Category - Discipleship

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

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

The Unstoppable Seed: Community Group Study Helpers

Posted: 14 February 2014

This Friday we look forward to next week as our Community Groups gather and look at the four Parables in Mark 4. I use the acronymn SLIM to remember them (soil, lamp, itself, mustard) but English was not a gift that God blessed me with so send through some that are better. These Parables have been titled the Kingdom Parables as Jesus refers to the 'Kingdom...

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

Jesus Moves Out: Community Group Study Helpers

Posted: 14 February 2014

As we embark on our studies of Mark's Gospel, each Friday we will upload a brief 'Study Helper' to provide our Community Group leaders with a couple of tips for leading others through Mark's Gospel. As you use these tips, there are a few assumptions you need to understand...

  • Each person in Community Group will come to the study 'filled' with a...
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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Community, Sermon Series, Study Guides

A Simple Structure for Community Group Studies

Posted: 13 February 2014

How do we move away from Comprehension Groups to Community Groups? How do we create deep discussion over God's word that takes us to the depths and beauty of the Gospel? How do we seek to reach the heart of the members in our groups, that we may see and challenge their true desires and dreams? How do we not have another "Guess what's in James' head"...

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

Some thoughts on fasting

Posted: 02 September 2013

The Pharisees fasted ‘twice a week’ (Luke 18:12), on Mondays and Thursdays. John the Baptist and his disciples also fasted regularly, even ‘often’, but the disciples of Jesus did not (Matthew 9:14; Luke 5:33). Jesus told us why in Matthew 9:15,

"How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Discipleship

Band-Aids to Promote Healing

Posted: 23 August 2013

What is a band-aid? Well its a couple of things. Firstly it is an acknowledgement that their is a hurt. This is why my daughter will ask me first for a band-aid, to which my response is "where does it hurt honey?". Secondly, it is a promoter of healing, providing protection for the hurt to be restored again. The larger the wound the larger the band-aid, so...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection, Sermon Series

The Good News of Divorce

Posted: 22 August 2013 / Matthew 5:31-32

"There should be more divorced people in our churches, and there should be many more divorced people at a church like mine." (Mike Paget)

On Sunday at church, we looked at Jesus teaching on divorce from the Sermon on the Mount, where he says,

“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that...

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Categories: Discipleship

Women’s Brunch

Posted: 01 August 2013

 

Liz Neal and Al Westerbrook would love to invite all the women of Vine Church to the second Women's Brunch to be held on Sunday, 11 August. It will be a time of connecting, sharing and growing with other women as Tessa Repp comes and speaks on the character of Esther. We would love to see you there.

    Sunday, 11 August
    11:00-1:00pm
    Liz...

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Categories: Events, Discipleship, News

Understanding God’s Story

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...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Study Guides
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