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
 
The TMB Leadership Team met last Tuesday evening and were pleased to have Trinity Network staff Paul Harrington and Andrew Severin in attendance also. 
 
We enjoyed spending some time in discussion and planning around Bible Study Groups. We continue to prayerfully seek effective ways to connect more and more TMBers into small groups; where they can share not only the gospel of God but their lives as well. There are a number of things we hope to begin putting in place, both to support existing Bible Study Groups and begin new ones, so watch this space!
 
We were very thankful to be privy to some new Trinity Network data relating to Church Health Indicators in the course of our meeting, which enabled us to see a helpful picture of where we sit as a church in some key growth areas like Mission, Membership and spiritual Maturity. And we’re looking forward to a Network-wide leaders’ conference day in September. Please be praying with us that this will be a great time of encouragement and challenge for the Leadership Teams across the Trinity Network of churches.
 
We also spent time discussing finances. TMB continues to face the challenges of a considerable budget deficit which, whilst May saw an encouraging increase in giving, still sits at just over $29,000 (YTD). We remain concerned and prayerful as we seek a way forward which will alleviate financial pressure but continue to facilitate new ministry opportunities as they arise under God. To that end we are proactively investigating the possibility of reducing costs by exiting the office space at 9 Hampden Rd and finding alternative spaces for ministry and admin tasks. The Hampden Rd property has also recently been placed up for sale, bringing additional complexities as we consider our options. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go. Our next meeting is scheduled for late July.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker

 

 

SHARE lunch

 

TMB's Share lunches offer opportunities for our members to get to know each other better and to enjoy a meal together. 

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

If you would like to join in, please write your name on our sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk next Sunday or RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

TMB is holding its next Share lunch on May 22. This is a chance for members to get to know each other and have the conversations they miss out on during our time together on Sundays. A number of TMB members will open their homes to host lunch for invited members. If you would like to be invited to one of these lunches, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write your details on the Share sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk on Sunday. You will likely see people you know well and some you don't.

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.


GiG kicks off again this week with an exciting new topic: Know What You Believe. Students will explore themes from the Apostles' Creed as well as how Christianity differs from other beliefs. They will also will think about how to share their beliefs with others. 

All students in grades 7 - 11 are welcome at GiG Youth this term which runs every Friday night from 7:30 - 9:30pm unless stated otherwise. The details for this term are below! For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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
TMB's Annual General Meeting is coming up on Sunday, May 1, after the church service at 1:30pm.  If TMB is your church home, please join us! 

We will elect one person to our Leadership Team for a two-year term and will pray for the range of ministry areas that contribute to our church life.

Being part of this meeting is one of the ways that we can express our membership of the church.  Membership of TMB is open to anyone who assents to the “Objects” of TMB and the “Statement of Doctrines” as summarised in The 39 Articles of Religion.  You will find these Articles here if you're unfamiliar with them. 
 
Being a member of our legal body is not the only, nor the primary, way of expressing membership in our church.  Serving in gospel ministry together, giving sacrificially to the work we do, and using our gifts for the benefit of others in the Body of Christ here are all more significant ways of expressing gospel partnership, but taking part in this formal way is still an important aspect of our life together.  The AGM gives us a chance to reflect on what God has done amongst us in the previous year, to give thanks for his kindness to us and to find out some of what has been happening in the various ministry areas of our church.
 

 

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.

Have you ever played Chinese Whispers? The concept of the game is pretty simple; a group of people stand in a line, and the first person whispers a message to the person next to them, who whispers it to the person next to them, and so on. When the last person receives the message, they repeat what they’ve heard to all the group – usually to much amusement! You can see how easy it is for a simple message to get changed as it’s passed from person to person. 

Is this what happened with the Bible? The answers to this question and many others concerning the validity of the Bible can be found in the linked PDF below. 

Articles and Papers/Why Trust the Bible - complete.pdf

 

Marriage is a commitment for life and a serious decision. But God intends it to be fun and enjoyable too!

Join Marriage Works co-ordinators Geoff & Wendy and three Trinity couples as they explore God’s plan for marriage and how to prioritise each other and keep having fun together through different life stages.

Held at Trinity City on August 25, the event costs 5 per couple and includes supper. It goes from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Click here for more information and to register.

Enquiries can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 08 8213 7300.

 

It has come to our attention that during the Carols by Glowstick event on December 14, postcards were left on the windscreens of a number of guests’ cars in the Cornerstone College car park.  These cards were anonymous, with no identification as to the name of the group responsible, but we are aware that they were left by members of a Mount Barker religious group who were trespassing on the property.
 
We recommend against following the web links or responding to the email address on the postcards.who left that on my car
 
Please be assured that postcards were not placed by Trinity Mount Barker, nor would we interfere with anyone’s car parked during an event. 
 
Trinity Mount Barker apologises for any confusion or distress the members of this religious group have caused our guests at Carols by Glowstick, and we will do our best to ensure that advertising of this kind is prevented at future events.
 
Thanks to all our guests for helping make Saturday night such a wonderful event, and we look forward to seeing you at Carols by Glowstick 2014!
 
 
The Trinity Mount Barker team