Weekly News 31 October 2020

Sunday 1 November:

Preacher:  Jun Tan Luke 14:15-24  “So what do you have to do?”

You are created for significance, for your creator has invited you to his heavenly banquet. It’s free but not cheap. Just come as you are, accepting God’s invitation without delay.

Kids Talk would like parents to prepare for their child a pair of scissors, a pen, a glue stick or a stick tape, and a piece of A4 paper pre-cut to 3 cm wide long strips

During the week:  All groups continue to meet online.

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

NEWS FROM PAUL AND NOMES whom we supported in the May Mission Appeal. The government in Central Asia has announced that anyone who had a valid resident permit when the borders closed in March can now apply for a visa to return, even if their residence permit has since expired. P&N are now working through the process of applying for a visa to return to their “home” overseas.

GIVING FOR MINISTRY AND MISSION IS BASED IN THE BIBLE

When Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land and divided it between the tribes, the Levites were not given their own tract of land as the other tribes received.  The religious leaders of Israel were chosen from the Levite clan.  Instead of having their own tribal lands, the Levites were allocated 48 towns across the whole land in which they could live and serve (Joshua 20). The offerings and tithes brought to the Tent of Meeting and to local worship centres were used in part to provide for the Priests and Levites (Number 18:21), and in part for the support of the most needy people in society (Deuteronomy 14:28-29).

In the New Testament, the pattern continued, where people in the churches felt a sense of privilege and responsibility to provide for the religious leaders, and also to provide for people struggling with poverty.  Here are some examples from the New Testament:  Acts 28:10, 1 Corinthians 16:3, 2 Corinthians 8:12, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Philippians 4:10-20.

Things have changed since that time. The Government now takes some responsibility for caring for the most needy people in our society – but of course it is no-where near enough.  And the Government takes no responsibility for care of our religious leaders, nor for sharing the Gospel with other people. So it continues to be our privilege and responsibility to bring our offerings – primarily as gifts to God to be used for his purposes. When Paul received gifts from the church in Philippi, he wrote about those gifts, They are like a sweet-smelling offering to God, a sacrifice which is .