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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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.

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
 

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.

 


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