Israel: no sheriff in town

Posted: 18 August 2017

This Sunday, Andy Bryan is finishing our series in the book of Judges as he teaches on the chaos that was caused when Israel had no king and did what was right in their own eyes. We will also be sharing the Lord's Supper together and hearing from the Global Mission team about Emily Woods' work in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Don't forget today is the last day to give your opinion on the name of our church.

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you tonight at The Big Fat Global Quiz, otherwise see you Sunday.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Loneliness: part 2

Posted: 17 August 2017

Following on from the post earlier in the week on loneliness, a friend shared with me today this article on why single is not the same as lonely.

"For those of us who remain single, we might not experience the unique depth of intimacy with one person that a married friend might, but we can enjoy a unique breadth of intimacy with a number of close friends that comes from having greater opportunity and capacity than married people typically have to invest in close friendships."

Pastor Toby Neal

Link: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-single-is-not-same-as-lonely

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Community, Reflection

Loneliness

Posted: 16 August 2017

Last week there was yet another article in the news on loneliness. Loneiliness is a massive problem many people in our city and our church face. The article gives 6 tips to avoid loneliness. Here's my adaption for our community:

1. When you meet up with people at church don't just talk about your job and social life. Share how God's been changing you, what he's been teaching you, where you're struggling to trust him, a sin you're trying to kill, and something and someone to pray for.

2. Keep a list of the birthdays of those in your community group and ministry team. Buy them a cake and embarrass them by singing Happy Birthday in a public place. Go out to Messina after church...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Community, Reflection

Samson: the sex-addicted saviour

Posted: 11 August 2017

This Sunday we've got the privilege of having Dave Jensen speaking evangelistically on the story of Samson. Dave is a powerful speaker and this would be a great Sunday to bring a friend to church.

Also, don't forget to give us your opinion on what you think we should call our church.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Gideon: the cowardly cowboy

Posted: 04 August 2017

We've been challenged over the past couple of weeks as we've looked at the Old Testament book Judges and the way God uses people whom the world ignores to bring salvation to his people.

This Sunday Brian Leung will be speaking on the story of Gideon — a man who starts out a coward but who ends up overconfident and foolish. How do you tread that balance between cowardice and overconfidence? Come and find out this Sunday.

Also this Sunday we'll be talking about what we're doing with our double-barrel name Vine Church + St Michael's. Should we keep it or choose one of these names to represent us into the future?

Finally, please pray for the group of the leaders going away this...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Deborah & Jael: the deadly damsels

Posted: 28 July 2017

We started our new series God's Cowboys last week looking at one of the unusual people God used to save his people in the Old Testament.

This week we come to the deadly damsels — Deborah and Jael — who God used to bring salvation to his people. It's another incredible story in which we learn so much about the character of God!

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Ehud: the left-handed assassin

Posted: 21 July 2017

The Old Testament book Judges reads much like a spaghetti western: there’s no sheriff  in town and the townsfolk have elected a villain. But as the tumbleweeds roll down the street, God’s cowboys stroll in for a showdown and ransom His people held captive.

I'd love to invite you to a new series we are starting this week as we look at the way God saves His people through a bunch of ragtag cowboys.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

God’s Cowboys

Posted: 18 July 2017

The Old Testament book Judges reads much like a spaghetti western: there’s no sheriff in town and the townsfolk have elected a villain. But as the tumbleweeds roll on down the street, God’s cowboys stroll in for a showdown and ransom His people held captive.

Join us this winter as we look at the way God saves His people through a bunch of ragtag cowboys.

Sun, 23 Jul     Ehud: the left-handed assassin
                       Judges 3

Sun, 30 Jul     Deborah & Jael: the deadly damsels
                       Judges 4

Sun, 6 Aug     Gideon: the cowardly cowboy
                       Judges 6-7

Sun, 13 Aug   Samson: the sex-addicted saviour
                       Judges...

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The Lord’s Supper

Posted: 14 July 2017

Someone once said that the world drinks to forget but Christians drink to remember. They were of course speaking of the Lord's Supper, in which we eat a bit of bread and drink from the vine to remember the body and blood of Jesus broken and shed for us and our salvation.

Join us this Sunday as our student minister, Brian Leung, teaches us what the Lord's Supper is about and how it helps us keep Jesus central.

We'll also be celebrating the Lord's Supper together at both 10am and 4.30pm.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News

The Resurrection

Posted: 07 July 2017

This Sunday we're very excited to have Phillip Jensen speaking at church on the subject of the resurrection. Not only has Phillip made a worldwide impact through his Bible teaching over the past 3 decades, he's also had a massive impact on my own life. There was a time when during university I was seriously considering walking away from faith in Jesus. One of the things God used to bring me back and give me a confidence in Jesus was Phillip's preaching. I can't wait to hear him teach so clearly from the Bible this Sunday on such an important topic.

Also this Sunday (AM service), we'll be celebrating with Amanda and Campbell the baptism of their daughter Elizabeth.

Have a...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News, Sermon Series
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