Welcome to James
 
TMB began a new teaching series on Sunday in the letter of James.  James is an intensely practical book, that urges us to live out our faith in Jesus in every area of our lives; our words, our church gatherings, our business dealings, the way we manage our diaries, and more.
 
But who was James?  There are at least four men named James in the New Testament, and one verse in Acts chapter 1 mentions three of the four.  
There was James the father of Judas.  He gets mentioned really only to distinguish his son from the other Judas.  This son gets called Judas son of James … so people don’t confuse him with Judas who betrayed Jesus. Clearly this isn’t a prominent role in the life of the New Testament church, so he’s probably not the author of this letter.
 
Then there’s James son of Alphaeus, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples.  He’s not mentioned much at all in the New Testament … he’s a bit more of a background character … and so again probably not someone who was recognised as having the kind of authority it would take to write a letter like this; a letter that the author expects his readers to take on board, to obey, and to put into action in their life.
 
Then there’s another one of the 12 disciples, James the son of Zebedee, whose brother was John. They were among the very first of Jesus’ followers and were two of Jesus’ closest friends.  James and John, along with Peter, were up on the mountain with Jesus at the transfiguration, for example, in Matthew 17. So this James is exactly the sort of person who could write a letter like this.  Except, Acts 12 tells us that James the son of Zebedee was put to death by King Herod.  This happened in 44 AD, which is about two years before this letter was written.
 
This leaves us with James, the son of Mary and Joseph – Jesus’ half-brother.  However it’s not just by a process of elimination that we conclude this James is the author of the letter.  We know for example that he lived long enough to have written it in about AD 46.  James was killed for his faith in Jesus sometime around AD 61.  And James the brother of Jesus was certainly prominent enough and well-respected enough to be able to write like this.  He was one of the leaders in the early church and described as one of the “pillars” of the church.  In fact, James was the leader of the whole church in Jerusalem.  And there is evidence in the language and style of the letter that all points to this James as the author.
 
Of course, while all this can be very interesting, what’s more important is what James actually says to us in his letter, and how we put that into practice in our lives.  As James himself writes, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
 
I hope you’re able to be part of our journey through James together.
 
Clayton Fopp
 

 

 

SHARE lunch

 

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Our next Share lunch will be held on Saturday, September 25.

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You will be invited to share lunch at a host's home with a small group of fellow TMBers.

The TMB Leadership Team met on Tuesday evening July 12 and were pleased to discuss, plan for and action a numbers of things. It was also great to welcome our Senior Pastor Clayton back to work! 
 
We have continued some planning around Bible Study Groups and we’d love to see more and more TMBers connected into small groups in coming months. We expect that there will be several new groups kicking off in the second half of 2016, so if you are interested to join a BSG please fill in a Communication Card or have a chat with one of us after the service today.
 
Since our meeting last week two people have been approached and asked to prayerfully consider joining the Leadership Team. Please be praying that God will raise up and equip leaders for TMB! We will be pleased to share with you more details of new additions to the team soon.
 
We also discussed and prayed for youth ministry and its vital role here at TMB. As a leadership team we are looking for ways to breathe new life and energy into the GiG Youth program that runs on Friday nights during school term. To this end we have decided to join together with the large youth group at our sister church Trinity Hills, at Aldgate, for terms three and four this year. We 
hope this will invigorate growth and refresh the GiG ministry, bringing new energy that can be used to kick things off back in Mount Barker in 2017. Please keep GiG in your prayers!
 
Our church finances continue to be a significant agenda item and the challenges of our considerable budget deficit keep us concerned and prayerful. This week we employed the help of a trusted commercial real estate agent to assist us in the leasing process that will allow us to exit the office space at 9 Hampden Road. We trust that this step will alleviate the financial pressure and allow us to focus on other areas of church life and ministry. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker

James: where the rubber hits the road

 

James is an exceptionally practical book!  The author, Jesus’ brother James (who incidentally didn’t believe in Jesus until after the resurrection), unpacks what discipleship looks life.  The letter is about how to live what we believe.  In particular, the letter urges us as followers of Jesus not to compromise our faith by taking on attitudes or behaviours from the world around us.

James sounds a great warning to us about being "double-minded," failing to live our whole lives in the light of God's Word. It will be good for us to hear it together!

 

If you want to grow in your understanding of what it looks like to follow Jesus in the 21st Century, James is a great place to start!

 

28-Aug

James 1:1 - 18

Trials and Temptations

4-Sep

James 1:19 - 27

Do what the word says

11-Sep

James 2:1 - 13

Don't Show favouritism

18-Sep

James 2:14 - 26

The faith that saves

25-Sep

James 3:1 - 18

Taming the Tongue

2-Oct

James 4:1 - 17

Submission & Boasting

9-Oct

James 5:1 - 19

Misusing wealth

 

During this series we will also welcome visiting preachers Ken Noakes, from Trinity City, and Tim Patrick, principal of the Bible College of SA.

 

The Bible study guide for our new series More 'Myths Smart People Believe' is now available for download.

The guide is written for individual 1:1 and group study.

You can download the guide here.