May 1st Sermon Acts 17:1-9

Summary
In what ways has your own way of life been changed because of what God has done in you by the Work of the Holy Spirit? What ways have your own priorities been rearranged after hearing of the love that is yours in Jesus Christ.
What makes the Gospel effective to turn the “world upside down” for people. I want to look at the unique power of the Gospel as a message from God to Man that really is effective for life change and reorientation.
3 Principles
1. Vs. 2 The Gospel is reasonable only in the context of God’s revelation.
Start and stick with the Bible. God himself shows us in the Old Testament how he longs to reason with those who are struggling. Isaiah 1:18-20
2. Vs. 3 The Gospel is provable (explainable or plausible) only in relation to man’s condition.
Why was it necessary for Jesus to suffer? The Messiah had to suffer because the condition of sinful men and women would be redeemable by nothing less than a sinless sacrifice on their behalf. Their condition from birth demanded this. Without such a sacrifice, the God of the Bible who reveals himself in covenants with mankind, could not have relationship with them. Further evidence in Romans 1 : 28-32
3. Vs. 4 The Gospel is persuasive only as a proclamation of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We are proclaiming a great and glorious living Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He is the one that all creation longs to see exalted. He is the one who is exalted high above every name, So that when anyone hears that name whether on heaven or on earth, they will bow down.
They will bow in reverence, or they will bow as a footstool for Jesus Christ the judge. The thing that makes this persuasive to people in an ultimate sense is that it is God’s Spirit who will do the convicting of sin unto this kind of repentance and life. Also see John 16:5-15 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-5.

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Praise God that he has risen and we have the victory. Happy Easter!
Amen

Prayer Week 18th – 22 April

As we lead into Easter, we are going to have some corporate prayer time starting with a worship service on

Saturday 16th 7:00-9:00 Rom 503 (5th Floor)

Sunday Regular service 2pm Rm302

Mon-Fri (every night) 7:30-9:00 Prayer and Worship Service with guest speakers Rm302

Also, we will be joining the main Korean Service on Friday night so meet in Rm302 at 7:30 (the main service starts at 8pm)

Easter Sunday 24th

Please join us as we dedicate this week to our Lord and Saviour

Sermon Apr 10th In the Jail Acts 16:25-34

Summary from Pastor Andy
Here embedded in these short nine verses before us is a most profound exchange, in fact I dare to say it is the most imperative questions any human being could ask.
The question we have our minds set on this afternoon is found in verse 30 of today’s text. It is set at the most crucial juncture of the text Luke is writing. It’s almost as if everything that has happened since Paul’s dream in vs. 8 has led to this point. At the very least everything in this scene at the jail comes to a climax when the jailer throws himself to the floor and asks Paul and Silas, What must I do to be saved? There is in this question, humility. In this question there is fear, there is a kind of end of my ripeness.
The jailer is the one who asks this question. He is a responsible man. He is in charge of this entire prison. He is charged the evening before with guarding these two prisoners, (Paul and Silas) in particular. He is a family man. He doesn’t seem to have much problem discharging his duties even though what has been done to Paul and Silas is illegal. He is a confident man. He is asleep. I don’t take this to be dereliction of duty, but rather he is sure that he has done his job and the jail is secure. He pays no attention to Paul and Silas’ singing and praying. The prisoners themselves are listening very curiously though.
Suddenly a great earthquake shakes the prison. The earthquake wakes the jailer from his sleep. He assumes the prisoners have all escaped. He begins to panic. The magistrates would surely put him to death for letting so many prisoners to go free, not one, or two of them, but all of them. To be sure the jailer was so certain of the escape of the prisoners that he was about to take his own life. Why was it so quiet in the jail? Why didn’t the prisoners escape? This was their best chance. Not one of them decided to leave. Perhaps they were so intrigued by Paul and Silas they wanted to stay and hear more? Maybe they were scared and in shock from the quake itself. But I believe this is as much a part of the miracle as the earthquake localized on the prison, and the chains falling off, or every single door in the prison being flung open.
There is so much purpose in God’s dealings with us, is there not? So I attribute the silence and the darkness and the mistake of the jailer to misread the escape of the prisoners to be precisely what God wanted in this situation. In fact you may say it is exactly where he wanted the heart of the Jailer to be.
The jailer is frightened. He grabs his sword, or some other means of harming himself and is about to end his own life. He is in despair. He has no way out. Isn’t it interesting that Paul and Silas were literally in the stocks, but it is the Jailer who has no way out. But no way out was just what God had in mind, for he also provided Paul to shout out, DON”T DO IT, WE’RE ALL HERE!
Paul either had a leading of God’s Spirit to know what was on the man’s mind, or he was observing and loved people enough to observe closely, I don’t know, but by God’s grace Paul called out and the jailer heard him.
The jailer falls down at Paul’s feet. He is trembling. He’s frightened. This fear is different though. He knew that Paul and Silas had been in town for the past few weeks preaching. So here the jailer is trembling before his prisoners. And he asks what must I do to be saved? The answer is Jesus, believe in Him and he’ll be your peace in all kinds of troubles. He’ll be your light in all kinds of dungeons. He’ll be sufficient for you and your family. He’ll give you hope when there is no hope. He is the Lord.
And then Luke tells us that Paul continued to speak to the jailer about these things. It’s very curious to me. The jailer asks the question of all questions, what must I do to be saved and Luke leaves us in the dark as to what Paul tells him. He says believe in Jesus, and then more but what? We’re left to figure out this very mysterious phrase. Believe in Jesus? How do I believe in Jesus? Surely it’s got to be more than intellectual assent. There is no substitute in evangelism or any other kind of instruction for simply telling people about the man himself and what he did in his life. Go straight to the scriptures and ultimately the road to faith is the Spirit of God, awakening a dead heart to life, when the word of God is preached and connects with the gift of faith that God has planted in any given individual.
See Colossians 1
He would have told the Jailer that to believe Jesus you must turn from any other created thing and pledge to follow Jesus who is God. To know the Savior is to Know God.
This requires as Jesus said in Mark 1 repenting. It means you open up your heart, but the Bible said out of the heart the mouth speaks, so you must open your mouth as well and say to God, I have sinned against you. I have lived my whole life until now in service to created things rather than thanking you. I have lived for my own glory, rather than for yours. I have enjoyed all your gifts, without thanking you for them.
Jesus said if anyone would follow me they must lay down their own life and take up the cross. Believing in Jesus changes what you believe about life.
God is good. He opens hearts. He opens prison doors. He opens the gates of heaven wide for all who would come in.
The good news is if he has you asking questions like What must I do to be saved? You can be sure that he is in pursuit of you. Believe in Jesus Christ.
If you become a believer you’ll soon find yourself celebrating and remembering the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus around a table. It is a communion, or remembrance table. Paul is teaching the jailer how to remember Jesus sacrifice. And the Jailer will no doubt be among those who serve the communion feast at the church that would spring up in Philippi.
I want to say that as we grow as a church, are we about reminding one another and taking one another back to the word and inviting one another to take another look at Jesus. Are we caring for one another, feeding one another, dressing one another’s wounds? These are the ways that we become the church to one another. These are the ways you go about believing in Jesus. You repent of following any other thing in life and you devote yourselves to life in Jesus’ World according to Jesus’ view of people and work and hardship and anything else.
IF you haven’t been baptized and would like to be, We will be holding a three week baptism class in May and would love for you to join that class, and then we’d like to help you get baptized right here with us.

Apr 3rd Communion Message 1 Cor 11:26-33

From Pastor Ken
Preparing for a Meal
In order to promote understanding about our scripture text, I want to share a personal story. It not exactly a parallel, but I think it will help us. Today I am reminded a little, about while growing up; how we enjoyed our time of play and how we looked forward to a meal with great anticipation. My mother would call us and we would run to the table like we didn’t have good manners or training. Maybe I would reach out my hand to maybe stick a finger into an apple pie to have a quick taste; my mother with a stern face and motioning of her hand, and would say “don’t you dare!” This act was a pretty serious violation at our table, and her disposition expressed the seriousness in mind. My mother was actually the calm one between the two of my parents. My father was feared because he was normally not so calm, but at the table he only needed to look at us a certain way; then we would examine ourselves, just assuming we did something wrong. Yet at the table, my parents tried to uphold two key principles among several others. One was to give thanks to God for all meals we consume, while asking his blessing; the other was proper hygiene or sanitary practices. We have come to accept and understand these principles, but as adults we understand more about the importance of sanitary practices before coming to the table. We have learned and seen that by a lack of proper hygiene and unsanitary conditions, many people around the world fall sick, are subject to disease and even sometimes death. I think you may know where I am going with this illustration.
Title: Preparation for the Lord’s Supper
Through our scripture text the Apostle Paul communicates to believers in Corinth, about some very serious matters surrounding the observance of the Lord’s Supper. For perceiving the relevance today, it is more important to understand that the letter was directed to a body of believers; and that such conditions can occur among believers. The city was well noted as one that was degenerate, dissipated, and debauched, but the apostle’s target was the church. It is likely that this epistle was written near the period A.D. 55.
It is said that the communion table is like a great bridge spanning from the time of the Passover observance (Deu. 16:3) with its shadows; to the actualization of Jesus fulfilling the role of the Passover lamb or the lamb (I Cor. 5:7) of God.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies; we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Rom. 5:6-10).
I don’t believe we are in the same state of the church epitomized in the letter (I Cor. 11:27-30), but by reflecting, taking heed, and examining ourselves we can avert the conditions and similar consequences. It is said that a Christian would never come to the Lord’s Supper table with un- repented sin; considering all that it represents. Yet who is worthy? He that is made worthy; by the justification of the Lord Jesus Christ; know that God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness.
Beyond this point if we remember Jesus, and what He has done for us on the cross; it will remind us of our past justification, prove to be a source of our present sustenance, and catalyst of hope; as we see the pledge it brings of our future glory and blessedness.
It is a table of table of remembrance (v. 24). It is a table of obedience: “take, eat …” (v. 24). It is a table of self-examination (v. 28). It is table of communion that of fellowship, sharing, and participation (I Cor. 10:16). It is a table of thanksgiving (v. 24). It is a table of confession; It is a table of expectation: “Till he come” (v. 26).
Preparing for the Lord’s Supper, let us go to God in prayer.
Father we thank you for the great sacrifice made on the cross to atone for the sins of men. We thank you for your Son, and the justification that he makes for us. We know you to be faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness, therefore please forgive us of all sin. Forgive of those sin know, and unknown; those of omission and those of commission. We may not feel, but we trust you and your word. Touch our hearts and minds, touch and bless our observance; in Jesus’ name we pray (Amen).

Communion Sermon 6th March Matthew 4:4 Transcript

Each month, Dongshin church has communion on the first Sunday and we look forward to breaking bread with you. Apologies for the lateness and we will have the April Communion message available soon.
Sermon by Ken Maxwell who also runs Kyungpook University Church
Prayer:
Gracious heavenly Father, we humbly bow before thee. Humanity communicating with divinity; yet we come in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son. In His name you have given us access to a holy place, the throne of grace; where we can obtain mercy and find grace (Heb. 4:16) in a time of need. Father open our minds, eyes, ears, and hearts; that we may know, see, hear, and retain what the spirits desires us to know this day in Jesus’ name we pray (Amen).
Through our scripture text the Apostle Matthew (once Levi, the tax collector) writes of the teachings of Jesus as inspired by God. It is simple for the believer and immensely profound for the theologian and expositor. Many have heard, but the important question is: are we doing or are we following the example? It is likely that this book was written earlier than A.D. 70. It is clear that the epistle is written to the church (Jewish converts) and objective church (converts). Our text today is a message of seeing, using and relying on that which is better than bread; an important principle.

Vs. 4: As we see in our earlier illustration that man may not be satisfied with the bread he receives, or even throughout scripture it its lack or abundance man was not made to live by bread alone. The word bread in our scripture text today, in the Greek language is (Ar’-tos/ a[rtoß]); mean that which is made of flour and normally mixed with water and baked. This bread was even consecrated to God and eaten during the feast, such as the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exo. 12:15-18). This meaning in biblical usage has also been extended to mean anything eaten. Before the sin in the garden, all that man needed to live was given; that is first his relationship to God, then the garden. Yet after the sin, came spiritual death and an ensuing or eventual physical death. From this time is was said that “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Gen. 3:19). We saw after the great exodus miracle of God; that the people began to complain about a lack of bread, and after that it was something else. We see in the story of the in Kings (I Kin. 17:9-24), there was little to make in the house of the woman at Zarepheth, but she followed the instructions of the Prophet Elijah, and made him a cake first of that little first, and then made for her and son. The little was so little that she planned to use to sticks with that meal and cruse of oil then lay and die (the woman and her son). Yet she had faith to listen to the prophet and she not only ate for many days, but her son’s life was restored. In the bible the word bread was often used as a parallel to the Word, because of its parallel use; that is to live. In the Isaiah (Isa. 55:10-11, KJV) For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and make it bring forth bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater. So shall my word be that that goeth forth from my mouth, it shall not return unto me void; it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Let us read Isaiah 55:1-3, together. We also find that King David described the word as to having taste in Psalm 119:1103 (KJV): “How sweet are thy words to my taste! Yea sweeter than honey to my mouth!” We realize that bread is important, it is at the lowest level or basic level of man’s need according to Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs). In I Pet. 2:2, we are encouraged to desire the sincere milk of the word as babes. Yet let us not allow bread to be our ambition or even our weakness; leading to the undoing of our lives. If we would read in our bibles, the story in I Kin.13:1-32, we would see a story about a man of God, whose stomach and disobedience cost him very life. In our text (Mat.4:4) we see not only the example of Jesus, the Son of God, being subject to temptation, but also using that which is better than bread to win and be victorious. In the verse below, Satan misuses a scripture (Psa. 91:11-12), again trying to temp Jesus. Yet Jesus again, uses that which is better than bread, but liken unto the life give power of bread, to subdue the tricks of the enemy. Bread is important, but man can’t live by it alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. So as we trust and work for bread, let us retain that which is better; that is the Word of God.

Sermon 26th May Acts 16:16-18

Apologies for the lateness of this update, we were unable to video the sermon but have provided a longer summary.

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally, Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

What about our church? We read the scriptures, we meet together, we take communion, we baptize, and we pray together; we preach the same gospel about the same Lord,

This is Jesus, whom we worship. It is Jesus who rose from the dead, something we should spend time considering and contemplating as our celebration of Easter approaches. And when Jesus appeared before the 11 remaining apostles in Matthew 28 He gave orders to them on a mountain in Galilee regarding the spiritual conquest of the whole earth, the first thing that He did was to declare the foundation for this mission. The imperatives of the Great Commission are based on the fact that Jesus Christ has received all authority. Christ’s reception of “all authority” is emphasized “Given to Me was all authority.”

In Acts 16, the authority of Jesus Christ is in effect being displayed by the obedience of the Apostle Paul, to actively preach the gospel here in Philippi.

We must persist in the activity of praying and proclaiming the gospel. Vs. 17

We must persist in our obedience to preach because in doing so we persist in displaying the authority of Jesus Christ. The devil is persistently working to undermine and distract from the glory of God. Vs. 18 the slave woman was caught in the middle of the battle and she ‘kept this up for many days’ to disrupt the preaching of the gospel.

The written word doesn’t express the tone of the woman but it affected Paul.

Paul would have taught that Jesus is the way to be saved. This spirit was calling into question the authority of God in a number of ways,

The spirit was mocking Paul and calling into question the truth of Paul’s testimony, and primarily as to whether or not Paul had the authority to speak for God at all.

The spirit was challenging the gospel itself and the viability of Jesus Christ as the one name under heaven by which all men must be saved. Acts 4:12 and John 14:6

This is still the case today. We are constantly bombarded with relativistic jargon about how this spiritual path or that spiritual path will both lead to the same place. It is not true. Jesus Christ is the only one with the authority to save.

The spirit was finally challenging the authority of Jesus by its very presence in the girl. How could Jesus be authoritative to save if he couldn’t even handle this putrid wimpy spirit of the evil one? How could Jesus stand by and let this woman mock the truth of the gospel. It’s the same question the thief on the cross asked him IF YOU”RE REALLY GOD, THEN SAVE YOURSELF

And it is a question many many people struggle within our own day. We want to know why something terrible could happen or tragedy could befall our loved ones or our own lives, if God is in control. This shakes those outside the church with regularity, but it is particularly frightening how often this troubles the souls of the faithful. We must be convinced of the goodness of God, as we see in the very next sentence. Rather than calling down the power of heaven to free himself Jesus turns his attention to the pleas of the second thief.

The thief on the other side of Jesus confessed remember me when you come into you’re true Kingdom (LUKE:23:39-40)

It is the argument over the reality and authority of Jesus Christ to rule his creation and the bottom line when you look at the people around you every day is, PEOPLE NEED THE LORD and they are clueless as to his authority and movements toward them at every turn and tick of the clock in their daily lives.

THE AUTHORITY

Why is authority such a big deal? Many of us have had it with authority have we not? In our own day and age it is customary to assume that authority and power corrupts. We associate authority with discipline, with despotism, and oppression. To be sure that is what this woman had experienced of authority by her slave master. It describes this man in the text as obsessed with money.

How rare it is that we see authority in the light of freedom. How often do you consider Christ’s authority and his love in the same breath, because it is by that very same authority that he has the power to forgive sins according to Mark chapter 2. It is by this authority that Jesus faced down death and the curse and rose again to claim the seat next to God the Father. He claims the throne and occupies the throne to exercise his authority over his people, and to judge the wicked. II Timothy 4:1-8  God is using this picture of his authority to save more people in Philippi and to build his church.

Now comes the showdown. Paul is about to display this very authority in the middle of everyone watching. It has been days. Everyone hears the preaching of Paul. They hear the mockery of the woman. Some may have seen it a disturbance, others may have thought her rude, but a great deal of them were perhaps thinking in the back of their mind, what if she’s right? Who are these guys, to come into my town, claim to be from God, preach to me a single way of salvation, and expect me to swallow that tripe? Paul will now do what must be done, He calls out the spirit in the Name of Jesus, he displays the absolute authority that Jesus “the word of God” has over all creation. Do you remember at creation, when God spoke, things immediately came into being and here Paul declares the authority of Jesus the living Word of God and no less stunning result occurs, but the immediate silence and expulsion of this spirit of mockery and deceit.  Jesus has the authority to command your life and to rule the things that are ruling you as despots. He can free you from anything, and he must free you from anything, otherwise you will remain lost and ignorant in service to created things rather than the creator.  Authority speaks to the core of our being as humans. We were created to have authority, but we don’t know what authority is without turning to the LORD GOD CREATOR OF HEAVEN and EARTH. John 19:11 “you would have no power over me unless it were granted by heaven.” Our authority is granted.

When we think of authority it must be in faith. Do you believe in the authority of Jesus Christ?

A believer in Jesus Christ is one who lives by the authority of Jesus Christ as set forth in his Word. A believer is directed in this obedience to the Authority of God, by the Spirit of God and by the Church. When I say the Church I do not mean simply the power structure of the visible church but rather the same Spirit of God residing in the members of the body who are faithfully discharging their duties as the priesthood of all believers. Praise God for his authority over all things even our lives. This is truly good news. Praise God that he has authority over death and sits at the right hand of the Father ready to right all wrongs and reverse the ill effects of the curse.

You could be here today without knowing the truth of the one who created you and has true authority to forgive sins and give meaning to your life. Would you turn from serving created things, things that do not fulfill or keep their word. Would you turn to Jesus who commands even those things that have holds on us too great for us to break. Nothing in heaven or earth can keep you apart from him. If he is calling you and you feel it then pray, call out, let him know your desire to know him and be known by him. There is nothing that would keep him from you. He would come to you and make you his own and show you what truly good authority is like.

Praise be to God the Father, and to Jesus Christ His Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Special Prayer week 16th-24th Easter

Our church is called to pray and we are going to have a special corporate prayer week coming together starting with a praise and worship night on Saturday 16th from 7:30-9:30. We will have our regular Sunday service and then from Monday to Friday, we are going to pray and sing together from 8:00-9:30 (every night). We want you to come and pray with hope and expectation.

Our vision for prayer and Dongshin Church is below

Purpose: The main purpose of the prayer ministry is to birth, initiate, protect and assure the victories in Christ for the Dong-shin EM.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

Envisioned Future: A formidable band of prayer warriors who shift heaven and earth for the glory of God for Dong-shin Church, Daegu, Korea and the World.

Core values to achieve the envisioned future these are the values we hold dear!!!

#1. Become the passionate lover of Christ

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy[a] unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.[b] Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.  If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. Song of Songs 8:6-7

#2.  Become the Watchmen (and Watchwomen) of the Dong-shin Church

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. Ezekiel  3:17-18

#3. Live a regimented, disciplined lifestyle of fasting

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, the LORD will answer, you will cry for help, and he will say:  Here am I.  Isaiah 58: 6-9

#4. Become the avid student of God’s Word.

10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.  Ezra 7:10

#5.  Become the intercessor who crys night and day for the children of God.

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. Luke 18:7-8a

If you need prayer for anything, please let us know either by email dongshinprayerministry@gmail.com

or talk to one of the leaders at church.

If God is for us then who can be against us, praise the Lord.

Newsflash Room change April 3rd

Due to many people worshiping at our English Service, the decision was made to move to be a bigger room and we will now be on the 3rd floor of the same building. Now you have no excuse to use the elevator and we look forward to seeing you there in the new room as of April 3rd at the same time – 2pm.

Peace and blessings

We will be in Room 302 with the foundations class and small groups being allocated to other rooms at the conclusion of the service (to be announced on the day).

Mar 2oth Sermon from Acts 16:6-15 Paul and Lydia

Summary

I remember a couple of brothers that misbehaved in church. They were well known for their bad behavior and attitudes. About half way through their senior year of high school, they began to get more involved in youth events. They actually brought their bibles to church and paid attention during the sermons. Later, they asked to meet with the pastor, to ask him for a letter of recommendation to attend Bible College. The pastor, asked them a series of questions about their faith. One of which was as follows. “What changed in the last year?” To which the older brother replied, “Your sermons suddenly got a lot more interesting about 6 months ago, prior to that, I don’t know what you were doing wrong.”

Many of us find ourselves paying attention to any number of things in our lives. We are bombarded with work, money, and family issues. Luke wants to teach us something about waking up and paying attention in life. And he wants to accomplish this by recounting to us Paul’s trip to Philippi and his encounter with a woman named Lydia.

Lydia is an immigrant to Philippi. She is originally from Thyratira. She moved from Thyratira where she grew up, in order to sell the clothing. Her life is not unlike many of us. We have come to a foreign country to work as English teachers. She herself was a Greek woman. However, she is what the Jews called a “worshiper of God” vs. 14. This simply means that she had an interest in the God of Israel. She was a seeker. She found a local group of woman who gathered to pray.  Paul, realizing there is no synagogue, finds the group of women and offers to talk to them. We’re told that Lydia, had her heart opened by God to pay attention to what Paul said.

God blessed Lydia and opened her heart and she heard Paul in a way that caused her to PAY very Close attention to what he said.  What you have here in this passage is Paul, a man with a heart opened by God to pay attention to the Gospel realities of Jesus Christ is preaching to a group of woman. Of those women, the message reaches the heart of one of them, who also has her heart opened by God himself to pay attention to it.  What does it mean to “pay attention”. We recognize that to pay attention has more to do with the heart of the hearer than the ears of the hearer.

Luke recounts for us a meeting between one who pays attention and a group of woman who were not paying attention. It’s not unlike our current meeting here. Some in this room are well aware of the goodness, grace, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ today. Some of you when you encounter difficulties in your life you immediately think of prayer as the way to deal with it. Some of you when you see a financial trouble in your life, walk in faith relying on God to provide that next bit of money. Some of you when you wake up in the morning your mind turns to God and scripture. Some of you do not sleep until you’ve had time to pray and tell God about your day. In each of these cases the life, the full life, is expressed in a heart that pays attention to the WORK of GOD in all things. On the contrary, there are hearts that cannot, do not, and refuse to pay attention or give due credit for all that God is and has done in their lives. There are hearts that forget the work of God in the morning. They do not pray when they are in need. They do not see the intent of God in moving their lives. They come to Church as a social group or a religious educational opportunity. There is a kind of sight going on here, a sense that you get what is going on, but ultimately, deep down, the heart is closed to the truth about Jesus Christ and all he is and must be in your life.

How do we know Lydia was paying attention? How do we know she really believed? She was baptized.  This means she confessed and repented of her sins. Secondly, she began to take care of the people around her. She preached the gospel to her family and they were baptized. She assumes the burden of housing Paul and his companions. She supports the spread of the gospel. Later she would no doubt become part of the Church established at this very site’ the Church of Philippi. She was awake and paying attention for the first time in her life.

Amen

Boardgame aftermath

From our resident blogger Chris Whetsell

“Board Games and Learning to Pay Attention”

One thing I’ve really come to enjoy at Dongshin is the opportunity to interact with so many different kinds of people. Our community is a very unique mix of people from all over the world, and it’s eye opening to a Christian—like myself—who was raised in a more exclusive community of believers.

This past weekend was board game night and a great time to extend the hand of friendship to new faces.

I’m not too much into playing board games, but I know that they are a good way to connect with others. It’s also a really fun way to experience a different—and crazy—side of someone when they’re wrapped up in the tension of a game of Catch Phrase! Even if you don’t know someone very well, playing games together really breaks the ice well—more Ice Breakers please.

Coming into church this week I was feeling really sullen from the workweek, but I had a feeling God had something to tell me. Sure enough, the message easily thwarted my uncaring perspective and I began to relax. Sundays have really been a blessing to me, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. God is always able to blow away my defenses and then have me take a look in the mirror.

Living all the way out in Chilgok has given me a lot of time to reflect on myself, and while it’s been beneficial, it sometimes makes me apathetic to what God’s doing with me out here.  After a bad day of work I usually take out of anger on myself and place the blame squarely on my shoulders. I’m end up staring at the brick wall in my face instead of looking up and over at what God’s up to. It’s really sobering to realize that when I fail or feel discouraged, the Lord will strive after me to set me back on the right path.

I was very pleased with the board game gathering and thankful to know that God is still faithful to me. The reassurance of knowing that He is still bringing His plans to fruition helped me to relax that night, and to enjoy myself.

It’s comforting to know that even after the long hours and tested patience at work, the Lord is always leading me to a new challenge of growth and maturity.

Support for the Japanese

The twin disasters in Japan has created a humanitarian need and we can support the Japanese people affected firstly  through prayer and also financial assistance.  We pray for the survivors of the cities that they will be able to recover and deal with the tragic situation.

**Update** Dongshin Church has setup a bank account to transfer aid to Japan so please use

Nong-Heup (농협) 301-0063-8403-61

Also, you can visit our Korean church website www.bestdongshin.com

If you are interested in offering aid, you can go to this facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187515437957277

If you aren’t part of Facebook, you can donate at

CREDIT CARD (Worldwide)
http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
>>>enter the amount in JPY but it takes from CREDIT CARD (deducts from your own currency).

DONATE- BANK TRANSFER (Korea):
http://www.redcross.or.kr/support/R021201L.jsp?chk_give=Y&give=redcross11&main=1

Just use your bank card, click “account transfer” and enter any of these accounts through the ATM:
Woori Bank 1005-899-020202
Kookmin Bank9-010-001-0001
Shinhan 140-009-177631
Nonghyup 301-0077-4329-11
Hana Bank 101-100410-04604

March 6th Sermon and important activities

Last Sunday Pastor Andy shared about God’s purpose for our salvation, see below for an extract and remember you can watch the video at:

http://blog.daum.net/ktmega/14785651

We had communion last Sunday as well with Pastor Ken sharing about the significance of it. Communion will be held the 1st Sunday of every month.

March 13th This week we are going to visit the Korean main body in the auditorium for the 12:00 service. We would like to encourage everyone to join us for this service and can you meet at the English Service room (5th floor) at 11:30.  Also we are dedicating Karl and Narina’s daughter ‘Isabella Rose Prodger’ to the Lord.  Afterwards there will be snacks provided and we will have our regular worship and service at 2pm.  Small groups will be at3:30 on that day only.

March 20th Boardgame evening will be held at church after small groups and expect lots of fun. We have games to choose from and snacks will be provided. All you need is 5000 won and a winning attitude.

Saturday March 26th It’s SPRINGCLEANING time and we need all the help we can get to spruce up the main room and make it worthy of a place of worship. It starts at 1pm and cleaning materials will be supplied although you can bring your own supplies if you want to. No waterblasters please.

Sermon Summary

Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,  having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

What does it mean to bear fruit, walk in the Spirit, and behave like Jesus Christ?

We all need to know what we’re doing, where we’re going, and how we’ll get there.

Why do you want me to do x, y, or z in my life, God?

Ultimately we would say that God has A GOAL that has been around for a long time; it is mysterious in nature and is bigger than you or me.

Look at Eph 1 v4-5, the purpose of God here for you and for me is to redeem us. He wants to make you his own. His purpose is to adopt you and lavish love on you. His purpose is to express all his love for you in his Son. He wants you to be free, and forgiven, and made right. He wants you to know how he feels about you. He doesn’t want to hide this purpose; rather he wants to reveal it to you. His purpose has the end result of glorifying himself; and this purpose is accomplished in uniting all things under Christ.

  1. God lived amongst us
  2. Jesus will come again and all things will be subject to his rule.
  3. God’s Spirit is alive in us. We are the body of Christ. See Col 1:15-20

He is the head of the church. There is only one purpose of God. It is to save you and place you in his body, to glorify him.

Finally the purpose of God ends in his kingdom as a reality. It is heaven. It is the inheritance we are promised. God’s purpose for saving you is rooted in his plan for you, it is continued in your participation and growth in his church, and it is fulfilled in your receiving an inheritance “to the PRAISE of HIS GLORY” (v12 & 14).  We are here to love, serve and glorify God together.

New Blog Page

We have just started an area for aspiring writers to share their thoughts and contribute to the body of Christ by letting us know what God has been doing in their life. Also, if you have thoughts about the sermon or life in Korea then please feel free to submit to dongshinenglish@gmail.com. Check out the new page for some encouragement. God bless you.

Movie Afternoon – Saturday Feb 26th

Our brothers and sisters at Daegu Sungmyung Church are holding a free movie afternoon with snacks and drinks and have opened the invitation to us and anyone you would like to pass this message onto.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=162534297130172&index=1

 ‘Film & Theology’ at SMC’s has its very own theatre. This event is approx. 3hrs and includes a brief presentation of the movie, viewing of the movie, and a group discussion time. The cinema is a modern-day pulpit: expressing ideas about God, life, love, relationships, and people. Join us for a great movie and an interesting discussion time. Feel free to invite your friends!

Directions:

Sungmyung Church (성명교회) is located in Seongseo (성서) next to Kyungwon High School (경원고등학교). It is a 5 minute taxi ride from the Igok Subway Station.

Korean Directions for taxi driver: 새방골 성명교회 가주세요

Bus Directions: Bus #521 goes right past Sungmyung church. The stop is located between the church and Kyungwon High School.

The theatre is located in the big building on the basement floor. 
Enjoy the show!

Update for the week 20-26th Feb

Well, if you missed the bowling on Sunday, it was an epic battle between the will of the hand and the will of the ball! Results will be announced next Sunday.

Also, we have a special guest speaker ‘Brian Kim’ who has been living in North Korea so don’t miss next Sunday (27th)

The sermon from Sunday about the law of diminishing returns is available here on video http://blog.daum.net/ktmega/14785650

Also, we are having a special offering this Sunday to assist with ministry activities that are beyond our budget such as the conference and orphanage among other things.  We want to be able to support all the ministries connected with our English service and we need your help so be in prayer this week about what God would like you to do or give.

Brandon will be away in April for some time so we need some more supporters to visit the orphanage on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 2-4pm. Please let us know if you are able to come and play with the children that desperately need love and attention.



God bless you this week

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    Don’t forget Bowling this Sunday after small groups (only 10,000 won), it’s going to be epic!

    Sermon – Practical Meekness Feb 13th by Leon Potgieter

    Last Sunday, we had the message from Matt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

    The true definition of meekness: “Weakness is a voluntary limitation of power.” We are choosing to limit the resources at our disposal.  Jesus limited his power while on Earth to glorify his father even though he had legions of angels ready and on hand to help him.

    Why do we need meekness? It makes us useful as channels in God’s kingdom.  God wants to use our resources; that are actually his resources, to grow His kingdom and bless humanity.  But if we’re constantly using everything for ourselves, we become unfit for service, since we’ve used all our resources. 

    Illustration: I have this much, but choose to use this much.

    God want to use your resources for his purposes You are not on earth to live for yourself

    2 Tim. 2:21 – Vessel fit for the Master’s use

    To watch the video of Leon’s sermon, click http://blog.daum.net/ktmega/14785648

    and you can view future sermons by clicking on the page link on the bottom right.

    Also, Leon has produced a website for people to think about sexual purity and you can visit at

    www.stayingpure.com

    Updates for February

    Happy Lunar New Year,
    Upcoming Event – Bowling on Feb 20th after church. The bowling alley is nearby and we will have prizes for sensational strikes plus the chance to hang out and make new friends. The cost is 10,000 won and feel free to invite your friends, work colleagues etc.  Looking forward to striking with you!

    Small Groups started last Sunday with donuts and M&M’s and we have 3 groups with experienced leaders to guide and discuss the sermon, the Bible, and life in general as it applies to God’s perspective.  We want to encourage everyone to be connected to a small group as it allows you to have the richness of knowledge, spiritual input, and personal relationships during your time at Dongshin Church. The group membership will remain the same for the next 6 months. Chris and Emily are the Small Group Coordinators and if you are interested in becoming a small group leader, then please talk to them or Pastor Andy Gilman.

    Next week, we will start another small group for people who are new to Dongshin and didn’t have the chance to join a group so please feel free to join us after the sermon.

    Have you ever considered a missions trip? Dongshin Church has received a special request from our brothers and sisters in Hungary to have a group visit in August (1st-10th). Right now, we are wanting people to indicate if they are interested and we will arrange a meeting to discuss the details with Pastor Daniel Kim (who is the new  Liaison Pastor between our English service and the Korean Church leadership). Please pray and ask for guidance about whether this unique opportunity is for you. Then please talk to Pastor Andy or Pastor Daniel Kim.

    Financial Planning classes will start at the end of February as textbooks are being ordered. The classes are based on Crown Financial Ministries (http://crown.org/). Dennis and Noelle are the leaders with over 15 years experience.

    Prayer Requests – remember if you have any prayer requests, please send an email to dongshinprayerministry@gmail.com as we have a team on standby to intercede for you and others in Jesus’ name.

    Special Offerings – We will be having a special offering each month for the next 10 months to support extra ministries and major Church activities such as the conference.  There are always many things that need doing and we want to help as many people as we can so please pray that God provides the resources and people to glorify him through our actions at Dongshin English Service.

    Activities and signups for 2011

    Foundation classes will be held from the end of January (30th) and will run for 6 weeks – this is an opportunity to discover what Dongshin stands for, what christian living is really about and how you can embrace God more in your life.

    Financial Planning classes will be held from the end of January and will run for 10 weeks on Sunday mornings (tba) – This group is nearly full and is being run by 2 very experienced people who have been teaching the principles from Crown Financial Ministries (http://crown.org/) for over 15 years so if you are interested in managing your money in a godly fashion, then you need to attend.

    Small Groups are starting again this year and we have experienced leaders to guide and discuss the sermon, the Bible, relationships and life in general as it applies to God’s perspective.  We want to encourage everyone to be connected to a small group as it allows you to have the richness of knowledge, spiritual input, and personal relationships during your time at Dongshin Church.  Please signup at church and if you are interested in becoming a small group leader, then please talk to Pastor Andy.

    Have you ever considered a missions trip? Dongshin Church has received a special request from our brothers and sisters in Hungary to have a group visit in August (1st-10th). Right now, we are wanting people to indicate if they are interested and we will arrange a meeting to discuss the details with Pastor Daniel Kim (who is the new  Liaison Pastor between our English service and the Korean Church leadership). Please pray and ask for guidance about whether this unique opportunity is for you. Then please talk to Pastor Andy or Pastor Daniel Kim.

    Finally, we are preparing a church directory from a request by the Korean Church leadership which needs to be completed shortly so we will be recording personal details and taking your photo (which will only be used for church purposes) on Sunday.  This will also help you to make new friends, learn names and create a support network outside of church especially if we need to talk to other believers who can also guide us in our daily lives.

    Sunday 12 noon Services

    Join us for a multi-cultural and vibrant Christian experience in English! See the Direction page for the step-by-step “how-to” on reaching us Sundays at 12 noon.