God has been busy at Trinity Mount Barker and in our region in the way that He has provided opportunity for Two New Beginnings in the life of our church. If you missed the update Clayton provided, you can download a copy of what he said here 

An electronic copy of the Two New Beginnings document is also available below.

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We're asking each member of the Body of Christ at TMB to consider what they're able to give to the work of the gospel here and to begin that pattern of giving. Partnership in the Gospel through your financial support enables our ministries and work at TMB to encourage and equip our church community, and also for the rapid spread of the Gospel to people in our region. 

If you are one of Christ's people at TMB, please do take time to read this important document and prayerfully consider your part in this work.

 

Last year Trinity Mount Barker was invited to take part in some research being undertaken into preaching, and in particular, congregation members' experience of the preaching they hear regularly.

That research is now complete and has been published in the international journal, Homiletic.  The article is titled "The Other Side of the Pulpit: Listener’s Experiences of Helpful Preaching" authored by Ian Hussey of Maylon College.

You can download a PDF of the article for free from the Homiletic website.  We are the first of the churches discussed, with TMB Senior Pastor Clayton Fopp referred to as "Preacher A"!
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Hearing God Speak

Since our time on Sunday reflecting on how God promises to speak to us through the Scriptures, a number of people have realised they need to be more deliberate in their personal reading of the Bible, but didn't know where to start.  Below are some resources that may help you read the Bible deliberately and regularly. You don't need to use them all! Just try one or two and see how you go. You may like to meet regularly with a Christian friend, or in a triplet, so you can talk about what you're learning and to help keep each other accountable in this discipline. 

Some recent research among Christians across the world found that:

“the number one thing you can do for yourself spiritually is read the Bible four times a week or more. Read it this frequently, and your life looks completely different to those who don’t read the Bible, or read it less than that.”



Reading Plans & Notes Children & Youth Web, Apps, & More
The Daily Reading Bible. 
60 undated readings with questions to get you thinking. Each reading includes the full Bible text.  Great for reading on the bus, or during a lunch break! (Australian). $7.95   http://mytmb.me/TDRBV1
 

For The Love of God.
Daily readings to take you through the Bible in a year. Or you can read less each day and take longer. With comments on the Bible passage from author & scholar D A Carson. $19.95  http://mytmb.me/FTLOGV1

Three Year Reading Plan.
FREE!

From Tim Chester, pastor and church planter in the UK. Allocates readings for each week, rather than each day, to read the Bible in 3 years (including the NT twice). http://mytmb.me/3yrwkly
Beginning with God.  
(Pre-School)
 
Helps parents with young children explore the Bible with their child. A simple and fun way to start your child in a regular habit of reading God's word & growing to know God. Includes stickers! $7.99  http://mytmb.me/begwgod
 

XTB. (7 - 10 years) 
Reading notes and activities especially for 7 - 10 year olds. Helps kids read, understand, apply and pray through the Bible. $7.99  http://mytmb.me/xtb7-10
 

Discover. (11 - 14 years) 
Daily readings for teenagers, to help grow a love for, and understanding of, God, through his Word.  3 months of readings with questions & activities.http://mytmb.me/disc6614

The Jesus Storybook Bible.(Pre-school - Primary School) 
Perhaps the best Bible for children and families available. Highlights God's rescue plan for the world through Jesus in every Bible story. $17.95 http://mytmb.me/thejsb

The Bible App for Kids 
See right hand column.
The Bible App.  FREE! 
Bible App with HEAPS of translations, so you can choose one you can read easily. Includes many reading plans, short-term and the "read the Bible in a year" type, including one produced by Billy Graham.  You can set reminders on your device, to help you set aside the time to read the Bible. Available for every conceivable device!  http://mytmb.me/yvbapp14 


Bible App for Kids.  FREE!
Allows kids to interact with Bible stories and see it come to life through animation, sounds, and the Bible text.  http://mytmb.me/bapp4k


Bible+  FREE!
Free apps for Android, iOS, Mac & Windows.  Incorporates reading plans to help you read regularly, including topical plans. ie "Forgiveness," "Marriage."   Includes the option to download or purchase additional resources. http://mytmb.me/1jP04sq


Bible Gateway.  FREE!
Website with many short and long Bible reading plans, and the possibility of reading in different translations.  http://mytmb.me/bibgate

 

If you’re just a little bit concerned about how to steer your children through the commercialism and confusion of Christmas as we often experience it, this collection of Advent readings and activities may be just the help you're looking for!

This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, the four weeks in the lead up to Christmas, when Christian people have traditionally reflected particularly on Jesus’ birth, and also looked forward to his return.  If you are part of a family with young children, this collection of Advent readings and activities may be useful for you!  You can download it from here, or collect a copy from the Welcome Table on Sundays.

This collection has been prepared by Wendy Lin from Trinity City.

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You can find the Sunday ministry roster for our 10AM service here.