Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Reformed Transformation: Pastor Reid Matthias

October 28th, 2019

What do the words ‘authentic Christian culture’ mean to you? Is Good Shepherd an authentic Christian culture?’ If not, what would make it so?
John 3:14-21

Open Handed Giving: Pastor Reid Matthias

October 25th, 2019

This week, we’re taking a peek at the joy of open-handed sharing. Because God’s hands are open to us, always overflowing with whatever need there is, we can find a template for the sacrificial life. 
What surprises you about God’s desire for tithing? What is the benefit of open handed giving? What do you feel when you read/hear the word ‘tithe?’ Can you think of one time when you have been open handed, sharing your gifts without thought of repayment, that brought you great joy?
Deuteronomy 15:7-11

God’s Gifts into Gear: Pastor Rolly Stahl

October 15th, 2019

In Romans 12:1-8,  Paul anchors us in the grace of God which brings us into a life of worship. It’s about renewing our minds in God’s truth and putting our bodies, hearts and minds into acts of serving others. It’s getting God’s gifts into gear. It’s what God made us for!
Romans 12:1-8

Hope Fuelled Generosity: Pastor Rolly Stahl

October 7th, 2019

In our culture, advertising sows seeds of discontent, enticing us to buy, consume, and accumulate. The Fear Of Missing Out drives our choices and habits. We confuse our needs with wants, and our wants are never ending! As if this life is ALL there is… and whoever has the most toys wins!
Have we lost sight of our identity, security and destiny in Jesus?
Jesus urges us to lift up our eyes to heaven and focus on what will last forever. In Christ Jesus you're a loved child of the King, with an eternity to enjoy all the treasures of heaven! With certain hope of that inheritance, we can experience contentment in life and practice the joy of being generous!
Matthew 6:19-24, 1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19

What is Given…: Pastor Reid Matthias

October 1st, 2019

I want you to know about the gift that keeps on giving. It’s grace, isn’t it? Certainly, when we think about gifts, we think about money, time, objects given to people we know and love, but true grace is an unmerited gift or sacrifice to people we may not know (or may not even like). The people in Asia Minor had experienced this unmerited favour of God and were brought to their knees begging to be part of the grace-ful opportunities that marked life in the body of Christ.

So was the church in Corinth.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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