Posted: 11 August 2011
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.
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...Continue Reading
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.
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.
Surry Hills Library
Level 1, 405 Crown Street
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Posted: 27 July 2011 / Philippians 4:19
Next week is National Homeless Persons' Week. A couple of churches in Surry Hills are getting together on Wednesday 3rd August, 2-3pm, to hold a service for those who sleep rough.
Please come and join us and pray for those who sleep rough that God would supply every need of theirs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Wednesday, 3rd August, 2–3pm
Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills
(on Crown Street, opposite the library)
Download the flyer below or get more details about National Homeless Persons' Week here.
Posted: 25 July 2011 / Genesis 21-22
Michael reflects on Genesis 21-22:
There is some crazy stuff in the Old Testament and this is certainly the case in Genesis 21 and 22. We have a nonagenarian (90-99 year old) becoming a mother for the first time, Abraham a dad for the first time at 100 not out, wells springing up out of nowhere in the desert and perhaps one of the more shocking parts of the Bible where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Well what do we make of it? I am going to cheat a little and skip the hard parts by looking at the very start of this passage Genesis 21:1-7. This passage should be a great encouragement to all people, reminding that God is faithful and keeps his promises even when we...Continue Reading
Posted: 24 July 2011
We are very pleased with two articles by journalist Margaret Rice in the latest Wentworth Courier.
Inner-city Christianity comes to small bars of Surry Hills: This is about Vine church as 'a different kind of church to meet the needs of inner city dwellers.'
Good neighbour plans laneway parties for Surry Hills: This is about Nicole, one of the women at church, who organised a laneway party for her neighbours in Surry Hills last Christmas.
Posted: 06 July 2011 / 1 Peter 3:8 - 4:19
Last week I spoke about men, women and marriage in the city. One of the most striking examples of a beautiful and fearless woman who hopes in God is that of Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni grew up riding horses, hiking, playing tennis and loving to swim. One summer day in July 1967, while on a beach with some friends, Joni dove into the bay not knowing how shallow it really was. She broke her neck and became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. While her friends were busy preparing to go to college in the autumn, Joni was fighting for her life and having to accept the fact that she would spend her life in a wheelchair. Her rehabilitation was not easy. She was angry,...Continue Reading
Posted: 04 July 2011
Does he exist? Does he care?
Why doesn’t he make himself clearer?
Why doesn’t he end all the pain?
Do I care?
Join us this August for the opening of Vine Church, a new urban church in Surry Hills. We surveyed people in the area and hope to begin a conversation about our four most common questions for God.
Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?
August 7, 4pm (Opening Night)
Why don’t you make yourself clearer?
August 14, 4pm
Why do innocent people suffer?
August 21, 4pm
I’ve got no questions … so what?
August 28, 4pm
Surry Hills Library
Level 1, 405 Crown Street
We have been handing out and letterbox dropping the...Continue Reading
Posted: 30 June 2011 / 1 Peter 3:1-7
Someone once said, ‘Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy.’ Sadly this is often the case, even in Christian marriages.
In fact, marriage is in a bad way in Australia with rates have fallen to 5.5 per thousand in 2007, coupled with a divorce rate of 2.3 per thousand in 2007, the seventh highest in the world. In 2008, this affected a disturbing 43,184 children. The average age for marrying has climbed steeply to 29 for women and 31 for men, a trend which places greater stress on women who contend with a less merciful biological clock. Linked with this is the rate of cohabitation which has increased from 6% (1986) to 15% (2006).
Consequently, a recent study...Continue Reading