right in the eyes of God.
  • How can we love Jesus? We know how to love our children, siblings and relatives but how can we relate that love to love Jesus? The best response we can have in mind is already explained by Jesus in John 14:21. He said, "Those who accept my commandments and obey them are those who love me. My Father will love those who love me, I too will love them and reveal myself to them ". So now we must understand that, if we accept God's commandments and obey them then it shows that we love Jesus. 
  • What happens when we love Jesus and as a result, God loves us and Jesus too loves us? Jesus said that because he live, we will also live if we love him. and so we know the Jesus is in his Father and we are in Jesus just as Jesus is in us. (John 14:20).
Therefore, in order to show our love to Jesus and all other good things that Jesus taught his disciples will happen in our lives is that, we need to accept God's commandments and obey them faithfully and God will love us and Jesus and His Father will live in us. And because he lives, we will also live forever with Jesus.

Amen


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Jesus the Way to the Father

The Bible discussion for today is taken from the Gospel of John 14:1-14.

Jesus the way to the Father is the key phrase for this Sunday's sermon throughout Papua New Guinea for Lutheran Churches. In this scripture Jesus interacted with his disciples and told them few words and his disciples asked him and he answered with explanations that would help his disciples understand well.


  • Jesus told them, "Believe in God and believe also in me. there are many rooms in my Father's house, I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am." (John 14:1-3)
  • Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know where you are going?"
  • Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me." (John 14:6)
  • Philip said to Jesus,"Lord, show us the Father, that is all we need."(John 14:8)
  • Jesus answered, "do you not believe, Philip, that i am in the Father and the Father is in me?" (John 14:10)
  • Jesus further said to them that, I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do - yes, they will even do greater things, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
There are many points which anyone can figure out in this scripture which you can add in comments. Here are few take outs from this scripture.
  • Jesus told his disciples that he was going to go to his Father to prepare for a place for them. . Jesus told them that he will come back to take them to the place where he is. This message is also for us at this time too.  There are few questions we can ask for self assessment of our lives while living on Earth. Are we prepared to meet Jesus and go with him when he comes back in the clouds of Glory? What shall we do to be prepared? 
  • Jesus also told his disciples that : He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, no one goes to the Father except by him. So how can we go through Jesus to the Father?
  • Jesus actually explained to clarify the doubts in his disciples' mind which are in the Gospel of John 14:13-14 . Jesus said to them, Those who believe in me will do what I do, and they will do even greater things. I will do what ever you ask in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son.
So we go through Jesus by hearing the word of God, believe in the word of God, obey God's commandments and do all the good things that Jesus taught us to do which are captured in various scriptures in the Holy Bible. We repent everyday and pray to God to forgive our sins in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by the Grace of God he will forgive use and cleanse us with the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ and make us to be his children and ready to meet Jesus Christ when he comes back in the clouds of Glory as King to take us to where he is.

May the Peace of the Lord be with you!

Amen

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