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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The Authority of Jesus and The Parable of the Two Sons

Shalom Brethren

This week's discussion is based on Matthew 21:23-32. This scripture talks about Jesus responding to the chief priests' questions about what authority Jesus has in performing wonders and teaching the word of God. Brief account of the scripture is recorded as follows:

The Authority of Jesus

  • Jesus entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.
  • Where did John's baptism come from? From heaven or from people?" They discussed this among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From people,' we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Jesus then continued with the following words:

The Parable of the Two Sons
  • "What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' The boy answered, 'I will not.' But later he had a change of heart and went.
  • The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 'I will, sir,' but did not go.
  • Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first."
  • Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

Discussion

For the purpose of our discussion we will only look at two key ideas behind this scenario in the scripture. Firstly, the Humility shown by Jesus Christ to the chief priests and people and secondly the obedience.

Humility
Jesus came to this world as an ordinary man and so humbled himself. He was duty bound to obey His Father in Heaven and did what pleases God. Even when the chief priests asked him what authority you have to do such things, he did not say he is the Son of God but he was so humbled in a way that reference is made to John the Baptist because John the Baptist revealed Christ to the people before Jesus begin his Ministry.

Obedience
In the scenario of the two sons, the first one refused to go and work in the vineyard but then changed his mind and went to work. They second agreed to go work in the vineyard but then did not actually go there to work. The second only pleased the father but disobeyed his father's will. The first did refused to go but actually he obeyed his father's will and went to work in the vineyard.

Today many of people claim to be good christians and follow God's law and act as faithful christians by going to church and hear the word of God and show to others that we are church goers and strong hold believers of Christ for a long time. We speak as christians to please others but in fact, we don't actually do what is required of as christians.

Sometimes we must humble ourselves, think like a sinner who is unworthy in the sight of Jesus Christ , go to Jesus with humble prayers for mercy and and forgiveness, repent every time for what we do in our thoughts and actions be be like sinners then surely he will cleanse us and will be pleased with us as we obey his commands/will.

It is unwise to boast about things that we do in the church and show to people that we are doing this and that in church as it will defeat the purpose of humility. Sometimes, keep it low and let others don't see it but Glory will to for the Lord and not ours.

Believing in the word of God and following all the laws of God as a show of obedience and continue to live humbly in the presence of the Lord is what required of us to do in life. Show some humility and obedience in our lives so that Christ will raise us from our low platforms/death.

Jesus Christ taught us to be humbled to as he appeared in human form and was crucified, died, buried and God Raised him from the dead on the third day and Gave him the Highest Glory and the Highest Name above all names and he is seated at the right hand of the father and he will come again in the Clouds of Glory to judge the living and the dead.

Are we going ahead to the Kingdom of God???

May the Lord bless thy word unto our hearts.

Amen


Disclaimer:
Gramatical errors and miss quotings are ours.



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The Workers in the Vineyard

Shalom Friends in the Lord.

Today we are going to look at the scripture taken from the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16. In this scripture Jesus talks about Kingdom of heaven is like to the people. 

Scripture is summarized as follows:

"For the kingdom of heaven is like :

- A landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After  agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 

-When it was about nine o'clock in the morning, he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.'  So they went. 

-When he went out again about noon and three o'clock that afternoon, he did the same thing.  And about five o'clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, 'You go and work in the vineyard too.'

-When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each received a full day's pay. 

-When  those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner,  saying, 'These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.'  

-The landowner replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn't you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 

Jesus concluded, "so those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last."


Discussion

There are plenty of stories and concepts you can draw from the scripture here but for our discussion we only focus on the effort put into the work and the time it took for the vine workers to work in the vineyard and they all got the same pay

The vineyard represents the Church and the owner represents Jesus Christ. The owner chose the workers to work in his vineyard as Jesus called us to be in his Church.

Now regardless of when and where we were called and how long we were in the church and have faith in Jesus Christ, we all have a fair pay at the end of the day. The pay is up to the owner (Jesus) to decide at the end of the day. 

Jesus promised us to pay us with eternal life and we were called to do his work. As a person, you know when and where you were called to do his work in the Church and you know how long you have been in the church until now and you will continue to do what is right. 

It is Christ's own wish to pay the ones who work to earn the Kingdom of heaven. We do not have the right to decide how much to get and who should get how much. We have a deal with Christ is that, we chosen by Christ to be his people and showed us his church to be in there at all times. He promised us that if we follow him and obey his instructions until the end of the day, then Christ will give us our pay which is the life in its fullness and eternal life in Heaven.

So be happy and continue to stay focus in the Lord and believe in his words. No matter when you were called or how long you serve the Lord, for there is a fair pay for the work that you do in the church. It is better to get the reward of work then to miss out at the end of the day. So when you get your pay(eternal life) at the end of the day, you will go in peace and serve the Lord.

May the Lord bless His Words unto our hearts now and forever. Amen.

Exodus Congregation Kisim Back Service - (Courtesy of John Matthew)





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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

 Dear friends in the Lord. Today we will center our discussion on the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-35. It is about the account of Peter asking Jesus about the forgiving others and Jesus answered him on how many times we have to forgive others.

The bible reads:

Then Peter came to Jesus  and asked, "Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive? Seven times?"

"No, not seven times," answered Jesus, " but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of Heaven is like this.  A servant owed a king million dollars, the king ordered him be sold as slave with his wife and children and all that he had in order to pay the debt.

The servant fell on his knee before king, 'Be patient with me' he begged, and I will pay you everything!'

The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.  

Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started Choking him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he said, his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ' Be patient with me and I will pay you back!' But he refused and thrown him into the jail.

The king was told about this and he said to the servant, you worthless slave! I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have mercy on your fellow servant. So he sent the servant to jail until he pay back the whole amount. 

Jesus concluded, that is how my Father in Heaven will treat everyone of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."


Discussion

The key points in this scripture are Forgiveness and Self Judging. Forgive your brothers by heart is what Jesus wants us to do. Even if they sin against us many times, we have to forgive every time. 

Also we do not have to judge others because we do not realise that we are also judged by other people. Jesus explained regarding the servant scenario. Even though he was forgiven by the king of the million dollar he owed to the king, he decided to condemn the fellow servant who owed a few dollars. In the end, he was also punished for showing no mercy to his fellow servant.

So friends, we do not have to judge others because for what we measure against others,  the same measure will use to judge against us. So always forgive and forget about any or all wrong doings by others to us and never judged others. In that way, our Father in Heaven will not judge against us for what we do and He will have mercy on us and forgive us and set us free from sins and we will be free indeed with him in Heaven.

May the Lord bless his words unto our hearts. Amen.

Exodus Congregation - Confirmation Service  - (photo credits. John Mungrui Matthew)





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Restoring Christian Relationship (When someone Sins)

Greetings to you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This week we are going to look at what Jesus said about restoring Christian Relationship when someone sins. This is written in the Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20. Summary of the spoken words are as follows:

·         “If you brother sins against you, go to him and show his fault. Do it privately and if he listens to you, you won your brother back. But if he will not listen to you, take one or two other persons with you, so that every accusation may be upheld by the testimony of the two or more witnesses. And if he will not listen to them, then tell the whole thing to church, treat him as tough he was pagan or a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17)

·         “What you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.

·         “whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For two or three come together in my name, I am with them”

Discussion

In this scripture, it talks about restoring someone’s Christian relationship with God as Jesus explained to his disciples. Jesus intended to show us that if we notice someone commits sin and is guilty of such acts then we as Christians we have a responsibility to reveal the sin to the person who commits it and do not ignore it. We then help him to reconnect him/her to God.

If he or she sins against you, then you show him his/her fault and you have to forgive him/her. Talk to him/her privately and if he/she listen to you then you both agree and repent and pray to God in Jesus Name for forgiveness.

If he does not listen to you then involve two or three other people to talk to him/her and if this do not work out then refer to church to deal with it. Knowing that you have done your part in showing the fault to the one who sins.

So, we have the responsibility to forgive and show the fault to our brother or sister so that his/her Christian relationship is restored on earth and in Heaven too. If you forgive someone on earth, then your sin will be forgiven in heaven too. If you restore someone’s relationship with God on earth, then your relationship with God in heaven is also restored  and when Jesus comes back in the Clouds of Glory, you will go with him and maintain the Christian relationship with God in Heaven.

May the Lord Bless His Word in our hearts now and forever, Amen


Exodus Congregation - Restoring Faith  - Photo Credits, John Mongrui Matthew

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