Weekly News 7 August 2020

Sunday 9 August:

Preacher: Jun Tan        Acts 2:37-47. “Healing is a community project”

God engages, connects with and transforms His people in Christ, in the church.

During the week:

  • Monday:  The funeral service for Marj Higginswill be held at the church on Monday, 10 August, at 10.00 am.  The video-link for the service is  https://www.studio45.live/fs-mjh/ .  This link is available now.  The link also provides a tribute wall where family/friends can write personal tribute of expressions of sympathy to the family.  This can be done before or after the service.  The video will be available for viewing for 30 days after the service.
  • Normal activities: The usual Bible Studies and Care Groups will continue to meet online. If you would like to join a group, contact gracemunro8@gmail.com, 0425 707 386.

Care groups:   http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

Listening to sermons:

Sermons may not be the best avenue for communication: usually a monologue, with little interaction with the listeners (especially now when we are operating online). Here are some helpful clues about how to make the most of hearing a sermon:

  1. Pray for the preacherduring the week, and for the message he/she will bring.
  2. Pray for yourselfthat you will hear what God is saying, and respond appropriately.
  3. Have your Bible openas you listen, and look up any verses to which the preacher refers.
  4. Look for the key themes, ideas, points as the preacher presents the word. When there is a seriesof messages, such as the present one which Pastor Jun is preaching, it is worth looking at the previous Handouts to follow the series more closely.
  5. Taking notescan be helpful in enhancing your listening. It is helpful also for looking back during the week to reinforce what has been said.
  6. Allow the Holy Spiritto apply the Biblical text to you, rather than reading our own ideas into the text.
  7. Intentional listeningis essential.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer told us to avoid “a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say.”
  8. Asking perceptive questionsas you listen enhances your listening – and you can always follow up with the preacher after the event if you cannot work out the answer.
  9. Talking about the sermon with friends or in your small group is also helpful.

Our Pastor: Jun Tan, jun.tan.balwynbaptist@gmail.com, 0413 015 709, working Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings and Sunday.