Family Advent Readings & Activities
We've printed a new booklet to help you prepare for Christmas. You can follow the plan by yourself or involve your whole family. This booklet, Genesis to Jesus, has been prepared by Wendy Lin, and gives you daily Bible readings, prayers, points to consider and optional activities that aim to help you see God's unfolding plan of salvation throughout Advent.
You can download the 2016 Family Advent Readings and Activities booklet here or collect one from the TMB Office, or from the Welcome Desk at our services on Sundays.
Deuteronomy: Living by faith under God's promises
In this new series, we're going to be doing things a bit differently from normal - rather than the usual practice of "continuous exposition" ie opening up a book of the bible, starting at chapter one, and making our way through it in entirety, we'll instead be considering what it means to live by faith under the promises of God by looking at the parallels with the Israelites on the edge of the Promised Land, as they hear about how to thrive in the land "flowing with milk and honey", as told in Deuteronomy 5 - 8. There will also be some Christian reflections because we are privileged to live after the first coming of God's own Son.
You can download the Bible study guide here or collect one from the Welcome Desk on Sunday.
Join us at TMB with Geoff Lin from November 13.
You will have received on your way in to church on Sunday a brief document outlining an opportunity that we have to partner together in seeing people come to know Christ and grow to maturity as his disciples in the coming months and years.
In God’s kindness the generosity of his people has allowed us to come into existence as a church and has allowed us to be involved in all kinds of ministries.
We’ve seen people come to faith in Christ.
We’ve baptised people.
We’ve discipled kids and youth and adults.
We've started a new church at Victor Harbor.
We’ve sent people into other parts of Australia and the world.
And we who are here have grown as disciples of Jesus.
One of the realities we’ve faced all our life as a church is that our giving has never been enough to cover our expenses. In the past we’ve had some financial assistance from the Trinity Network, but we don’t have that any more, which means that our financial shortfall is becoming a more pressing and serious concern and we, people who call TMB their church home, are the only ones who can do anything about it.
Our projected deficit for this year is a little over $80,000, which we will carry into next year. If our giving remains at current levels, we’re looking at a deficit of $129,000 next year.
Obviously that kind of deficit is unsustainable and puts a fairly serious question mark over the future of our church. As you know we’re doing all we can to exit our offices to save money there, but since we have always run very lean financially, there’s not really much more we can do to reduce our costs without laying off staff.
This has been a constant item of prayer and discussion for our Leadership Team. And the Bible tells us not to be anxious about this kind of thing, so we want to have great confidence in God’s ability to provide. And the way that God provides for ministry is through the generosity of his people. And so you’ll see this new opportunity is called TMB 10:52. We’ve called it this because we’re asking every adult who considers themselves part of this family to prayerfully consider if you’re able to increase your giving to the work of the gospel here by $10 a week and in doing so, to continue to partner with your brothers and sisters here in growing disciples in Mount Barker.
There are about 120 adults who attend TMB regularly and so if each of us was able to increase our giving by $10 a week, that would put us in a much better position to continue our church life and do the ministry we’d like to do, seeing disciples made and grown right here and across the region. There are some here I know who are already giving as generously as you can. You are sacrificing things, you are going without things that you would like in order to contribute to kingdom ministry. We are not asking you to give more than you are able. And in fact others of us want to learn to model your example of sacrifice and going without for the sake of gospel ministry. There may be others of us though who have never got into the habit of giving regularly and so for you to start will mean that you’ll be able to give more than $10 a week. And no doubt there’ll be others who perhaps set up electronic giving a while ago and may be in a position to increase your giving.
As I said this is an opportunity for all of us to see our church go forward into the future.
To invest in the lives of people here as we make disciples across all our regular ministries.
And also to have an impact for Christ in our region.
You’ll be hearing a bit more from the Leadership Team about this in the next few weeks and we’re asking if you can let us know your response by Sunday, November 6.
Please speak with me or one of the Leadership Team, Matt Kerrison, Katy Walker or Nathan Watts if you’ve got any questions or you’d like any more information.
Please take a moment to read more about TMB 10:52.
TMBers and guests are warmly invited to attend our TMB Picnic on the lawns of Cornerstone College on Sunday, November 13. The outdoor fun will begin after our service, from about 12.30pm.
Please BYO everything you'll need for lunch, including food, drinks, chairs and blankets. You can also buy your lunch from one of the nearby takeaway stores and bring it back to Cornerstone.
Meet Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, and Esther
Our new teaching series 'For such a time as this: Four women in the unfolding plan of God' starts on October 16.
In the story of God’s plans for his creation that unfolds throughout the Bible, he draws many people into his purposes. Some are well-known, even household names in our culture. Others are lesser known, and probably even less-well understood. In this short teaching series, we’re going to take a look at 4 women who God draws into his story of salvation. They are in many ways, unlikely, or unexpected characters in God’s plans, but those are exactly the sorts of people God so often chooses.
The experience of each of each of these women will teach us something of how God works for the good of his people, and the salvation that he wins in each episode points us towards the salvation God achieves for us in Christ.
This approach to a teaching series is a little different from our usual pattern of working our way systematically through sections of the Bible. In two of these episodes, we’re going to be tackling whole books in a single sitting! But we’re convinced that God speaks to us in all the Scriptures, and that all the Scriptures speak to us of Christ, so this series will no doubt be profitable for us as we immerse ourselves in God’s Word.
Please join us!
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