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We encourage you to worship together with the church family each Sunday, either by attending one of our services, or join us for our online service. Details can be found below, or by visiting our website at www.centralchurch.net.au

Sunday 26 September 2021

Preacher:       Joel Jeeveraj

Talk:               Enjoying God’s Presence

Text:                Psalm 16

Message

SErmon BLurb

Dealing with the Hard Topics
Thanks to all those who commented on last week’s pretty confronting sermon topic. So many of you were pleased that Central was willing to talk about sexual abuse and to see what the gospel says to both the abused and the abusers.

In my sermon I mentioned one book – Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch. Another useful book on this topic is Rid of My Disgrace by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. I’d recommend both of these.

Scott Muir
Senior Minister

Spotlight

Gospel Coalition National Conference

Central church, here’s something we all need to get involved in. It’s The Gospel Coalition National Conference on Saturday, 16 October and it’s happening at Central Church.

This is the first ever TGC Australia national conference and they have the vision of getting gospel-hearted Christians from many denominations and many movements together to be encouraged during these fractured times.

The guest speakers (who will present at the same time all across Australia) are:
Dr Gary Millar from QTC right here in Queensland
Dr Rory Shiner, pastor and author from Western Australia
Rev Paul Harrington, church leader and church planter from South Australia

So mark it in your diary and get along on the day.

Sunday Snapshot

All of the Bible’s big themes start in the book of Genesis. Over the coming two Sundays we’re going to consider two of them, starting this week with the theme of God’s Presence. We talk about the presence of God but maybe it seems a bit mysterious. Joel Jeevaraj is going to demystify it for us at all our services this Sunday.

You won’t need to register for any of our services this week – simply turn up and sign in! But please do remember to wear your mask.

And you won’t need to register for any of our services this week – simply turn up and sign in! But please do remember to wear your mask.

Sermon Outline http://www.centralchurch.net.au/resources/sermons/

IN THE LOOP

I Googled God

Please make sure that you pick up some flyers this Sunday for our Term 4 “I Googled God” sermon series and the Faith Course that will follow on.
Be in prayer for those friends and family who maybe have questions about God, that you will be able to invite them along to hear 5 Big Questions about God answered in a clear way.

Staffing

Stuart Atkinson is on leave for this coming week still and will return to work on Tuesday 5th October.

Office Opening Hours

Our regular Church Office Opening Hours are
Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm
We are now closed on a Friday
If you need to contact the office during the week you can either email us at office@centralchurch.net.au or ring 3413 1050

Ipswich Assist

If you would like to partner with Ipswich Assist, their details are:

BSB:                             034189

Account Number:   224918

Bank:                          Westpac

Account Name:       Ipswich Assist

Reference:                Donation, Surname

Donations to Ipswich Assist are Tax Deductible. If you require a receipt, please email accounts@ipswichassist.org.au 

GIVING

If you would like to partner with us on mission at Central Church, our details are:

BSB:                             034189

Account Number:   196363

Bank:                          Westpac

Account Name:       Central Presbyterian Church Ipswich

 

If you would like to partner with Ipswich Assist, their details are:

BSB:                             034189

Account Number:   224918

Bank:                          Westpac

Account Name:       Ipswich Assist

Reference:                Donation, Surname

Donations to Ipswich Assist are Tax Deductible. If you require a receipt, please email accounts@ipswichassist.org.au 

PRAYER

Prayer is an important part of the life of a Christian and the Church. It is an opportunity for us to bring our petitions, confessions and adorations to our Heavenly Father, knowing that He hears our prayer and longs for us to open our hearts to Him.
There are many things that we can pray each and every day, for our Church, our local community, and in the wider world around us. To help us all in our prayer lives, here are some prayer points for this week:

This week our focus is on The Shepleys and The Grow Ministries of the Church.

Shepleys:

  • There is a big public meeting due for this weekend between the believers and unbelievers (who called the meeting).

  • Please pray for protection for the very much outnumbered believers and that God will speak through them as they challenge the unbelievers to repent and believe.

  • Please pray for continued good progress on translation drafting.

  • Please pray also for wisdom in knowing when to head back to PNG.  We’re looking at some time in the first half of next year…

  • Praise God that the believers continue to grow and be taught even though we’re not there at the moment.

Grow:

  • Pray that we would all take advantage of the means God has given us to grow in maturity as believers – his word, prayer and the fellowship of His people. Might we never tire of daily time with God.

  • Pray for The Gospel Coalition National Conference day on 16 October at Central Church. A great opportunity to join with believers all over Australia and be encouraged by God’s word

  • Pray for the preparations for the next study series in term 4

  • Give thanks for those new people who are currently doing the Inside Central course

Bible College Students:

  • Pray for Rob Nichols and Family as they prepare for their move up to Hervey Bay in 2022

  • Pray for Adam Hess as he continues his studies and explores options for 2022 and beyond

Please also continue to be in prayer:

  • Pray for Lachlan Ninness and his family with Lachlan’s Leukemia diagnosis.
  • Please continue to pray for Paul Smith as he undergoes his daily cancer radiation       treatment for the next two months.  Pray in particular that the side effects will be    manageable and the fatigue tolerable.
  •  Those suffering from winter colds and flu, especially the frail and elderly
  • Those facing health issues, including those with mental health issues
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Sermon Outline 

Sunday 26 September 2021 

Preacher:      Joel Jeeveraj 

 

Talk:             Enjoying God’s Presence         Text:  Psalm 16

Confused by ‘God’s presence’? 

  1. What the Bible Says 
  2. God’s Presence in the Beginning 

God and people ‘face to face’ 

  1. God’s Presence after the Fall 

Cloud and the fire (Exodus 13), the tabernacle (Exodus 25, Exodus 29:45-46), the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1) 

The prophets promise a greater experience (Ezekiel 40-43, Joel 2:28-32) c. God With Us – Jesus 

God present physically – Jesus is the true tabernacle (John 1:14) 

He would leave and send his Holy Spirit (John 16:7) 

  1. God in Us – The Holy Spirit 

The Holy Spirit is poured out to live in Christians (Acts 2:2-3) 

  1. Enjoying God’s Presence 

Until we are perfectly in God’s presence in Heaven (Revelation 2:2-3) … a. The Eden Experience: Be Aware of God in Creation 

  1. The Tabernacle Experience: Be a Participant
  2. The Jesus Experience: Be in the Word

d. The Holy Spirit Experience: Be in Community

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: 

Psalm 16 (ESV) 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 

2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; 

I have no good apart from you.” 

3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 

4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out 

or take their names on my lips. 

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; 

you hold my lot. 

6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; 

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 

7I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; 

in the night also my heart instructs me. 

8I have set the Lord always before me; 

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[e] rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 

10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, 

or let your holy one see corruption. 

11 You make known to me the path of life; 

in your presence there is fullness of joy; 

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Senior Minister – Rev Scott Muir

scott@centralchurch.net.au

Assistant Minister – Rev Stuart Atkinson

stuart@centralchurch.net.au

 

1 Timothy 2.1-4.

1 Timothy 2:1–4 (Listen)

2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

(ESV)