Posted: 04 July 2013
This Sunday we are starting a new series on Christian ethics called Joined-Up Life.
When it comes to ethics, most people think the Bible is a bunch of rules given by a God who is a moral policeman. Although there are rules in the Bible, that is not the best way to think about it.
It is better think think about Christian ethics as the way a fabric is...Continue Reading
Posted: 02 July 2013
Cities have grown.
We no longer live and work in the same location, we meet a lot of people in life, and our relationships with these people tend to be stretched thin rather than relationally deep.
As a community we want to promote deep friendships with one another that are centred on the good news of Jesus.
This Sunday Hayley Gibbins is starting a...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 July 2013
Serving Each Other through Forgiveness and Reconciliation
An article by Dr. Tim Keller
"In its most basic and simple form, this teaching is that Christians in community are to never give up on one another, never give up on a relationship, and never write off another believer. We must never tire of forgiving (and repenting!) and seeking to repair our...Continue Reading
Posted: 20 June 2013
Over the past week we have given away over 50 books to new and young Christians including a bunch of people who have finished Christianity Explored and a guy running a Bible study in rehab.
To make an investment in the lives of people like these please consider if you could help us give away more.
— $15 gives five people in rehab a Bible study booklet...Continue Reading
Posted: 06 June 2013 / Genesis 32
If you asked your friends to describe Christianity with a metaphor, what do you think they would come up with?
I think many people would say, "It's a crutch" or "It's a system of being controlled, like a large bird chained down to the ground, unable to fly."
How would you describe being a Christian?
Some Christians might say, "It's a picnic" or "It's...Continue Reading
Posted: 30 May 2013 / Genesis 29
This Sunday we are looking at the story of Jacob's marriage to two sisters: the irresistible Rachel and the unlovely Leah.
It is a heart-breaking story, especially as you consider Leah, a woman who lived her life in the shadow of her younger more beautiful sister. She dreamed of falling in love and getting married, but when her father deceitfully marries...Continue Reading
Posted: 30 May 2013
This Sunday we are starting a free 4 week training course on Sunday afternoons to help people experience God through his Word. It will be a practical course led by Frank Tully to help you hear, read, study, memorise and meditate on Scripture.
This week is your last chance to sign up by clicking here.
Starting 2 June, 1-3pm
Vine Church Office...Continue Reading
Posted: 21 May 2013 / Genesis 24
Yesterday morning I sat down for a coffee with my sister Hayley, and she grilled me on my sermon from Sunday night. While she found much of it helpful, she found a couple of things insensitive and unhelpful. Watch this video to hear our conversation.
Posted: 08 May 2013
As Community Groups seek together to Understand God's Story, Vine Church will be providing some helpful resources for you to go deeper, or catch-up on what you may have missed. There will be helpful books to read, video resources to check out, and weekly summaries of where we are up to in God's Story. So keep refreshing this blog post over the weeks to see...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 May 2013
There are many ways one can approach the bible. Some choose to see it only as a rule book, with God calling down commands from above for his creatures to adhere to. Some choose to see it only as a good 'life-guide', providing different segments of wisdom for many circumstances in our lives. But what about seeing it as a story. I dont mean as a myth or...Continue Reading