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This conversation was recorded by Pastor Nathan Hedt at the LEA Schools Ministry conference in Victoria. In includes some important questions for our Lutheran Schools in Australia to wrestle with in terms of effectiveness of our ministry and mission in schools, models and stories of relational evangelism, and a proposal to increase the effectiveness of our mission in schools.

The conversation is around 33 minutes long. Some important markers can be found at the following points:

0:00 Chaplain Kathy Mildred shares briefly about sharing the gospel in the School Context

1:16 Introduction: Pastor Nathan Hedt: Introduction: relational evangelism and church planting in the school context

3:50 A good news story of the gospel in our school - with a caveat

10:30 The effectiveness of our mission in Lutheran schools

13:30 Pastor Mark Greenthaner: 'discipleship' in Lutheran Schools and our models of church

21:00 A key question: What do we mean by 'effectiveness in mission' in our Lutheran schools?

26:30 LEVNT Director Paul Weinert: How do we intentionally and strategically partner between schools of the church and district mission departments?

29:25 A modest proposal for increasing our effectiveness in Lutheran schools through relational evangelism teams

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There is a lot of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. When Thomas asked for evidence that Jesus really was alive, Jesus gave it to him. This sermon 'pokes' the 'embarrassing' evidence for the resurrection of Jesus within the gospel accounts themselves - stuff that if it was made up, no one would believe it. Why are these things written in the gospels? Because they really happened! Jesus really did rise from the dead. Christ is risen - he is risen indeed.

This sermon can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals at this link.

The sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday April 23rd 2017.

Enjoy!

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John's gospel makes it clear that Jesus' crucifixion is also his enthronement as King of the Universe. The symbols used in mockery point to a deep truth: the crown of thorns, the purple robe, and the notice of the charge against Jesus. Jesus is the dying king, who gives his life into death so that we might live. This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Good Friday, April 14th, 2017.

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On Maundy Thursday, Jesus comes to us as the serving King: who gets his own hands dirty so we may be clean; who gives his life so that we might live.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Maundy Thursday, 13th April, 2017.

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The 'Word of God' is primarily, before anything else, a PERSON - Jesus, the incarnate Word (John 1:1).

The Bible, God's written Word in Scripture, points us to Jesus is focussed on him. Jesus says the Old Testament Scripture is written concerning him (Luke 24) and the explicit purpose of the New Testament is 'These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in his name.' So the primary purpose of the bible, among all its other purposes, is to point us to the Incarnate Word, the person, Jesus. In that way it functions as God's instruction manual and love letter. 

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 12th February 2017.

NOTE: The sermon as recorded includes discussion and interaction about barriers and roadblocks to reading and engaging with God's written Word in Scripture, and practical ways of addressing those. Please use those times to think through these questions for yourself.

The sermon can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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'Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy.' So writes Leslie Newbigin.

The words 'witness' and 'mission' often have the capacity to make Christians feel guilty because we 'should' be witnessing, we 'should' be in mission! And yet biblically, witness is who we are. Jesus says to his disciples, 'You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.'  

And likewise 'mission' is not primarily our own action, but it's participation in God's work - an invitation into an 'explosion of joy' - rather than a burden.

This sermon invites you to shed some of your guilt about mission and witness, and enter into the joy of God that comes from knowing - and sharing - the risen Jesus.

It was preached on Sunday 26th February 2017 at Pakenham Lakeside Church.

It can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

Enjoy!

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Most Christians would like to have a stronger prayer life. When Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, he doesn't give them 'Proven Practical Principles for Powerful Prayer.' He doesn't give them 'Six Super Steps for Speaking to the Supreme Being.' 

Explore prayer and learn from Jesus. He prays in the Lord's prayer as if he were us - and invites us to pray as if we were him. What a great gift!

This sermon was preached at the gathered worship of Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 12th February, 2017.

It can be used together with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

Enjoy!

 

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When you first get behind the wheel of a car as an L-plate driver you realise there is SO MUCH going on. There is a lot to learn! And you can only learn it by doing it. With a good instructor.

When it comes to the Kingdom of God, we are all L-platers. Learners, that is, not losers. We are called to follow Jesus - as Peter, James, John and Andrew were - and to learn from him living by our side. There is so much to learn! And we can only learn it by doing it - living life beside Jesus in the Kingdom of God.

This sermon explores the call and equipping of Jesus through the lens of Matthew 4:12-23.

It was preached on Sunday February 22nd at Pakenham Lakeside Church.

This sermon can be used together with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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Now let's get one thing straight. The Pharisee in this parable was a good guy. And the Tax Collector was a bad bloke.

This parable from Jesus exposes the ugly truth about good guys, bad blokes and the reality of sin...the cost of making sin right, and the beautiful truth that comes from God doing that for us through Jesus. It's not a morality play about humility and pride. It's an expose of sin and atonement.

The final truth is that as God's people, we are 'at the same time saint and sinner.' Fully and freely justified by God's grace and at the same time, always in need of God's atoning forgiveness.

This sermon was preached on Sunday, 23rd October 2016 at Pakenham Lakeside Church.
It can be enhanced by the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.
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It's a well known story - the story of Jesus healing ten men with leprosy. Only one of them comes back to thank him.

Do we sometimes miss the activity of God in our lives through Jesus, because we don't give thanks?
This sermon talks about two countercultural practices - asking for help and giving public thanks, recognising the work of God through Jesus. In our world of privatised faith, naming Jesus as the place God works in the world is vulnerable - and powerful.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 9th October 2016.
It can be used with the Prezi zooming visuals found here.

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