BLC Council Studies: Review & Re-cap: Exploring Church

Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our second study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!

– Sincerely, BLC Council Members

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Exploring Church

 July 12, 2015

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What is Church?

  •  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2: 9 (NIV)
  • Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3: 16 (KJV)
  • to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up Ephesians 4: 12 (NIV)

How do we recognize a church?

  • The gospel is purely preached.
  • The sacraments are rightly administered.

How does a church sustain its life?

  • Word
  • Sacraments

How is a church organized internally?

How is a church organized externally?

** Within Malaysia **

** Beyond Malaysia **

What are the Four Pillars of Church?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2: 42 – 47 (NIV)

  • Discipleship (Teaching)
  • Fellowship
  • Breaking of Bread – Sacrament (worship) & Agape Meal
  • Prayer

What is the Mission of the Church – Why do we exist?

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Review: During the session, each one of us shared what the word “church” mean to us personally. We talked about how being a Holy Nation meant we were set apart, while being the body of Christ meant that the church is alive and grows, with Christ being the head that is leading the church. We also looked at the similarities of Corinthians to our world today, and how Paul guided the church based on the letters to the Corinth, among many other interesting discussions. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.

In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.

  •  21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran
  • 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
  • 2-Aug-2015: Worship
  • 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
  • 25-Oct-2015: Mission
  • 15-Nov-2015: Community
  • 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship

In the coming session, when we talk about Worship, we anticipate interesting discussion on lithurgy, Worship from the Early Church and concepts as well as essentials of Worship. We will also seek to craft a vision for worship in BLC.

If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed on 2nd August 2015, please do drop us an e-mail, one week in advance (26 Jul 2015), to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.

See you there !

BLC Council Studies: Review & Re-cap: Being Lutheran

Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our first study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!

– Sincerely, BLC Council Members

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Being Lutheran

 June 21, 2015

Luther Rose

Introduction

During the 16th century, Martin Luther challenged the teachings, practices and structures of the Roman Catholic Church. He insisted that the central message of Christianity is the good news that sinners become reconciled to God by grace through faith because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that Luther did not intend to start a new church. He wanted to reform the existing church so that the Gospel message was communicated clearly and that the church reflected that Gospel center. Lutherans organized into a separate church only after Luther’s views was repeatedly rejected by the Roman Catholic Church.

‘Lutheran’ as an Insult

The word ‘Lutheran’ actually began as an insult used by Luther’s opponents. Luther later tried to discourage his supporters from calling themselves Lutherans since they were followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of Martin Luther himself.

“What is Luther?” he once wrote. “After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone.”

It was the gospel message that remained central for Luther, not his leadership. In a sermon preached in Wittenberg shortly after his return from Wartburg Castle, Luther insisted:

“I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”

Core Lutheran Themes

  • Justification by grace through faith for Christ’s sake
  • Law and gospel
  • Means of grace
  • Theology of the cross
  • Saint and sinner
  • Vocation
  • Contextual theology

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Review: During the session, interesting discussion and elaboration on the above Core Lutheran Themes were made. Having attending a Lutheran church, it was interesting to know the Core Themes and some of the reasons behind what we do today. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.

In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.

  •  21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran
  • 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
  • 2-Aug-2015: Worship
  • 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
  • 25-Oct-2015: Mission
  • 15-Nov-2015: Community
  • 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship

In the coming Sunday, when we talk about Exploring Church, we anticipate interesting discussion on what it means to be “church” and the role of Church Council. We will also learn about the Church set-up in regards to the LCM, KL District and many others.

If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed this coming Sunday, please do drop an e-mail by Friday (10-Jul-2015) to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.

See you there !

Sermon: Hope that does not disappoint – Bishop Aaron Yap

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

– Romans 5: 1 (NLT)

This morning, we were privileged to have Bishop Aaron Yap visit us and preach the sermon based on Romans 5:1-5. He started off with verses 1 and 2, by sharing the importance of our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us to allow for our reconciliation with God. Through this faith, we can all rejoice in the glory of not our own successes and standings, but to rejoice in sharing the glory of God.

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Bishop Aaron further challenged us, to wonder in a world today with many predicaments and difficulties, if we could still rejoice? With such contemplation, Bishop continued to bring us through today’s lesson on verses 3 and 4, where the Bible explains such trials and problems help us develop endurance, which in turn develops character, and through character, develops hope.

While sharing the many real-life tribulations and experiences faced, he encouraged us that God does not put our suffering to waste, but instead uses it for His glory. Bishop ended his sermon by encouraging us to trust that this hope will not lead to disappointment, because of God’s love that is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (verse 5).

Following the sermon, we celebrated the Holy Communion, in recognition of the hope we have in Christ.

Later in the service, we also had an opportunity to interview the Bishop! Moderated by our very own Leigh, we asked Bishop Aaron to share his thoughts and views on a wide-range of questions from “What do you think of Malaysian drivers” to “What is your hope for Malaysia”.

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Bishop Aaron welcomed the questions with open arms by answering these with inspiring perspectives. In fact, we were particularly touched when Bishop was also willing to be vulnerable before us and share about some of his struggles in terms of balancing his family time with his work time, as part of his ministry. In response to that, we took time out to pray for Bishop Aaron Yap and his family. The prayer was led by Pastor Augustin.

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After the service, the Council hosted Bishop and his family over lunch. The previous Council members were also invited to lunch as a simple token of appreciation for their hard work and ministry over the previous term.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the previous Council members, Bishop, and their families for the sacrifices they have made in serving the Lord and for being a blessing to all of us at Bangsar Lutheran Church.

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May you have a blessed week ahead, and we hope to have you join us next Sunday!

More photos from the day here.

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What problems and trials have you been running into lately? How have you let God transform you through these? 

Happy Father’s Day 2015 from BLC!

Wishing all the fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and all other fatherly figures a very Happy Father’s Day!

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This year we had a Fully Father-Fueled Father’s Day Service! With the help of many, we managed to put together a team of fathers fueling today’s Sunday service consisting of: Johnben leading the worship team (Benson, Yu-Chiet and Alpha), Anand as the usher and Steven as the Scripture Reader.

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Doing it the very BLC way, we started off with greeting slides inspired by Star Wars and had Sermon slides with dad-comic jokes from Zits and Calvin and Hobbes, among many others.

The very talented youth came together to perform a Father’s Day rendition of the cup song titled “You’re My Dad” with witty lyrics.

Pastor Augustin later began his sermon about forgiveness – forgiveness for absent fathers, hurtful fathers and abusive fathers. He continued on with how we should also appreciate our fathers, and finally urged all fathers to trust in the Lord when bringing up children, referring to how Jesus Calms the Storm in today’s Gospel Reading.

We ended with a prayer for the fathers led by a father himself, Pastor Augustin. 10304434_861282011922_1199858492493450930_n

But wait, there’s more! The pre-teens this year decided to create a series of games to participate with their fathers, starting with an almost deadly obstacle course where the blindfolded-fathers were led by their children, to reach a “Fear Factor, Food Tractor” station for food tasting. We take the safety of our fathers very seriously and prepared safety helmets for them. No fathers were hurt in our celebration today. 10424982_10152822854272541_6253800451518236359_n

There was also a thumb-war challenge where Keat Lim with super-powered thumbs claimed victory.

After the obstacle course, food tasting and thumb-wars, the fathers and children proceeded to re-pot cacti (I know, we just love risks!), to be taken home with them for the day! As far as we know, all thumbs and fingers were still intact at the end of the service. 11377192_10152822853857541_5056195197101296372_n

A note of thanks to all who made this possible today. BLC would again like to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day and we hope to have you join us in some of our fun activities next time around!

More pics from the day are available here.