Category - Sermon Series
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...Continue Reading
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...
Posted: 27 December 2013
Vine Church will not be meeting on Sunday 29 December, to encourage our church to enjoy this Christmas Break. As we will not be meeting formally, we do seek our church to meet together informally around dinner tables, beaches, cafes and picnics. We'll be meeting back again on Sunday 5 January for our new series on 'Biblical Productivity'.
Enjoy summer...Continue Reading
Posted: 22 November 2013
Join us this December as we look the story of our God backwards — starting with his death and finishing with his birth — in order that we might understand his life and the meaning of our own.
Sunday 1, This God could let himself hang on a tree:
December Jesus' passion
Sunday 8, This God could enjoy a woman of questionable
Posted: 25 October 2013
This week I have been reading some of the history of the mistreatment of indigenous Australians. Yes I was taught about invasion and genocide in year 7 history, but maybe I was too young because looking back I was numb to the tragic events I was taught.
This Sunday is the final in our series, The Impact of Jesus on History, and we are looking at Jesus...Continue Reading
Posted: 18 October 2013
This Sunday we are continuing our series by looking at Jesus Impact on Science. This might be a strange topic, especially if believe that there is a war going on between science and religion.
One writes explains that the world has been "flooded with books by scientists describing a caged death match between science and God — with science winning. . ."...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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: 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: 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.