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@Morling - March 8, 2021
Week 3, Semester 1

Michael KokEntrusting our Plans to God
from Michael Kok, New Testament Lecturer (Perth-Vose campus)  (michaelk@morling.edu.au)

Once when I was a ministry intern, my church was doing a sermon series on Romans. There were so many huge theological concepts to cover! However, I was assigned to preach on Paul’s travel plans in Romans 15:22-33. How could I come up with an inspiring message from these verses? Perhaps I should have been grateful that I was not asked to preach on chapter 16, which is a list of greetings. At least in this latter instance, the fact that Paul names men and women from Jewish and non-Jewish ethnic backgrounds as his partners in ministry sets a wonderful example of egalitarianism.

I decided to examine whether Paul accomplished his goals. First, he arranged to deliver a collection of money to the saints in Jerusalem as a symbol of unity between Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Christ (cf. Galatians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1–9:15). However, when he arrived in Jerusalem, James reported that some Jewish Christ followers were suspicious of him, for they heard that he criticized the Law of Moses (Acts 21:20-25). Acts does not let the reader know if his gift was accepted. Second, he hoped to travel to Rome and meet the believers there in person for the first time. He did not expect that he would be transferred to Rome as a prisoner to stand trial after he was arrested in Jerusalem on false charges (Acts 21:27-36; 25:11-12). Acts 28:30-31 closes with Paul under house arrest in Rome, though he made the most of this opportunity to engage in ministry. Third, his plan was to briefly stay in Rome and then move on to Spain. He wanted the Roman churches to support his missionary endeavour. There is some evidence that he may have achieved his dream of visiting Spain (cf. 1 Clement 5:6), but it is also possible that his imprisonment in Rome at the end of Acts ended with his martyrdom.

Planning for the future is important if we are to be good stewards of the resources that we have been given. However, our plans are ultimately not in our hands. No one anticipated a global pandemic that changed all of our plans. And there may be educational or ministry opportunities coming your way that you did not predict. Whatever the future holds, God remains sovereign. We can entrust our plans as individuals and faith communities to a good God.

  • Pray that we will entrust our plans as individuals and faith communities to our good God.
  • Let us know how we can pray for you! Fill out this form to pass on a prayer request to our Dean of Students, Peter Friend.
  • Pray for our neighbours - those who live near our campuses and our homes.
  • Remember to be COVIDsafe when you come on campus!
  • Bible and Theology and CCSC students - don't forget about using Perlego ... especially now that you are thinking about coming assessments! With literally thousands of books to choose from, there will be plenty to help. 
  • Sydney Campus access: don't forget your student card! A quick reminder that you need to use your card to open the main boomgate during the day and to access the MALC building after 5pm. If you don't have a student card yet (or have lost yours) see Delaney at Morling reception on Level 3.  
  • Still getting used to study? Check out the New Student Orientation videos under the HELP dropdown menu here on Moodle, to find everything you need to help you get started. And for those who need a refresher, our MC101 Online Study Skills Course is available under the Student Support Menu.
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  • Perth-Vose campus: Wednesdays at 11am
  • This week's preachers
    • Sydney Campus: Gayle Kent
    • Perth-Vose campus: Jess Eversen
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Perth-Vose campus chapel 
Join us for Chapel at the Perth-Vose Campus every Wednesday morning during teaching weeks from 11am-12pm. Staff and students attend to share a time of worship and prayer and to hear from staff, missionaries, students and community leaders.
Sydney campus meals
Our Sydney campus has an online ordering system for meals. Lunch is available Monday to Friday for times when you are on the Sydney campus and Dinner is available on Wednesday if you have a class on that night.  You must place your meal orders by Wednesday of the week prior to when you require a meal. This is to allow the catering staff adequate time to place orders with suppliers. Simple instructions including a video are available on Moodle here.
Encourage one another!

All new students studying at the Perth-Vose campus (including those who missed out last year due to COVID) are encouraged to attend our Commencement and Conferral service as there will be an opportunity to acknowledge and pray for our new students during the service. Due to capacity restrictions still being in place for the ceremonies at the Sydney campus we will only be able to fit in those who are graduating. New students will be listed in our Graduation booklet and acknowledged. The Sydney campus ceremonies will also be livestreamed so please consider how you can encourage those who have completed their studies.

Are you able to come help out at Sydney Graduation this year?
Graduation is on the 29th of March, we are holding 2 ceremonies this year one at 3pm the other at 7pm and we need help with both! We need ushers, parking attendants, help with robing, and help with the food. If you can and want to help please send Eva Hoek an email to let her know you're available and which ceremonies you can help out with (evah@morling.edu.au)

Considering Baptist Accreditation in NSW or the ACT?Baptist NSW & ACT

If you are sensing that God is leading you to serve as an accredited Baptist ministry in NSW or the ACT then you will need to attend a Pre-application Interest Meeting. This is necessary to be able to move forward with accreditation and seek acceptance as an Accreditation Candidate. Note, that the general time period between application and accreditation is normally at least 2 years (and may involve further study).

The next session for this year will be held Thursday 25th March 2021, 4pm to 5.30pm- face-to-face in Library Seminar Room, MALC L1 (dependent on NSW Health directives at that time) or online via ZOOM. For students who are unable to make one of these sessions, please contact Jenny Case – jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au. For general information about training, events and processes surrounding NSW and ACT Baptist accreditation you can find out more here. You can also contact Keith Mitchell, Morling’s Baptist Accreditation Adviser KeithM@morling.edu.au.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS
Sydney Campus Accommodation
Did you know that we have affordable casual accommodation and group accommodation available in our Morling Residential College? We also have some availability for long-term accommodation in our MRC and Morling Village. 
Get in touch with the MRC team to know more.
Our ENCORE program is back for 2021! - not  too late to joiin
You can find out more here and register (pay on the day or online).
Cass Kwakye will be our main speaker for the first 5 weeks of Semester, helping us Explore the Trinity.
Encore is an initiative of Morling College, held on Friday mornings at our Sydney campus and livestreamed online. It is designed for people who are retired or no longer working full-time to continue learning about God with like-minded people. There are no academic requirements or assessments for Encore.
The Faith in Action conference will focus on various aspects of counselling and chaplaincy practice, exploring what transforms belief into practical expressions of care and love that commend Christ to a broken and hurting world. Our two keynote speakers, and a range of other presenters from both Counselling and Chaplaincy disciplines, are all specialists in their fields.

Find out more here.
Plan ahead and start to pray. Who can you invite? 
Thursday 13th May 2021 6.45pm on the Sydney campus and livestreamed.
Find out details here.

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