This Sunday: Sermon Impossible

Posted: 05 December 2018

We are finally in summer and into the swing of the Christmas season. We've got a bunch of special services over the next couple of weeks, the highlight of which will be our Christmas Eve and Day services which you can see here.

This Sunday and next we've got Al Stewart speaking on the gospel of Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus. This week Al is looking at Jesus genealogy, something surprisingly rich in meaning. Remember that our afternoon service will be starting at 5pm from this week.

Also, last Sunday we finished our vision series on joy. If you missed any of the messages you can catch them here.

Hope you have a great end to the week, and look forward to seeing you...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News, Sermon Series

Christmas at Vine

Posted: 03 December 2018

Whether you go to church or haven't been in years, we'd love to invite you to celebrate Christmas with us.

Christmas Eve family carols service – 5pm  
With BBQ, jumping castles and activities for kids

Christmas Eve candlelight service – 9pm  
With cheese and wine

Christmas Day service – 9.30am 
With special program for kids

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Passing on the message: joy in salvation

Posted: 30 November 2018

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 4:3:

“Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."

Growing up hearing the story of Jonah, I thought that he ran away because he was scared of the big bad Ninevites. Turns out it wasn’t the Ninevites he was afraid of, it was God's mission to save the lost he was afraid of.

Come this Sunday as we wrap up our vision series by looking at the joy of joining God in his...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

He’s searching for you: joy in heaven

Posted: 23 November 2018

I wonder if you've ever thought of God being happy. Yes he's loving. Yes he's compassionate. Yes he's angry at injustice. But is he happy.

The Bible's teaching is that there is no being in all the universe who is happier than God.

What does that mean? Where do we learn that? Join us this Sunday as we stop to pause in our series rediscovering joy, by looking at God's own happiness.

Don't forget this Sunday is our Commitment Day. It's a chance to make your pledge towards the work of the gospel in our city which will help us plan for 2019. You can pledge online here or via the cards in your outline on Sunday.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Storing up for eternity: joy in stewardship

Posted: 16 November 2018

Over the past 4 weeks we have been looking at joy in our life as Christians. It’s a joy in God which grows from knowing him in his word, and expresses itself in practical love for others. This week we are looking at how it’s possible to give generously and with joy.

For many people this subject scares them. But God doesn’t want us to miss out on the enormous joy of being generous. That’s right, the Bible says you’re happier to give than to receive. Don’t believe that could be true? Just have a read of the Macedonian Christians in 2 Corinthians 8-9, and come ready to explore this on Sunday.

Also, don’t forget:

– The Christmas Party is fast approaching. Don’t miss out.

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Everyone plays a part: joy in action

Posted: 09 November 2018

This Sunday is our annual Ministry Fair. Each year we take one Sunday to celebrate all the amazing ways people are stepping up to serve God in Surry Hills and beyond. I will be speaking on the topic of joy in action — how those who enjoy the new life in Christ can't help but serve others. After both services we've got a fair in the backyard in which you can hear about all the various ministries taking place at church.

The foodies team are cooking an amazing BBQ, so please plan to stay around afterwards.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News, Sermon Series

Drinking deep to go long: joy in the word

Posted: 26 October 2018

Last week we kicked off a new series, Rediscovering Joy, looking at the way we glorify God by enjoying him. This week Andy Bryan will be speaking about the joy that comes from the word of God. Psalm 19 says,

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. (Psa 19:7–8)

Can't wait to see you Sunday as we keep rediscovering joy.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

This Sunday: Rediscovering Joy

Posted: 20 October 2018

This Sunday we're starting our Vision Series. This year we are looking at the theme of joy in the Christian life, and the life of our church.

When I was growing up I always thought there was a tradeoff between doing what is right and doing what brings happiness. I wonder if you ever feel that.

I thought that God's highest goal for my life was to live a "good life" not to live a "happy life". But then I discovered the Bible's teaching on joy.

I am really looking forward to taking us on a journey over the next seven weeks as we rediscover the joy at the heart of knowing God.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Who Pastors the Pastor?

Posted: 12 October 2018

This Sunday we are super excited to be welcoming guest speaker Dave McDonald to church as he speaks on how to pastor your pastor. Dave is a humble and down-to-earth speaker and writer. He has written Hope Beyond a Cure, which contains his reflections on his battle with cancer. Dave lives in Bonny Hills, is national director of FIEC and blogs here.

Next week we're starting our Vision Series which we've titled: Rediscovering Joy. I can't wait to share with you what God might do through us for our joy in him.

Yours in Christ

Toby Neal

P.s. Guys don't forget the Men's Breakfast coming up next week on Saturday, 20 October.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Rediscovering Joy

Posted: 09 October 2018

Joy. We all want it. We’re driven by a desire to experience happiness, pleasure, satisfaction and relief. We’ll do anything for it. But the surprising reality is that the desire for joy is from God and the source of joy is God himself. The problem is, we forget. Join us as we rediscover the joy at the heart of knowing God.

Loyal as anything: joy in God
Sunday, 21 October

Drinking deep to go long: joy in the word
Sunday, 28 October

No one gets left behind: joy for others
Sunday, 4 November

Everyone plays a part: joy in action (+ Ministry Fair)
Sunday, 11 November

Storing up for eternity: joy in stewardship
Sunday, 18 November

He’s searching for you: joy in heaven...

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: News, Sermon Series
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