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

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.
Photo by Exodus Youth




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