VISION 20/20 LUNCH

Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he (Proverbs 29:18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

A lunch, styled on the Matthew Lunches of a few years ago, is planned for September 2020. It is intended as a “Knock-out Punch” to the evil one who has been keeping believers against the ropes for so very many years now
(I’ll explain that statement lower down the page)

Ask yourself - is this how YOU often feel?

or perhaps, to bring it home a bit more...

The Paul Project would like to thank Steve Cutts for his incredible gifts to humanity through his stunning animations. Have these 2 above not made you stop and reflect on your own go-nowhere do-nothing life?
Please visit Steve’s website. His work is absolutely amazing…!

A few years ago, an outreach to the poor and destitute of the City of Port Elizabeth took place and, at the last lunch, held in 2014, more than 35 different churches were able to work together along with more than 10 NPO/NGO’s… It was held at the Methodist Church in Newton Park and was an astonishing exercise in the unity that Jesus spoke of in John 17… Sadly the videographer who did the video work let everyone down and never actually produced the video he took. The 3 minute clip below is from The Matthew Lunch of the year before – 2013. Please note that the contact numbers at the end of the clip are no longer valid…

As can plainly be seen, God made sure that everyone had a good time. Despite several warnings that there would not be enough food, or clothing or people to serve the guests, there was more than enough of everything. There was enough food for each of the 260 guests to each receive a second meal to take home with them, and that in itself was a tragic sight to see with more than half of them eating that second meal before they even got to their buses… We had so much second hand clothing left over we were able to bless other ministries with it, and there were so many people working the Lunch from the different churches they were tripping over each other (in a nice way!)

Pastor Dave Pedersen walked through the church when we were cleaning up and remarked that Jesus was very pleased with what we had done that day!

IT'S IN HIS SMILE...

This chap who is seen dancing and smiling at the end of the video clip you have just watched tells it all.

Some of the comments we received from people all over the place, even from as the King’s Beach and The Pier the following day spoke of the pleasure and hope that we had brought the people who attended the lunch.

And once people have hope, they can do the most amazing things – they just have to know that they are not rejected and that they are not seen as “rubbish”, but as people who have value. Once they know we see them just as God sees them – as beautiful people – the world will be surprised at what hey will achieve. Remember, LORD God Almighty chooses things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. He chooses things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful, or to put it another way, He chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;  the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

From The Matthew Lunch 2013, held at the Foundtain Vineyard Church in Buffelsfontein, under the pastorage of Ps. Dave Pedersen came one of the most beautiful, or perhaps even the most beautiful photographs I have ever  seen. It is a completely ‘throw away’ or ‘random’ shot of three young people – a white teenager along with a ‘coloured’ teenager washing the feet of a black teenager… Such humility, such unity, such love as we should see everywhere every day as believers in Jesus Christ…

Sadly it seems that there are very few who can see what I see in the photo…

What do YOU see? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page please and tell us what you see, think and feel about this amazing photo, please…

UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

It’s very sad really that so many people pay Jesus’ words in John 17 so little attention. It is probably the purest prayer for unity amongst believers – that’s YOU and me – in existence. In fact it is such a magnificent prayer that David Guzik, arguably the finest Bible teacher I’ve ever encountered, spend 3 whole Sundays, covering just John 17. If exploring God’s Words to a depth of this degree interests you, as in really getting to understand what He was saying, then these three sermons are available here, here and here

 

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