A Love Story, Randy Travis, Your Legacy… and a pretty busy Sunday

Yesterday was a pretty full day for us at BLC!

Pastor Augustin‘s sermon began with what’s probably the best lead up to introducing Randy Travis and his song, Three Wooden Crosses: How Pastor Augustin first started courting the woman who would eventually become his wife, Debbie!

Pastor Augustin’s then preached from this week’s lectionary readings and asked us, “What’s your legacy?” emphasizing the lyric from Three Wooden Crosses, “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It’s what you leave behind when you go.”

This week also saw us bidding farewell to May Jean, our Council Secretary and Community Catalyst, who is departing to pursue a job opportunity overseas. We prayed a blessing over her as we sent her off into what God has in store for her.

After service, we had the third installment of our Church Council series of studies, which are designed to explore each portfolio and discuss how it aligns back to life at BLC. This week, we explored the theological foundations behind the Worship Ministry. The study was also designed to help our worship enablers to better understand why we do what we do when it came to our worship services. (We will be posting up a summary of the study on Worship shortly, but you can read the summaries for our first two studies here: Being Lutheran and Exploring Church).

Looking forward to next Sunday!

 

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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 !

Join Us To Study The Gospel of John, Wednesdays, 8:30pm

Hi, everyone! Just a quick note to say that our Mid-Week Bible Study starts up again with the Gospel of John.
While we will be going through the gospel chapter by chapter, we will also be covering several major themes and subplots, including:
  • Son of Man / Son of God
  • Dualism in the Gospel of John
  • Authenticity in the life of a Disciple
  • Disciple vs. Believer
  • What really happened on the Cross?
  • Miracles, Faith and the Christian Life

The Bible Study will be held at 8:30pm on Wednesdays – except on the first Wednesday of the month – at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church. The first session begins tonight, 11 March 2015.

Please join us for a very interesting time exploring this very powerful, gospel!

This is an open event – please invite your friends and loved ones. All are welcome.

For more information or to indicate interest/attendance, please email revaugustin[at]yahoo[dot]com or rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com.

Come Join Us To Study I Corinthians, Every Sun, 8:40am

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Join us as we study 1 Corinthians every Sunday morning at 8:40am, at The Father’s House!

We are digging into about 8 to 12 verses a week of this letter from Paul to the church in Corinth. We are asking the Spirit to give us wisdom to understand, so that we grow spiritually as we keep our focus on Christ.

Anyone is welcome to join us any week.  We are learning a lot from one another and would like to learn from you too!

The class is led by Sue.

If you are interested to join in, please feel free to contact either Sue (sahassel[at]msn[dot]com) or our church administrator Adeline (rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com).

Join Us To Study The Book Of Revelation, Every Wed, 8:30pm

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For several weeks now, Pastor Augustin has been leading a Bible Study on the book of Revelations, every Wednesday, 8:30pm (except the first Wednesday of each month), at The Father’s House.

The study basically uses The Book of Revelation as a springboard to discuss issues of life and discipleship. Thus far, the group has examined the letters to the 7 churches (chapters 2-3) and drew lessons from them pertaining to our life as God’s children as well as our communal life as congregations. The group has also discussed worship in heaven and on earth based on the vision of heavenly worship described in chapters 4-5. At this point, the study is now looking at the judgements revealed by the trumpets and asking if God’s judgements are good news or bad news.

We expect the study to continue on well into the new year 2015. Due to the nature of the study anyone can join in at anytime – so all are welcome!

If you are interested to join in, please feel free to contact either Pastor Augustin (revaugustin[at]yahoo[dot]com) or our church administrator Adeline (rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com).