First Samuel tells the dramatic story of Israel’s desire for an earthly king to rule over them. Despite God’s warning that such a king would fall short, God relents and King Saul rules with disastrous consequences. A faithful king is on the rise, however it’s only by coming to God in humility and obedience that their - and our - greatest hopes can be fulfilled. Series starts May 5, 2019.
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.
From Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2, we’ll be heading to Coolum Beach for our FOCUS Weekend Away. We have some amazing plans for the weekend and I’m really excited to share that the Rev’d Dr Graham Stanton (Lecturer in Practical Theology and Dean of the Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry at Ridley College, Melbourne) will be joining us as our guest speaker for our two Saturday morning sessions (there will also be a concurrent children’s program Saturday morning):
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.
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.
Commencing on Sunday, February 4, we will be commencing a new series - Truth and Glory - exploring the final stories of Jesus in John's Gospel. This will be an amazing opportunity to look more closely at the truth of who Jesus is, the purpose of our lives, and the glory of Christ's death and resurrection. We'll begin in chapter 11 and then move through the second half of John in the lead up (and slightly beyond) Easter. To help us dig deeper into John, we're producing a Lenten Study Guide. Pre-Order it online.
I’m really excited that 2018 will be a year of ‘Next Steps’ for St Bart’s. With 2017 having been a really significant year (with the building being completed and so much more), we’re hoping and praying that we will all – as individuals and as a church – press further into our mission to make and mature disciples by seeking to take a next step in prayer, growth, evangelism, and serving
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 2018, we have some exciting preaching series planned that will cover parts of both the Old and New Testaments (see below). Previous sermons are available on our sermons page.
This Sunday we commence a new series on 'the Gospel According to Isaiah'. We'll have an amazing time looking at sections of this incredible book and how it points not only to Jesus' first coming, but also his return. To get started on the series, and to prepare for Christmas, we'd love you to download a copy of the daily Bible reading plan (for Isaiah) and also check out the Bible Project's fantastic video overviews of the Book of Isaiah. On Sunday, there will also be some fabulous family Advent calendars that will help the entire family to celebrate Jesus (and anticipate his return) this Christmas.
Next Sunday (June 25) we will commence a new three-part series on the book of Habakkuk. This is an amazing and brief book of the Prophets. This is a very personal account as Habakkuk lodges a complaint with God as he wrestles with the suffering and evil in the world. If you would like to get a head start, watch the video produced by the Bible Project (below), read/listen to Habakkuk in one sitting (available here), or check out some of the following resources:
If you would like to grow in your understanding of the Bible, you will really love the Ridley Certificate. In term 1 we will be offering the 6-week "Bible Overview" subject. Each session consists of some high-quality videos, time for discussion, and further reading for during the week. Our first course for 2017 starts Tuesday, January 31 at 7.30PM. For more information: http://stbarts.com.au/whatson/bible-overview/ [video poster="http://stbarts.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Slide-Bible-Overview.jpg" width="1920" height="1080" m4v="http://stbarts.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Ridley-Certificate-Low-Res.m4v"][/video]
In 2016, around forty people from St Bart's took up reading Tim Keller's year-long devotional on the Psalms, "My Rock, My Refuge". Everyone who I spoke to was greatly encouraged by this book. If you have a copy that you have finished with, would you consider bringing it along this Sunday to share with someone else? We sold out of these at our bookstall on Sunday, so I'm sure there are other people who would love to use this in their devotional life in 2017. Please just let Adam know before the service.
This week we start a new series on four often overlooked letters of the New Testament: Jude, Philemon, 2 John, and 3 John. This Sunday we start with Jude, written by one of Jesus' brothers. Come along to either of our morning services: 7.30AM Traditional or 9.30AM Contemporary (with crèche, Sunday School, and High School Discussion Group). If you've never read Jude before (it's only 24 verses!), or it has been a while, read/listen online: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jude+1&version=NIV
St Bart’s, in partnership with Ridley College, is offering subjects in the Ridley Certificate. The Ridley Certificate provides quality theological education for busy people. For anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of the Bible, grow in their faith and develop skills for ministry. The next study opportunity is commencing July 19 with the subject, "Gospel and Life". This subject runs for 6 weeks and a full certificate is awarded following completion of 10 subjects. There is no time limit to completing the certificate. You can dip in and out of it, picking up a subject as you please. The format of each lesson includes two video lectures, handouts and group discussion questions, as well as an online quiz to do at home. Cost is $80 per subject. Register at http://certificate.ridley.edu.au and click on ‘Courses’ (please also let the director of our Training Centre, Trish Rathie, know that you have registered). For more information, see certificate.ridley.edu.au. Any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 4636 2922.
Please join us for a new series on Exodus starting this Sunday at either of our morning services. In this series on the second book of the Old Testament, we see God’s people powerfully rescued by God from the cruel slavery of the Egyptians and set free and commissioned to be his distinct people in the world. We will explore on the way through how this points us forward to God’s even greater rescue of his people from slavery to sin and death, set free to his distinct people in today’s world. If you haven’t read through Exodus before, or it has been a while, try to find some time this week to read through this amazing book of the Bible. Here are two really helpful overview videos from the Bible project to get you started:
Exodus Part 1 (Chapters 1-18)
Exodus Part 2 (Chapters 19-40)
As we explore the Gospel of Luke in the lead up to Easter, there is a wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into this amazing Gospel with daily readings. With this in mind, we've put together a reading plan that you can follow each day. This outline will align with our preaching series, which means that some days there will be more reading than others, but you will make it through the entirety of Luke for Easter. You can download a copy here, or pick up a printed version at church.
From time-to-time we interview members of St Bart's about various aspects of their lives, of how God is at work, and what it means to be a passionate follower of Jesus. We've now created one place on our website so that you can listen to these whenever you like (you can check it out here). It's worth checking out this page regularly, as it will continue to be updated over time and the recordings are full of encouragement and challenge. Also remember that if would like to access our current and past sermon recordings, you can do so via the sermons page or by subscribing to the podcast through iTunes.