PsalmsThe Bible Study Guide for our upcoming teaching series in Psalms 32 - 34 is now available to download.  Get your copy in our Resources Library.

You can also collect a copy from the Welcome Table on Sundays, or from the office.

Welcome to the new TMB Website!

We hope this new site makes it easier to find what you're looking for.

We have redesigned the site for easier access from phones, tablets and other mobile devices.  The site will respond to the display capabilities of your device and render the pages accordingly.

The Resources Library has been updated with all the Bible Study Guides and other resources from the past three years at Trinity Mount Barker.  The sermon library currently contains the most recent sermons; the complete collection will be progressively uploaded in the coming weeks 
 

For those of you who weren't able to join us for the Hour of Prayer last night, as we prayed for our church and ministries, here they are.Hour of Prayer

PRAY FOR OUR STAFF & LEADERSHIP…
Thank God for Clayton & Darren, the pastors He has raised up to serve TMB.  Praise God for his continuing work in their lives, for his provision & care as they lead, teach & shepherd the church.
Ask that God might have a firm hand over the lives of our pastors. Pray for protection over their spiritual lives, for the strengthening of their marriages and families and for the development of their maturity in Christ Jesus.
Thank God for those in staff support roles (Jessica & Sally-Anne), thank Him for the ways he is providing for his church through them and their God-given gifts and talents.
Ask that God would give energy and wisdom to Jess & Sally-Anne as they serve Him through TMB. Pray that as they work they might keep their eyes fixed on their Heavenly Father, working only out of a desire to hear Him say “well done, good and faithful servant”.
Thank God for those serving on the Leadership Team. Thank God for their willingness and sacrifice as they set aside time, thought and energy for the wellbeing of the church.
Ask that God would provide wisdom, integrity and holy discernment as the Leadership Team seeks to prayerfully see the gospel spread rapidly and be honoured from TMB.

PRAY FOR OUR BIBLE STUDY GROUPS…
Praise God for the provision of new ministry area leadership in Darren Russ. Ask that he might be given wisdom and clarity as he oversees this part of church ministry and life.
Pray for the leaders of each BSG. Pray that God would remain Lord of their lives, growing them up as they lead others in the study of scripture and prayer for one another.
Thank God for the opportunities BSGs give us to care for and love one another as a church. Pray that all members of BSGs might take up these opportunities for pastoral care, so that joys and sorrows might be truly shared and heavy loads made lighter amongst godly community.
Pray for the new BSGs forming for 2014. Ask that God would allow the swift building of genuine relationship and trust as these groups meet to open the Bible together.
Pray for those who are not yet connected with a BSG. Ask that the Holy Spirit might move and stir the hearts of these people so that they might seek the privilege and blessing of serving and being provided for as part of a BSG.
Pray particularly for the BSGs whose members are new Christians. Pray that the seeds of the gospel would take root in good soil through the study of scripture and that we might see good fruit for the glory of God.
 
PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRY…
Give thanks for our Kids’ Church and Youth Ministry Area Leaders at TMB (Naomi & Katy). Praise God for his work in their lives and for giving them a heart to teach and serve our young people.
Pray for physical and spiritual health and energy in 2014 and for wisdom as Naomi and Katy put together their programs for the year.
Praise God for all those serving in leadership roles as part of crèche, minis, midis, maxis and GiG. Thank God for their willingness to serve and ask that He might be faithful in their service.
Pray that they might be encouraged as they teach scripture and that by the Spirit they might be upheld in Godly living that sets a good example for the young ones looking on.
Thank God for the parents and families of our children and youth. Praise him for the ways in which they support and allow the spiritual growth of their children through the programs at TMB.
Pray that our church families would continue to open the Bible together for themselves and use the children’s and youth programs at TMB as only one part of the intentional discipleship of the children in their care. 

PRAY FOR OUR SUNDAY GATHERINGS…
Give thanks for the many among our church family who oversee and serve in the ministry of our Sunday gathers at TMB.
Pray for those in Ministry Area leadership and Gathering Coordinator roles across many areas: Tech & Set-up, Welcoming, Hospitality, Pastoral Care and music. Ask God for humble servant hearts as these people gift His church with their energy, time and talent.
Pray for those serving in ‘up the front’ roles; serving us through corporate prayers, the reading of the scriptures and the leading of God’s people in worship through song. Pray for modest service and self-sacrifice so that those who lead us from the front might always point us to Christ without distraction or distortion.
Pray for those serving in ‘behind the scenes’ roles. Thank God for the usefulness of their gifts in His church. Encourage these people as they serve us, that they might find joy in serving God through the humble and practical tasks that are so important to Sunday gatherings at TMB.
Give praise for those who are gifted to teach and guide us in our public teaching on Sundays.
Pray that God might equip them in knowledge and truth so that they can teach us what is right and good according to His living word. Ask that the Holy Spirit would guard the hearts and minds of our preachers that they might speak holy words set aside for the edification and building up of God’s people. 

After the 6 weeks of our pledging process looking forward to 2014, the Leadership Team is pleased to confirm that we are able to proceed with the Appointment of our Associate Pastor!

The 60 pledges we received from the 100 households in our church family amounted to a little over 88% of our total 2014 giving budget.  This has given the TMB Leadership Team and the Trinity Network Board a strong indication of the support required to take this new step in the life of our church.  Both the Leadership Team and the Board have met in the last week and we have now formally offered the position to our preferred candidate.  

Let me say thank you to everyone who did the hard work of praying and reflecting in order to commit to giving to gospel ministry here at Trinity.  Please keep the “reminder” portion of your pledge form handy so you remember what you have prayerfully committed to.

We hope that in the next few weeks we will be able to introduce our new Associate Pastor and his family to our church and we really look forward to them joining our community in early 2014.

Please keep praying for our church and for our new Associate Pastor, that we will continue to see God at work among us, and that the good news of Jesus will be spread rapidly and be honoured.

Clayton Fopp

GCMA friend of mine once told me that being part of a church is like sitting in a row boat with a group of people, heading for a particular island.  As long as everyone has the same vision for where the expedition should be going and is willing to do their part, things work well.  But if one of the rowers thinks they should be heading for a different island, or for no island at all, or if some people think things would be much better if everyone stayed on the shore, or if people want to know why they ought to be rowing, or if they don’t know how to row, then everyone gets tired and frustrated and the group never arrives at their intended destination.
 
God, Church & Me is an opportunity for us to make sure we’re all heading for the same island!
 
God, Church & Me is a group for people who are new to Trinity, people who are stepping into leadership in our church, and for anyone who just wants to find out what makes TMB tick.  God, Church & Me will run over the four Wednesday nights in February, and gives us a chance to examine something of what the Bible has to say about God & Us, Scripture & Prayer, Growing & Giving and Church & Leadership.  We believe that God speaks very clearly on these themes in the Bible, not just in abstract terms, but in ways that can (and should) shape our lives and our life together.
 
Each session of God, Church & Me will start in the Scriptures with one of those themes and then move on to a discussion of how life and ministry at Trinity Mount Barker are shaped by what we’ve just seen in God’s Word; Why we do what we do, how our leadership works, what the Trinity Network is, how finances are handled, who to speak to if you want to get involved in a particular ministry, and more!
 
God, Church & Me will give you a glimpse at the things we think are essential to our life together, as well as giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about our church.
 
If you consider Trinity to be your church home, can I encourage you to make the time to join us?  God, Church & Me will run from 7:30 – 9:30 PM in the church offices, February 5, 12, 19 & 26.  If you’re new to Trinity, stepping in to a new leadership role, or if you’ve done some of the sessions but missed others, even if you’d just like to have some questions answered, please let us know you’re coming by email or on a Green Communication Card.
 

tmb logoHere are the Ministry Area reports for 2014.  


These have been prepared by our Ministry Area Leaders to help us pause and reflect on God's kindness to us over the past 12 months and celebrate his goodness to us.  
If you didn't collect a copy at the AGM, please click on the file below. 

Please join us in giving thanks to God for his work amongst us.


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Coming to our re-launch at Cornerstone on 22 February? Please make sure to park in the right spot.

There's lots of great parking available at Cornerstone and we will have signs and people directing you to the best place to park.

Please do leave the parking spaces immediately outside of the Middle School building free for people with mobility challenges, mothers with prams and others who might need this space.

There's plenty of overflow parking behind the gym and the main school buildings.

In your excitement to find the 'perfect place to park', please also remember to keep your speed to less than 25 kph, as there will be lots of children and other people around.
 

The “Preface to the Letter to the Romans” by Martin Luther is one of the most significant documents ever written about this important part of the Bible.  The re-discovery by Luther and the other Protestant Reformers in the 16thCentury, of biblical doctrines like justification resulted in no small part from their study of this letter from the Apostle Paul to believers in Rome in the first century AD.
 
In the Preface, Luther not only  gives an outline of the flow and argument of the letter (which would be helpful enough in itself!), but he also explains key aspects of the vocabulary that the Apostle Paul employs as he makes his arguments.  This is, I think, especially useful for us, separated from the original recipients of the letter and from Paul, by 2000 years and half a world.  “Justice,” “Faith,” “Sin,” and “Law” are important words to understand and understand within their context if the letter is to be most profitable for us.
 
So we’ve made copies of this valuable document available, as we prepare to spend the next eight weeks in Romans, in order that we might glean all we can from what the Holy Spirit says to us through this part of God’s Word.  You will notice that it was written long ago! But with a little perseverance, I trust that you’ll find it useful and will stand you in good stead to learn, understand and profit from Paul’s letter to the Romans.
 
I’d love to hear how you find the teaching series as we go along.  Please let me know what God is teaching you, and how we can grow together.
 
In Christ
 
Clayton

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One of the many exciting aspects about our re-launch at Cornerstone College on 22 February will be the new facilities.  Meeting as a single 10 AM gathering in a larger facility will create more room for people to join us, and enable us to more quickly plant more new churches and congregations to help people hear about Jesus.

The Cornerstone College Middle School is a user-friendly building that provides direct car-parking access to our ground-floor gatherings for parents with prams and for people who have mobility challenges.  

There are plenty of other car-parks scattered around the school grounds for everyone else to take advantage of. We will have lots of signage and helpers available to show people where they can park.

For more information on the new facilities, see here: mytmb.me/cc15updates

A climate controlled building, ease of access and plentiful car-parking, a central location and great facilities are only a few of the advantages of our relaunch at Cornerstone. But as much as the facilities provide an improved means for our meeting together, the purpose of why we gather remains the same; for the Word of God to spread rapidly and be honoured in our region.

It is our hope that the new facilities provide the opportunity for God's people to be built up in the Lord and for many more people to be introduced to the Lord Jesus through gospel ministry.

For this reason we encourage you to take advantage of the prayer focus cards that have been distributed. These help focus our prayers on people that God has placed on our hearts to invite along to church in our new gathering. God instructs us to pray at all times and especially for people to come into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus.

We are also holding an 'Hour Of Prayer' specifically for our relaunch at Cornerstone on Feb 2 in the church offices at 8pm; please do make time to come along and participate. It is only an hour and is a wonderful time to meet together in order to raise up our requests to God and praise Him for what He has been doing and will be doing in the life of our church community and beyond.
 

8th August, 2014

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MPnasrani Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600
 
Dear Prime Minister,
 

 

I write with a heavy heart as I read of and watch the systematic and gruesomely violent persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State.  Media reports and eye-witness accounts detail methodical and organised persecution, massacres, the raping of woman, and the beheading of children. 
 
I note that the BBC is reporting today that up to a quarter of Iraq's Christians have been forced to flee their homes, and even what they carry is being confiscated as they pass through checkpoints.  The Institute for the Study of War observes that the Islamic State claims to have levied the "jizya" tax on non-Muslims, although recent reports indicate that their ultimatum has now narrowed; convert to Islam, leave, or die.  I believe that in excess of 200,000 Christians have now fled towards the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  As you have said, Prime Minister, these men, women and children are facing "a truly horrific future should they fall into the hands of this terrorist movement.”  A humanitarian crisis is unfolding.
 
This violence directed at Christians is creating an intolerable burden on neighbouring countries and regions, which will linger for years to come.  But perhaps even more significantly, it seems to me that we who enjoy such wonderful freedoms in Australia cannot sit idly by while Christians are systematically targeted, attacked and murdered.
 
Prime Minister, will Australia use its position on the UN Security Council, a position used so effectively in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster, to gain recognition that a genocide is taking place before our eyes?
 
I understand that France is willing to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee.  Please, Prime Minister, will our country, with "boundless plains to share," also increase our intake of refugees to welcome many of those who have fled for their lives empty-handed?
 
As temperatures in the region soar, and people fall in the heat from exhaustion, hunger, and thirst, I respectfully ask, what additional humanitarian aid is our nation able to give, out of our abundance?
 
Finally Prime Minister, I wonder if you can tell me what you think the average Australian, the men and women of our great and blessed country, can do in the face of such a crisis as this.  Please tell me, so that my friends, my community, my church, and I can play our part.  May it never be said, that we were content to stand silently while our brothers and sisters were slaughtered for their faith in Jesus.
 
Prime Minister, please be assured of my prayers for you and for our government, as you lead our nation in the midst of this challenge.  I will pray especially for wisdom, for courage, and for compassion.  Perhaps most of all for compassion, that in God's kindness, this might become a defining characteristic of our great nation
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
 
Clayton Fopp
Senior Pastor
Trinity Mount Barker

You can download a PDF file of this letter here: {phocadownload view=file|id=101|text=Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott|target=b}

Please feel free to use this letter to write your own letter to the Prime Minister and your local Member of Parliament.
 

On February 14th, Revelation Music & Ministry will be holding a New Year's Praise event with Greg Cooper, Men in Boats, Mark Peterson and Luke Woodhouse.

Greg Cooper is coming back to Adelaide for one night only. Greg is one of the members of Garage Hymnal, who played at Revelation Conference last year. Come and hear some of his solo music, including some of his fantastic congregational songs.

Men in Boats is a brand new Adelaide based worship band made up of Jamie Seyfang, Jack and Sam Page, and Dave Harrington. Don't miss their fresh, edgy folk style.

Mark Peterson and Luke and Vicki Woodhouse will also lead us in some newies and faves.

So, won't you join us for this fantastic event at St Barts Anglican Church, 77 Beulah Rd, Norwood on February 14? Tickets are available at the door, and doors open at 7 PM.

For more information, visit revelation.org.au.

 

manWith this past week designated as National Anti-Poverty Week, our Hour of Prayer focus on Monday night was those who are weakest and most marginalised in our society.

The prayer points we used to guide us at the Hour of Prayer are below. Please join us in prayer.

PRAYERS FOR GODLY LOVE…

Dear children, let us not love with words or speechbut with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:17

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12: 30-31

·         Pray, asking God that he might reveal His heart for people to us. That we might better understand what it means to love and care for the lost, weak & vulnerable.
·         Praise God for the great and flawless example of love he demonstrates for us all. Pray that all our imperfect acts of love would be used for His glory.  
·         Thank God for His mercy and pray that we might be the voices of mercy and genuine love in our community and beyond.
·         Ask that God would give us wisdom and discernment as we seek to put action to Jesus’ command that we love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
·         Pray that we would love those around us through the eyes of the gospel and according to the scriptures, in truth and in response to God’s saving grace.
·         Thank God for His sovereign power and perfect will that sees all and knows all. Ask that we would grow in our trust and submission to His plan, even in the face of great injustice, sorrow and hurt.
 

PRAYERS FOR THE HOMELESS…

Over 100,000 Australian’s will be homeless tonight…  
Half are under 24 years old and 10,000 are children.*

·         Pray for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless in our region tonight; for those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations. For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent. For those struggling with mental illness. For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in. For those who are afraid and hopeless.
·         Pray especially for the children living without a stable home. Ask that these little ones would be seen by God and brought into marvellous relationship with Him through the work of His people and churches.
·         Pray that the Christians endeavouring to bring God’s love and compassion to homeless people might feel His hand upon their work. Ask that God’s will might be done in their lives as they serve Him in this way.
·         Pray for the organisations that deal with the issue of homelessness at a ground level. Pray for wisdom and clarity to fight the right battles and to be emboldened to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
·         Pray for the governing bodies that manage funding and have real power to create change at systemic levels. Pray that God might place His people among them, and that Biblical love and compassion might become the catalyst for change.
·         Pray that each Christian person might see homeless people as precious creations, made in the image of God for His glory. Pray that we never shy away from reaching out whenever we are given the opportunity to do so.

*Department of Family, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs
 
 
PRAYERS FOR THE REFUGEE…

45.2 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2012. The number of refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict alone has grown by more than 1.9 million in just 12 months. UNHCR fears that the number of Syrians displaced could reach 3 million within 2013.*
 
Sadly, Australia is probably now the highest profile example of a wealthy country turning its back on people seeking refuge, with the reintroduction of policies to prevent asylum seekers from remaining in Australian territory.*
 
 ·         Thank God for His almighty mercy in sending His own Son who became a refugee and had no place to call his own. Ask that God might look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, those who are homeless and hungry.
·         Ask that God might bless those who work to bring relief to refugees all over the world; that he might give strength to the hands that feed them, wisdom to the voices that speak for them and courage to the arms that are open to them.
·         Pray specifically for the non-Christian refugees re-settling in the Adelaide region.  Ask God that he might provide them not only with employment & social support but also with opportunities to hear the gospel and respond to it.
·         Pray for the Australian Government as it deals with the complex issues surrounding asylum seekers, particularly those coming by boat. Ask God to raise up Godly leaders who will advocate a Biblical viewpoint on these issues.
·         Pray for those who are prejudiced or hateful towards refugees. Ask that God would soften hearts through the power of His word, for His glory.
·         Pray that God would inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in His Kingdom of justice and of peace.

*Refugee Council of Australia website

PRAYERS FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live substantially shorter lives than other Australians – up to 20 years less in some cases.

Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

·         Praise God for the diversity and differences of the human race. Thank Him that although we are different, we are all made in his image to be used for the praise of His glory.
·         Pray for our healthcare system in Australia, particularly those working towards improving Indigenous health.
·         Pray for those advocating for the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.  Pray for wisdom & clarity as they work through complex generational issues.
·         Pray for those working to make the gospel message readily available to Indigenous Australian’s in ways they understand. Pray for those translating the Bible and those training and mentoring Aboriginal pastors.
·         Pray for all Indigenous Australian who have faced hatred and racism, that they might receive a full measure of God’s grace through the hearing of the gospel message. 
·         Ask God to forgive us and those that have gone before us who have been deceived and disobeyed Jesus’ commandment to love others as we love ourselves. Pray that God would restore and reconcile all Australian’s to Himself and one another.