Next Sunday we will start a new three-week Winter Warmer Series on REST. There will be hot food between our morning services each week and at 6PM as we explore this amazing gift and and commandment.. So come along (7.30AM, 9.30AM, and 6PM) as we warm up and seek to grow in God’s gift of rest+God, rest+work, and rest+eternity.
Introducing Jesus is a short, four-week course (1hr sessions) that can be completed in a small group or one-on-one. Looking at one of the Gospels (i.e., the early accounts of Jesus) we examine Jesus’ life, death, message, and invitation. There’s no pressure and you’re welcome to ask whatever questions that you would like to! If you’re not sure what you think of Jesus, then this could be a great option to explore. To register your interest, simply complete the form.
As we looked at the amazing encounter between the Ethiopian and the eunuch in Acts 8 last week, we were challenged to be prepared to be able to give an answer for the hope that we have, in the great hope that we too will be asked questions about what we believe. Being ‘prepared’ can seem intimidating, but here are four simple ideas to get started.
This morning we heard how Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, and how Jesus fulfils all of the Old Testament promises. A great book to learn more about this is God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. Listen below for what Michael had to say about it and you can borrow it now from the St Bart’s Library.
RE/QUIP is our annual young adults conference for people in their 20s and 30s. The keynotes, workshops, and Q&A sessions focus on proclaim, work, and serve. In 2019, our guest speakers were the Rev’d Dr Tim Foster (Vice Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne), Sharon Cheung (Women and Young Adults Coordinator for the City Bible Forum, Melbourne), Chrissy Ellis (Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland), and Rian Roux (of RZIM).
In what is great timing for us, the Bible Project have just completed an superb miniseries on Luke-Acts. This series of nine videos provide an excellent overview of these two volumes, along with some terrific insights that are helpful as we take a closer look at Luke 1-8. Visit the dedicated Bible Project page for more information.
Our Study Guide has now been released, available in printed, electronic, family kit, and podcast form. Acts records the incredible way in which the first followers of Jesus were so compelled by Jesus’ death and resurrection, that they were convicted to take the Gospel to the World. Access all of the resources.
As a church we're passionate about making and maturing disciples of Jesus. As part of that, we love digging deeper into the Bible and applying it to our lives for God's glory. In 2019, we have some exciting preaching series planned that will cover parts of both the Old and New Testaments (see below). If you would like to get a look ahead for what’s in store, check out the summary below.
First Thessalonians is a letter written by Paul to the Christian community in Thessalonica. This community was one of the first churches planted by Paul (along with Silvanus and Timothy - see the back story in Acts 17), only to quickly experience persecution for following Jesus. In light of this, Paul writes to the community to encourage them to press on amidst persecution, with eager anticipation of Jesus’ return along with a rejoicing in signs of God’s Kingdom already unfolding.
I’m very excited that we will be hosting two fantastic events in August with the Rev’d Dr John Dickson. John (PhD, Ancient History) is the author of more than a dozen books, Rector of St Andrew’s Roseville (Sydney), and a busy public speaker. He has hosted TV documentaries and is a regular media communicator. In 2007, he founded the Centre for Public Christianity. He has had lecturing and research positions at both Macquarie University (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, where he teaches a course on the historical Jesus.
As winter sets in, we'll be starting a new series on Sunday June 24 exploring four very rare fruit: kindness, peace, patience, and self-control. Over four weeks (with hot food each Sunday), we'll be opening up the Bible to explore what it looks like to be fruitful in godly ways as we seek follow Jesus. But we don't just want to explore - we want to put these fruit into practice! In fact, throughout the series, we're aiming to collectively demonstrate at least 1000 acts of kindness in our city.
Next Sunday (June 3) we will be starting a new three-week series on the book of Ruth. Set at the time of the Judges, Ruth shows us the faithfulness of a non-Israelite woman in the context of tragic loss. Ruth is an amazing story of God's providence at work. To help get the most out of the series, here are four simple ways to prepare:
This year for Lent we will be taking a closer look at the final stories of Jesus in John's Gospel. Our series (and study guide) is called: "Truth & Glory". This is an opportunity to look closely at the truth of who Jesus is, the purpose of our lives, and the glory of Christ's death and resurrection. Download it for free.
Here are two simple but helpful next steps to try this week: NEXT STEP IN PRAYER: Come along to our prayer night on Monday February 5 (7-8.30PM). NEXT STEP IN GROWTH: Sign up for the Lenten Study Guide: Truth and Glory.
Ridley Certificate Courses at St Bart's will be recommencing on Tuesday February 6. With two courses on offer, Bible Overview and Revelation Unwrapped, Ridley will be a great way to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and as a disciple of Jesus. 2018 will see that start of daytime sessions with Bible Overview being offered from 1:30PM-3:30Pm or from 7:30PM-9:30PM Revelation Unwrapped from 7:30PM-9:30PM. The Ridley Certificate is a great way for people of all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge to grow in faith and confidence in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today we shared some ideas for some 'next steps' in growth. In 2018, we would love everyone to take one step forward in sharing the Good News of Jesus. This next step could involve reading the Bible daily, signing up for the Ridley Certificate, or attending a training day. Read some ideas below or check out the ‘next steps wall’ at church. Of course your next steps don't need to be limited to these, but are some great ideas to get started.