Posted: 25 May 2018
A friend of mine sent me a text this week saying, "I’m pretty ticked off with God right now and I find it so hard to express that to him so we have a bit of a stalemate going on.”
What do you do when that's how you feel? Well, the Bible teaches that we need to lament: to bring our complaints to God and to beg him to act. This is something us Aussies aren't so good at. We love to complain on social media, to our friends, colleagues and family, but rarely do we complain to God. No wonder we live frustrated and anxious lives. Join us at church this week as we look at how the prayer of lament can help us when things aren't going great.
Can't wait to see you there.
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Posted: 18 May 2018
This Sunday we are exploring the most famous prayer in the world: The Lord’s Prayer. In it, Jesus teaches us how to pray and what to pray for. This prayer challenges us as to what is truly important and worth giving our lives to.
For all the women out there, please don't forget that this is the last week to register for our annual day conference for women, Nourish. We’ve got an outstanding speaker this year and you’ll enjoy great fellowship together. Sign up here.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
Posted: 11 May 2018
This Sunday we're continuing our series on prayer, looking at whether it really changes anything. Some people argue that the only thing prayer changes is the prayer itself.
Others suggest that prayer changes God, and unhelpfully use it as some kind of stick thinking they can force God's hand.
So here's the question: does prayer change anything?
It's a massive question and I hope you come ready to discover the Bible's suprising answer.
Also this Sunday it's Mothers Day. Don't forget to plan a phone call to mum or to visit. Our amazing foodies team are putting on a wonderful spread after morning church, so bring your mum along. Plus there'll be stories at both 10am and...Continue Reading
Posted: 04 May 2018
Prayer is the great privilege of every one of God’s children. We pray when we come to our heavenly father to ask him to do what only he can do. It's based on the assumption that he is both willing and able to help us. Perhaps our slowness to pray reflects our underlying doubts about God’s power and generosity.
Join us this May as we see God for who he truly is and discover the power of prayer.
Why is prayer a privilege?
Sunday, 6 May
Does prayer change anything?
Sunday, 13 May
How should I pray?
Sunday, 20 May
How does prayer help when I’m hurting?
Sunday, 27 May
Posted: 27 April 2018
The way we view something determines how we will see it. If we are pessimistic then we will see only the worst. If we are optimistic we will see only the best. But how does the Bible teach us how to view the world? And if I view the world the way the Bible shows me, then how does that make a difference to my life?
This Sunday we are digging into another obscure book of the Bible, 3 John. Although short, 3 John has lots to say about how we view the world, what our life looks like if we get it, and the joy that comes from viewing the world rightly.
Posted: 20 April 2018
We value both truth and love. But sometimes they seem in conflict. We can be tempted to privilege one over another or set aside one for the sake of the other. But the Bible calls us to live in truth and love. How do I do that? How do I live in truth and love?
Join us this Sunday as we look at the often forgotten book of 2 John. This book is short (fewer than 300 words) yet it is packed with practical and profound wisdom for how we live in truth and love.
Posted: 13 April 2018
We've got a big week at church planned and hope you can make it.
Guest preacher, LT Hopper, is coming back to speak on the difference between knowing God's love and experiencing the reality of God's love in our inner being. You might like to have a read of Ephesians 3 as preparation.
Also, this Sunday is the first day of work for Bruce Linton who is joining the staff team as Families Pastor. It will be great to get to know him and his wife (Jan) and make them feel welcome.
Looking forward to gathering with you this Sunday.
P.S. the Parish Council has just announced that Neeson Murcutt are to be the architects working on our property development plans. Don't miss out on...Continue Reading
Posted: 12 April 2018
It brings me great delight to announce that the Parish Council have selected Neeson Murcutt to be our architects as we work towards a master plan for our site. As you would have heard at the AGM and read in the 2017 Annual Report (p.30-31) this is a key step for us as a church.
Neeson Murcutt is an energetic, design based architectural firm recognised for innovation in our city. They have won awards for a number of prominent projects including Prince Alfred Park Pool, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre and the Australian Museum. Their work is elegant, practical and friendly.
The first step in the design phase will involve Neeson Murcutt learning about our community and how we...Continue Reading
Posted: 06 April 2018
This Sunday we've got a guest speaker (LT Hopper) coming along to church to speak on the topic of "Joy in suffering" from 1 Peter. LT was my youth group leader in high school, and has been a mentor and friend for the past 20 years. He will speak from the Bible and his own experience of suffering.
Also don't forget I am running the next Christianity Explored course starting Tuesday night. If that's you, or if you have a friend who's exploring and would like to look at the gospel in a relaxed environment where you are free to ask questions, please get in touch here.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
Posted: 29 March 2018
Easter is a Christian holiday. It's not just a holiday to enjoy some time out in God's world, it's a holy day (special day) to enjoy the salvation and life Jesus won for us by dying and rising to life.
This Easter we've got an amazing Friday and Sunday planned with hot cross buns, live jazz, even a night out at The Soda Factory.
I would like would encourage you to make it along on both days, or if you are away, to get along to a local church to worship our saviour.
On Good Friday I'll be speaking from Psalm 22 about the feeling of being abandoned by God.
On Easter Sunday I'll be speaking from John 11, and the certain hope Jesus offers us when faced with death.