Weekly News 4 September 2020

Sunday 6 September:

Preacher:  Jun Tan        Matthew 1:18-25    “Why a Father? Why Joseph?”

Why did God insist on there being a father figure in Jesus’ life? Why was Joseph Jesus’ father? How does God’s insistence on having Joseph affect our view of fathers?

During the week:

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

Care Groups:

Today we highlight “Seekers”.  This Bible Study group has been running since 2013, on Wednesday morning. For several years, it comprised 6-8 women, but this year has had new members join. The group is diverse, with a mix of Caucasians and Chinese, which is one of its strengths. Some members have been Christians for decades, while others are new in their faith. This means that people can learn from one another – the long-term members learn from the enthusiasm of the new believers, and the new believers learn from those who have walked the journey for a long time.

The focus of this group is Bible Study, with a view to helping people grow in their understanding of the Bible and strengthening their faith.  In the past 12 months, the focus has been on the early books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy and now Joshua.

With the numbers now attending, this group (16 have been in attendance recently) cannot easily take on new members. It would be good if someone else was prepared to start a new group, as people seem to be hungry to learn more of the Bible.


The Church’s Annual Meeting will take place on October 18, and we will prepare a book of reports for that meeting. To do so, we need to receive from all leaders in the church a brief report on the year’s activities and their dreams for the future.  Reports will be needed by 5 October at latest, sent to balwynbaptistchurch@gmail.com. We need reports from the following groups:

  • Care Group Leaders (just a paragraph or two)
  • Maintenance
  • Conversational English
  • Secretary
  • Pastor
  • Prayer
  • Administration
  • Finances
  • Music team
  • Audio Visual
  • Translation team
  • Kids4God and Teens4God
  • Cross-cultural Mission
  • Tabletennis
  • And any other groups I have missed!

I will email the leaders of each group, but you can make a start now!