Christmas Picnic Feast

Posted: 21 November 2011

Christmas Picnic Map, Centennial Park near Surry Hills

The year is coming to an end and Christmas is upon us. To celebrate we are having a Christmas Picnic Feast, this is one picnic not to be missed!

Saturday 3rd December, 12pm – 4pm
The Duck Pond, Centennial Park (see map)

What to Bring:
- Food and drinks to share.
- Rugs, chairs and umbrellas to make things comfortable.
- Sunscreen to save your skin.
- Balls, games or musical instruments to play.

For some extra fun, we will be having a Kris Kringle (or Secret Santa) at the Picnic. Basically, everyone will randomly give and get a small gift. So please bring a gender neutral present of no more than $10.

All welcome!

Any questions, please contact Heidi, you can...

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The King’s Kingdom

Posted: 11 November 2011 / Mark 3:28–29

This Sunday we come to one of the hardest sayings of Jesus in the whole gospel. He says,

"Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mark 3:28–29)

The greatest atheist of the 20th Century, Bertrand Russell, said of this:

'That text has caused an unspeakable amount of misery in the world, for all sorts of people have imagined that they have committed the sin against the Holy Ghost, and thought that it would not be forgiven them either in this world or in the world to come. I really do not think that a person with a proper...

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The King’s Healing

Posted: 14 October 2011 / Mark 2:1-12

‘Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me,’ wrote the playwright Anton Chekhov, and the characters he so vividly created – with all their selfishness, their hatred, their dark and desperate desires, their hopelessness – they do rather well to describe us all. Imagine a story whose characters are taken from your own inner life and blown up for all to see.

Something has gone wrong with the human race, and we know it.

The American preacher, Rick Warren says, ‘preaching is the task of starting with what people want then helping them move to what they really need.’

In Mark 2, a paralysed man is brought to Jesus with the obvious need of healing, but Jesus first...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Psalm 63

Posted: 28 September 2011 / Psalm 63

If you are thirsty, what do you thirst for? And if you are in a desert, what do you long for? A drink of water, right? It's simple. It’s not rocket science.

But King David, when in a desert, and with his enemies bearing down on him, was able to say what he really thirsts for in Psalm 63:

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

Come along this week as Justin Moffatt speaks on the wonderful possibility that God's 'love is better than life', therefore he is the satisfaction for our thirsts, from Psalm 63.

Sunday, 4pm
Surry Hills Library
Level 1, 405 Crown Street


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Compelling Community

Posted: 16 September 2011

"The Church should be the most compelling community in our culture."

This week we had a great night together thinking about where we are going together as a church. Integral to what we are doing as a church is joining a gospel community (more information here). The following video reminds us of the importance of being part of a community. If you are not yet plugged into one, please let me know and I will help you find a group that works for you.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Community

New Series: King’s Cross

Posted: 16 September 2011 / Mark 1:1-15

This Sunday we are beginning a new series on Mark’s gospel called ‘King’s Cross’. This is the title of a new book by Tim Keller, which would be good to read alongside the sermon series, but it also reflects what the gospel of Mark is about. Mark presents Jesus’ life in two symmetrical acts:

Act 1 relates to his identity as King over all things (Mark chapters 1-8); while
Act 2 relates to his purpose in dying on the cross (Mark chapters 9-16).

That is, Mark's gospel is the story of the King’s Cross.

This week we begin by looking at The King’s Gospel.

In a famous article, Robert W. Jenson argued that our culture is in crisis because the modern world “has lost its...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

What God is Doing

Posted: 09 September 2011 / Titus 1:1-4

Nick Cave wrote a song which is realistic about the grit of life:

In heaven His throne is made of gold,
Where the ark of His testament is stowed,
A throne from which I'm told all history does unfold,
Down here it's made of wood and wire,
And my body is on fire,
And God is never far away.

Nick Cave is dealing with the fact that there is a sense that God is in control of all history but where I am at right now, dealing with grit and suffering of life, makes it very hard to see God good plan for me and the world.

This Sunday my friend Daniel Godden, who is starting a church similar to ours in Wollongong next year, is coming to speak on Titus 1. In this small passage...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The Claim of Jesus

Posted: 02 September 2011

C.S. Lewis famously said:

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.

This Sunday we are looking at Jesus' most devilish, most insane, or most remarkable claim – depending how your mind is made up. He said,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Fundamentally, Jesus' message was Himself. He did not come merely to point the way; He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life." Either he was a poached...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

“God… why do innocent people suffer?”

Posted: 19 August 2011

This Sunday we come to the question which some have called the ‘Achilles' heal’ of the Christianity: “Why do innocent people suffer?” Whilst other faiths provide an answer, and often a complete one, the Bible leaves this question unanswered and a mystery. How can this be so? Does this make the Christianity less credible than other faiths? And if the God of the Bible doesn’t answer this, how on earth can I face my own suffering and the pain in the world?

What is paradoxical, though, is that many Christian's testify that the Bible’s non-answer is actually more realistic, more credible, and more hope-inspiring than the answers the other faiths give. Huh? Come along and see this...

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Official Opening update

Posted: 11 August 2011

Toby retelling the story of the Samaritan woman.

Last Sunday we had a great afternoon celebrating God's goodness with heaps of people, a great band and good food with drinks.

Over 140 people came along and we ran out of seats. Many of the guests were family and friends, some who don't normally go to church. Other guests came from getting our postcards in their letterboxes or from local cafes. Some people found out about the event online.

To begin our conversation about Jesus with people in the city, we responded to the question, "Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?". In answer, we hoped to show that it actually matters more that Jesus knows me than that I know myself.

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