The Flame of Intimacy

Posted: 23 June 2017

It's been wonderful to hear from so many of you about how God is speaking to you through this series in Song of Songs. On Monday, I received this email:

I found last night awesome and I am so glad that I came along. I felt the sermon helped restore a healthy view of sex as a part of a wider commitment in marriage. The connection of being fully loved and fully known is one that resonates with me deeply. I found it also really helpful to hear how even in marriage, people can be frustrated with sex and it's not a perfect fix all remedy loneliness and unfulfilled desire.

I'm hoping you are finding this part of God's word as encouraging, healing and challenging as my friend has.

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Join Our Team — Female City Pastor

Posted: 21 June 2017

Job Title:  Female City Pastor
Reports to:  Lead Pastor
Reports:  Female Student Minister and and Interns (MTS)
Location:  Surry Hills

Vine Church + St Michael’s exists to make thousands of disciples across the city of Sydney. Over the past five years, we’ve grown from two churches — one a church plant and the other a small Anglican Church — into an exciting and vibrant combined community with over 200 people gathering each week. We love Jesus and are passionate about seeing him change lives.

1.  Position Purpose

Vine Church + St Michael’s is seeking to employ a godly and gifted woman for this role to build a disciple-making movement across the city so that women are...

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: Jobs

Join Our Team —  Children’s Pastor

Posted: 21 June 2017

Job Title:  Children’s Pastor
Reports to:  Lead Pastor
Location:  Surry Hills

Vine Church + St Michael’s exists to make thousands of disciples across the city of Sydney. Over the past five years, we’ve grown from two churches — one a church plant and the other a small Anglican Church — into an exciting and vibrant combined community with over 200 people gathering each week. We love Jesus and are passionate about seeing him change lives.

We are a church of many generations. Our desire is that no matter how young or old, or whatever situation in life people are, they would find our church a place where they can meet and grow as a disciple of Jesus.

1. Position Purpose

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: Jobs

The Delights of Intimacy

Posted: 16 June 2017

So we started our series on the Song of Songs last week and while there was some trepidation, it was a great time of exploring a wonderful book and hearing questions from the floor. You can listen to the sermon here if you missed it.

This week is part 2 of the series and we are looking at the delights of intimacy. While the Song is not about sex, that doesn't mean it's not erotic. This week we're looking at the eroticism of the Song and what God has to say to us about sex.

We will have Q&A time at the end, and you can ask a question here if you don't feel comfortable sharing.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The Language of Intimacy

Posted: 09 June 2017

This Sunday we're starting a new series called "Hide & Seek: The Ache for Intimacy". It's a series based on the Song of Songs, which is in the Bible to teach us about love and intimacy.

But intimacy isn't always easy.

You might say life is a game of hide and seek. We seek the warmth of intimacy to escape the shadow of loneliness, yet we also hide from others, putting up walls, in fear of being seen for who we truly are.

What God gives us in the Song of Songs is a tonic to teach us how to deal with our ache for intimacy. It surprises us with its realistic descriptions of the fear, joy and pain of real relationships. It's a book for all people — married and single — because...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Hide & Seek: The Ache for Intimacy

Posted: 02 June 2017

Life is a game of hide and seek. We seek the warmth of intimacy to escape the shadow of loneliness, yet we also hide from others, putting up walls, in fear of being seen for who we truly are.

In the middle of the Bible, God has given us a book which teaches us about this ache for intimacy. It surprises us with its realistic descriptions of the fear, joy and pain of real relationships. It's a book for all people – married and single – because it holds out hope that God will answer our ache for intimacy.

Join us over winter as we listen to The Song of Songs, through all its teasing and tension, its peaks and delights.

Sun, 11 June    The Language of Intimacy

Sun, 18 June  ...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The King We Need

Posted: 01 June 2017

We live in a world where kings and queens are marginalised to meaningless pageantry and this makes it difficult to understand what the Bible means when it speaks of Jesus having a kingdom. This Sunday, Seb Lane, a student minister at church, will be speaking on the topic, The King We Need. Despite our desire for autonomy, deep within us all there is something burned to our souls telling us the world will only prosper when it’s ruled by the true king. Join us this Sunday as we explore how Jesus is the king we all need.

Also, don't forget as we head to the end of financial year that you can make a tax-deductible gift to Bread of Life which is a ministry run by our church offering...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

For God’s Glory Alone

Posted: 26 May 2017

“The one essential condition of human existence is that man should always be able to bow down before something infinitely great." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

This Sunday we're wrapping up our series on The Essentials — the key teachings of Christianity — by looking at the overall goal of God in salvation: his own glory!

When we speak of God doing something for his own glory, it might sound selfish of God. If humans do something for their own glory, we say they're proud and narcissistic. Is this then also true of God? That's what we're looking at this Sunday.

Finally, don't miss out on registering for Guess Who's Coming for Dinner. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and get...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Faith Alone

Posted: 19 May 2017

"Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it."

That's how Martin Luther describes our response to God's grace. Faith is the most important thing in the world. It's not a leap in the dark, but a step into the light based on the evidence of who God is and what He's revealed about himself. It brings great confidence and joy and happiness. It's for this reason I'm looking forward to speaking this Sunday about faith – what it is and why it's important.

Also, you may have noticed that Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is coming up on Saturday 24 June. You can find out more info here and sign up here.

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Christ Alone

Posted: 12 May 2017

One of the most difficult questions Christians face is: "Do you really believe that trusting Jesus Christ is the only way a person can be saved?"

Perhaps you have faced this question, or perhaps it's your question right now. If you believe that salvation is in Christ alone, isn't it narrow-minded to think that God would restrict salvation to one Saviour and one faith?

That's the question we're looking at this week as we come to the third slogan in our series on the essentials of Christianity: Christ alone.

Also this week to celebrate Mother's Day we've got a special Devonshire tea for 10am church, and we'll be ordering pizza after 4.30pm church (bring $8). Plus there will...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series
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