August 9, 2022

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God’s Compassion and Jesus’ Disciples 03-07-2022

3rd July 2022 (Pentecost 4)

Sermon Title: God’s Compassion and Jesus’ Disciples 

(2 Kings 5:1–14 & Luke 10:1–11)

                                                                                  By Heeyoung Lim 

It is a young Israelite servant girl who brings about Naaman’s healing, suggesting he go to a prophet in Israel to be cured. Indeed, Naaman’s liberation and healing from disease come through several unexpected sources: a young servant girl, a prophet’s messenger, Naaman’s own servants, and the water of an insignificant river.

When the king of Israel was requested about healing of Naaman from the King of Aram, he focuses on what appears to be the impossible and worries about situations he faces in contrast to the servant girl, who focuses on the possible in sending Naaman to Elisha. The prophet Elisha offers a solution. The people who convince Naaman to try what Elisha suggests are also the servants.

We are left with a sense of amazement not only at Naaman’s healing, but also the fact that he has experienced compassion from the prophet Elisha and the various servants. These passages remind us God is good. Whatever we are facing, individually or collectively, God offers solutions through unexpected sources. 

Where is our water for healing and restoration? Can we rise from the waters together? When have we found ourselves alone or isolated? How has God’s compassion transformed those situations? When has that compassion come through unexpected sources? What moments of compassion did we experience or see in our community during arduous time? What pandemic or post-pandemic experiences have felt like healing waters to you?

The Lord works through His people and shows His compassion for all people with all kinds of needs. God’s compassion flows to those who follow His word. His grace and power are available to those who trust in Him and come to Him on humble faith, whatever their need in life. Faith is acting on the word of God. God has made Himself and His ways known through His word. In discipleship and daily living, we are called to be open to the work of God. When we are open, we can discover it in different places and from different voices, and from different experiences.

In Luke 10:1–11, Jesus sends out 70 disciples to proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near; the compassion of God is indeed present in our world. Jesus was on mission, preaching the kingdom of God in the towns and villages. He was also on the way to Jerusalem to meet death. Time limitations prevented him from accomplishing the mission by himself. Even the Twelve could not do it all. That is why he had trained disciples. He sent out seventy, each with a partner, to prepare the way for His coming. That is what Christian mission is, preparation for Christ to come into lives, into towns, and finally to come again into this world.

Even seventy followers of Jesus could not complete the task. As Christ had told them to accept anyone in ministry who did not reject or oppose them, so He asked them to pray for others to join them to reap the harvest. In Christ’s ministry, the soil had begun to produce, and the harvest was ready. Workers for God’s harvest come when God’s people depend on God and pray for them. 

God’s people on mission show the presence of God’s kingdom, and Jesus’ disciples on ministry in their daily living show the love of Christ. In the meantime, rejecting God’s messengers is rejection of God Himself. May we bless the house or people with God’s peace and pray that God will bring wholeness and blessing and harmony to them. A peace-loving, hospitable host will receive God’s peace and blessing. 

As in Luke 10, the goal of life on earth is to have our name written in heaven. Jesus is the only way to know and experience God, but we can experience God’s compassion through our faith and love. Abundant life comes through perfect love of God and compassion of neighbours. A neighbour is anyone who sees a need and moves to meet it. Love for God is shown by devotion to His Word and practice of compassion to neighbours. Persons who dedicate their lives to following Jesus find rewards in service and in the kingdom of God.

God is always at work, but we cannot recognise all. May we find where God is at work in our daily living and ministry and join Him in His mission. I hope we can depend on God more and more rather than let worldly cares distract us from His mission. We have Known that judgment comes on those who reject Jesus. May we look to Jesus to find what God is like and love God with everything we are. 

I sincerely appreciate that our church members show love for our church members and neighbours in concrete ways that meet their needs. May we focus our life on God’s Word rather than social obligations and duties.

Harvest does not wait. If we cannot reap on time, it can be withered or ruined by weather. However, not just anyone can harvest this field, the selection and sending out the workers belong to God. He is the owner of the field who cares for and controls everything. God’s co-workers ask Him to send help to finish the harvest. It implies that they will accept whomever God sends, because God sets the standards and job requirements. Jesus’ disciples cannot be choosy about those whom God selects and sends. 

Jesus did not promise the task would be easy. Rather, His command placed disciples at the crossroads. Workers in God’s kingdom harvest should expect rejection. The harvest must be reaped while it is ready. The kingdom of God is near, there are ministry opportunities that call for immediate action in our daily living. The kingdom is not just something far away in space and time. It is a present reality for those who see God’s power at work.

Even at life’s crossroads, may we remember and appreciate Jesus’ promise, being His disciples and God’s co-workers, and God’s peace and blessing. God’s glory is supreme and beyond our understanding, and we must do nothing that would detract from the glory that belongs to God. I believe that we are all God’s co-workers and Jesus’ disciples who are working in His harvest. May our daily living be transformed in God’s compassion and the love of Christ.

Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials) 

Order of Service and Notices 03-07-2022

pastedGraphic.png Worship at LEIGHMOOR UCA

Sunday 3rd July 2022 – 9.30 a.m.

PENTECOST 4  

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

pastedGraphic_1.pngPLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE 

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP

WELCOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

PRAYER

TIS 134             Praise My Soul the King of Heaven    

    

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS           2 Kings 5:1-14 & Luke 10:1–11   

TIS 229                               Jesus Loves Me   

  

CHILDREN TIME 

SERMON:  God’s Compassion and Jesus’ Disciples      

               [Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]           

TIS 586                                Abide with Me        

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

NOTICES – OFFERTORY 

TIS 658                        I the Lord of Sea and Sky      

 

HOLY COMMUNION

BENEDICTION          God Be with You (v. 2)  

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics 

          1. Leighmoor Uniting Church & Church Members

          2. Protection for Families and Friends 

          3. Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need 

          4. Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations 

          5. Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

          6. Prayers around COVID & Across Australia

          7. Care and recovery of each part of God’s creation

          8. Spiritual Blessings in Christ & Faith Growth 

          9. People of Ukraine and Russia & Sri Lanka

        10. Unity and Harmony in the church and communities

Sunday School @Fellowship Hall

Morning Tea @Fellowship Hall

Friday Fellowship @Middle Room, 8th July 10 AM

                     CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim 

M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com 

Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org 

Committed Followers of Christ 26-06-2022

26th June 2022 (Pentecost 3)

Sermon Title: Committed Followers of Christ  

(Luke 9:51–62) 

                                                                                  By Heeyoung Lim

22nd of June was Uniting Church’s 45th Anniversary. We celebrate the Union of three different denominations in Australia. Thankfully, we are still working very hard to live out the spirit of the union and reconciliation in the love of Christ and the light of God’s words. 

Before sharing today’s text, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the Lord’s Great Commission through the Gospel of Matthew 28 in relation to the United Church’s anniversary.

Jesus’ final words on earth testify the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and serve a central purpose and mission to all believers of “making disciples”. The Gospel of Matthew serves to equip us for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. 

Jesus calls us to make disciples as the body of Christ, unites us in common purpose Jesus has given us, and lets us abide in love and confidence. We are all different but come together as one as Jesus’ disciples. Furthermore, this gives us confidence as the Lord promised to be with us until the end. 

There are three participles that are subordinate to the central command to make disciples. Each of these are going, baptising, and teaching. Due to a limited amount of time, I will only share “going” today. 

 “Going” is one of the three means by which to fulfill the central command to make disciples. It is not just traveling across geographical borders, but it means crossing boundaries, and going beyond one’s comfort zone to make the gospel accessible to the lost. Going should be a part of our daily lives. Going also implies our support of people who are literally going to other cultures. We are members of team “Uniting” and parts of Lord’s team who “go” in fulfillment of the Great Commission. May our faith journey and our “goings” be accomplished with warm blessings and prayers of our congregation members. 

All the authority of Jesus goes with us and empowers us, wherever we go, baptise, and teach, as we fulfill our mandate to make disciples. The risen Christ is always with us. May we walk and join with him in fulfilling the Great Commission through making disciples of Jesus.

In the process of becoming one and uniting in Christ, may we not forget to make disciples as a common goal, not to be complacent in our comfort zones, and fulfill Christ’s Great Commission together in the love of God.

Jesus’ disciples were to make more disciples through all the nations. It is significant that Matthew ended his Gospel with one more reference to the Gentile mission, challenging the Jewish Christians to lose their prejudices and unify the church. This invites us to break down any artificial boundaries erected by our culture and differences.

As Jesus’ disciples, we do not just love God, we praise God, we worship God, and we thank God. We also follow and imitate Jesus in faith and life by walking in love.  

Regarding our Uniting Church and Leighmoor Uniting Church, the best moment is yet to come, and we are on the way. The journey sometimes can be rough, but we can move forward gradually, learning to love as Jesus loves, growing towards the fullness of Christ.

May we think daily of Jesus’ resurrection and what it means to us and obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all communities and nations by going, baptising, and teaching. I pray that we can rely on Jesus’ promised presence and power as we make disciples together.

In Luke 9, Jesus met racial prejudice and rejection when He and the disciples were on the journey to Jerusalem passing Samaria. Samaritans refused hospitality to anyone who was headed for Jerusalem. 

Just as people of Nazareth expressed prejudice against the hometown person when Jesus opened his ministry, so the Samaritans expressed opposition as Jesus closed his public ministry and turned to Jerusalem. There are times when we experience rejection or opposition in our devotion and service, but may we walk together on the path that the Lord will lead us no matter what happens.

Prejudice and revenge grabbed the disciples, and they wanted to show how much power Jesus has or they have. The disciples had not yet learned how to concentrate on the mission of preaching the kingdom and healing the sick. They had not learned to depend on God to empower their mission. They had not learned to love all people as Jesus did. So, Jesus rebuked the judgmental disciples.

Jesus had told the disciples before they went on mission that some villages would reject them. He told them to kick the dust off their feet and go on. Jesus has shown His openness to all people who would commit themselves to his work, now turned to Jerusalem to complete his work through the predicted betrayal, death, and resurrection. Luke notes that his ultimate destiny is to be taken to heaven, but Christ’s Road to heaven led through Golgotha, Calvary, and the open tomb. 

What do we really mean when we say we will follow you wherever you go? Are people following to see miracles, be where the action is, and gain God’s blessings? Or are we following because we are devoted to the mission and ready to take up the cross? In verse 58, Jesus knew the cost. He did not have a resting place as secure as the fox’s den or the bird’s nest. He owned nothing and had no assurance of a place to sleep.

Jesus addresses the cost of picking up the mantle of discipleship in his name. The theme of passing on and picking up the prophetic work for God’s justice in the world is clear in the passages for today. Who are our spiritual friends and faith teachers who have helped us understand or grow the Christian faith? In our baptism, we are called to pick up the mantle of discipleship and move forward. Where do we experience the challenge and cost of responding to God’s call?

When a man declared his commitment to Christ, Jesus told him what this commitment meant. Jesus invited him to follow, the man hesitated because of parents. Jesus answered that commitment to him takes precedence over all commitments that earthly traditions would place on you. When he calls, you must answer here and now and follow immediately wherever he leads us. When Jesus heard another man’s declaration, he said that the call to follow is a call to follow without excuse, without delay. Jesus said, “Come. Follow. Now.” Once we respond to the call, we have a permanent job or life-long job.

Each of us is called to be God’s committed disciple and co-worker in the ministry of peace and reconciliation. May our “going” to those who are in need will happen and continue more and more in our lives. I hope that we can all be able to present the Lord’s peace and reconciliation to our family, friends, neighbours, and church family through our “going”, which is one of the essentials for making disciples. May the love of Christ abolish the unnecessary walls in our lives. I pray we’ll be confident in God’s power and be united as one in Christ.

In today’s text, Jesus demanded commitment to mission from his followers and he demonstrated that commitment to them through his own dedication to life-giving ministry, providing salvation for all on the cross. As Messiah, Jesus had to face the cross rather than seek the throne his followers expected. Committed followers of Christ are willing to surrender earthly goods and comforts to do God’s work. They value suffering for Him more than what the world values. 

However, Jesus’ followers do not automatically have God’s power to do his work without prayer and commitment. May we ask for God’s power and expect Him to do His work through us. May we follow Jesus and look for God to do his work in his cross-carrying ways rather than in the world’s power-producing ways. May we find those whom we can help in the name of Christ and spend time in prayer telling God how great we think he is. 

Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials) 

Order of Service and Notices 26-06-2022

pastedGraphic.png Worship at LEIGHMOOR UCA

Sunday 26th June 2022 – 9.30 a.m.

 PENTECOST 3    

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

pastedGraphic_1.pngPLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE 

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP

WELCOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

PRAYER

TIS 547                         Be Thou My Vision     

    

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS                         Luke 9:51–62   

TIS 161                              Tell Out My Soul      

  

CHILDREN TIME 

SERMON:         Committed Followers of Christ 

               [Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]  

TIS 685                            Lord I Come to You                        

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

NOTICES – OFFERTORY 

TIS 585                  I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say       

BENEDICTION          God Be with You (v. 1)  

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics 

          1. Leighmoor Uniting Church & Church Members

          2. Protection for Families and Friends 

          3. Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need 

          4. Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations 

          5. Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

          6. Prayers around COVID & Across Australia

          7. Care and recovery of each part of God’s creation

          8. Spiritual Blessings in Christ & Faith Growth 

          9. People of Ukraine and Russia & Sri Lanka

        10. Unity and Harmony in the church and communities

Sunday School @Fellowship Hall

Morning Tea @Fellowship Hall

Friday Fellowship: Monthly & Further Notice

The Path to Recovery 19-06-2022

19th June 2022 (Pentecost 2)

Sermon Title: The Path to Recovery  

(1 Kings 19:1-15 & Luke 8:33–39) 

                                                                                  By Heeyoung Lim

In 1 Kings 19:1-15, the prophet Elijah conflicts with the prophets of the rain god, Baal. A drought holds Israel, but the fake god, Baal is not able to bring rain. Elijah and Baal’s prophets hold a public test of strength. Elijah shows God’s power over creation, calling down fire on the sacrificial altar and then killing the prophets of Baal. 

Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done. The fact that Ahab’s report was not about what God had done but about the deeds of Elijah. He had been impressed by God’s presence, but he had not been changed. Ahab the king was no closer to the Lord than before. He remained blind to spiritual reality.

Elijah’s victory on Mount Carmel was one of the glorious moments in Israel’s history. The Lord had revealed Himself in a dramatic way, in fire and in rain, and the people had responded in a massive confession, returning to their faith and covenant loyalty to God. However, king Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, hold Elijah responsible, and Jezebel threatens to kill him. 

Elijah tries to escape as far away as he can from Jezebel’s anger. In despair, he questions God’s call. Victory in one battle does not mean that the war is over. Even the strongest people can be driven by fear rather than being sustained by faith. There are challenges in being faithful and answering God’s call.

In despair, Elijah prays to God that he may die. When Elijah sat down in an isolated spot and exhausted in despair, he expressed his brokenness to God and wanted to resign from life itself and ministry. He was in despair at his failure even after a huge victory, and his perspective was distorted. However, God did not rebuke His despairing servant but allowed him to sleep and provided refreshment. The Lord was reminding Elijah of his past faithfulness and his mighty power through the special treatment and foods and then permitted further sleep and another provision of food.

God’s angel feeds Elijah twice, encouraging him to sleep and eat to be strengthened for the journey. He travels 40 days and nights to Horeb (Sinai), the mountain where God gave Israel the law and the covenant. 

The Lord was giving him time to himself before a significant encounter at Sinai. Elijah returns to the place where Moses encountered God, and God is with Elijah on the journey. 

God asks Elijah, “What are you doing here?” Elijah pours out his frustrations. “I’ve tried my best. I am the only one of your prophets left. Now they want to kill me.” In Elijah’s “deep down” frustrated moment, God is present and hears him. As Elijah watches from the cave, there is great rock-splitting wind, an earthquake, and fire. But God is not in any of these. After these dramatic signs there came a gentle whisper. God’s power is shown in “a sound of sheer silence” which is translated in some Bibles as “a still, small voice.” Elijah covers his face at this holy experience. It showed that he knew God was in this voice.

God asks the question again, “Elijah, what are you doing here?” “Go,” God says, “Return.” God tells Elijah to take up the work again. He had not moved forward in his emotions or his understanding. He seemed to be stuck in his gloom. But this time the Lord sent him back into the fight against Baal. The Lord cared for him, giving sleeping, refreshments, and strength, but sent him back into the battle instead of coddling Elijah’s fear or discouragement. Sometimes the only way to overcome our discouragement is to get back into the work to which the Lord has called us.

God nourishes and sustains Elijah and speaks to him in the depths of his solitude, in the sound of silence. God cares for us and supports us even in the lowest points of our lives. May we remind ourselves that God is often much more patient with us than we are with ourselves. When Elijah was in despair, God strengthened Elijah for the work God called him to do. God is present in our times of despair. God calls and sustains us in our ministry. We need to find opportunities to listen to God in the silence.

There are times when life overwhelms us, and we despair. What questions come to us in such deep-down moments? God nourishes and sustains us when we allow quiet moments in God’s presence to heal and restore us. God sends us back to continue our discipleship in our daily lives. In God’s love, we find truth, promise, and hope. 

Mount Carmel may be a place of retreat, but the path to recovery always takes us back into the mission and ministry God has given us. Our greatest need is a new understanding of God’s purpose. The road to recovery is the way of obedience. When times of discouragement and burnout overwhelm us, the path to recovery involves a new and deeper understanding of God’s purpose. May we renew our sense of God’s person and purpose and engage again in ministry.

God was not always present in the powerful and the dramatic. He did not always work through the sensational or the overpowering. This was not to minimize his presence on Mount Carmel, but it was not God’s only way of working. There was much more to God than wind and fire. Even Elijah needed to realize God’s unlimited ways. Sometimes people want to meet God who works through a visible and noisy miracle when they are weak, but God meets us even in silence, gives us healing and strength, and makes us live by the gospel and do ministry.

In Luke 8:26–39, Jesus visits a gentile region and meets a person possessed by demons. On the way there, Jesus calmed the lake storm. Now he calms the troubled man. The crowds reacted differently than others. People who saw a healing or miracle usually gathered to see Jesus and brought more people to be healed and helped by Jesus. However, this crowd demanded that Jesus leave their region immediately due to their material losses and worldly values. They were interested in the world’s cares and riches more than human need. They expelled the most powerful and caring existence without seeking his help for any of their friends and neighbours.

The man is healed, and God is found again in the silence. The man would like to go with Jesus, but Jesus sends him to take up his discipleship in everyday life. For this man, following meant going back home and telling the fearful friends and neighbours what Jesus had done for him. The man obeyed instantly. He took the good news to a town that had expelled Jesus, telling everyone exactly what Jesus had done for him. The call to faith is a call to commitment to the mission Jesus defines for us, not a call to a task we want to do. Have we heard or experienced the mission Jesus has for us? Are we committed to testify and obey wherever Jesus leads us?

The place of solitude with God during difficulties will be the place of recovery. To follow Jesus is to testify to what he has done for us so people can see who he is and have faith in him. May we make big decisions and commitments to listen, obey, testify, and believe. Our physical and emotional condition impacts our spiritual life, but may we experience God’s touching and helping hands in the seat of restoration, gain strength again, and become people who can carry out the missions that Christ has entrusted to us.

Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials) 

Order of Service and Notices 19-06-2022

pastedGraphic.png Worship at LEIGHMOOR UCA

Sunday 19th June 2022 – 9.30 a.m.

 PENTECOST 2    

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

pastedGraphic_1.pngPLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE 

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP

WELCOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

PRAYER

TIS 143             Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise     

    

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS          1 Kings 19:1-15 & Luke 8:33–39   

TIS 10                          The Lord’s My Shepherd     

  

CHILDREN TIME 

SERMON:                 The Path to Recovery       

               [Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]  

TIS 217 (i)             Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                       

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

NOTICES – OFFERTORY 

TIS 569               Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer        

BENEDICTION          God Be with You (v.4)  

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics 

          1. Leighmoor Uniting Church & Church Members

          2. Protection for Families and Friends 

          3. Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need 

          4. Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations 

          5. Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

          6. Prayers around COVID & Across Australia

          7. Care and recovery of each part of God’s creation

          8. Spiritual Blessings in Christ & Faith Growth 

          9. People of Ukraine and Russia & Sri Lanka

        10. Unity and Harmony in the church and communities

Morning Tea @Fellowship Hall

Church Council Meeting @Middle Room

Church Council Members: Fiona, Michael, Henry, Jenny (L), Janet, Priya, Adrian, Geoff, Barbara, Margaret (E), and Heeyoung

Friday Fellowship: 24th June 10 a.m.

Korner & Co. Café – 76a East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East

                                (Cnr. Clarence St)

                     CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim 

M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com 

Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org 

Peace and Joy 12-06-2022

12th June 2022 (Trinity Sunday)

Sermon Title: Peace and Joy
(Romans 5:1–5 & John 16:12–15)

                                                                                  By Heeyoung Lim

Today is Trinity Sunday. There is one God in whom there are three “persons” who share one “substance” and God has a name that denotes Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, we cannot perfectly explain and analyse the doctrine of Trinity. When Christians pray and confess, typically they address the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit. When they proclaim the gospel in Christ, they do so in the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God is our Creator; God has made such an amazing world and cares about it. We are called to care for it, too. May we celebrate the joy of God’s creation. However, we know that some have experienced floods, fires, other climate disasters, or wars while some have faced abuse, conflict, and damage. 

Life comes to its fullness when we celebrate creation and cry out for justice for those who are unable to enjoy the fullness of life because of oppression by others. Care must be given to those who are suffering from it so that we do not ignore the difficulties or the feeling of abandonment by God that may have come with them. As God always cares for us and hears us, may we hear each other’s voice and care for each other.

In John 16, the Spirit is described as an existence that will care for and guide the entire community after Jesus departs, offering what these disciples need in a moment of anxiety. We can be so caught up in our doing each day that we fail to celebrate simply being. We sometimes overlook the amazing world God has created for us. May we all pause to simply let ourselves be and appreciate what God has given us in our world. On this Trinity Sunday, may we celebrate God’s presence with us and the peace and joy that brings.

Today’s text mostly concerns the activity of the Spirit in advancing the teaching ministry of Jesus, specifically in facilitating within the Christian community. In John’s Gospel, that revelation brought by Jesus is given less to individuals and more to the community of Jesus’ disciples. In verses 12–15, it is within the community that the Spirit works. The promise of the text is not that the Spirit will enhance an individual’s mystical relationship with Jesus. Of course, individuals are also led by the Holy Spirit, but the focus of today’s text is more about communities. The beneficiary of the Spirit’s activity is the community, which will be led “into all the truth” (v. 13).

In John’s Gospel, “truth” is a reference to Jesus, who is “the truth” (14:6). So, the “truth” into which the community is to be guided has to do with Jesus himself, providing both greater clarity about all that he has said and deeper conviction regarding who he is. Jesus’ promise is not that the community will have advanced knowledge of future events, but that it will be able to grasp the meaning of Jesus’ revelation and remain faithful, no matter what the circumstances.

Also writing of God’s amazing love and care, Paul states in Romans 5:1–5 that God’s presence with us since the beginning of time is active in creation through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. He assures the Christians in Rome that God is with us whatever we face, whatever we endure, and whatever we survive.

How can people have peace with God? What does it mean to be considered righteous in God’s sight?  In Romans 5, Paul explains the benefits and the basis of finding peace with God. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1). The righteous man has peace with God but affliction in the world, because he lives in the Spirit.

Closeness to God, hope in the future, knowing the love of God, being saved from the wrath of God and more are benefits of finding peace with God. Peace with God is what the gospel produces in the life of the person who receives the gospel message. It is the greatest need of humans, for if any person has peace with God, all other needs will be met.

Jesus tells the disciples in John 16:12–15 that he has much more to tell them and that the Spirit of Truth will lead them and guide them in truth. God does not abandon us. As in John 16:14-15, when truth is communicated and believed, it brings glory to God. The Holy Spirit will glorify the Son of God by telling Christians about God’s truth. God’s truth will be continually fulfilled when people in our day read the Scriptures and know more about Jesus and live by the gospel because the Holy Spirit reveals and explains it. In verse 16, the Lord emphasized the purpose of truth by reminding the disciples one more time that he was leaving.

The Holy Spirit comes to us, carries out the ministry to the world through us, and enables us to communicate with God and teaches us to understand what Jesus speaks. The Bible calls us to cast ourselves upon God’s grace and to place our faith in Jesus. Spiritual failure will turn to success in Jesus, and our faith will be fruitful when Jesus returns. Meanwhile, we can delight that the Holy Spirit works wonders in our hearts.

God’s truth comes to us through creation, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to handle the Word of truth carefully. May we grasp and receive truth, joy, faith, and peace in the Holy Spirit when Jesus speaks, or the Scriptures tell us. The Spirit brings conviction to the world, and we are his instruments.

We long for true peace and joy in Christ, but sometimes the struggles we face in the world come because of our relationship with Jesus. However, Jesus alone can turn our grief to joy, and the Spirit of truth will guide us into truth. May we strongly trust the fact that the Lord gives us peace and joy in a troubling and dark world.

We cannot receive true peace and joy apart from God. Peace with God depends on His being at peace with us. We are loved by God, and the scriptures make this clear over and over again. Indeed, God delights in all creation. Hopefully we can open our minds and hearts to experience God in a variety of ways. Just as Trinity is very relational, God wants us to be inter-relational with God in our daily lives. 

Are we ready to join the Joy God gives us? How will we respond to God’s creation, Jesus’ salvation, and the Holy Spirit’s companionship? Through Jesus’ example, teaching, and love, we are made to understand and to rejoice in God’s love for us and to learn to love one another as neighbours dwelling close to the heart of God with the Son in the unity of love.  May we show the world God’s love by words and deeds and embody God’s love for it. Meanwhile the Holy Spirit is with us always, guiding us on the way of love, creating a space for us and in us to be His children and instruments.

The Trinity presented to us in John is a manifestation of God’s love for us, evidence of God’s presence that allows us to see ourselves embraced by it.  We all have different circumstances and difficulties, but may we always enjoy the joy and peace that the Lord gives us.

Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials) 

Order of Services and Notices 12-06-2022

 

pastedGraphic.png Worship at LEIGHMOOR UCA

Sunday 12th June 2022 – 9.30 a.m.

TRINITY SUNDAY   

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

pastedGraphic_1.pngPLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE 

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP

WELCOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

PRAYER

TIS 147                       To God Be the Glory    

    

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS           Romans 5:1-5 & John 16:12–15   

TIS 182                      For the Beauty of the Earth    

  

CHILDREN TIME 

SERMON:                        Peace and Joy      

               [Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]  

TIS 134                Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven                      

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

NOTICES – OFFERTORY 

TIS 755                        You Shall Go out with Joy       

 

      

BENEDICTION          God Be with You (v.3)  

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics 

          1. Leighmoor Uniting Church & Church Members

          2. Protection for Families and Friends 

          3. Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need 

          4. Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations 

          5. Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

          6. Prayers around COVID & Across Australia

          7. Care and recovery of each part of God’s creation

          8. Spiritual Blessings in Christ & Faith Growth 

          9. People of Ukraine and Russia & Sri Lanka

        10. Unity and Harmony in the church and communities

Sunday School @Fellowship Hall

Morning Tea @Fellowship Hall

Friday Fellowship: Time &Venue to be advised on Sunday 

                     CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim 

M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com 

Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org 

The Holy Spirit Comes 05-06-2022

5th June 2022 (Pentecost)

Sermon Title: The Holy Spirit Comes
(Acts 2: 1- 8 & John 14: 8 – 17)

                                                                                  By Heeyoung Lim

Acts 2 narrates the Christian community’s birth in sending the Holy Spirit, while John promises the Spirit’s ongoing dwelling. Especially, there are Jesus’ farewell words, care, and promise in John 14. 

The theme of “believing is seeing” appears here again. Jesus emphasises on both words and work in verse 10. The disciples had been fascinated by his work, but they had not listened carefully enough to his words. The Lord said to his disciples, at least believe in the evidence of the miracles themselves.

Thomas’s doubt and Philip’s confusion are also shown in today’s Christians. Now Christians hold the entire Bible and enjoy the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit, but sometimes struggle with some theological issues such as oneness of the Father and Son even though Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

In verse 12, what Jesus meant by telling his disciples that they would do greater things than he had done? Jesus’ power and ministry are not limited, but his earthly ministry was limited in time and space. He served the Father for about three years and never was outside the boundaries of Palestine. The disciples, on the other hand, carried out ministry that was greater in terms of geography and numbers of people, and the group of disciples are still extended. Jesus wants us to continue His ministry here through the Holy Spirit who was sent by Jesus.

How do we gain confidence that we are born again by the regenerating power of God’s Holy Spirit? The disciples were told that the Holy Spirit lives with you and will be in you. After Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was in them and in every other believer. God empowers His children and church for ministry through the coming of the Holy Spirit. 

What did Jesus mean by the promise at the end of verse 18: “I will come to you.” This can be referred to the resurrection or the second coming. But in the context of these verses, it means the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus lives in us through the person and power of the Holy Spirit.

This indwelling will be endless, and the new Counsellor will be with you until the very end. No orphans or abandoned people in the family of God. The Holy Spirit will be a constant presence of Jesus with all believers. Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is a gift of promise not only to the disciples in the past, but also to us today. May we trust the Holy Spirit to be our counsellor and teacher. 

Luke from Acts records the togetherness the early Christians enjoyed. We found them all together, and they heard a sound like the blowing of a violent wind. The sound was not a wind but like a wind. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire. The fire which symbolises the presence of God started as one and then separated and came upon them.  Some commentators interpret the single and multiple fires as the unity and diversity in the body of Christ.

A third experience on the Day of Pentecost was the use of different languages. Most evangelical scholars believe the tongues of Pentecost were genuine languages, not the tongues of sounds Paul dealt with at Corinth (1 Cor. 14:1-12). There is a mention that people of different languages understood the message of the Christians in their own language.

In Genesis 11, the Babel tower story links to the eventual confusion of language and scattering of people caused by human pride. In Acts 2, however, language is no longer confusing but understood. People gather rather than scatter by an act of God. This is a miracle that happened through the working of the Holy Spirit. In Pentecost, it means that communication was made between people of different languages due to the work of the Holy Spirit.

When people filled with the Holy Spirit proclaimed the gospel, a supernatural ministry took place. When the hearers responded, a miracle of understanding followed. The Holy Spirit comes and works when Christians led by the Holy Spirit serve the Lord and others. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians can proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and people will believe and become a part of his body, the church. 

Instead of a group of Christians praying quietly in an upper room, they had over three thousand people all over the city praising, praying, and witnessing for Jesus. The early church was a veritable model of what congregations can be in our day and what it means to be the church.

When God makes a promise, he keeps it, and we had better pay attention to how it applies to us. Both historical facts and Bible prophecy affirm that Jesus is God’s Messiah. The gospel calls for faith, and every believer has the Holy Spirit within them. True churches are genuine at worshipping God, and pay careful attention to teaching, fellowship, prayer, and witness. 

Every believer has the Holy Spirit within them. The controlling power of God’s Holy Spirit is available to all believers. May we trust God’s Spirit whenever we serve the Lord and others. I hope that we can all participate in the ministry Jesus wants with other believers as a true church.

What we must do as disciples who believe in Jesus is to follow the model of Jesus. Our ministry for Christ begins with faith, follows through by imitating the perfect model. I believe that the Holy Spirit comes and leads us to follow Him in all circumstances. The lead of the Holy Spirit is not a punishment or heavy duty, it is the biggest gift and happiest companion. God’s sending of the Spirit is an ongoing gift of renewal for Creation and the church. May we trust and enjoy the lead of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)