August 21st The excellencies of a straight path, Proverbs 3:6

The theme of this sermon is related to how we get from A to B. What is the quickest way – in a straight line of course!

From the Westminister Shorter Catechism

Question – What is the chief aim of man?   Answer – To glorify God and enjoy him forever.

1. Excellency of a straight path – because God is excellent, the path is excellent

John 14:6, Romans 11:36, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Exodus 15:11, Psalm 89:6

2. The trouble of a straight path (what we worship) – because of our sin, the path is difficult (our aim is God but we don’t always head in that direction)

1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 34:8

3. The hope of a straight path – because of Jesus, there is hope for a straight path (Jesus walked for 3 years with his disciples knowing fully that his path led to the cross and death but he never deviated)

Mark 1:2, Hebrews 12:2, Proverbs 3:5-6

An audio link of this sermon is available on the homepage and also check back regularly.

August weekly update 7th-13th

On the 7th, we had our communion service which is always a great time to reflect on what the Lord has done for us.  Pastor Andy Gilman spoke about the effect of grace:

The effect of grace on the life of Paul (Acts 21:1-36)

1 Cor 5:10 Grace has effects on the life of the believer

Effect 1 The courage to live and die for Christ (Acts 21:10-15)

a) Nothing to lose and everything to gain    (also Galatians 1:13)

Effect 2 The humility to submit to authority for the sake of loving others (Acts 21:20-25)

b) Nothing to prove but everything to give

Effect 3 The faith to rest on Jesus and nothing else

c) Nothing to hope in but everything that Jesus did

Grace gives you faith when you don’t have enough faith on your own

Next Sunday 14th, we have a guest speaker ‘Dash Watt’ who will be sharing the message.

Also, we have our Prayer and Worship night on Saturday (13th) from 7-8:30 in Rm503.

On the 21st, plan to stick around after church (4pm) for a movie night and we will be screening

“The Encounter” so check out the events  page for the synopsis and trailer. Invite your friends and colleagues. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Finally, if you are involved in the organization of the Kurios Conference in October, we are having a meeting on the Sat 20th Aug at 1pm in church.

May 1st Sermon Acts 17:1-9

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.

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
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.


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.

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


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.


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:

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.

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year 2011

Sermon summary 9th January

Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember (dwell on) the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

These powerful verses remind us in the new year that we need to perceive our circumstances through God’s eyes rather than idolize what we want and what we don’t have.  We should avoid lingering on the thoughts that lead us away from God. The first 2 commandments  deal with idolatry so if it is that important to God, then it is important to us. Therefore, don’t let your circumstances dictate your faith in 2011.

This year, which is our 10th Anniversary of the Dongshin English Service holds lots of promise with the fulltime appointment of Andy Gilman as Pastor who has been consistently serving the church for many years in a leadership capacity.  He will be available at the main church building on the 4th floor (Tuesday – Saturday from 9-5pm) as well as his usual duties on Sunday. We pray that God will increase Andy’s wisdom and vision for our English Service as well as the wider Daegu community.

As part of the vision, we will be having sign-ups next week for small groups that will be held after the Sunday service and this is an essential part for developing relationships and deepening your knowledge of the bible. We have some quality leaders to guide and encourage you in the small groups and be prepared to make a 6 month commitment to the group.

Also, we will be running a Foundations class which is a 6 week course for any church member to investigate what Dongshin Church stands for in terms of biblical and spiritual direction. The course is an excellent opportunity to examine God’s word in more detail to have a clear understanding of what it means to be a christian. It has a maximum enrollment of 20 people so we will have sign-ups next week for that as well.

Finally, the end of 2010 was enjoyed with a unique sofa sermon and the Annual Christmas party that involved games and a gift exchange.The sofa sermon was an interview with 4 people and they discussed how they celebrated Christmas and the way that Jesus was incorporated into that day.  Also, the question was posed about spiritual gifts and all were encouraged to seek the Lord about it by using the bible (Matthew 6:33), what people said about what we are good at, what we felt compelled to do and what we liked to do.

After that, we played Bible ‘catchphrase’ by one person asking their team members to guess a common phrase from the bible without saying any of the words in the phrase.  It was well fought and even at the end of the regular session. We had to go onto the advanced version having phrases like ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself’ and ‘They shall mount up with wings like eagles’.  Afterwards, we had a fun time exchanging gifts and it could be changed 3 times before it was safe in 1 person’s arms. Poor SJ and Gloria had their gifts taken at least 6 times!

God bless everyone in 2011


Sermon Sunday 5th Sept, Changing perceptions of God

Acts 10:24-48 portrays the story of one man, Cornelius who is responsible for salvation being extended to the Gentiles and Peter who obediently goes to meet Cornelius and preaches a simple message of the gospel. The holy spirit comes and the rest is history. God used these two men to bring salvation to the gentiles and ultimately us and does it unconventionally which is usually God’s way. Compare the world sense and spiritual sense, we see that:
The world says law and order, Jesus says love Matthew 22:37 & 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The world says get, Jesus says give Luke 9:12-17
Think about these paradoxes of Jesus
*The way first is last, *The way of success is service, *The way of security is vulnerability *The way of protection is forgiveness, *The way of life is the way of death (death to self, society and family)
*Want to be free, give complete control to God, *Want to become great, become the least
*Want to discover yourself, forget yourself, *Want honour, honour yourself with humility
*Want to get revenge, bless and love your enemies Luke 6:27
Finally, as a Christian brother and sister, God shows through the bible that our perception should be that
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
God bless you and let us bless him with our prayers this week.
Remember to scroll down for details on the October Church conference.

Special Sunday Service Jun 13th

This Sunday, the English service is going to invade
join the main service downstairs in the auditorium. This will be a great time to mix with our Korean brothers and sisters and enjoy the worship – the choir is awesome! Please be at the English church service room (Rm505) around 1:30 and we will go downstairs around 1:45.
God bless you and stay cool if possible.
Any prayer requests, please email

Sermon 9th May Freedom to Obey Acts 5:29-32

Main points from the sermon are
We are freed to obey by the Gospel, for God’s Glory with Joy
I. To Obey We Must Have The Spirit of God
II. To Obey We Must Know our Sins are Forgiven
III. To Obey We Must Believe That Jesus Has Been Raised by God and Seated at His Right Hand
Key Quote “The gospel is the whole provision of God from start to finish for everything we lack to glorify and enjoy Him.”

Other bible verses
Romans 8: 6-11 Hebrews 12:1-2 Exodus 9:12, 10:20, 11:10

Discussion questions for small groups / or during the week
1. Do you think it is easier to fear God, or People? Try to give an example with your answer. (Acts 5: 29)
2. Why do you think God wants us to obey Him if we’ve already been forgiven? And what does it mean to obey God anyway? (Beyond “DO THE RIGHT THING”)
3. Describe what obedience in response to God’s mercy is to you? How have you experienced it? How might your experience of grace need to be changed by what we learned from this text today?
4. Can you ever Really Be 100% free from sin? Is it right to expect to be? Is it wrong to not expect to be?
5. Talk with the group about how you might experience freedom from sin with one another and in other areas of your lives. How might you become more real about your sin and more free to obey with Joy.

Final passage to meditate on:
THY MERCY MY GOD LYRICS by Sandra McCracken.
Thy Mercy, My God
1. Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.
2. Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.
3. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
4. Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine

Have a blessed week, don’t forget the church picnic on May 30th.

Reflection on Sermon 18th April – Seeing ourselves the way that God sees us

Are you willing to stand with warts and blemishes in front of God and others?
Are you ready to be honest with yourself, others and with God. We can’t hide anything from God, He knew us before we were born, He knows our thoughts, heart, and our desires. Don’t try to cover your warts, who are you trying to fool? Be the best YOU, that you can be. You don’t need to be anybody else BUT yourself.

Four important things that God gave us.
1. Love – By showing your love to one another, shows that you are a child of God
2. Power – He gave us power to be disciples of God
3. Grace – To show beauty and good will to others
4. Honesty – He wants us to be honest to our self, others and to Him

Hate sin the way God hates sin, Love people the way God loves people, and remember the Gospel is about our hearts.
– April 18 Sermon Reflection by Tharine Rabie


This week we started looking at Advent and this will lead up to Christmas so here are some details below:

What is advent?

  • It is the four-week period leading up to Christmas
  • It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child
  • The season is also a preparation for the Second Coming of Christ

What is the focus of advent week?

  • Celebrate the first Advent of Christ’s birth.
  • Anticipate the Second Advent of Christ the King’s return.

What is the meaning of advent wreath?

  • Circle shape of the wreath – God has no beginning or end.
  • Color green of the wreath – We have hope in eternal life.
  • Blue candles-Royalty of King Jesus, repent and turn from the darkness of sin.
  • Pink candle – Awake out of darkness into the celebration of life through Jesus.
  • White candle or Christ candle – Jesus is true God and true man and this is the heart of the season.

How will we celebrate advent at Dongshin

  • Each Sunday for the next 4 weeks we will:
  • Read the Scriptures for the Christmas story.
  • Light the candles.
  • Read a prayer together.

Luke 2: 1-6 Life Application Study Bible
1. At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire
2. (This was the first census taken when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.
4. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He travleed there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.
5. He took with him Mary, who was now obviously pregnant.
6. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.

Advent Prayer
Emmanuel, Jesus Christ,
desire of every nation,
Savior of all people,
come and dwell among us

God bless everyone

Aug 9 Sermon – Special Testimonials

This particular Sunday was special as 5 people chose to share what God was doing in their life and how they were dealing with life’s issues.

If you have any questions or comments then you can talk to these guys at church

Rob – Renewing the mind

Scripture Romans 12:2

Narina – Spiritual gifts

Scripture Romans 12:4-8


Needing God

Scripture Psalms 2:7,8,9



Scripture Mark 8:34-35


Desire – Spiritual vs Flesh

Scripture Rom 7:18-25

Well done to these guys sharing their personal thoughts and trials.

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.