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Acts 19:23-41, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey

On his third missionary journey, Paul went to the great city of Ephesus in Asia Minor and preached the gospel there for three years.  Because of the work of the Holy Spirit, the sick people were healed and evil spirits left them (19:12).  Through the preaching of the gospel the lives of many people were transformed and they thoroughly rejected their paganism (vs. 19-20).

Paul’s ministry had a noticeable result in the economic situation of Ephesus that sales of their products were dropping rapidly, and this became a problem.  So the union leader, Demetrius, addressed the problem and stirred people up (vs. 25-27).  Fired up by him, the silversmiths ran through the city of Ephesus until there was a great demonstration of people who shouted “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” as they walked to the theatre, which seated about twenty-five thousand people (vs. 28-29).  However, God intervened through the mayor of the city and Paul was set free (vs. 35-41).

What we learn from the text is if God opens the door for the preaching of the gospel, no one can shut it.  Everyone who wants to live a godly life serving Jesus Christ must suffer some kind of hardship; A Christian may face opposition, demonstrations, and riots, but despite these things, God will save his people through the preaching of the gospel.  In fact, Paul was confident in any confrontation and hardship, and also faithful to what Jesus commanded and promised.  What about you?  If you like to be faithful to preach the gospel, to impact the culture for God, and to live transformed life then, ask God for the power of the Spirit of the living God in your life, and then we could live for the gospel. Amen.    IL-WOONG.

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Church Council (Call for Nominations): The call for nominations to fill six (6) vacancies on the Church Council opens from 8.45 am this Sunday 8 October 2017 until 6.30 pm Sunday 15 October 2017. The vacancies will be left by 4 current Councillors, Lawrie Bool, Greg McKay, Craig Morrison and Fiona Morrison, whose terms expire on 31 December 2017.The 5th vacancy occurred, when James Brennan resigned following his wedding in May this year and the sixth vacancy is carried over from the 2016 election.

Nomination forms will be available from Keith from today. If you are considering nominating someone, please prayerfully consider this over this and next Sunday.

Voting will be conducted on Sundays 12 & 19 November 2017 and the mid-week service on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The successful Councillors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday 26 November 2017.

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This Changed Everything  2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther published 95 theses for debate in Wittenberg, Germany. Little did he know that this act would ignite a revolution that would reshape the Christian church and change Western civilization forever.

Christian History Institute is producing a ground breaking three-hour documentary series called This Changed Everything. Narrated by the renowned British actor David Suchet, the program tells the dynamic story of the people, places, and events that shaped the Reformation. It features expert commentary from Dr. Michael Horton, Dr. Frank James, Shane ClaiborneBishop Robert Barron, and over twenty other scholars and clergy who bring new insight into how the church came to be where it is today and where it may go in the future.
This Changed Everything
 celebrates the fruits of the Reformation while grappling with difficult questions about the legacy of division. Clearly, the medieval church was in dire need of reform, but could complete schism have been avoided? Why does the Protestant movement continue to splinter into ever increasing factions? How should we think about our divisions in light of Jesus’ passionate prayer that his followers be “one”?  Watch Trailer.

Silence  Celebrated director Martin Scorsese’s 28 year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed 1966 novel Silence to life tells the story of two Christian missionaries, who fact the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their mission mentor – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

Gay and Celibate (Part 1)

Dr Wesley Hill is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania. He is a committed Christian who is also gay and celibate, and has written about his experiences in his book Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. He talks to Simon Smart about why he’s convinced that homosexual practice is not an option for Christians; the Bible’s view on marriage, singleness, and community; and how the figure of Jesus is compelling enough to inspire a very counter-cultural life of celibacy.

Gay and Celibate  (Part 2)

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