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

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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