Lisa Moelker lives in Avondale, Auckland where her husband Peter serves as the pastor of the Reformed Church of Avondale. They have been richly blessed with seven children, aged 17 to 3. Lisa keeps busy managing their home and homeschooling their children but also loves spending time with their church family and providing leadership in areas of women’s Bible study, reformation celebrations, hospitality, and fellowship events.
Lisa was gracious enough to answer a few questions about what she’ll be sharing in her women’s seminar at this year’s STAND conference.
1. Briefly share with us how you became a Christian.
I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. I don’t really remember a time where I didn’t believe in God. I learned all the Bible stories from a young age, went to a Christian grade school and even weekly catechism classes while I was in high school. But all of this knowledge doesn’t save a person. When I was 17 I was really struggling to connect all I knew about the Bible and God to my everyday life. A close uncle died around this time from cancer as well. I remember watching how he died, with no fear and with a strong testimony of his faith in Christ. I was convicted that I did not have that relationship with Christ that he did and I turned to Jesus in repentance for my sin. The Lord called me out of a life of misery and called me to himself, for which I am truly grateful! That was a long time ago now – since then, the Lord has blessed me very richly.
2. Why do you think what you’re teaching on is an important topic?
I think that our sinful nature fights against living by grace each moment. By nature we want to do things our way and we think we know best anyway! The gospel is radically different. By it we learn that we have no strength of our own, but everything is by grace. It is so important to remember the grace we have received from God because this in turn makes us so much more gracious to those around us!
3. What do you hope will be filling people’s minds and hearts as they walk away from your message(s)?
God’s grace! I pray that God could use my words to encourage the ladies who attend the seminar that His grace is sufficient for our every need. That we can grow in grace as Christians as we live lives focussed on the gospel.
4. Is there any passage of Scripture that sums up what you’ll be sharing?
Colossians 1:23 says he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy, "if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul have become a servant."
From this passage we see the need to refuse to be moved from the gospel. It is not something that we put "aside" to be used only for evangelism. The gospel, or the good news of Christ, is offered to us every day as a gift.
5. Can you expound on one point that you’ll be making in your message?
It is important that we remember to preach the gospel to ourselves throughout our Christian walk. The gospel is not something to move on from. One area we need to do this as Christian women is in the area of comparing ourselves to others. It is easy to let pride creep into our lives as we compare what we are doing to what we see others doing. Then we start to think that we have it all together and are quite something. But we need to remember at just that point that it is who we are in Christ that matters, not what we do. We need to remember that we do nothing on our own strength, but it is all by grace. This would help us to not be puffed up by pride, but to be humbled, knowing what Christ has done for us!
6. How has what you’re going to speak on affected your own life?
I have really enjoyed reading books over the past year that teach me more about how living in the gospel really does affect your daily life. I have really needed to be reminded about God’s daily grace, especially in the area of child rearing. I pray that God would continue to help me to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)
7. Can you recommend any books, articles, websites, or materials on this topic?
This is very much just a few of the great books available on this topic. There is so much to read and be encouraged by!
- Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman. (This is such an excellent book!)
- Gospel Amnesia by Luma Simms (Very helpful. I believe it is only available as an ebook presently)
- Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood by Kimm Crandall
- The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
- A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent
- The Cross Centered Life and Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
- Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley
8. Why are you looking forward to this year’s conference?
We have been very encouraged by the messages and conversations we have had with other attendees. The worship times have also been wonderful. The conference is definitely worth our time!
Note: Due to space limitations, we’re not able to take any more registrations for this year’s conference – sorry! Please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates about the conference, and check back on this website where we will make available recordings from all sessions and seminars (Lord willing!).