Weekend Away Reflection

Posted: 29 March 2017

There's something profoundly moving about seeing community deepening, friendships formed, and God's people sitting under His word. This past weekend, Vine Church + St Michael's had the opportunity to head to Collaroy for our annual Weekend Away where over 170 people gathered for what was an exciting and encouraging time.

Sessions were spent hearing stories of how God has been working in people's lives, singing together, and diving into the book of Hebrews. Between sessions there was plenty of fun being had by the beach, at cafés, around the dining room tables and on the volleyball court.

Our biggest ever Weekend Away is finished for another year, but the challenge to live...

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Author: Joel Hollier / Categories: Events, Reflection

Weekend Away

Posted: 24 March 2017

Our annual Weekend Away starts this evening! We've got 170 people coming for a fantastic weekend hearing from the Bible, enjoying fellowship and hanging out in a beautiful part of Sydney.

Joel Hollier will be giving three talks on the weekend on the greatness and supremacy of Jesus from the book of Hebrews. I've been working through these talks with him, and they are fantastic! We're also going to hear a bunch of stories from the lives of Dave Smith, Naomi Tosic, Becky Cox and others.

On Sunday, 10am church won't be meeting back in Surry Hills, but feel free to drive up to Collaroy to join us for our last session at 10am at the conference centre. We will be meeting back in...

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

The Replacement for Jesus

Posted: 17 March 2017

We had a great night on Wednesday at the Annual General Meeting. We had three wardens (Alexis Linton, Pauline Oh and Noel Nallaiah) and four members of parish council (Justin Yoon, Peili Guan, Mario Chan and Tom Schell) elected unopposed. You can download the Annual Report which shares how God has been at work in the last year in our church here.

This Sunday we're looking at Jesus' teaching on the Holy Spirit in John 16. Simeon Cumberland, one of our student pastors, will be preaching and showing us how the Holy Spirit is at work to convince us of our need for Jesus. Without him, we would be blind to our need for Christ.

Looking forward to coming together with you to praise...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The World and Jesus

Posted: 10 March 2017

This Sunday we’ve got Andy Bryan speaking on what we can expect in the Christian life from John 15.

Expectations are very important! When our expectations are awry, we find ourselves in a world of trouble. Tomorrow I’m competing in my first 46km trail run, and part of the preparation is getting my expectations right for how painful it’s going to be.

On the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, he prepared them by helping them have the right expectations. It’s going to be a powerful message from Andy, and look forward to hearing it with you on Sunday.

Don’t forget this Sunday is the last day to register for the Weekend Away. Even if you’re new, we’d love to have you...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Annual General Meeting 2017

Posted: 10 March 2017

This coming Wednesday night is the Annual General Meeting for Vine Church + St Michael’s. The meeting is going to be a really fun and important night in which we thank God for all he has done over the past year and look forward to what he has called us to do in the future.

Join us for sushi in the church at 6.30pm or for the formalities from 7pm. You can read the agenda here.

At the meeting, the members of our church will elect three wardens and 3, 6, or 9 parish councillors. Wardens and parish councillors play an important role in the mission of our church by ensuring that our church is effectively administered and governed. You can read more about whether you can vote here,...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News

The Friend of Jesus

Posted: 03 March 2017

We're smack bang in the middle of a series looking at the most impactful person of history — Jesus Christ. This week we're looking at his famous saying after which our church is named:

I am the vine; you are the branches.

Jesus' teaching in John 15 is wonderful. He speaks of the assurance we can have of God's love, the power at work in our lives by his Spirit, and the challenge he gives us to love others.

Hope to see you this Sunday as we look at this passage which is so fundamental for our church.

Yours in Christ,

Toby Neal

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The Spirit of Truth

Posted: 24 February 2017

This term we're looking at Jesus' last night with his disciples and the way he prepares them for his coming death and departure. In John 14 he begins a series of teaching points on the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in the world. It's a great section and so important for understanding the power of the Christian life. I've found Tim Keller's insights on this compelling:

"You can only afford to be generous if you actually have some money in the bank to give. In the same way, if your only source of love and meaning is your spouse, then anytime he or she fails you, it will not just cause grief but a psychological cataclysm. If, however, you know something of the work of...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Ignite 2017

Posted: 22 February 2017

On Friday night, around 40 women gathered in the church hall at St Michael's for the inaugural Ignite evening. A beautiful space was created for conversations that encouraged vision and ideas. We started to think and pray for the year ahead over an amazing dinner.

Carmen inspired us by sharing how God grew her through a difficult time; she shared that it was God's grace that gave her confidence and assurance when the world was letting her down. Esther opened Romans 12 with us and helped us to see God's grace in renewing our minds and in giving us gifts for His glory through service.

Fruitful discussions helped us identify some areas in which God might be prompting us to use...

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Author: Becky Cox / Categories: Events, Discipleship, News

The Work of Jesus

Posted: 17 February 2017

This week we are continuing our new series on Jesus' last night with his disciples in John 13-17. This is a section of the Bible which is relevant for everyone:

  • For people exploring Christianity, it offers us evidence for who Jesus is, so that you might not make a leap in the dark but take a step into the light;
  • For new Christians, Jesus teaches us some very helpful things about living the Christian life, who the Holy Spirit is, and what we should expect going through life as a Christian; and
  • For older Christians, it shows us how to be close to Jesus.

This week we are looking at Jesus responding to the overconfidence, doubts and longings of three of his disciples...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The Love of Jesus

Posted: 10 February 2017

It was great to see you all at Vision Sunday last week. We heard how Jesus is building his Church, and what that means for our church. If you missed out you can listen to the message here

This Sunday we are starting a new series running all the way up to Easter on the last night of Jesus' life. On this night Jesus turns to his disciples and teaches them what really matters. This Sunday, he will teach us what really matters as he bends down to wash his disciples feet (John 13).

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Yours in Christ,

Toby Neal

Ps Don't forget the early bird rate for the weekend away is available only for the next two weeks here. Whether you've been with us for...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series
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