This is the podcast of Viva Vineyard Church. We're a church plant in Hornsby, a northern suburb of Sydney. We pray it's an encouragement for you. If you're in town, drop in for one of our Sunday gatherings.
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Pt. 6 - Jesus
Well this could have been a 1.5 hr sermon... and Jesus is so worthy of it, but here we are, beginning the silly season, harried, tired, in need, not of information but encounter... So this week we did something a little different...
Pt. 5 - Exile is not an endgame
As we walk through the biblical story we’ll discover that exile is a recurring feature. The first exile was Adam and Eve banished from the garden, then there’s Abraham called from his homeland and shifted around by famines and violence. And of course there’s the massive exile of the Israelite nation which is the focus of this talk today.
It shouldn’t surprise us that it’s a thread through the biblical story because exile seems to be a thread through most of our lives. I don’t think exile has to be simply migration from a country. It can be growing older and feeling unheard and irrelevant to the culture in which you live. It could be the experience of someone walking out on you. It could be your child estranging you. It could be being fired from your job or simply retrenched. It could be retiring and feeling exiled from the purpose and status of work. It could be declining health that forces you to feel like you’ve been sidelined. It could be feeling rejected by a group of girls at school.
They’re all mini or major exiles.
How do they fit in the loving work of a good God?
Getting the Bible: Pt 4. Saul or David?
As we follow the story of Scripture we come to kingdom and Saul and David two very different kings, with very different hearts.
Getting the Bible: Pt. 3 - I AM has sent you
God saving plan gains momentum. At the centre of this chapter of that story is God's decision to reveal himself as I AM. God present and Lord. Then, now, forever.
Getting the Bible: Pt. 2 - Why things are so very broken - Us included
So the story got off to a great start and then... That's what this talk is about. Something is very wrong, isn't it? We all seem to agree on that but until we understand what that is any sort of solution we propose is going to be bandaid at best.
Getting the Bible Pt. 1: The beginning
This series is all about helping you get into the Bible. It's a big story. But there are key themes that we can use as guide rails as we explore the landscape of this incredible story. Here we explore two and dive into the start looking at the Who? and Why? of humanity's origin story.