Feb 13, 2016
God’s BIG idea about Church
Posted by Colin Stoodley
Relationship as the core of life with God and with each other. "Retreat Session 2".
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  • Feb 13, 2016God’s BIG idea about Church
    Feb 13, 2016
    God’s BIG idea about Church
    Posted by Colin Stoodley
    Relationship as the core of life with God and with each other. "Retreat Session 2".
  • Feb 13, 2016Living as the People of God
    Feb 13, 2016
    Living as the People of God
    Posted by Colin Stoodley
    Learning to act out of what we receive. "Retreat Session 1".
  • Feb 7, 2016The Secret of Sustainability
    Feb 7, 2016
    The Secret of Sustainability
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: SAME
    Everyone wants to know the secret to success. But, when we talk about bearing fruit and leading fulfilling lives, we’re not talking about quick hits and short-term gains. So how do we actually find success that lasts? Over the last few Sunday we’ve been considering how “the same” in our lives helps us establish the good habit of fulfilling Jesus’ greatest command: loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The world celebrates change. God celebrates consistency

    When we seek change in our lives, we too often expect everything to change to right away. If our surroundings don’t change drastically, or if our results don’t appear immediately, we frustrate ourselves into believing that we’re failing. Alternatively, we may see some fruit but it dies rapidly, or isn’t sustainable.

    John 15 emphasises that it’s the process of remaining that produces the greatest results in our lives. Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” Connection, Communion and Calling produce fruit, fruit that will last. We are connected with God, and we are in communion with each other for a larger purpose: a calling in the world. “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.” (John 15:16 MSG)

    Join us this Sunday at 10am, as we allow God’s word to continue to speak to us about how often the miraculous is found in the mundane.

  • Jan 31, 2016This Might Take A While
    Jan 31, 2016
    This Might Take A While
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: SAME
    We had been flying for almost 20 hours on different flights as we returned from a family wedding in the Philippines. Two adults and three children, five carry-on cases, five backpacks and two teddy bears. Having been delayed for hours in Singapore we finally arrived in Melbourne for our final leg home to Sydney, when we were told that our flight was delayed. We walked to the gate and setup camp, expecting to be called in 15 or 20 minutes. We saw a plane arrive and pull in

    to our gate, people disembarked but still we waited. In the end we waited 3 hours, with no indication of what caused the delay, or how long the delay would be. The plane was in place, the weather was clear in both Sydney and Melbourne, there were staff at the gate but we still had to wait. It was one of the most frustrating times of my life.

    In a world where information can be sent around the world thousands of times per second, where things can be ordered from Hong Kong, England or the USA and delivered to your door within a week, in a world where you could be half way round the world in less than a day, we expect speed, we expect action, we expect movement. It’s maddeningly difficult to wait.

    Spiritually speaking, it would be great to simply download and install an instant upgrade to our working software. A new peace module, or a new self-control update. The difficult reality is that life is organic, learning, growing and developing takes time, it takes waiting. Sometimes it looks as though nothing is happening, sometimes you can see small changes, sometimes you experience moments of unreasonable peace, or shocking joy… but it all comes when we wait. When we remain.

  • Jan 24, 2016The Problem is the Pattern
    Jan 24, 2016
    The Problem is the Pattern
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: SAME
    Do you brush your teeth? I have two sisters. When we were growing up we went to the dentist once for checkups. Of course, I always forgot to brush my teeth and I got a lecture from the dentist and my mother. My sister, who always brushed her teeth ALSO got a poor report! We discovered that its not just important to establish the habit of brushing teeth, it was important to establish the pattern of brushing teeth WELL. Sometimes we can be doing the same things, followin

    g the same course, but not actually achieving what we set out to achieve. That’s a bad kind of SAME in our lives.

    In our spiritual lives it is possible to establish great patterns (such as attending church each week) but still find ourselves becoming disconnected from God. And, if we disconnect we know we start to rot, we start to fall into destructive patterns. Instead, we have to remain - be connected, and allow the gardener to do the transforming work, to renew, to water, feed, fertilise and shine on you so that the transformation continues without end.

    This Sunday we again consider SAME and we will be challenged again to fix our attention on God, be open and ready for the work of the Gardener. As the pattern is changed the product will be impacted. Join us from 9am for a coffee and 10am for our worship service.

  • Jan 17, 2016The Power of Same
    Jan 17, 2016
    The Power of Same
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: SAME

    We are obsessed with the new - the bright, the shiny, the glittering new object, idea or goal. This is the seasons for new things - a new year, new teachers, new students, new jobs, new changes, new goals, new results. But what if, instead of the new, we need to tap into the power of SAME.

    Sometimes the word “same” can mean stagnant, stupid, insane, stubborn or scared and so we may be tempted to disregard ‘sameness’. But there are vitally important aspects of life that a

    re missed without sameness. No one learns a new skill such a playing piano, welding, bowling or even just walking without practicing the same movements over and over again. No one develops a healthy and successful marriage without doing the same things day after day, week after week and year after year. No one builds a business without following the same processes and plans day in and day out. And no one develops a vital, joyful and fulfilling spiritual life without practicing the same spiritual disciplines day in and day out. There is power in sameness.

    Join us 10am this Sunday morning as we explore the relationship between the monotonous and the miraculous.

  • Jan 3, 2016It Will Happen
    Jan 3, 2016
    It Will Happen
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: Don't Stop

    Last Sunday morning we were encouraged as we looked at Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

    Last week, this verse was illustrated by an Old Testament story in Joshua 6, as we considered that what is often needed between promise and possession is perseverance – ‘Don’t Stop on 6’.

    Join us this Sunday at 10am as we further explore this verse illustrated from the New Testament Story of Paul’s shipwreck on the way to Rome (Acts 27). As we consider a new year, we will be encouraged – ‘Don’t Stop – It Will Happen.’ Despite what it looks like, despite what seems to make sense, despite what people around us may say, when we are obedient and persevere with God’s will, we will receive what he has promised.

  • Dec 27, 2015Don’t Stop on Six
    Dec 27, 2015
    Don’t Stop on Six
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Don't Stop
    Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
  • Dec 20, 2015The Shepherds
    Dec 20, 2015
    The Shepherds
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will...” Extremely wise words from a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. And they are still words that many people believe to be true. The belief that once you start down a dark path in life, once you give in to anger and hate just once, then it will always be that way. It's a belief that once a person is a ‘bad’ person, they will always be a bad person. It’s advice given to young men and women as they choose prospective husbands and wives and it’s advice given to employers as they choose new employees.

    But Yoda was wrong. The Return of the Jedi is a story about redemption. The story of Darth Vader shows that no matter who you were, no matter how evil you’ve become, no matter how far down the dark path you have gone, there is always the hope of redemption.

    This redemption story is also the heart of the Story of Christmas. At the birth of Jesus, heaven and earth meet, and the hope of redemption is unleashed. The hope that there is a way back to the light, that there is a way back to the truth. No wonder the angels sang the words.

    “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

    We will always have darkness, we will always make mistakes, we will always struggle with our ‘fitful tempers’ as one hymn writer puts it, but because of Jesus it does not have to dominate our destiny nor consume us.

  • Dec 13, 2015The Innkeeper
    Dec 13, 2015
    The Innkeeper
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis

    Christmas is a season of traditions and time-honored customs for many of us. No doubt our traditions are important, and can be a source of joy and comfort. But sometimes they can be stressful, and more about keeping up appearances and social conventions: giving the right Christmas cards and gifts to the right people, showing up at the right parties and family gatherings with the right behavior, putting up the right Christmas decorations at the right time. Sometimes we’re so locked into our traditions, and so worried about doing what’s “right” that we miss the chance to do what’s best — for our families, for our neighbors, for our community.

    We sometimes make the innkeeper a bad guy who callously turns Joseph away: “There’s no room for your kind here. Go stay with the animals where you belong.” But perhaps the innkeeper (who actually isn’t even in scripture) has compassion, creativity and imagination. He doesn’t despair or freeze up in the face of a challenge. He does not limit himself to “the way we’ve always done things before.” Instead, he dares to propose something that would raise a few eyebrows. Something that might have been seen as improper. Something beneath the dignity of a child descended from the house of David. And yet, something that, image and social convention aside, was quite suitable for Mary, for Joseph, and for the baby. As we continue to reflect in this advent season, let’s not miss, or be disappointed with, the ‘new thing’ God wants to do or show us just because it’s not what we expected.