This Study Guide is designed to accompany the Sunday teaching series during August 2014.

It looks at some of the smaller letters found at the end of the New Testament. They are perhaps little read and poorly known, but are just as much Holy Scripture as the better-known books.

The guide is available in PDF, ePUB (Kobo and other eReaders) and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) formats. 

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On Sunday April 12 the TMB Leadership Team gave their quarterly finance update during our service, you can read a copy of their report below.


FINANCE UPDATE - APRIL 2015
 
On the front cover of today’s leaflet, Clayton has written some reasons why we shouldn’t give and I hope that you can spend a moment or two at some stage considering those words. As a church we want to be really up-front and transparent with how we handle money and how money gets spent. Over the last few weeks on the back of the leaflet we have been giving you regular updates on what we are giving compared to our current budget. You would have seen that last month we were significantly behind in what we have budgeted for and what was given. In February, the giving of us, the church at TMB was only $13,799. The follows from January which was $21,300. As a leadership team we are concerned about this discrepancy.
 
Our budget for congregational giving is $27,199 a month. That’s not a figure that was arrived at randomly, rather that’s a recognition of our pledging process last year in which we as a church committed to giving that amount as part of our response to God’s grace towards us in Christ. We recognised that the Bible teaches us that it’s a responsibility, an obligation on all Christian people to financially support they ministry of which we are beneficiaries and of which we are a part. And so we set in place a pattern of ministry in the light of that pledged amount. $27,199 is what it costs each month to run our programs, to promote the gospel in this region, to care for those in our region and to train and equip all of us who are God’s people here for the ministry and life that God lays before us. So having committed to that unfortunately each month this year our regular giving has been rather less than that amount.
 
If you’re a Christian, if you’re a regular here at Trinity can we ask you to consider your partnership with your brothers and sisters here in this important matter of giving? It is important not only because a lack of finances means we can’t do the ministry that we believe God is leading us into. And not only because not spending money on equipment and resources means we place an unfair burden on ministry leaders and volunteers, who have to either make do with insufficiency or make up the shortfall in addition to the giving they’ve already committed to. But it’s also significant because this issue of giving is, for many, many of us a real barometer of our discipleship and obedience and the degree to which we’re willing  to trust God, and not put our trust in our material resources. If you’d like some more information, come and Clayton, Darren or one of the Leadership Team, and the details for electronic giving are printed on the leaflet each week.
 
Thankyou.
Simply ChristianityDo you want to learn more about what it means to be a Christian? 
Have you got questions about Jesus?
Are you new to the Christian faith?
Do you have a friend who's interested in what you believe?
 
Then Simply Christianity is for you!
 
Simply Christianity is a 5-session introduction to the Christian faith, based on the historian Luke's account of Jesus' life.  The goal is to surprise and challenge ordinary people, (whether 'churched' or 'unchurched') with the unique story of Jesus.
 
There are three types of people we're inviting to Simply Christianity:
1) Christians who want to think seriously about what they believe.
2) People who are interested in learning about the Christian faith.
3) Anyone who will come because a friend would like to be part of it.
 
TMB is hosting Simply Christianity across five Wednesday evenings, June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 1, at 7:30 PM in the church offices.
 
Simply Christianity is an opportunity to ask questions.
Simply Christianity is a chance to listen and discuss.
Simply Christianity is for anyone.
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Places are limited, so please contact the church office as soon as possible if you and/or someone you know would like to be a part of it.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 8398 2827, or fill out a Communication Card on Sunday. We'd love to see you there! 
 




On Wednesday April 8 we gathered to pray for families at TMB and in the wider Mount Barker Community. The points that were used to shape and focus our prayers are listed below. Please do continue to pray for families along with us. 

TMB Children & Youth
• Give thanks for God’s gift of young people within the community of Trinity Mount Barker
• Praise God for giving us children to be a vital part of His church
• Thank God for providing sound teaching from the Bible to help our children’s faith grow and develop
• Praise God for the place that children have in His church and in our community
• Thank Jesus that He cares about children and wants His church to model the Gospel in our caring for them
• Praise God for the many people in our church community who serve and teach our children especially through our children’s and youth programs
• Ask for the spiritual protection of our children & youth; particularly for those most vulnerable and at risk
• Ask for God’s healing, strength and peace for the children who are suffering illnesses within our church family.
• Ask God for wisdom and energy for the saints who prepare and teach the materials to our young people about how to learn, understand and explain clearly what the Bible says about God and how to live for Him
• Ask God to call more children to Himself, for the glory of His name and for the rapid spread of the Gospel in future generations
• Ask God to make us more aware of our guidance and nurturing as we set examples in life and faith for these young people who are so precious to God

Mount Barker Region Children & Youth
• Give thanks to God for the community of Mount Barker with its many services and provisions for children and youth
• Give thanks to God for people in our community who serve young people: Teachers, Pastoral Care Workers, Sports Coaches, Carers, Counsellors, Doctors and more
• Give thanks to God for our schools and for the many learning and development opportunities afforded to our children as they grow and develop
• Praise God for the many opportunities we have to connect and build relationships with families in the wider community through our children
• Ask God to improve our social and political systems to better protect and value children and young people
• Ask God to provide refuge and hope in the lives of children and youth in our community who have experienced or are experiencing trauma and abuse
• Ask God to provide a way forward for young people at risk of disengaging with their education or struggling with family breakdown
• Ask God to use the suffering of children in our community who are sick to reveal Himself to them in ways they understand
• Ask God to enlarge the hearts and minds of students in their senior years of study so that they may come to know and love Him

TMB Families
• Give thanks for God’s gift of family and the part they play at Trinity Mount Barker
• Give thanks to God for the support, love and care that He provides for us through our families
• Praise God for the many blessings and challenges of living as part of our earthly family
• Praise God for Mothers, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters and their roles in guiding and caring for one another
• Praise God for the way He uses family to grow His character in us and to reveal Himself to us in new ways
• Ask God for spiritual protection over the marriages and families at Trinity Mount Barker
• Ask God for healing, strength and courage for the TMB families facing illness and hardship
• Ask God to help us all accept and cherish our roles in caring for one another, regardless of the sacrifice or discomfort to our own lives
• Ask God to sustain and strengthen people supporting and caring for other families within TMB
• Ask God to help our families read the Bible together, to reflect on and talk about what it teaches, and to respond by living lives that glorifies His name and attracts others to Him

Families in the Mount Barker Region
• Give thanks to God for the wider community of Mount Barker with its many services and provisions for families
• Give thanks to God for all those in our community that serve families, including schools, community centres, carers, counsellors and churches
• Give thanks to God for the valued role of families in our Australian culture and social networks
• Ask God to protect the roles of Mother and Father as the essential component of family in Australian society
• Praise God for the many opportunities we have to connect and build Gospel relationships with families in the wider community
• Thank God for His ongoing work in the hearts and lives of parents and families across this region
• Ask God that the gospel might break through and bring peace for the many families in our region that are estranged or in turmoil
• Ask God to help those who are supporting families through counselling and mediation; particularly for Christians involved in this process to demonstrate the Gospel in action
• Ask God that we might be diligent in our seeking to reach out and care for the families we come in contact with, for His glory
• Ask God to move powerfully in the lives of those whose families or family history hinders them from hearing or understanding the gospel
• Ask God to give wisdom to courageous leaders in order to stand for Biblical ethics and truth in our society








GiG Youth program kicks off for Term 2 on Friday night May 1. This term the GiG students will be studying Galatians together. All students in grades 7 - 11 are welcome at GiG Youth which runs every Friday night during the term from 7:30 - 9:30pm. 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.





 

4 comfortable wordsOur new teaching series 4 Comfortable Words commences on Sunday, March 1st.

This series will take us to four different places in the New Testament, where we hear the good news of  Christianity explained in different ways.  Our hope is that the gift that Jesus offers us will be clearly heard in each of these passages.

If you've got questions about God, or what Christians believe, this series is for you!
If you know people who are interested in finding out about the Christian faith, or who want to know more about what Jesus offers, please invite them along! 




In May this year we will embark on an eleven week teaching series in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. 

It is our hope, through the study and teaching of this section of God's word, that Christians and those exploring the claims of Jesus alike might come to better understand the eternal purposes of God in Christ. 

You are most welcome to join us for this teaching series, which will commence on Sunday May 10. You can access the Bible study guide that goes along with this series here