Welcome to Central Church

Sunday 19 November, 2017

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:            Galatians: I Am Free

 Talk 7:            The Boast of Freedom

Text:              Galatians 5: 25 – 6: 18

Today’s Message

Where do you turn when things are bad? We all have something in life where turn to that makes us feel better about ourselves and emboldens us to keep going. But is your confidence in the best thing? The final chapter of Galatians shows us the only place to put your confidence.

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Galatians 5: 25 - 6: 18

Ipswich Assist Annual General Meeting

Anyone interested in the work of Ipswich Assist, is invited to attend the AGM, however only members of Ipswich Assist can vote. To gain membership you first need to be a member of Central Church, then pay a membership fee of $10 (one-off fee), to Ipswich Assist. The meeting will be held in the Church Office Board Room from 4.00pm on Tuesday 21 November. Contact Anneke Bull or Troy Wilkins.


Annual Congregational Meeting – Next Sunday 26 November at 11am. The agenda will include:

ž Presentation of the 2018 Budget

ž Renewal of Contract for Families Ministry Worker ž Increase in hours for the Ministry Co-Ordinator

ž 2018 and beyond – thinking about the future

Booklet with Meeting Information and Budget Summary is available from the Connect Desk.

On the day of the Congregational Meeting there will be a Combined Morning Service at 9am in the Auditorium. It will be followed by morning tea together, then the meeting at 11am. There will be no 10.30am service.


Christmas Eve Dinner & Carols

Ipswich Assist is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for the marginalized in our community, in the Hall from 4pm. You can help in three waysž Sponsor a plate @ $25 per person. See Troy or Jason, Pay at the Bookshop or Direct Debit to the Ipswich Assist A/c, details below, using   reference ‘Dinner’ž Come along and mingle with the guests,ž Bless this event with your prayers


Next Generation Celebrations – Sunday 10 December  

9am KidzCentral Service – This is our end of year wrap of Kids Ministry. We’ll hear some of what the children have done during the year. We’ll say thank you to their leaders.

6.30pm ProFaith Service – This is our first annual ProFaith service, a time of hearing some of our teenagers and young adults stand up and make a Profession of Faith. We’ll then pray for them in their journey with Christ.


Grow Summer Series (No Cost) – Glorifying Jesus Far from home

Be transformed to become more like Jesus, as we open 1 Peter: grow in appreciation of who Jesus is and what he has done, live for Him in a hostile world, and use suffering and difficulties to glorify Him.

Where:           Central Church Auditorium

When:             Wednesday 10, 17 & 24 January

Times:             9.30am to 11am or 7pm to 8.30pm

Register:        Elvanto or at the Bookshop, by 7 January


Ministry To Women (M2W) 2018 – Queensland Theological College

For women in local churches who would love to be equipped to serve Christ more effectively. M2W will include a whirlwind tour of the Bible and will encourage women to think theologically as we get practical and look together at how to understand, lead, disciple, care for, challenge and equip women. Sessions will be run by QTC Faculty and a team of women from Brisbane, passionate about serving Jesus.

Where:           QTC, 369 Boundary Street, Spring Hill

When:             12 weeks on Fridays in Term 1

More Info:      Speak to Nat and email QTC for an application form



Hampers – Once again this year we will be providing Christmas hampers to the in needy families of Ipswich. We would be grateful for donations of non-perishable food items eg Christmas cakes & puddings, biscuits, chocolates & lollies, long life custard etc. Financial donations are also welcome, as we can buy food at a cut price from Foodbank, and other items needed.

Shoebox Gifts – We would like to have gifts for the kids of the families who are receiving hampers. Take a gift tag from the boards in the foyer and prepare a shoebox-sized box filled with age and gender appropriate items, wrap the box and attach the gift tag securely. Include items like small games, craft materials, toys etc. We recommend you spend no more than $15 – $20 on each gift.

Please have your food items, donations and shoebox gifts to church by Sunday the 10 December.

Together, we can help to bring some joy to families that need a helping hand at Christmas time!

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 (

Open Doors – International Day of Prayer

Simon Rattray from Open Doors will speak at both the 9am and 6.30pm services next Sunday. There will be an Evening of Prayer for the whole church in the Auditorium from 7pm on Wednesday 29 November for ‘God’s Kingdom Worldwide’

Please pray for

-ž Continued recovery for Tamara Peters

-ž Those facing health issues

The Evans Eight, returning to Australia 10 January

Give thanks I am continuing Bible Study with Chen

For Prayer
-ž Strength and grace as we pack up and start saying our goodbyes

-ž Our neighbour who has many questions which can only ultimately be answered in Jesus

-ž Our Christmas Outreach events that we will be organised and a blessing to those attending

-ž Healing for Rose as he continues on antibiotics

-ž Our team as we search for a new team leader


-ž Pray that the congregational meeting next Sunday is an opportunity for us to rejoice together  in what God has done and to commit the coming year to God

ž- Pray that our elders would stand firm on the gospel always and shepherd our people faithfully

-ž Give thanks for the Ladies’ Connect event yesterday

Weekly Prayer Meetings

Sunday 8.00am & 5.45pm – Heritage Building

Monday Noon to 1.00pm – Ipswich Assist

Tuesday 1.30pm – Church Office Meeting Room

Ripley Prayer group (monthly) – contact Scott



Prayer Chain

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.  If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303.

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Sunday  19 November 2017

Preacher:     Scott Muir                                  Series:            Galatians: I Am Free

 Talk 7:            The Boast of Freedom           Text:              Galatians 5: 25 – 6: 18

Where is your confidence? What is your boast?


Paul tells us the best and only boast:


  1. Put off Self-Boasting (5:26-6:10)


Two results of being conceited (seeking self-glory):

  1. superiority (provocation)
  2. inferiority (envy)


The gospel frees us from both and frees us to love:


  1. Love Restores the Broken One (6:1)


  1. Love Carries Others’ Burdens (6:2)


  1. Love Doesn’t Expect Others to do What God’s Entrusted to You (6:3-5) … but you do need to support your teachers (v. 6)


  1. Love Does Good to Everyone (6:7-10)



  1. Boast in the Cross (6:11-18))


          What doesn’t count


What does count: the cross of Jesus (verse 14)


Let your boast be only in the Cross of Jesus; Jesus is your confidence in all things



Boast inwardly and boast outwardly

Staff Contacts

Senior Minister - Rev Scott Muir

Connect Pastor - Jason Budden

Grow Pastor - Philip van't Spyker

Ministry Co-ordinator - Natalie Newell