1 September - Luke 14:15-24

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1 September, 2019Rev Glenn MulcahyDigIn

The Parable of the Great Feast

Here’s what happens…

Jesus tells this parable: A man hosting a feast invites many people, but they make excuses not to come. So he invites the outcasts, who all come and enjoy the banquet. Jesus wants everyone to come to his feast in heaven.


Talk About This…

  • What’s one of the best parties you’ve ever been invited to?
  • What’s something you wish you were included in and aren’t?
  • In this parable, who do you think are the invited guests? Why don’t they come? Who eventually does come?
  • What does this parable teach about the Kingdom of God?
  • In your experience, why do so many say “no” to God’s “banquet”? What can you say or do to help people overcome their hesitation?
  • What action can you take this week to do this?


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8 March 2020 - Lent 1

8 March, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Read: Luke 4:1-13

Here’s what happens…

Luke’s account of Jesus’ temptation makes it clear that Jesus was a great leader who deliberately went to the place of testing, who stood up to severe temptation and won! Jesus the Messiah was not in it for himself: he was in it for God and for the people, for us.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. That’s five weeks. On his own. All alone. The conversation Jesus had with Satan during this time is all about power. Satan tells Jesus “You could have all this…” Power was the root of the temptation Jesus faced. But instead of being swayed by Satan (as we may be), Jesus spent his time in the wilderness listening to God and working out what God wanted him to do. God has plans for all of us. He has things for us to do.

Lent is often a time when people give up something they enjoy, like chocolate, to share a little in Jesus’ experience of 40 days in the wilderness with nothing. Jesus’ time alone wasn’t just about giving things up, it was about getting ready and listening to God.

Talk About…

- Share about a time that you have been alone. (Asleep in bed does not really count!)

- What is the longest time you have been alone?

- What would you do if you ruled the world? What would you change? And why? Do you think this would make the world a better place or a worse place? Why?

- Have you ever been tempted?

- What helped you to overcome the temptation, or what made you succumb?

- What do you think you could do during Lent that would help you be more aware of God? Or help other people?

- What could you ‘give up’ or ‘start doing’ during lent, to help you focus on getting ready and listening to God?

- What do you think God is saying to you through this? What are you going to do about it?

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1 March 2020 - The Lord’s Prayer

1 March, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

Here’s what happens…

Prayer was an important part of Jesus’ life on earth, and it is an important part of our lives too. Every good relationship depends on great communication and we must communicate with God if we want to grow our relationship with Him. Prayer is

how we do this. Jesus showed his disciples – and us – how we should pray and how important prayer is.

The Lord’s Prayer may sound like a lot of fancy words, but it’s a very simple and to the point message that shows us what we should say when we pray. We should address God as our Father. We should praise God’s name. We should pray for God’s will to be done. We should pray for God to provide for our needs. And we should pray that God forgives our sins and helps us to forgive others.

Talk About…

- Why did Jesus teach His disciples to pray?

- When and where can we pray?

- What are some things we shouldn’t do when we pray?

- Can you think of any times or places where we shouldn’t pray? Why or why not?

- Why is prayer an important part of our day?

- How does prayer draw us closer to God?

- Do we need to say special words when we pray?

Through the week

Find a copy of the Lord’s Prayer to print and hang at home, somewhere that you will see it often (if you need one, ask Jess).

Whenever you see it, take it as a reminder to pray… not only by saying the Lord’s Prayer, but taking to God whatever is on your heart, and listening to what God has to say to you.

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January 26 2020 - Acts 10:9-33

26 January, 2020 Nathan Robertson

Acts 10:9-33 - Peter's Vision

Discovery Bible Study

Choose a bible passage of about 10-15 verses –maybe one that relates to the Sunday preaching (below) or material you or your Explore Group is working through. Then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

Read the passage in multiple ways

first read around the room

then one read with others listening

then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Next, discuss these 4 questions:

- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

- Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

- What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

- Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. Follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what this means here, please ask.

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over Summer…

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19 January 2020 - Acts 1: 1-20

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Acts 1: 1-20 - Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

Discovery Bible Study

Choose a bible passage of about 10-15 verses –maybe one that relates to the Sunday preaching (below) or material you or your Explore Group is working through. Then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

Read the passage in multiple ways

- first read around the room

- then one read with others listening

- then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Next, discuss these 4 questions:

- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

- Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

- What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

- Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. Follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what this means here, please ask.

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over Summer…

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5 January 2020

5 January, 2020 Rev Malcolm Coombes

John 10:1-16 - Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Discovery Bible Study

Choose a bible passage of about 10-15 verses –maybe one that relates to the Sunday preaching (below) or material you or your Explore Group is working through. Then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

Read the passage in multiple ways

- first read around the room

- then one read with others listening

- then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Next, discuss these 4 questions:

- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

- Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

- What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

- Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. Follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what this means here, please ask.

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over Summer…

For families with children, the weekly Dig in at Home Resource with videos and other activities will be available under the devotions tab in our App and Website.

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Sunday 22nd December - Carols No recording.

22 December, 2019

On Sunday we had our Carols service and it was great to see so many coming and celebrating community and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you would like to dig deeper into the readings we shared on Sunday please use the bible reading tool below or you can also use the Dig In Tools that Jess has written over on the Devotional Page https://www.vinteract.com.au/client/manage_devotionals

Sunday 29 December – Sunday 28 January

We hope that you have been enjoying Digging into Discipleship during 2019 and deepening your understanding of God’s word and your relationship with him during this time. During our Summer worship period, we will not provide weekly follow up questions in the newsletter, but there will be weekly Dig in at Home resources on the ‘Devotions’ Tab on our App and Website. Instead, we have included here information on the ‘Discovery Bible Study’ method for you to try. It can be used as a handy help in D.I.Y. bible study and is also useful in helping lead a bible study or explaining something you’ve read to another person. It’s designed to work best in a small group of 4-7 people, especially in terms of practising what you might explain to others but you can use it on your own, it just removes the discussion and multiplication part.

Discovery Bible Study

· Choose a bible passage of about 10-15 verses –maybe one that relates to the Sunday preaching (below) or material you or your Explore Group is working through. Then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

· Read the passage in multiple ways

· first read around the room

· then one read with others listening

· then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Next, discuss these 4 questions:

· What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

· Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

· What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

· Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. Follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 - is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what this means here, please ask.

Question 4 - is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over Summer…

December 29 Revelations 21

January 5 John 10:1-16

January 12 Luke 23:26-43

January 19 Acts 1: 1-20

January 26 Acts 10: 9-33

For families with children, the weekly Dig in at Home Resource with videos and other activities will be available under the devotions tab in our App and Website.

In 2020 we will continue to Dig in to ‘Epic Teachings of the Bible’ together as a whole congregation, and we look forward to journeying with you then.

God Bless and Shalom,

Jess, Dom & Helen

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17 November - Acts 20:7-12

17 November, 2019 Barry Jardine

Eutychus is raised from the dead.

Here’s what happens……

God performed an amazing miracle through Paul. A young man named Eutychus, fell asleep during a particularly long “sermon” from Paul and fell to his death from a 3rd Floor window. Paul rushed outside, threw his arms around Eutychus and he was miraculously brought back to life. Do we continue to witness miracles in this day and age?

Talk About…

- What’s one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen happen in church?

- What did Paul and the believers in Troas share prior to his extra-long preaching stint? (NB: Verse 7). Has the modern church “lost” something which those early Christians had?

- Why may Eutychus have become weary (other than Paul’s long-windedness!!).

- How can you be sure that Eutychus was really dead when he fell to the ground? Does Luke’s presence, occupation and writings give you any clue?

- Paul threw his arms around Eutychus and was able to proclaim, “He’s alive”. What other “miracles” can you recall which Paul, or the other apostles carried out? From whom, or where, did they get the power? Is it available to us?

- Today’s video concludes with the words “Do you think God has anything amazing in store for me?” How can we know whether or not God has something amazing in store for us?

- Tell about a time you felt like God wanted you to do something amazing, and you didn’t know why. Did you do it and, if so, how did it work out?

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6th October - Matthew 26:36-46

6 October, 2019 Rev Glenn Mulcahy

Jesus Commits to God’s Will

Here’s what happens…

Jesus knows he’s about to be arrested and killed. He goes to a garden to pray. He asks that God would take this cup of suffering away from him but prays, “I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Talk About This…

• When have you seen good come out of doing hard things?

• What emotions do you think Jesus felt in Gethsemane?

• What does he ask of the disciples? What does he ask of God?

• What is God’s will (v39 & 42)? What model for our prayers does Jesus give here?

• What do you appreciate about Jesus most in this passage?

• What’s something you have to do in the next week that you don’t want to do?

• How can Jesus help you? Who can keep you accountable during hard times?

Do you have a place to pray at home (your own Gethsemane)?

Jesus went to the garden to pray about the hard thing he had to do. You might like to set up your own prayer spot at home…

• Find a quiet place for a prayer spot, it could be inside or outside.

• Make it a bit private by adding a screen, or blanket or some other sort of wall.

• If you like, add real or fake flowers or plants to make it feel like a garden.

• Whenever you (or someone in your family) has to do something they don’t want to do, or anytime you choose, use the prayer spot to pray, pouring out your heart to God, and asking him for help.

• Jesus also took his friends with him to the garden; consider getting together in your prayer spot with others to pray.

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23 June - Matthew 7:7-29

23 June, 2019 Barry Jardine

Jesus Teaches Us to Live Differently

Here’s what happens…

Jesus has preached a sermon known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” where he talked about living differently than people expect by loving our enemies, giving privately, not worrying, not judging others, and, today, presents us with some real choices.

- If you could build your dream home, what would it look like? Where would it be? What would be unique about it?

- Jesus presents us with a number of choices in this passage – the broad or narrow gate; to build on the rock or on the sand. What are the major choices you are currently facing in your life? How are you going to decide which to take?

- As Christians, we are expected to live differently – how easy is that in today’s modern society? Can you share some personal examples of how you may have tried this, and……. how has it turned out for you?

- Matthew 7:12 contains what we know as “the golden rule” – “do unto others…”. Should this just be a natural way for us to live or, in today’s society, is it more difficult to live like this. If so why?

- Matthew 7: 7-11 encourages us to pray – ask; seek and knock. When did asking, seeking and knocking pay off for you? When didn’t it? What did you learn in each situation? What hint does Jesus give us which suggests that we should confidently expect God to hear and answer our prayers?

- What’s one thing that’s different about you because you love Jesus?

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9 June - Acts 2:1-41

9 June, 2019 Jessica Pinkerton

Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Here’s what happens…

The disciples were obeying Jesus’ instructions and were staying in Jerusalem. It had been 10 days since Jesus had ascended (went back up) to heaven, and on this day Jews that had travelled from many different countries were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, the harvest festival. This special feast was a time when God’s people brought gifts as offerings to God (see Leviticus 23:15-21). While the disciples were together, a sound like a violent blowing wind, came and filled the house, and what looked like tongues of fire, rested above their heads. The people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages which amazed everyone. Peter addressed the bewildered crowd, explaining that the coming of the Holy Spirit had been prophesied by Joel, and was the fulfilment of Jesus words too.

- If you had been with the believers on this day, what do you think you would have seen, heard and felt? Do you think your reaction would have been more like that of the people in verse 12 or verse 13?

- What happened to the believers on the Day of Pentecost? And everyone else?

- What do you think is the point that Peter wants the people to understand about the current events (verse 13, 17 & 18)?

- What response is Peter urging the new believers to take (verse 38)? Have you made that response before? Would you like to make it today?

- Have you ever experienced an empowering from the Lord to witness about Christ? Explain what it was like.

- What do you think this passage saying to you in your current circumstances? What are you going to do about it?

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