Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Sunday worship message, 13 Sep 2020, 10:30am (Video)

September 13th, 2020
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This weekend, following on from Jesus’ thoughts about restoration of relationships, Pastor Reid Matthias shows how to find the master’s key and how to incorporate it into daily life.

This message is based around Matthew 18:21-35.

 

Sunday worship message, 13 Sep 2020, 10:30am (Audio)

September 13th, 2020

This weekend, following on from Jesus’ thoughts about restoration of relationships, Pastor Reid Matthias shows how to find the master’s key and how to incorporate it into daily life.

This message is based around Matthew 18:21-35.

 

Faith Gym S4: More than welcome to join us in serving others

September 9th, 2020
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Helping People Feel More than Welcome

Session 4. More than welcome to join us in serving others

When it comes to serving others, and drawing in others to share in that joy, Mother Theresa lived this out in a profound way.  "Prayer in action is love, love in action is service."

 

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Keys to Restoring Relationships (Video)

September 6th, 2020
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Series: Counter Cultural Keys of God’s Kingdom

1. Keys to Restoring Relationships

Video message by Pr Rolly Stahl based on Matthew 18:15-20

If you see a fellow Christian acting badly, hurting themselves or others, what do you do with that? What if that same person said or did really hurtful things to you – then what? 

Keys to Restoring Relationships (Audio)

September 6th, 2020

Series: Counter Cultural Keys of God’s Kingdom

1. Keys to Restoring Relationships

Audio message by Pr Rolly Stahl based on Matthew 18:15-20

If you see a fellow Christian acting badly, hurting themselves or others, what do you do with that? What if that same person said or did really hurtful things to you – then what? 

Faith Gym S3: More than welcome to share stories with people who will listen

September 4th, 2020
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Helping People Feel More than Welcome

Session 3. More than welcome to share stories with people who will listen


Time to listen…?
In the 21st Century culture, we have so many opportunities to fill our days with activities that we hardly have time to reflect and listen to our own inner world - let alone to others. We are resource rich, and time poor.

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Well, Come and Take up your Cross (Video)

August 30th, 2020
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Well, Come and Take up your Cross (Video)

We all probably know what’s coming. This scripture verse is sometimes quoted ad nauseum, as kind of a readjustment of the moral compass which has been pulled by some kind of dark gravity into places we shouldn’t go. I don’t think that’s what Jesus was talking about.

When the Messiah (that’s what Peter has just called Jesus) delivers these words, “If anyone wants to follow after me, they must deny themselves, pick up their cross, and follow me,” we find a reorientation of priorities and an eye-opening look at a different, dangerous and fulfilling life.

The scripture is not about recognising the things in our lives which most irritate us, or the things that cause us to sin, but it is truly an invitation: An invitation to die so that one might live.

In our contemporary culture of death denial, where businesses boom in the anti-aging, anti-pain market, we find a listless lack of life. Our culture strives to insulate us all from pain, from danger, from anything that confronts our comfort, and we are left scratching our heads in our endless search for the mirage of safety wondering: “What does this all mean? Have I exchanged true life in Jesus for the death of meaning?”

This week, we’ll peel back the layers of this scripture spoken by Jesus who invites us into the death and denial of our selves, and peek behind what Jesus was meaning for his disciples from all time.
What does it mean for us to lose our life to find it?

A message by Pr. Reid Matthias

Bible Reading: Matthew 16:21-28

Song JAM (C), performed by Chris Jaensch, used by permission.

Well, Come and Take up your Cross (Audio)

August 30th, 2020

Well, Come and Take up your Cross

We all probably know what’s coming. This scripture verse is sometimes quoted ad nauseum, as kind of a readjustment of the moral compass which has been pulled by some kind of dark gravity into places we shouldn’t go. I don’t think that’s what Jesus was talking about.

When the Messiah (that’s what Peter has just called Jesus) delivers these words, “If anyone wants to follow after me, they must deny themselves, pick up their cross, and follow me,” we find a reorientation of priorities and an eye-opening look at a different, dangerous and fulfilling life.

The scripture is not about recognising the things in our lives which most irritate us, or the things that cause us to sin, but it is truly an invitation: An invitation to die so that one might live.

In our contemporary culture of death denial, where businesses boom in the anti-aging, anti-pain market, we find a listless lack of life. Our culture strives to insulate us all from pain, from danger, from anything that confronts our comfort, and we are left scratching our heads in our endless search for the mirage of safety wondering: “What does this all mean? Have I exchanged true life in Jesus for the death of meaning?”

This week, we’ll peel back the layers of this scripture spoken by Jesus who invites us into the death and denial of our selves, and peek behind what Jesus was meaning for his disciples from all time.
What does it mean for us to lose our life to find it?

A message by Pr. Reid Matthias

Bible Reading: Matthew 16:21-28

Song JAM (C), performed by Chris Jaensch, used by permission.

Faith Gym, S2: Helping People Feel More than Welcome

August 29th, 2020
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Helping People Feel More than Welcome
Session 2.  More than welcome to join us in our life with Jesus

Genesis 18:1-10. Abraham receives three visitors...

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A Welcome Declaration (Audio)

August 23rd, 2020

This is an audio recording of the message "A Welcome Declaration" by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 23 Aug 2020.

In our 21st Century culture, individualism is perhaps regarded as our most “inalienable right”. We are entitled to our own opinions and the right to express them. We have the right to make our own choices of what is right and true, what we want to believe, or what we regard as the supreme object of our attention or affection. It’s often put: “My truth is what is true for me. You can determine what is true for you.”

One day Jesus was in a region up north near Mt Hermon where many gods had been worshipped, sacrifices made, and bizarre things done in the name of those gods. People had done what they thought right in their own eyes – their own truth.  

Against this backdrop, Jesus asked his disciples: “What are some ideas out there about who I am?”  There are a variety of responses.  I wonder, what might be some answers we’d get from people today? But then Jesus looks them in the eye, and says: “Well, what about you guys, who do you say that I am?”  I can imagine a few moments of silent reflection.  

These fellas have all witnessed Jesus’ amazing deeds, heard his parables, and witnessed his dealings with people across the spectrum of his culture – and even among some Gentile cultures.  They could have come up with lots of responses: You are a miracle worker. You are great teacher. You are a very kind person. You are master over the wind and waters. You are ….

By the grace of Father God, Peter has joined some dots from the Old Testament promises and what he has experienced with Jesus: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  

Jesus does not deny it or pretend otherwise, but affirms Peter and calls him blessed.  At last, one of God’s people in Israel has received God’s truth: and declared it to Jesus before others.    

This truth is not just for Peter, but for everyone.  As those who have received this gift of truth, how might God use you and me to help others come to that same conclusion – and also make that declaration?  

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