Posted: 21 September 2018
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It's been said that there are three things needed to make close friendships: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other.
This Sunday we are wrapping up our series in 1 Samuel as Al Stewart speaks on the friendship between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18. There will also be an opportunity for sharing what God has been teaching you over the past series — so please come ready to share.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Posted: 31 August 2018
I can't wait to see you this Sunday for a special Father's Day service. I'm preaching on the famous David and Goliath story from 1 Samuel 17, plus in the morning we have a BBQ and special kids spot. It's going to be a great day, so why not invite your dad along.
See you Sunday.
P.S. Don't forget we've started including prayer points at the bottom of our weekly email. If you haven't signed up to receive these emails, you can do so here.
Posted: 24 August 2018
This Sunday we're excited to have Al Stewart, a gifted preacher and friend of Vine Church, speaking on the kind of leadership God chooses to lead his people from 1 Samuel 16. As we think of the possibly (or reality depending on the time you read this) of a change in national leadership, this sermon is set to be very relevant as we consider the values and virtues of God's chosen one.
Also, don't forget that our quarterly Prayer and Praise night is coming up next Wednesday night. It's an important time to come to God in prayer for our nation, our city and our workplaces.
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.
P.S. Simeon and I are starting Christianity...Continue Reading
Posted: 17 August 2018
“We all lie to ourselves to be happy.”
— Leonard Shelby (Memento Movie)
Before Inception and the Dark Night Trilogy, Christopher Nolan directed the amazing mind-bending film Memento. It's about a man who has amnesia and in order to know teh truth about himself, he tattoos his story onto himself. But as the movie goes on we come to realise that the man is not so honest about who he is—even to himself. I think Nolan's message is that we human beings are tempted to hide parts of our story not just from the world but from our own selves in order to cope with life.
This Sunday we are exploring this issue in the next part of our series in 1 Samuel as we look at the self deception...Continue Reading
Posted: 10 August 2018
We’re getting right into the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel and this week our Families Pastor, Bruce Linton is preaching on the topic: "A heart that cheats on God”. He will be looking at 1 Samuel 8 and how the people of Israel reject God as king and ask for another king. It’s relevant to us because all of us grow bored with God and find replacements in our lives.
Can’t wait to see you there.
Posted: 02 August 2018
God is strong, awesome, mighty, and holy. God is powerful! If that is true, then how do we live with a God like that? Who can possibly stand before him? This Sunday as we follow the ark of the Lord as it is lost, stolen, moved, and returned, we will see how to live with an awareness of God in our lives.
These may be strange stories but there is heaps to learn from 1 Samuel 4-6. Come along on Sunday, bring your Bibles (we'll be covering a chunk), and learn how to live with an awareness of the power and presence of God in your life.
Posted: 27 July 2018
We had a great time starting our new series last week on the Old Testament book 1 Samuel and hearing Steph Leung's amazing reflections in her spoken word on childlessness, Twice Blessed.
Over the next month we've got a great array of speakers taking us through 1 Samuel, with Simeon Cumberland sharing this week on the God who speaks to our needs from 1 Samuel 3.
Also this Sunday we'll be hearing from Aiden McCorkindale on his recent trip to GAFCON in Jerusalem, plus we'll be celebrating the Lord's Supper together.
Can't wait to see you there.
P.S. We're just short of reaching our target of $15,000 for our global missions appeal. If you want to help us reach...Continue Reading
Posted: 20 July 2018
At the heart of the Bible is the story of the heart of God for his hard-hearted people. This Sunday is going to be an amazing time as we start a new series in the book of 1 Samuel and hear God teaching us about his heart and ours.
Also this Sunday, Steph Leung will be sharing a special spoken word on the topic of infertility which she wrote as she reflected on 1 Samuel 1, which is this weeks passage.
You can see the outline for the series here.
Posted: 13 July 2018
This Sunday is week three of our month of going global as we hear about the work of our missionary partners around the world. We've already met Emily Woods and Scott Sanders and this Sunday we'll be hearing from Josh and Susannah Apieczonek who are working in France to make Jesus known among university students.
Also this Sunday I will be sharing from one of my favourite passages in the Bible on the theme: A Heart for World Mission from Luke 15.
Don't forget to give to the missions offering this month, as we seek to raise $15,000 for our partners.
Posted: 09 July 2018
At the heart of the Bible is the story of the heart of God for his hard-hearted people. Join us as we explore the book of 1 Samuel and what God is teaching us about his heart and ours.
A heart that hears our cries
1 Samuel 1-2
Sunday, 22 July
A heart that speaks to our needs
1 Samuel 2-3
Sunday, 29 July
A heart that can’t be tamed
1 Samuel 4-7
Sunday, 5 August
A heart that cheats on God
1 Samuel 8
Sunday, 12 August
A heart that lies to itself
1 Samuel 9-15
Sunday, 19 August
A heart that chooses the underdog
1 Samuel 16
Sunday, 26 August
A heart that fights for you
1 Samuel 17
Sunday, 2 September
A heart that takes the hard road
1 Samuel 18-26...Continue Reading