Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Jesus is our Freedom (Audio)

January 23rd, 2022

A message from Pastor Richard Haar on 23 January 2022.

What does freedom mean to you?  Being free is one of the core aspirations of our modern world and is highly important for all of us.  This week we will reflect on what it means that Jesus sets us free as we listen to the message of Luke 4:14-21.

One way of expressing the modern take on freedom is that “No one’s the boss of me!”  Freedom is thus defined as nobody telling me what to do or how to live my life.  However, the freedom that Jesus brings us is much more than that. When Jesus is in charge of your life, you can also joyfully affirm that “Nothing is the boss of me – not sin; not guilt; not fear; not even death – for I am free in Christ!”

Jesus is our Freedom (Video)

January 23rd, 2022

A message from Pastor Richard Haar on 23 January 2022.

What does freedom mean to you?  Being free is one of the core aspirations of our modern world and is highly important for all of us.  This week we will reflect on what it means that Jesus sets us free as we listen to the message of Luke 4:14-21.

One way of expressing the modern take on freedom is that “No one’s the boss of me!”  Freedom is thus defined as nobody telling me what to do or how to live my life.  However, the freedom that Jesus brings us is much more than that. When Jesus is in charge of your life, you can also joyfully affirm that “Nothing is the boss of me – not sin; not guilt; not fear; not even death – for I am free in Christ!”

Jesus if the Life of the Party (Audio)

January 16th, 2022

While the Bible condemns drunkenness, wine is a gift of God for times of celebration and joy.  Wine was regarded as one of the Lord’s covenant blessings on his faithful people:

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today — to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul — then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil (Deuteronomy 11:13-14 NIV).

I love the story of Jesus turning 6 large jars of water into a LOT of wine.  And it’s not just because I enjoy a cracking good red!
Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana. Given that it’s not far from Nazareth, they may have been friends of his family.

Things start off well, people enjoying themselves and giving thanks to God. The Kiddush, the Jewish prayer over the wine: “Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

But with the wine running out, the family hosting the wedding banquet was facing total embarrassment and decades of shame. Jesus’ mum tells him: “They have no more wine.”

Following Jesus’ instructions, the servants fill up 6 stone jars with water; and then draw some out and take it to the master of ceremonies. He declares that this is the best wine at the banquet.

Jesus saves a family from shame; and enables a wedding feast to continue for the enjoyment of all. Yet at first, most were oblivious to the source of the best wine.

One of the Messianic signs:

‘In that day the mountains will drip new wine…’ (Joel 3:18 NIV).
‘New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills…’ (Amos 9:13 NIV).

This sign points to Jesus’ identity as the promised Messiah.  And it points toward the heavenly banquet at God’s place – where all God’s people will celebrate life to the full!

Jesus is the life of the party because he is the Lord of Life.

Joy in Jesus!
Pr Rolly Stahl

Jesus if the Life of the Party (Video)

January 16th, 2022

While the Bible condemns drunkenness, wine is a gift of God for times of celebration and joy.  Wine was regarded as one of the Lord’s covenant blessings on his faithful people:

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today — to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul — then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil (Deuteronomy 11:13-14 NIV).

I love the story of Jesus turning 6 large jars of water into a LOT of wine.  And it’s not just because I enjoy a cracking good red!
Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana. Given that it’s not far from Nazareth, they may have been friends of his family.

Things start off well, people enjoying themselves and giving thanks to God. The Kiddush, the Jewish prayer over the wine: “Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

But with the wine running out, the family hosting the wedding banquet was facing total embarrassment and decades of shame. Jesus’ mum tells him: “They have no more wine.”

Following Jesus’ instructions, the servants fill up 6 stone jars with water; and then draw some out and take it to the master of ceremonies. He declares that this is the best wine at the banquet.

Jesus saves a family from shame; and enables a wedding feast to continue for the enjoyment of all. Yet at first, most were oblivious to the source of the best wine.

One of the Messianic signs:

‘In that day the mountains will drip new wine…’ (Joel 3:18 NIV).
‘New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills…’ (Amos 9:13 NIV).

This sign points to Jesus’ identity as the promised Messiah.  And it points toward the heavenly banquet at God’s place – where all God’s people will celebrate life to the full!

Jesus is the life of the party because he is the Lord of Life.

Joy in Jesus!
Pr Rolly Stahl

JESUS IS.. GOD’s SON (VIDEO)

January 9th, 2022

When John the Baptist appeared on the scene, some wondered whether he was the Messiah.

John doesn't point to himself, but to the One who will baptise people with the Holy Spirit and fire.

When Jesus was baptised, the Holy Spirit descended on him like a dove - and God the Father declared who Jesus is.

 

A message from Pastor Rolly Stahl on Luke 3:15-22

JESUS IS.. GOD’s SON (AUDIO)

January 9th, 2022

When John the Baptist appeared on the scene, some wondered whether he was the Messiah.

John doesn't point to himself, but to the One who will baptise people with the Holy Spirit and fire.

When Jesus was baptised, the Holy Spirit descended on him like a dove - and God the Father declared who Jesus is.

 

A message from Pastor Rolly Stahl on Luke 3:15-22

God is Doing Life With Us (Audio)

January 2nd, 2022

With the challenges of the last 2 years, people wonder: "Where's God in this?" "Where is God taking us?"  "What does it mean to follow Jesus and share him with others?"  As we start this New Year, It's good to fix our eyes on Jesus and to remember who we are and whose we are in Him.  Our series Jesus is... Today: Jesus is God doing life with us.

Today message is by our guest: Pastor Peter Steicke.

God is Doing Life With Us (Video)

January 2nd, 2022

With the challenges of the last 2 years, people wonder: "Where's God in this?" "Where is God taking us?"  "What does it mean to follow Jesus and share him with others?"  As we start this New Year, It's good to fix our eyes on Jesus and to remember who we are and whose we are in Him.  Our series Jesus is... Today: Jesus is God doing life with us.

Today message is by our guest: Pastor Peter Steicke.

Joy in Blessing the Poor (Audio)

December 26th, 2021

This is the sixth and final message in our series "Surprised by Joy", by pastor Rolly Stahl.

Christmas celebrates God coming down from Heaven to earth in the baby boy Jesus. In Jesus, God has opened his heart and his kingdom to us.  In Jesus, we have God's favour so that we can bless others. In this message on Boxing Day, we explore the joy in blessing the poor.

Joy in Blessing the Poor (Video)

December 26th, 2021

This is the sixth and final message in our series "Surprised by Joy", by pastor Rolly Stahl.

Christmas celebrates God coming down from Heaven to earth in the baby boy Jesus. In Jesus, God has opened his heart and his kingdom to us.  In Jesus, we have God's favour so that we can bless others. In this message on Boxing Day, we explore the joy in blessing the poor.

 

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