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The Message of Mission

Posted: 29 July 2011 / Jonah 4

Jonathan Swift once famously said:

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

That line could sum up the problem in the life of Jonah.  His hatred ate away at the walls of his soul. Nowhere is that more clear than in Jonah 4 (this Sunday). In this chapter, he prays:

Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it...
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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Suffering in the city

Posted: 06 July 2011 / 1 Peter 3:8 - 4:19

Last week I spoke about men, women and marriage in the city. One of the most striking examples of a beautiful and fearless woman who hopes in God is that of Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni grew up riding horses, hiking, playing tennis and loving to swim. One summer day in July 1967, while on a beach with some friends, Joni dove into the bay not knowing how...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Questions for God?

Posted: 04 July 2011

Does he exist? Does he care?
Why doesn’t he make himself clearer?
Why doesn’t he end all the pain?
Do I care?

Join us this August for the opening of Vine Church, a new urban church in Surry Hills. We surveyed people in the area and hope to begin a conversation about our four most common questions for God.

  • Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?...
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Sex in the city

Posted: 30 June 2011 / 1 Peter 3:1-7

Someone once said, ‘Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy.’ Sadly this is often the case, even in Christian marriages.

In fact, marriage is in a bad way in Australia with rates have fallen to 5.5 per thousand in 2007, coupled with a divorce rate of 2.3 per thousand in 2007, the seventh highest in the world. In 2008, this affected a...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

What will get you out of your dust and dashes?

Posted: 15 June 2011 / Job

A Nigerian Poet once said:

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.

Job suffered. Greatly. It is hard to comprehend such suffering. Maybe you have experienced deep pain, or a member of your family. And yet people suffer all over the world in terrible ways.

Is...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

To die for or to kill for?

Posted: 10 June 2011

This Sunday we are privileged to have Dr. Michael Jensen come to speak to us on the topic:

To die for or to kill for? Martyrdom and the Spectre of Religious Violence

Michael was one of my favourite Moore college lectures, and a previous minister to Tim, Rachel and Murray, who has an excellent ability to make complicated topics very accessible. He writes on...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Citizens in the city

Posted: 03 June 2011 / 1 Peter 2:13-17

This Sunday at Vine Church we are looking at 1 Peter 2:13-17 and the topic Citizens in the City. In particular we are considering whether a separation should exist between church and state. This afternoon I was reading over one of the sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. (the great American civil rights advocate). He said,

The church must be reminded that it is...

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Christ and culture, Christian identity and difference in the city

Posted: 24 May 2011

Four weeks ago we began a new series called Christ & Culture: Christian Identity and Difference in the City. This is an important topic for us to understand because,

Some churches are bomb shelters in their city, running away from engagement
Some churches are mirrors of their city, never saying anything controversial
Some churches are parasites of their...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

I am thirsty

Posted: 02 April 2011 / John 19:28

In John 19, as Jesus dies upon the cross, he cries out “I am thirsty.” It’s one word in the Greek but full of meaning. Philip Ryken reckons,

If the thirst of Jesus Christ was a genuine thirst, then it was a human thirst. God does not get thirsty. He is never short of fluids. Angels do not get thirsty. They are spiritual beings who do not experience...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me

Posted: 25 March 2011 / Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34

In Matthew 27 and in Mark 15, as Jesus is dying on his cross, he cries out these chilling words:

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

We are told what this means. It means:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

It’s a quote from Psalm 22. What’s happening here? John Dickson says of this cry:

This is not a cry of self-doubt from Christ’s lips, as if he...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series
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