Archive: 2014

Is it ever right to complain about your church?

Posted: 11 June 2014

On Sunday night we looked at Exodus 15-17 and the way God's people grumbled in the desert. Someone asked me afterwards if it is ever right to complain about the church. I said that it is never right to be a grumbler, but it is always right to have holy discontent.

You can tell the difference because a grumbler is someone who:

  • is never satisfied
  • ...
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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection

How do I stop knowing about God and start knowing God?

Posted: 20 May 2014 / Exodus 3-4

On Sunday night at church, we looked at Exodus 3–4 and how we all need to move from knowing about God to knowing God personally. But how do you do that?

In his classic, Knowing God, J.I. Packer answers that exact question. He writes,

How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Community, Reflection

Mothers Day at Vine Church

Posted: 09 May 2014

This Sunday is Mother's Day and it coincides with the launch of our new series in the book of Exodus.

In Exodus 1-2 we are shown what faith in God can do for mothers — it makes them face their fears with courage because they know that God is with them.

We've got a special service planned for mums, and every mum will receive something special. So why not...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News

Jealous (Series in Exodus)

Posted: 09 May 2014

For most, jealousy is a negative emotion associated with wanting something that isn’t ours. Yet sometimes it’s right to be jealous. It’s right for a husband to be jealous for the affection of his wife, and it’s right for a child to be jealous for the attention of her father. As someone once wrote, “He that is not jealous is not in love.” So what if God were...

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Categories: News, Sermon Series

Questions about Vine Church finances

Posted: 14 April 2014

Thanks for everyone who engaged with last nights sermon in person and via response cards.

Here are a couple of questions I received afterwards regarding the discussion about finances.

What was the deal with your personal example last night?

One concern some people raised last night was my use of the personal example regarding giving. What I said was a...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Community

Easter: Tell me that death loses

Posted: 31 March 2014

“But tell me that death loses,
tell me that life prevails,
and not in the abstract,
but in pulsing blood, flowing tears, thumping heart,
then the resurrection is hope
for us all.”*

Come and join us this Easter as we find hope for our world in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Good Friday Service
Friday 18 April, 9.30am

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories:

At the Vine Church Weekend Away

Posted: 15 March 2014

Link to video

It's less than two weeks until the Vine Church Weekend Away.

We are heading away to Pretty Beach on the Central Coast, staying in houses, and it's going to be a fantastic time.

Whether you're new or you've been around a while, we'd love for you to come.

You can register here and join the Facebook event page here to stay up to date.

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Categories: Events, News

Murdering your conscience

Posted: 07 March 2014

This Sunday we are looking at one of those scenes in Gospel of Mark that would fit perfectly into an HBO TV series: the beheading of John the Baptist.

In the sketch by Pablo Picasso's above you will see the characters in this story (Mark 6):

    — the weak-hearted King,
    — the murderous Queen,
    — the naked daughter,
    — and the head of the...

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To Hear, To See: Community Group Study Helpers

Posted: 02 March 2014

We move onto week 5 of our studies in Mark by looking at chps. 6:14-8:30. Now, like much of Mark we need to be keenly aware that each story in the Gospel has a purpose. They never act alone but will cluster together to make a significant point in the Gospel. Within these chapters we see 3 main characters: disciples (6:30-52; 7:17-23; 8:1-21, 27-30),...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Community, Study Guides

Launching the new Vine Kids

Posted: 20 February 2014

On March 9 we are launching the new Vine Kids under the leadership of our new kids pastor Dale Brown. It's going to be a really fun church service so bring along any families you think would benefit from a vibrant and Christ-centred kids ministry in the city.

The City of Sydney is having a baby boom at the moment, with the school-age population expected...

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