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Resurrection Sunday

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This week Strahan leads us through a celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, discussing two ways it changes things for us, right now. 

The resurrection can only be received and affirmed and celebrated as the new action of God, whose province is to create new futures for people and to let them be amazed in the midst of despair.
— Walter Brueggemann

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Peripheral - pt 4 (The way of the Kingdom / Mark 1:14-15)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part four sees us looking at the kingdoms around us and how revolutionary Jesus' core announcement of the Kingdom of God was.

Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
— Mark 1:14-15

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Peripheral - pt 3 (The way through the desert / Mark 1:12-13)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part three sees us looking at Jesus' not avoiding the desert, but persisting through it. It's a place which our culture will do anything to avoid yet we are invited to find a way to walk through it.

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
— C.S. Lewis

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Peripheral - pt 2 (Immersion in the new way / Mark 1:9-11)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part two sees us looking at baptism, salvation and a crazy story of people in church history who killed each other over where these two things meet.

Salvation is not an object you own — it’s a life you enter and live. Salvation is a form of belonging. Salvation is belonging in the kingdom of God.
— Brian Zahnd

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Peripheral - pt 1 (The new way / Mark 1:1-8)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Dan kicks us off in part one by looking at how the arrival of Jesus is a whole new way of seeing reality and living life.

This series isn’t for defining ourselves further as conservative or liberal. This series is our confession that those labels are not enough: the way of Jesus transcends our cultural labels and calls us to find a new way through the borders of all of them.

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Listen - pt 3 (Love with all)

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We're kicking off 2018 with a summer series looking at "The Shema" – an ancient prayer used by Jesus to determine the cornerstone of what the Christian faith was to be known for. Dan finishes the series by looking at the final part which addresses our loves and the importance of loving God holistically.

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.

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Listen - pt 2 (You alone)

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We're kicking off 2018 with a summer series looking at "The Shema" – an ancient prayer used by Jesus to determine the cornerstone of what the Christian faith was to be known for. Dan looks at the second part which talks of God being God alone in the midst of a world full of gods.

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.

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Listen - pt 1 (Rhythm, Proximity and Priority)

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We're kicking off 2018 with a summer series looking at "The Shema" – an ancient prayer used by Jesus to determine the cornerstone of what the Christian faith was to be known for. Dan asks how we can listen to God in the midst of a busy and noisey world by finding daily rhythm, closing proximity and making it a high priority.

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.

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Blessing

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In our final gathering of 2017, and the lead up to Christmas, we're looking at three key ideas that arise out of the Christmas story. Dan Sheed shares on the story of Simeon and Anna blessing Jesus, Mary and Joseph and what we can do with that to be people of a "beautiful waste" together.

That is precisely what a gift is: a beautiful waste.
— Dr Johannes Hartl

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Joyful

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In the lead up to Christmas we're looking at three key ideas that arise out of the Christmas story. Dan Sheed shares on Mary's joyful response of praise, AKA the Magnifcat, and what this expression can mean for us this Christmas.

We are often most joyful for what we are most hopeful.

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Arrival

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In the lead up to Christmas we're looking at three key ideas that arise out of the Christmas story. Dan Sheed shares on the historical arrival of Jesus Christ, how concrete this arrival is and how the incarnation changes everything.

Because they were here, we are here.

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The Heart of Matters - pt 8 (Invitation)

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Dan Sheed finishes our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Dan shares on the value of invitation and teaches on the open-invitation of the Kingdom of God, yet what we must do with our yes/no/maybe to this in response.

You don’t have to stay in the dumpster. This is real. You can come.
— Danielle Strickland

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The Heart of Matters - pt 7 (Intimacy)

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Strahan Coleman continues our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Strahan shares on the value of intimacy and teaches on how it's so central to the story of God and to humanity.

The primary focus of the cross was not sin, it was the restoration of our original intimacy with God.

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The Heart of Matters - pt 6 (Connection)

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Katie Myers continues our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Katie opens up on the the value of connection, and how, in the pursuit of Jesus, our barriers must be torn down so that we can truly share our lives with those around us.

The stuff it takes to be intimate is authenticity,
vulnerability, and a belief that other people are about as good and bad as we are.
— Donald Miller

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The Heart of Matters - pt 5 (Celebration)/Central Vineyard 2nd Birthday

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This week we celebrate our second birthday as we continue our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight of the important kingdom values we strive to embody as we pursue Jesus together. Cam Thorp kicks things off by discussing the importance of Celebration, this is embodied as people share stories of how God has worked through Central Vineyard in their lives. Rob Wiseman closes by sharing Central Vineyard's story thus far.

A healthy faith before God cannot be built and maintained, without heartfelt celebration of his greatness and goodness in the midst of our suffering and terror.
— Dallas Willard

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The Heart of Matters - pt 4 (Diversity)

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This week we are halfway through our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. We are challenged by our value of diversity, and how the image of God in every human demands that we step out of our comfortable lives and into the awkwardness of unknown relationships.

When you enter into diversity, the rules change. It’s harder work. Sensitivities start getting exposed.
— Matt Chandler

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