Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Pointless (Video)

March 7th, 2021
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So the Jews replied to him, ‘What sign will you show us for doing these things (clearing the temple)?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days.’ ~John 2:17, 18

We understand (I think) what Jesus means. Two thousand years of resurrection/Easter understanding – cognitively we know that Jesus is talking about his body, but theologically? Are we stuck where the Jewish leadership was? Are we stuck needing a sign and a wonder for the Saviour to really let us know that there really is a God?

When Jesus says, ‘Destroy this temple,’ I wonder if the Jewish leadership thought he was commanding them to do so, to rip down the building that housed their sanctuary – their safety from the world. I wonder if the Jewish leadership were aghast that anyone would dare think that the building that had been a house for God’s name, and a place for sacrifice, would be blasphemed by tearing down the structure.

The Jewish leaders are incredulous. ‘This took forty-six years to build, and you – you! Want to rebuild it in three days.’ Even God can’t do that, right?

And, the freshly scrubbed disciples, only days into the ministry, must have been scratching their heads. Get rid of the temple? Is he serious? Where will we go for the festivals? Where will we worship? Where will we offer our sacrifices? It was only after the resurrection that they fully understood Jesus’ words and their faith in the scripture (John 2:21-25).

For so long the building had been the focus of Israel’s worship, but it had been turned into a marketplace, not used for its original designation as a house of prayer and praise. And so, the temple and its sanctuary had become pointless.

The living temple was in their midst, and they were missing it.

What has changed over two thousand years? Should we look at that this week? Should we dig into our fears of the future of the ‘Church,’ and gaze into what God is doing in these three days?

Pr Reid Matthias

Pointless (Audio)

March 7th, 2021

So the Jews replied to him, ‘What sign will you show us for doing these things (clearing the temple)?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days.’ ~John 2:17, 18

We understand (I think) what Jesus means. Two thousand years of resurrection/Easter understanding – cognitively we know that Jesus is talking about his body, but theologically? Are we stuck where the Jewish leadership was? Are we stuck needing a sign and a wonder for the Saviour to really let us know that there really is a God?

When Jesus says, ‘Destroy this temple,’ I wonder if the Jewish leadership thought he was commanding them to do so, to rip down the building that housed their sanctuary – their safety from the world. I wonder if the Jewish leadership were aghast that anyone would dare think that the building that had been a house for God’s name, and a place for sacrifice, would be blasphemed by tearing down the structure.

The Jewish leaders are incredulous. ‘This took forty-six years to build, and you – you! Want to rebuild it in three days.’ Even God can’t do that, right?

And, the freshly scrubbed disciples, only days into the ministry, must have been scratching their heads. Get rid of the temple? Is he serious? Where will we go for the festivals? Where will we worship? Where will we offer our sacrifices? It was only after the resurrection that they fully understood Jesus’ words and their faith in the scripture (John 2:21-25).

For so long the building had been the focus of Israel’s worship, but it had been turned into a marketplace, not used for its original designation as a house of prayer and praise. And so, the temple and its sanctuary had become pointless.

The living temple was in their midst, and they were missing it.

What has changed over two thousand years? Should we look at that this week? Should we dig into our fears of the future of the ‘Church,’ and gaze into what God is doing in these three days?

Pr Reid Matthias

Listening to Jesus’ Voice (Video)

February 28th, 2021
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In our 21st Century culture, we can fill our days with so many activities that we lack space to reflect and listen to our own inner world – let alone the concerns of others …or listening out for God’s voice.

Let me confess: I am addicted to activity, and need to make some regular space to be still in the presence of God… and listen out for his voice.

Our God is not interested in our religious performance, but in a personal and intimate relationship with us.  In Jesus, God has removed every barrier that separates us from the life he wants for us.  Now that Jesus has reconciled us into a right relationship with Father God, we now have the awesome privilege of doing life together with him.  For that relationship to flourish, we need to keep listening to his voice – and talking with him.

Join us for a message by Pastor Michael Dutschke.

Listening to Jesus’ Voice (Audio)

February 28th, 2021

In our 21st Century culture, we can fill our days with so many activities that we lack space to reflect and listen to our own inner world – let alone the concerns of others …or listening out for God’s voice.

Let me confess: I am addicted to activity, and need to make some regular space to be still in the presence of God… and listen out for his voice.

Our God is not interested in our religious performance, but in a personal and intimate relationship with us.  In Jesus, God has removed every barrier that separates us from the life he wants for us.  Now that Jesus has reconciled us into a right relationship with Father God, we now have the awesome privilege of doing life together with him.  For that relationship to flourish, we need to keep listening to his voice – and talking with him.

Join us for a message by Pastor Michael Dutschke.

LESS-Lent - Life-Less( Audio)

February 21st, 2021

This is a message from the series LESS-Lent by Georgie Schuster - "Life-less"

Jesus’ words are confronting: “Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34-35).

Direct and to the point. These words were shared moments after he had shared the direction his own life was about to take. That of suffering.

His own life was about to be surrendered and it didn’t look pretty. But his actions had eternal consequences for us.

Our salvation.

Jesus had the bigger picture in mind when he shared these words.

What if we steadied ourselves for a moment and thought of what our surrendered life might look like?

Jesus spent three years investing in the lives of those around him, before his death and resurrection. Think of all the lives he touched and the impact that was made. He showed by his words and actions that people mattered to God.

What would it be like if we ‘surrendered our lives’ to God and allowed him to direct us to people who need to be shown that they matter to Him?

LESS-Lent - Life-Less( Video)

February 21st, 2021
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This is a message from the series LESS-Lent by Georgie Schuster - "Life-less"

Jesus’ words are confronting: “Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34-35).

Direct and to the point. These words were shared moments after he had shared the direction his own life was about to take. That of suffering.

His own life was about to be surrendered and it didn’t look pretty. But his actions had eternal consequences for us.

Our salvation.

Jesus had the bigger picture in mind when he shared these words.

What if we steadied ourselves for a moment and thought of what our surrendered life might look like?

Jesus spent three years investing in the lives of those around him, before his death and resurrection. Think of all the lives he touched and the impact that was made. He showed by his words and actions that people mattered to God.

What would it be like if we ‘surrendered our lives’ to God and allowed him to direct us to people who need to be shown that they matter to Him?

Ash Wednesday (Video)

February 17th, 2021
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This is a message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 17th Feb 2021 - Ash Wednesday "Ego-less"

Ash Wednesday (Audio)

February 17th, 2021

This is a message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 17th Feb 2021 - Ash Wednesday "Ego-less"

Widly Unpopular (Video)

February 14th, 2021
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This is a message by Pastor Reid Matthias on 14 Feb 2021 "Wildly Unpopular".

Then a man with leprosy came to Jesus and on his knees begged him: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ ~Mark 1:40

The man with leprosy displays an incredible faith. He doesn’t say, ‘If you want to, I hope you can make me clean,’ or ‘As a last resort, I’ll see what you can do.’ No, his statement is of profound trust that he has encountered one who can truly bring restoration to his life.

Restoration, because he is wildly unpopular.

 

Widly Unpopular (Audio)

February 14th, 2021

This is a message by Pastor Reid Matthias on 14 Feb 2021 "Wildly Unpopular".

Then a man with leprosy came to Jesus and on his knees begged him: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ ~Mark 1:40

The man with leprosy displays an incredible faith. He doesn’t say, ‘If you want to, I hope you can make me clean,’ or ‘As a last resort, I’ll see what you can do.’ No, his statement is of profound trust that he has encountered one who can truly bring restoration to his life.

Restoration, because he is wildly unpopular.

 

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