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 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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