Who are we going to believe?

Who are we going to believe?

Nicola Neal speaks from the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 in John chapter 6 and encourages us to see ourselves, believe about ourselves and say of ourselves not what the world around us sees, believes and says, but what Jesus sees, believes and says. Whose opinion are we going to come into alignment with?

Pictures of the Church — the ‘Body of Christ

Pictures of the Church — the ‘Body of Christ

The Bible never talks about Church as a building, or something we “go to.” But it has a lot to say about what it means for us to “be” Church, mostly through metaphors (or, ‘picture language’). Steve Burnhope looks at one of the New Testament’s favourite metaphors, ‘the body,’ and what it looks like for us to be putting that into practice in “being Church” together today.

Yes, “Jesus Saves” — but … how, exactly?

Yes, “Jesus Saves” — but … how, exactly?

In the third and final talk in our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope looks at how Jesus made us right with God. He starts with what the New Testament and Early Creeds tell us about that question and what the Bible means when it talks about Jesus ‘redeeming’ us, ‘ransoming’ us, ‘paying the price’ and becoming ‘a sacrifice’ for us. Finally, he addresses the widespread but mistaken assumption that the good news of the Gospel is — and ‘has to be’ — all about an angry God of wrath being placated and enabled to forgive only by punishing and killing his innocent Son instead.

The ‘Death’ of the Church

The ‘Death’ of the Church

Surveys showing declining church attendance have led to the media projecting the death of the Church in this country within the next 50 years, if not well before that. In the first talk of our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope explores whether the surveys are right. And if so, what the Church can do about it.

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

Guest Speaker Matt Hyam, the Senior Pastor of Southampton Vineyard, looks more deeply into what Jesus said in that famous verse John 3:16, and explains how what Christians typically assume it to be saying may actually be missing the point ...

Living in ‘Exile’

Living in ‘Exile’

Lyn Burnhope continues from last week’s passage, Jeremiah 29, and explores what it looks like to live faithfully to God’s design for human life in the key areas of money, sex and power.

Does God Have a Plan for my Life?

Does God Have a Plan for my Life?

Many Christians assume that God does indeed have a detailed, individual plan for their lives — the only problem is, finding out what it is! Steve Burnhope looks at the famous verse of Jeremiah 29:11 together with some of the other things the Bible has to say about this important question!

Pursuing God in 2019

Pursuing God in 2019

Assistant Pastor and Head of Storehouse James Tweats encourages us in ‘pursuing God’ in this New Year of 2019 — starting with how the conversation went, when they discussed his pursuing of God in 2018 …

What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Steve Burnhope talks about what it means to be the ekklesia (the New Testament Greek word for ‘the Church’) — a group of people who are both ‘called out’ and ‘gathered together.’

Tell me something I don’t know…

Tell me something I don’t know…

At our Christmas Guest Services 2018, Steve Burnhope borrows from a Paris Hilton tweet earlier in this year and challenges our over-familiarity with the Christmas story. What we expect in the story, now, is very different to what the original first-century audience would have expected, then.

Christmas Carol Services 2018

Christmas Carol Services 2018

Steve Burnhope’s 10-minute talk from this year’s Christmas Carol Services: ‘Christmas Essentials’ …

What should we do, when we don’t feel close to God?

What should we do, when we don’t feel close to God?

Jesus said “I will be with you always” but for whatever reasons we don’t always feel as if that’s the case. Steve Burnhope explores what’s going on when that happens and offers some thoughts on what we can do about it.

What do you see?

What do you see?

Guest speaker, Krish Kandiah, challenges us in our calling to be people who are transformed by the Holy Spirit so that we see, and act, and live as Jesus did in the world.

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

At our all-age Thanksgiving Services, Lyn Burnhope encourages us to be thankful for the things God has already given us.

How can we have courage and overcome our obstacles?

How can we have courage and overcome our obstacles?

In this season of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, Young Adults Pastor Rachel Martin looks at the story in Joshua 6 of how by listening to God, obeying what he says, and having faith that he can make the impossible possible, the Israelites overcame the city of Jericho that was standing in the way of what God had promised them.

Money and Giving

Money and Giving

In the lead-up to our annual Thanksgiving Services, Steve Burnhope talks about money and giving. He starts with why it’s his ‘least-favourite talk of the year’ and then answers three questions: Why, as Christians, should we give at all? What does everyone’s giving go on, at Aylesbury Vineyard? And last but not least, what exciting things can we achieve in the coming months if everyone who is able to give does give?

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Steve Burnhope talks about the Kingdom of God and explains the puzzle of how Jesus could say that the Kingdom had come already in his life and ministry, but, that it was still to come as well!

‘Make Lunch,’ ‘Tuesday Teas’ and ‘Link Lunch’ updates

‘Make Lunch,’ ‘Tuesday Teas’ and ‘Link Lunch’ updates

Continuing our series of updates during Aylesbury Vineyard’s Birthday Month (21 year anniversary of the church, 5 years since Steve and Lyn Burnhope became the Senior Pastors), Steve interviews Mim and Margaret about ‘Make Lunch,’ ‘Tuesday Teas’ and ‘Link Lunch.’