Posted: 02 September 2015 / 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Over the past few weeks at Vine Church we've been looking at a number of challenges churches face. This Sunday we come to the issue of gender – are men and women different at another level than just biology?
For many, our equality — all one in Christ Jesus — means that there ought to be no distinction between male and female, no difference in roles, but...Continue Reading
Posted: 26 August 2015 / 1 Corinthians 8-10
For the past six weeks we've been working our way through 1 Corinthians and we've seen a number of challenges every church must face including the challenge of wisdom, divisions, sin, sex, marriage and singleness. This week we're looking at the challenge of individualism from 1 Corinthians 8-10.
Almost more than any other culture in history, Western...Continue Reading
Posted: 07 August 2015 / 1 Corinthians 6-7
This week we're starting a three week mini-series on Sex, Marriage and Singleness as part of our larger series in 1 Corinthians. We'll address these three topics separately over the coming weeks as we look at what the Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 6-7.
Also, I'm really excited for this week, as we've got Rob and Carmen sharing their own story about the...Continue Reading
As a young Pastor, I am thankful for the privilege it is to be able to preach to the wonderful people of Vine Church.
Last Sunday’s passage (1 Corinthians 5) was particularly confronting to me personally. It challenged me to consider how I approach others who are in sin, and it also challenged me in how I deal with sin in my own life. I hope and trust...Continue Reading
Posted: 26 July 2015
Over the past couple of months I've been speaking with the members of Vine Church about the opportunity I have been offered to bring together the two Anglican churches in Surry Hills (Vine Church and St Michael's) under one mission.
I want to sincerely thank those of you who have prayed, asked questions, given advice, and sent messages during this...Continue Reading
Posted: 05 June 2015 / Numbers
This Sunday we are launching a new series on the surprisingly relevant Old Testament book, Numbers. It’s a book which confronts us with our tendency to be lured by temptations as we travel through life.
Here's the series breakdown:
Sun 7, Seduced by Hunger
June Numbers 11
Sun 14, Seduced by Envy...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 June 2015
Who is God? How do I relate to him? What does it mean to live as a Christian?
Basic is a seven week course which looks at the basics of the Christian life for those exploring what it means to follow Jesus. It is best suited to those who have recently completed Christianity Explored or anyone else new to Christianity. We spend three weeks looking at...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 June 2015
During the last six weeks we have been looking at the Doctrines of Grace, and over this time I have been asked the question, “What do other Protestant churches believe about this topic?” And the fact is that the Protestant churches have been split on this issue for a long time. And therefore, we would never say to somebody, ‘You can’t join Vine Church...Continue Reading
Posted: 27 April 2015
We had a great night on Sunday thinking through whether God really is in control of our world.
Here are a couple of resources to help you keep thinking through this:
Widow, Lisa Beamer's thoughts on God's sovereignty over the September 11 tragedy (read online)
"God knew the terrible choices the terrorists would make and that Todd Beamer would die as a...Continue Reading
Posted: 23 April 2015
We had an amazing turn out last night for our first Faith & Theology for the year, as we listened to Toby Neal present an overview of the Doctrines of Grace.
We looked at a number of things, including:
- the weightlessness of God in our cuiture and the need to have a deeper knowledge of him,
- the events which gave rise to the Protestant...