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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...
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...
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...Continue Reading
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.
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...Continue Reading
Posted: 05 October 2018
I am really excited to be coming and speaking this Sunday on the topic "Following Jesus in the workplace". How does following Jesus impact our work in a deeper way than simply not lying to our boss, not gossiping and not getting drunk at work drinks on Friday nights? What positively are we to do?
Plus this Sunday we are celebrating the Lord's Supper...Continue Reading
Posted: 28 September 2018
This Sunday we're excited to have Frank Tully coming and speaking on the secret of joy. Frank is one of our long-time members at Vine Church, and serves with the Australian Navigators helping young Christians grow as disciples of Jesus.
Also this Sunday we've got an update from our global partners Josh and Suz Apieczonek.
Can't wait to see you Sunday....Continue Reading