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

  • Jesus Heals Ten Men

    As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance. and shouted, "Jesus! Master! have pity on us!"

  • 2020 Easther Bible Camp

    Exodus Congregation Annual Easther Camp was held at the Six Mile House Prayer fron the 9th of April to 12th of April 2020

  • 2021 Easther Bible Camp for Exodus Congregation

    The Next annual easter bible camp for Exodus Congregation will be hosted by Bushwara House Prayer in 2021. We will meet again in 2021 to celebrate the death and resurrection of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ

  • Jesus is Crucified

    The Gospel of Luke 23:33-43 talks about the events took place prior to his final death. Jesus was crucified at the place they called 'The Skull', with two criminals. One on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing."

  • MLSGA-Southern Region Progressive Report

    MLSGA- Souther Region Progressive Report for 2017 to 2019 has been finalised and reported in 2019 at the MLSGA 2019 Bi-annual convention.

Rewards

This Sunday's bible discussion is part of the Mission of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. In our last week's discussion we looked at WHOM TO FEAR while on the Mission. This was to strengthen his disciples and to comfort them with hope and strength so that they fear no one but God alone.

For this Sunday, we look at what rewards are expected upon the completion of the Mission. It is based on Matthew 10:40-42 and it talks about Rewards which is what Jesus told his disciples:

  • "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (Matt 10:40)
  • Whoever welcomes God's messenger because he is God's messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. (Matt 10:41)
  • You can be sure that whoever give even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward." (Matt 10:42)
Discussion

The key words spoken by Jesus here are Welcome and Reward. Jesus sent his disciples on a mission to meet people and preach the gospel, whoever welcome them will welcome Jesus.
What does welcome in this context means is that whoever receives the word of God and believe in the word of God welcomes Christ.  Whoever welcomes a Pastor or a servant of God in his home to hear the word of God welcomes Jesus Christ.

Jesus told his disciples that there will be reward for the mission and whoever  that welcomes or support the mission will also have a share in the reward. For us to have a share in the reward of the mission is to give a helping hand in both cash and kind to support ministry/church of Christ so that more people believe in the word of God and follow Jesus. When the followers of Jesus Christ receive the rewards for the work they have done, you will have a share in the reward too.

What is the Reward that Jesus was referring to? Jesus was referring to the rewards that you will get upon the completion of the Mission is the Eternal Life. The Life with its fullness. Eternal life in its fullness which is prepared for you in Heaven by Jesus. Once your mission on earth is done then you will receive your reward in Heaven.

Therefore, we continue to serve our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, believe in him, Support in cash or kind to the Ministry/Church and believe in the Word of God will show that we welcome Jesus in our lives and so the reward of Eternal Life as promised by Jesus will be given to you and you will be with Jesus for ever in Heaven.

Amen.
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Coming Persecutions and Whom to Fear

Hello and greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today we will discuss about the word of God according to the gospel of Matthew 10: 24-39.  In this scripture, it talks about the coming persecutions and whom to fear during the persecutions.
This is a continuation of last week's bible discussion as Jesus was sending his twelve disciples on a mission. To strengthen them while on their mission, he showed them the dangers and the challenges that they will endure during their mission.

The following are few key points picked for our discussions today.

Jesus told his disciples that:
  • "Do not be afraid of people. Whatever I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and whatever you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but will not kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who will destroy both body and soul." (Matt 10:26-28)
  • "Those who declare publicly that they belong to me , I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven." (Matt 10:32-33)
  • "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers. Your worst enemies will be the members of your own family." (Matthew 10:34-36)
  • "Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples. Those who love their sons or daughters more than me are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:37)
  • "Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:38)
  • "Those who try to gain their own life will lose it, but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it"(Matthew 10:39)

Bible Discussions

Jesus told his disciples while sending them on a mission by encouraging them and strengthening them of the dangers of persecutions to be endured in preaching the Good News.

Jesus already knew that there were persecutions and challenges ahead of them in spreading the Good News to all nations. So he told them, do not be afraid of people. Do not be afraid of being killed. Do not be afraid of losing your life for you will gain it if you lose in his sake while on the mission of preaching and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Jesus also knew that they might be worried about leaving their family members behind to go on a mission so he told them that do not love their family more than they love him.

He told them to carry their cross and follow in his steps.
When we look at carrying a cross, it talks about the pain and troubles in life one must endure to follow Jesus.

So in our lives, if we choose to follow Jesus and and want to be his disciples, we have to face the challenges and troubles in life and never give up. Do not be afraid or ashamed of preaching the gospel. Do not be afraid of people threatening you while in a mission to preach the gospel. Do not be afraid of thieves when on a mission to preach the gospel. 

Always put more efforts and commit more resources in the preaching and spreading and maintaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth. We know that being Christ's disciple is not an easy task and has no ending so we keep endure all of them and  declare publicly that we belong to Jesus and continue to serve him and Jesus will declare that we belong to him before his Father in Heaven and we live with him forever.

Amen





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The Mission of the Twelve (Disciples)

Dear fellow Christians, Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Today's bible discussions is based on the Gospel of Matthew chapter 9 verses 35 to Chapter 10 verses 1 to 8. In this Gospel it talks about the Jesus had pity for the people and the authorisation of disciples for a mission.

When Jesus was preaching the Good News of the Kingdom and healing people, his heart was filled with pity when he saw the crowd were worried and helpless like sheep without shepherd.(Matt 9:35-36).
Jesus said to his disciples, "the harvest is large but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest." (Matt 9:37-38)

Then Jesus called his disciples and gave them the authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. (Matt 10:1).

Jesus then sent them on a mission with the following instructions:
  • Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. 
  • Go and preach 'The Kingdom of Heaven is near!' Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases and drive out demons.
  • You have received without paying, so give without being paid. (Matt 10:5-8)
Bible Discussion

Before we proceed with our discussions, we define  Mission in simple terms.
Mission in oxford english dictionary is defined as:  - an important assignment, typically involving travel abroad.

In this case, mission means Jesus sent out his disciples to do all the authorised tasks which are mentioned above. Jesus authorised his disciples and sent them on a mission to preach the Good News about the Kingdom is near. Heal the sick people and bring the dead people to life. Bring back the lost sheep of the people of Israel. This is a mission that the disciples were bound complete.

Jesus also said, the harvest is large but there are not enough workers to gather it in so pray to the owner of the harvest that he may send workers to gather the harvest. 
Here Jesus already saw that there were plenty of people to be converted/repent to Christian and belief in Jesus and only a handful knew and follow Jesus.

As christians of today, we have a mission to be accomplished in our lives, That is to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people, reach out and find the lost sheeps who are dead in spirit and bring them back to life in their spirit. We must pray to God to help us gather people and teach them and show them the Good News of Jesus Christ and we continue to increase and maintain the number of believers in Jesus Christ and we keep on worshipping our Lord and Saviour.

When our life on earth is over, then our work on earth is done and because of His Grace we will be saved in his Kingdom.

Amen





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Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Galilee

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today's bible discussion is based on the Gospel according to Matthew Chapter 28 verses 16 to 20.
In this scripture it talks about Jesus appearing to his disciples in Galilee. In fact Jesus told them to go to hill in  Galilee where he appeared to them.

They worshipped him when they saw him even though some of them doubted.
Jesus said to them, "I have been given all the authority in Heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all the peoples everywhere to make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age."

DISCUSSION

 From the above scripture what is your take out message?
We can see that Jesus gave the authority to his disciples to preach the gospel to the people everywhere in the world and to make them become disciples of Jesus. He further authorised them to teach them everything that he commanded them. Jesus also assured them that he will be with them always to the end of the age.

Each one of us need to ask this question.
Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ? before we answer the question. We define the word disciple.

In the oxford english dictionary the word disciple is defined as follows:

Disciple - a personal follower of Christ during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.

Now, one of the key words in the definition of disciple is Follower of Christ.  So we can define ourselves that, if we follow Jesus Christ by Obeying and following his teahcings that are captured in the Holy Bible then we are no doubt the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Who authorised us to be Christ's disciples? Remember that Jesus authorised the 11 disciples to make all peoples disciples everywhere and that authority was given to the disciples and the disciples then authorised other converted Christians and the trend continued until today's age. You are one of the disciples who was/were being authorised by your church to be the disciple(s) of Jesus.

Some of Christ's teachings were picked up from your parents/quidians then you got into Church to be  Christ follower.  This has continued from generations to generations and we now know Christ's teachings through the disciples and of course the Holy Bible.

In this age, we are duty bound to preach the Gospel to the unreached and make them know Jesus and follow his commands. We are duty bound to support ministries in our church so that the Gospel must be preached to the unreached or to the people who have gone astray from the presence of the Lord and we have a duty to bring them back to church so that they born again in spirit.

We also have a duty to teach our younger ones and make them become Christ's disciples and the trend of following Jesus Christ must exist and continue to the end of the age as Jesus promised.

Remember, in whatever we do to preach or to support the Gospel, Jesus is with us forever and He will quid us and protect us and will make things possible for us to reach out to the unreached and the younger ones so that the fire of Gospel keep burning in His Church until the end of the age.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Love of God  and
The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:13)




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