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June 2019
SPREAD THE WORD

1 Timothy 3:1 says that ‘Whoever aspires to the office of bishop [overseer] desires a noble task.’ While it is simply sub-Christian to long for elevated positions of power for their own sake, it is quite commendable to seek out roles where we will have more opportunities to serve others in their growth and perseverance as followers of Jesus.

But just having the desire for this noble task is not enough to qualify someone for it. Unlike some in our culture, Christians do not believe in the intrinsic right to ‘claim our dreams’ on the basis of nothing more than an internal impulse. Rather, we submit our desires to the will of God as we seek his purposes.

It is in this spirit that we read the following verses of 1 Timothy 3 as they outline three categories of qualifications for church leaders. First and most prominent is the need to be of good character. Verse 2 speaks of these leaders needing to be ‘above reproach’, and while this cannot mean ‘sinless’ (because then no one would qualify), it does strongly emphasise the importance of morals and virtues in the leader. They must be ‘temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable … not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money.’ (vv2–3)

Second, they must be ‘an apt teacher’ (v2). On the one hand, this requirement underscores the importance of the ministry of the Word, and of communicating the Word faithfully. Motivational talks on a Christian theme would not seem to be in view here, but rather the steady explanation and application of the Scriptures. On the other hand, leaders do not need to be particularly dynamic and exciting, crowd-pulling public speakers. More important is that they are faithful to the gospel of Jesus.

Finally, anyone who wants to be a leader among God’s people must manage their own household well (vv4–5). This is because to lead in the church is to lead the household of God, and if someone is unable to manage their own household, we do not have good grounds to believe they can manage God’s.

None of these qualities and abilities come quickly, and here at Bible College SA, we are committed to helping our students grow in them all as they work on their academic awards, and participate in our Ministry Formation Program. Our prayer is that our graduates will meet the biblical requirements for Christian leadership, and we are so thankful to God that he has been sending us many women and men who have good character and abilities to begin with. In his providence, we trust they will be fit and fruitful ministry leaders for our city and state for generations to come.

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Tim Patrick
 


The College’s financial year ends on June 30 and as we approach that date, we must praise God for his incredible grace in providing for us through the generosity of our committed supporters. As of 12 June 2019, we have received just over $320,000 of this year’s donation target of just over $380,000. As you can see in the pie chart below, this money is absolutely critical to our operations as it accounts for around one-third of our total income.

It is both humbling and encouraging to consider our current donor income in light of our recent history; just a few years ago, our annual donations only totalled around $150,000. While we cannot thank enough the wonderful partners who sacrificially supported us through those years, we did need to grow our donation base in order to ensure our ongoing viability, and to enable us to operate at the very highest standards.

We believe we run a very responsible budget with our major expense being staff costs (~70% of spend), which is what we should expect for education providers. As ever, we are very happy to share our financial data with any of our partners who would like to know more detail.



Perhaps the most important thing to say about donations made to the College is that they are one of the most strategic investments that a believer can make in long-term Kingdom work. These are gifts that go directly towards the training of young men and women for a great range of front-line Christian ministry. Our graduates will serve the good news of Jesus to our city, state and world—and to our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours—through the coming generations. They could not be prepared for this ministry without the kind support of our partners.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help us meet our annual donation target and end this financial year strongly, you can do that here, or by contacting us at admin@biblecollege.sa.edu.au or 08 8291 8188. Thank you for your partnership.

MINISTRY PROFILE
Luke Watts
 
 
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills. I am extremely blessed to have Christian parents who raised me to love God’s Word and be active in the local community and church. 
My beautiful wife Rachel and I live in Reynella and have been married for 6 years and we have one little boy Samuel who is 3. A few of my favourite things to do would be walks along the beach as a family, getting Sam up to the farm, watching a good movie or reading a good novel or biography. I lead the Children’s & Families Ministry Team at CityReach Marion - a church plant that we joined when it started about a year ago. We’ve been so blessed by all the people in the church family there and growth of the gospel on display in the lives of so many.   

What are you currently studying?

I'm one semester into a Bachelor of Theology. The subjects I'm currently doing are Greek A, Hermeneutics, Old Testament Foundations and Jesus and the Gospels. 

What do you like most about studying at BCSA?

Without a doubt it would be the environment created by the faculty and staff who not only have so much to offer in the way of knowledge of the Bible and ministry, but they provide it with genuine passion, care and warmth. The investment they make into the lives of the students is on display in all they do. You know they not only want to equip you to succeed in ministry and study, but in growing into being like Jesus & what it is to be Spirit-filled. 

In what ministry do you hope to work when you finish at BCSA?
I would love to be involved in full time pastoral ministry of some kind in the local church. I especially have a great desire to develop further skills in pastoral care and counselling and teaching in applying the life-transforming truths of the gospel to all of life.

What is one thing you are learning at the moment that is particularly insightful?

It never ceases to amaze how all the subjects overlap, even though we could be studying various passages in different classes. God’s Word is proven consistent in faithfulness and truth the more intensively it’s studied. Whether in a Greek translation exercise, an OT assignment, a NT lecture or a Hermeneutics discussion, God’s Word just keeps revealing so many connections to itself in one great story that builds my personal faith in Jesus and love for God.  

 

Tuesday 23 July

Semester 2 commence
 
 

Tuesday 30 July

City to City Incubator - Day 1
Cameron Munro

 

Saturday 17 August

BCSA Partnership Dinner 2019
To find out more about how you can be involved, please call our Partnerships Officer Cameron Phillips on 08 8291 8188


FOR YOUR PRAYER


Please give thanks for –

• A completed first semester in which our students spent many hours studying the Bible, applying it to their own lives and preparing to use it well in their future ministries.

• A great Open Night in May when many potential new students came to hear about enrolling for a course of study.

• Our many faithful partners who have donated so generously and so helped us to continue offering our programs.


Please pray for –

• A good break from classes for our students, and that our staff use the non-teaching weeks well to rest, prepare for semester two, and work on research projects.

• New students who will begin their studies in semester two. That they would quickly find their place in the student body and dive into the Bible with great enthusiasm.

• Our donation income as we approach the end of the financial year. That through our partners, God would provide for all our ongoing needs.


Please also remember Trinity Theological College in Perth in your prayers. That, under God, Rev Dr Don West and his team would have great success in preparing the next generations of gospel workers for Perth, Western Australia, and beyond.


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STOP PRESS!

Our congratulations to
Chris Seglenieks for submitting his PhD thesis; the first from a BCSA student.

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