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23 April - 21 May
Human beings are unique… wonderful… and diverse…
our world is strikingly complex.
We are different in countless ways.
We experience this difference on a daily basis.
And yet, in many ways we are also alike… similar… one.
So how do we navigate our difference and our similarity?
Is it possible to find unity amongst our diversity?
And what is God’s heart for us as a whole… as one?
Discover more in the coming weeks as we find out what it means to actively participate in becoming one.
19 March - 16 April
Life can be very messy. When we read the news, when we sit and explore our own thoughts or when we try to relate to those who are different to us, we are often confronted with that which we cannot order, that which we cannot make sense of or which does not fit the neat and tidy boxes we would like our lives to fit inside. So what do we do with this mess?
This Easter season, you're invited to join us as we explore what it means to acknowledge this mess and discover together what God is doing in the midst of it.
19 February - 12 March
We live in a world where we press a button to get a result. We pull a lever, turn a knob and we expect a certain kind of outcome. Growing as a follower of Jesus doesn't usually work like that. It's not 3 steps and you're done. It requires hard work, patience and the right environments. When Jesus taught, he often used illustrations that involve gardens, plants and seeds. What if this is a better representation of how you & I grow? Join us over the next few weeks as we explore four characteristics of a growing follower.
6 November - 27 November 2016
If you're unfamiliar with Advent Conspiracy and still confused about the title, the quick explanation is that it's not a program to tell you how to do Christmas, and it's also not a protest against Santa or presents. Instead, this "conspiracy" is a chance to re-direct our hearts, away from the desperate consumption of the season towards the values and rhythms Christ cares about as we remember His story.
The intent is that you'd use this time, to provide an emphasis on what Christ values most, and to help each of us reshape the Christmas season. The hope is to see us all move away from asking, "What can I get?" to "What is Christ asking me to offer to Him and those around me?" And you can see that there isn't an easy formula to answer this question. Instead, it requires that we live attentively to what Christ is doing in our everyday world.
Realistically, as we seek to have our lives display values consistent with what Christ values, we need all the help we can get in resisting the cultural story of Christmas. May you conspire to live with hearts fixed on Christ this holiday season!
2 October - 23 October 2016
Do you long for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Do you believe all the right things, go to church, and faithfully read your Bible, but still feeling that something is missing? What if you're right?
Two thousand years ago Jesus gave an urgent assignment to his followers right before he left. At its essence it was not just an invitation to believe; it was a bold call to action. It was a challenge to go into the world to reclaim, reform, and restore it for Christ.
Simply stated, the message of this series is that God has invited you to join him in this world-changing mission. And if you are not personally participating in God’s great endeavour, you could be missing the very thing he created you to do... so will you join in the adventure?
31 July - 25 September 2016
If you and I were in a roomful of randomly chosen people playing a word association game and I called out “Christian”, how do you think everyone would respond? The reality is there would be a variety of responses - positive and not so flattering. Although this word is used often, there’s no real agreement on what “Christian” means.
The bible doesn’t define the word Christian. Jesus didn’t refer to his followers in that way, nor did they develop it for themselves. The word “Christian” is found three times in the New Testament, but it emerges as a label formed by people who were not followers. It was a manufactured term with a derogatory slant. Later, after the New Testament was written, the term was used more often. By the third century the name “Christian” started to stick and followers of Jesus began to accept it. Jesus is not calling us to be affiliated with the term “Christian.” Instead, Jesus, through his Word and deeds is calling us to the profound truths and principles that his life, death, and resurrection are teaching us today. Why not join in the conversation?