Archive: 2011

The Multicultural Jesus

Posted: 20 December 2011 / John 1:1-2, 14, Mark 10:45, Colossians 1:19-20, Revelation 7:9

A common misconception about Christianity is that it is a Western religion. In fact this could not be further from the truth. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes Christianity as the first world religion. The notion that a religion could be across the nations, across cultures was a new thing. Christianity redefined what a religion was. It also happens to...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Christmas Offering - Zac and Amy Miles

Posted: 16 December 2011

Over the next six weeks at Vine Church we are taking a special Christmas Offering to target our giving toward three special initiatives for 2012.

The second initiative is to create a scholarship for our student pastor Zac Miles as he completes his study at Moore Theological College next year.

Categories: News

Christmas Offering - Salt Church

Posted: 15 December 2011

Over the next six weeks at Vine Church we are taking a special Christmas Offering to target our giving toward three special initiatives for 2012.

The first initiative is to support the 2012 Salt Church plant in Wollongong led by Daniel and Renae Godden.

Categories: News

What Australians think of Christian faith

Posted: 07 December 2011

One of Australia's most respected social researchers, Mark McCrindle, has recently done a study on what Australian's really think about Christian faith titled, The Australian Communities Report. Some important findings include:

  • 40% of Australians identify as Christians
  • 49% of Australians are to some extent "open" to changing their religious...
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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News

Is Christ still relevant at Christmas?

Posted: 22 November 2011

Please join us this December as we ask whether Jesus Christ is still relevant at Christmas. We asked people in the area this question and we hope to continue the conversation. Is Christ still relevant at Christmas?

‘A 2,000 year-old fairy story?’
The historical Christ
Sunday 4 December, 4pm

‘Religion is irrelevant. Christmas won’t change that’

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Categories: Events, News, Community

Christmas Picnic Feast

Posted: 21 November 2011

The year is coming to an end and Christmas is upon us. To celebrate we are having a Christmas Picnic Feast, this is one picnic not to be missed!

Saturday 3rd December, 12pm – 4pm
The Duck Pond, Centennial Park (see map)

What to Bring:
- Food and drinks to share.
- Rugs, chairs and umbrellas to make things comfortable.
- Sunscreen to save your...

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Categories: Events, Community

The King’s Kingdom

Posted: 11 November 2011 / Mark 3:28–29

This Sunday we come to one of the hardest sayings of Jesus in the whole gospel. He says,

"Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mark 3:28–29)

The greatest atheist of the 20th Century, Bertrand...

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Categories: News, Sermon Series

The King’s Healing

Posted: 14 October 2011 / Mark 2:1-12

‘Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me,’ wrote the playwright Anton Chekhov, and the characters he so vividly created – with all their selfishness, their hatred, their dark and desperate desires, their hopelessness – they do rather well to describe us all. Imagine a story whose characters are taken from your own inner life and blown up...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

Psalm 63

Posted: 28 September 2011 / Psalm 63

If you are thirsty, what do you thirst for? And if you are in a desert, what do you long for? A drink of water, right? It's simple. It’s not rocket science.

But King David, when in a desert, and with his enemies bearing down on him, was able to say what he really thirsts for in Psalm 63:

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for...

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Categories: News, Reflection

Compelling Community

Posted: 16 September 2011

"The Church should be the most compelling community in our culture."

This week we had a great night together thinking about where we are going together as a church. Integral to what we are doing as a church is joining a gospel community (more information here). The following video reminds us of the importance of being part of a community. If you are not yet...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Community
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