I AM the Light of the World @Night

July 9, 2017

Join with the NewLife@Night service, as we listen to Lead Pastor Stuart Starr unpack Jesus’ extraordinary claim that he is the one true Light for this world and the redemption of mankind, and the hope that we can all have in this life and the next. 

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I AM the Light of the World

July 9, 2017

Join with the NewLife@10 service, as we listen to Lead Pastor Stuart Starr unpack Jesus’ extraordinary claim that he is the one true Light for this world and the redemption of mankind, and the hope that we can all have in this life and the next. 

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With God on Mission: A New Humanity @Night

July 2, 2017

In the last sermon of the series “On Mission with God”, we listen to Lead Pastor Stuart Starr reveal God’s ultimate plan for humanity - to reconcile all peoples to Himself. Our understanding of how God will reconcile the world to Himself tomorrow, enables us now to live in a way that is fully vital to the redemption of mankind. 

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With God on Mission: A New Humanity

July 2, 2017

In the last sermon of the series “On Mission with God”, we listen to Lead Pastor Stuart Starr reveal God’s ultimate plan for humanity - to reconcile all peoples to Himself. Our understanding of how God will reconcile the world to Himself tomorrow, enables us now to live in a way that is fully vital to the redemption of mankind today.

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With God on Mission: Inbound Exiles @Night

June 25, 2017

The book of Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful imagery in all of Scripture, of the unfolding prophecy of a redeemed people. The message of salvation and hope to people at the ends of the Earth affirm the saving nature of our Heavenly Father. Except these words also serve as prelude to the imminent unravelling of Israel. It's exile.

The Israelites had forgotten their true calling - the failed to look towards the one true God and failed to be a blessing to all the nations, in doing so, failed to reveal the creator of the Universe to all mankind and His heart for humanity. They had chosen idols over the one true God and chosen to serve the created order instead of God Almighty. God would hand them over to exile in Babylon as judgement and through their suffering, would renew Israel’s heart for God, and reveal the true God to the Babylonians.

Isaiah speaks of the harsh judgement and wrath of God Almighty, but not in a vindictive way, but rather, an exile that would be transformative, redeeming, and a renewing. Isaiah not only continues to serve as a warning for our nations today, but also the heart of God, who uses our suffering and exile purposefully and intentionally for all nations and peoples.

Join with the NewLife@Night service, as Lead Pastor Stuart Starr opens up the Scriptures.

 

[bible passage="Isaiah 56:1-8" heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage="Isaiah 60" heading="h3"]

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With God on Mission: Inbound Exiles

June 25, 2017

The book of Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful imagery in all of Scripture, of the unfolding prophecy of a redeemed people. The message of salvation and hope to people at the ends of the Earth affirm the saving nature of our Heavenly Father. Except these words also serve as prelude to the imminent unravelling of Israel. It's exile.

The Israelites had forgotten their true calling - the failed to look towards the one true God and failed to be a blessing to all the nations, in doing so, failed to reveal the creator of the Universe to all mankind and His heart for humanity. They had chosen idols over the one true God and chosen to serve the created order instead of God Almighty. God would hand them over to exile in Babylon as judgement and through their suffering, would renew Israel’s heart for God, and reveal the true God to the Babylonians.

Isaiah speaks of the harsh judgement and wrath of God Almighty, but not in a vindictive way, but rather, an exile that would be transformative, redeeming, and a renewing. Isaiah not only continues to serve as a warning for our nations today, but also the heart of God, who uses our suffering and exile purposefully and intentionally for all nations and peoples.

Join with the NewLife@10 service, as Lead Pastor Stuart Starr opens up the Scriptures.

 

[bible passage="Isaiah 56:1-8" heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage="Isaiah 60" heading="h3"]

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With God on Mission: Faithful Exiles @Night

June 18, 2017

Accounts in the scriptures like the ones we find in Daniel, show us the faithfulness of our God. They reveal a lot about the nature of our ancestors and how they viewed the world, and even more, about the saving, redemptive nature of God. The Israelites who are in exile, chose to disobey the Kings orders and bow down to an idol - who are then are thrown into a fire, and SURVIVE the flames, all because of their faith in the God, Yahweh. However, this account is in stark contrast to the stories we find in the New Testament. The familiar suffering and tribulation that we ourselves can often tell of first-hand, differs dramatically to the stories that we read about in the Old Testament.

Has God forgotten about his people? Where does God stand in suffering and in injustice? Does wrongdoing and pain and inequity and miscarriage win? The writer wants us to be aware that while there are flames and even death, there is someone else standing in the flames beside you, a strength that can pull you through the flames, and even through death itself. Or as the writer of Daniel puts it, strength and power looking like the “Son of God”.

This story is a powerful reminder that “faith” isn’t about the belief in the right kind of god - a god that can protect you supernaturally from the flames in life. Though He can, and He often does. “Faith” isn’t even about understanding the supernatural way that He spoke the world into being. Though He did, and He continues to do so. “Faith” is the understanding that we find ourselves in this world now - full of all the injustices, illnesses, sufferings, destructive forces and powers and death, and that He has called you to be different - to renounce evil and stand against hatred and malice of all kinds in seeking Him, and His Kingdom - and more than anything, the understanding that He stands with you through it.

Because faith through that kind of suffering could change the world.

Join with Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader and the NewLife@Night service, as he explores Daniel deeper.

 

[bible passage=“Daniel 1” heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage=“Daniel 3” heading="h3"]

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With God on Mission: Faithful Exiles

June 18, 2017

Accounts in the scriptures like the ones we find in Daniel, show us the faithfulness of our God. They reveal a lot about the nature of our ancestors and how they viewed the world, and even more, about the saving, redemptive nature of God. The Israelites who are in exile, chose to disobey the Kings orders and bow down to an idol - who are then are thrown into a fire, and SURVIVE the flames, all because of their faith in the God, Yahweh. However, this account is in stark contrast to the stories we find in the New Testament. The familiar suffering and tribulation that we ourselves can often tell of first-hand, differs dramatically to the stories that we read about in the Old Testament.

Has God forgotten about his people? Where does God stand in suffering and in injustice? Does wrongdoing and pain and inequity and miscarriage win? The writer wants us to be aware that while there are flames and even death, there is someone else standing in the flames beside you, a strength that can pull you through the flames, and even through death itself. Or as the writer of Daniel puts it, strength and power looking like the “Son of God”.

This story is a powerful reminder that “faith” isn’t about the belief in the right kind of god - a god that can protect you supernaturally from the flames in life. Though He can, and He often does. “Faith” isn’t even about understanding the supernatural way that He spoke the world into being. Though He did, and He continues to do so. “Faith” is the understanding that we find ourselves in this world now - full of all the injustices, illnesses, sufferings, destructive forces and powers and death, and that He has called you to be different - to renounce evil and stand against hatred and malice of all kinds in seeking Him, and His Kingdom - and more than anything, the understanding that He stands with you through it.

Because faith through that kind of suffering could change the world.

Join with Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader and the NewLife@10 service, as he explores Daniel deeper.

 

[bible passage="Daniel 1" heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage="Daniel 3" heading="h3"]

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With God on Mission: Unfaithful Israel @Night

June 11, 2017

There are some stories in the Bible that are easier to remember than others. Stories about Floods & Arks, Towers that reach to the heavens, divinely sent Fish to swallow men - it’s these stories that we pass down to our kids and teach with affection because of the attachment that we’ve had with them growing up. We pass them down because of their redeeming values and the way it helps shift our child-like understanding of who God is, to a bigger, more inclusive awareness of the Divine.

If, however, we only look at these stories as nothing more than some events that have happened somewhere else, some other time, we can easily miss the enduring ministry that has been at work all along through the prophets. Prophets like Jonah. You can look at Jonah’s story and remember fondly the story of how God sent a huge fish to swallowed him up, or you can go deeper, in the awareness that we are all Jonah, in the understanding that we are all on a trajectory, we are all running, we are all being chased, we are all called to something bigger and more expansive. Maybe even into forgiveness.

For generations the Assyrians invaded, marched against, laid siege to, and even deported the people of Israel. Who could forgive a people like this? What kind of God would knowingly and wilfully step into human history to forever change the hearts of a people so wicked? What kind of God would expect an Israelite of all people to take this message to them? The story of Jonah reveals a remarkable step forward in human consciousness, as they wrestled with forgiveness, and shows a pivotal moment in human history where mankind steps into the emergent power of forgiveness with all of the ambiguity and uncertainty and precariousness that comes with it.

God has never been just about one people group. He has always had a higher view of humanity, with the restoration and continued hope of all mankind in mind. Just as he revealed his heart for the people of Ninevah through Jonah, He wants us all to see His heart. Join with Lead Pastor Stuart Starr, and the NewLife@10 service as we go into the depths of the belly of the fish, to find that even when we are at the end of ourselves, He is there.

 

[bible passage="Jonah 1-2" heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage="Jonah 3-4" heading="h3"]

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With God on Mission: Unfaithful Israel

June 11, 2017

There are some stories in the Bible that are easier to remember than others. Stories about Floods & Arks, Towers that reach to the heavens, divinely sent Fish to swallow men - it’s these stories that we pass down to our kids and teach with affection because of the attachment that we’ve had with them growing up. We pass them down because of their redeeming values and the way it helps shift our child-like understanding of who God is, to a bigger, more inclusive awareness of the Divine.

If, however, we only look at these stories as nothing more than some events that have happened somewhere else, some other time, we can easily miss the enduring ministry that has been at work all along through the prophets. Prophets like Jonah. You can look at Jonah’s story and remember fondly the story of how God sent a huge fish to swallowed him up, or you can go deeper, in the awareness that we are all Jonah, in the understanding that we are all on a trajectory, we are all running, we are all being chased, we are all called to something bigger and more expansive. Maybe even into forgiveness.

For generations the Assyrians invaded, marched against, laid siege to, and even deported the people of Israel. Who could forgive a people like this? What kind of God would knowingly and wilfully step into human history to forever change the hearts of a people so wicked? What kind of God would expect an Israelite of all people to take this message to them? The story of Jonah reveals a remarkable step forward in human consciousness, as they wrestled with forgiveness, and shows a pivotal moment in human history where mankind steps into the emergent power of forgiveness with all of the ambiguity and uncertainty and precariousness that comes with it.

God has never been just about one people group. He has always had a higher view of humanity, with the restoration and continued hope of all mankind in mind. Just as he revealed his heart for the people of Ninevah through Jonah, He wants us all to see His heart. Join with Lead Pastor Stuart Starr, and the NewLife@10 service as we go into the depths of the belly of the fish, to find that even when we are at the end of ourselves, He is there.

 

[bible passage="Jonah 1-2" heading="h3"]

 

[bible passage="Jonah 3-4" heading="h3"]

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