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Sunday 19 May 2019

Welcome to Central Church

Thanks for joining us at Central Church today. If you are new at Central, please visit the Connect Desk before you leave. The team there will have some more information about life and ministries at Central Church.   

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:            Our New Reality: How Jesus Transforms Our Mess for His Glory

Talk 4:            We Are God’s Servants

Text:             1 Corinthians 3 and 4

Today’s Message

There’s been a strong shift in Western thought away from community and towards individual. This has brought some very positive values to society but tends towards a self-centredness. In the church we must be careful to honour the individual but worship God. It is his church and we exist for him. Today we will see how Paul tackles these issues in 1 Corinthians.

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1 Corinthians 3 and 4

Young Adults Ministry

Don’t forget Central young adults has kicked off on Sunday afternoons from 3.15pm in the hall. Come along with your Bibles to enjoy fellowship, food and most importantly gospel encouragement as we open God’s Word together. We are looking at Mark’s gospel over the next few weeks and would love to further equip God’s young adults here at Central to be faithful followers of Jesus. Please see Joel Jeevaraj if you have any questions –


Working Bee – Saturday 1 June

7am to 12pm. Items needing attention: Gardening, Painting, Cleaning of Heritage Building, Repairs & Maintenance of Property and much more! For more details contact Ashton Smith. There will be a sign on sheet at the Connect Desk today!


Safety for Children and Everyone on Sundays

Just a brief reminder for parents to keep a good eye on your children on Sunday mornings after church. We especially notice some children running inside and outside where people have hot drinks. We would ask that parents tell their children not to run around inside the auditorium or in the outside area where people are having morning tea. Please also remind children to keep off the stage. Finally, because the foyer provides clear access to the carpark, please ensure small children are not unattended in this area.


Keep Cups

Central Church glass ‘Keep Cups’are available from the Bookshop for $12 each. Buy one and bring it to church each Sunday to save on foam cups. Or give one as a gift!


2020 Thailand Trip – Information Night

When:             Saturday 25 May

Time:               6.30pm

Where:           Central Church Auditorium



Church Picnic

Everyone is invited!!

When:             Sunday 9 June

Time:               11.30am to 2pm, Kids Games from 12.45pm

Where:           Bill Patterson Oval – Limestone Park

Look for the Central Church gazebo!

BYO:               Everything. Soft Drinks and water will be on sale


Still to Come this Term

Equip Training Workshops – Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June

Launch Camp – Monday 1 to Friday 5 July



Donations are needed: non-perishable food items, clothing, money and people who can give of their time to help. Food and clothing donations can be left beside the Connect Desk on Sundays or dropped off at the Church Office during the week.

If you wish to donate money, you can do this in either of two ways:

  1. Place your donation in an envelope marked ‘Streetlinks’ and put it in ‘The Slot’ at the Connect Desk
  2. Direct Deposit to the Ipswich Assist account: BSB: 034 189, Account: 224918

    Reference:  Streetlinks / Name (if you require a receipt)

If you are interested in helping in any way please contact Danielle Smith


Please pray for

-ž Our newly elected government

-ž Our Muslim neighbours during the month of Ramadan. Pray that God’s Spirit would reveal his truth to them. Pray for missionaries serving in Muslim nations

-ž Donations and volunteers for Streetlinks

-ž Mark & Cheryl Davies and their family

-ž Continued recovery for Tamara Peters

-ž Others facing health issues

Glenda Hindley – YWAM Perth
-ž Praise God for the connections and contacts our healthcare team have made throughout the city

-ž Praise God for the Gospel that has been shared by the BAS in Cambodia
-ž Pray for good health for myself and the base

-ž My time with YWAM ends mid-June. Pray for God to lead and guide with the next step

The Persecuted Church – Nigeria ‘Shades’ of 2 Kings

When Boko Haram militants attacked a group of  500 Nigerian Christian converts from Islam, 76 were captured. Four male leaders were asked to return to Islam or be shot. They refused and were killed. Then their widows were asked to return to Islam or their children would be executed. While the women were agonizing, their children ran in saying that Jesus had appeared and told them all would be well. Then Jesus appeared to the whole group, telling them not to fear, not to renounce Him, and He would protect them. The following day, the militants lined up the children, and, when their mothers refused to deny Christ, took aim. But before any child had been shot, the gunmen started grabbing at their own heads, screaming ’Snakes!’ and fleeing from the scene. Some dropped dead. A Christian man picked up the gun of a dead militant, but a little girl stopped him using it, saying, ‘You don’t need to do that. Can’t you see the men in white fighting for us?’ Praise and pray that the surviving militants will turn to Christ!


Weekly Prayer Meetings

Sunday 8.00am to 8.45am – Heritage Building

4.45pm to 5.25pm – Hall

Tuesday 1.30pm – Church Office Meeting Room

Ripley Prayer group (monthly) – contact Pier


Prayer Chain

Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer Chain, so that those in need of urgent prayer can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need, and the person who is in need can divulge as little or as much as he/she desires. If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303


Prayer for Central Church and Beyond

If anyone is interested in receiving a weekly email that includes prayer points for the individual ministries of the church, please email Jenny ( and she would be happy to include you in the mail-out



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Sunday 19 May 2019

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:            Our New Reality: How Jesus Transforms Our Mess for His Glory

Talk 4:            We Are God’s Servants             Text:             1 Corinthians 3 and 4

The way we think about great people can be misguided.


  1. Human Thinking: It’s all About Us (chapter 3)a.



a.  Know Your Place (verses 5-9)


Workers in the field, but God brings the growth



b. Know Your Work (verses 10-15)


Builders with the best materials


c.  Know Your Identity (verses 16-17)


Part of a community in God’s temple



CONCLUSION: God is our boast, not people




  1. Gospel Thinking: It is all About God (chapter 4)



You are servants of God


Turn upside down how you measure ‘success’




Staff Contacts

Senior Minister - Rev Scott Muir

Connect Pastor - Jason Budden

Grow Pastor - Philip van't Spyker

Ministry Co-ordinator - Natalie Newell