Weekly News 6 November 2020

Sunday 8 November:

Preacher:  Jun Tan Luke 15:1-10  “What matters to God?”

Do I matter? Does my voice matter? Does my place in the world really matter? Why do I matter? What matters to God? What does repentance mean according to Jesus?

During the week:  All groups continue to meet online.

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

NEWS FROM PETE AND NOMES: Visas are issued, flying back to Central Asia on 19 November – and with great excitement. They will have two weeks in quarantine before heading to their home city.

FAITH AND WORSHIP IN GIVING

Mark 12: 41 Jesus …watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

For some, giving just a few cents is a huge step of faith and is an act of deep worship. For others who have more resources, this can still be the case. There are a few principles to think about:

Giving is to God and for his glory, not so that we might look good: Matthew 6:2, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do… to be honoured by others.”

God’s gifts to you are so much greater: 1 Corinthians 8:9, Christ, “…though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”

God rewards those who give generously: 2 Corinthians 9:6 “…he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This does not necessarily mean receiving personal financial bounty. The great reward is in seeing the results when other people come to faith and the disadvantaged are blessed and flourish.

It takes faith to give generously: The woman who gave a few cents had great faith – because it was all she had to live on. She was confident that God would provide for her anyway.

When we appointed Pastor Jun Tan to be our Pastor, we stepped out in faith in paying him for four days a week, so that the church could move from “sustainability” mode to “growth” mode. In February 2020, we stepped out in faith again in paying Jun 5 days a week. And God has blessed the church beyond our expectations, even in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your generosity.  If you have not been in the habit of giving, this could be a good time to begin.