Posted: 08 March 2019
This Sunday we are exploring the topic of doubt as we look at what happens on the mountain and in the valley in Mark 9.
The climax of the story is the cry of a father who's son is being destroyed by an evil spirit. He breaks down and saying Jesus: "I believe; help my unbelief!"
It is a strange statement, but I wonder if you can relate to it. I wonder if...Continue Reading
Posted: 01 March 2019
This Sunday at Vine Church we'll be looking at Mark 8:27-38 and the choice that Jesus gives us. For eight chapters Jesus has been displaying a set of characteristics that provide a compelling body of evidence in terms of figuring out his character. This Sunday, we not only find out the answer to the question - who is this man? Jesus helps us see who we are...Continue Reading
Posted: 22 February 2019
This Sunday at Vine Church we are looking at the two-stage healing the blind man in Mark 8 which is sandwiched between two stories where the disciples of Jesus prove themselves to be utterly and spiritually blind.
Helen Keller—the most famous blind woman ever to live—described what it is like to live with blindness:
It is to live long, long days, and...Continue Reading
Posted: 15 February 2019
It's pretty easy to look at the world and come to the conclusion that something isn't right. Our world is constantly thrown into turmoil and distress. This isn't just on an international level but on a personal level too. Just about everyone can see it's not right and agrees that it isn't as it should be. The more difficult question for us is what's gone...Continue Reading
Posted: 08 February 2019
This Sunday is VISION SUNDAY! It’s a chance to hear where we’ve come from and where we’re going as a church. There’ll be stories, book giveaways, embarrassing photos from the past and next steps for us all to take in following Jesus.
Also, it just so happens that this year Vision Sunday coincides with the story of the man Jesus saves in Mark 5. What a...Continue Reading
Posted: 05 February 2019
Coming up on Monday, 25 February 2018 is the Annual General Meeting for Vine Church. This meeting is a really important night in which we review how we've used the resources God has entrusted to us, give thanks for his work among us and look forward to what he has called us to do in the future.
The meeting also provides an opportunity for all members to...
Posted: 01 February 2019
Liz and I just got back from holidays and are really excited to be at church with you this week. We’ve got Al Stewart speaking on Jesus calming the storm. It’s a story that explains what faith is and how we are saved. That might sound like the basics, but Al will as always remind us of things we have forgotten or failed to value.
We’ve got a massive...Continue Reading
Posted: 25 January 2019
Sometimes when we hear from the Bible there doesn't seem to be much going on. It just seems like words on a page. At other times the words jump off the page at us. They hit us right to our hearts. Why is that? Are we just reading words on a page or is there something else going on when we open the Bible together?
Come along this Sunday as Al Stewart helps...Continue Reading
Posted: 18 January 2019
The question of what matters most in our lives is a tough one to answer. It is hard to put our finger on just what it is that we need more than anything else. After all there are lots of important things in our life. But if there is something more important, then how would I find out? And if I did find out, what would change in my life?
I'm excited to...Continue Reading
Posted: 18 January 2019
Our aim this year at Vine Church is to grow godly men. There is great confusion in our society about what it means to be a man. Many voices shout about toxic masculinity or boys clubs; masculinity is so often portrayed negatively. When that’s combined with the confused and often negative view of what it means to be Christian, often Christian men can feel...Continue Reading