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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“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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Reflection on Matthew 8

Posted: 11 August 2011 / Matthew 8

Mike W. reflects on Matthew 8:

I heard somewhere that faith is trusting in something out of our control. We do this all the time, whether it be in our purchasing habits, in our jobs or even in forming our opinions on science, culture and politics. However what I think is most telling is our faith in relationships. We observe certain characteristics in people, and quickly form opinions and then bonds as trust develops, or put up walls where it doesn’t.

Reading Matthew 8 we see people have differing levels of trust in Jesus. We see the sick and hapless come to Jesus in desperation. In particular we see the Roman Centurion, a natural enemy to the Jewish Jesus show immense trust...

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Christianity Explored Course (August 2011)

Posted: 01 August 2011

In mid August we are starting Christianity Explored which is a free 7-week course that gives you time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. You won’t be asked to pray, sing or read aloud, and you can ask any questions you like. Or, if you prefer, you can just come along and listen.

For more information click here.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News

The Message of Mission

Posted: 29 July 2011 / Jonah 4

Jonathan Swift once famously said:

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

That line could sum up the problem in the life of Jonah.  His hatred ate away at the walls of his soul. Nowhere is that more clear than in Jonah 4 (this Sunday). In this chapter, he prays:

Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.

Growing up hearing the story of Jonah, I thought that he ran away because he was scared of the big bad Ninevites. Turns out it wasn’t the Ninevites he was afraid of.

Come and find out if you share his fears.

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