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.’

Worship

Worship

On the day we welcomed our friend Marc James as guest worship leader, Steve Burnhope spoke about … worship! Including, answering a question he’d been asked earlier that same week: “Does God have a bit of an ego problem? Why does he demand people worship him? Does he have some kind of deep-rooted insecurity, looking for praise and affirmation all the time?”

Church Growth, Storehouse and Children’s Ministry Updates

During the Church’s Birthday Month (21 year anniversary of the church, 5 years since Steve and Lyn Burnhope took over as Senior Pastors), Steve shows some statistics about the Church’s average weekly Sunday attendance, James Tweats (head of compassion ministries) shares about the growth of Storehouse, and Liz Machell (head of children’s ministries) talks about the growth in Vineyard Kids.

‘Go and make disciples’?

‘Go and make disciples’?

Jesus’ famous ‘Great Commission’ in the closing words of Matthew’s Gospel (chapter 28) challenges us to ‘go and make disciples.’ Aylesbury Vineyard’s Head of Youth Ministry, Amelia Godden, looks at what Jesus meant and how he himself went about it — focusing on the four invitations he gave his first disciples on their own relational journey.

The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed

Guest Speaker at our Birthday Services, Chris Lane (founding Senior Pastor of St Albans Vineyard), talks about Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed and how it speaks to us about the nature of our calling to be his Church.

‘Remain in Him’ (John 15)

‘Remain in Him’ (John 15)

Going into the Church’s 21st birthday month (and the 5th anniversary of Steve and Lyn becoming the Senior Pastors), Lyn Burnhope offers some reflections on the past five years, on what ‘success’ looks like, and some encouragements for the next five years.

Why do I suffer as a Christian?

Why do I suffer as a Christian?

In the last of our current series on ‘Big Questions,’ Steve Burnhope looks at why — if God loves us and wants the best for us — we still face hardships in life. If ‘having faith’ is the key to health and prosperity (as some would say) then where are we going wrong? Steve looks at the life of the Apostle Paul for some clues ...

What’s the point of the Bible?

What’s the point of the Bible?

In the second of our latest Big Questions series, Steve Burnhope looks at the Bible. What’s it for? What’s the point of us having it? People sometimes say that it’s ‘God’s Instruction Manual’, but if so, which instructions? What makes a 2,000-plus year-old text relevant to today?

What Kind of Church is Worth Believing In?

What Kind of Church is Worth Believing In?

In the first of our latest series of ‘Big Questions’ about Christianity, faith and the Bible, Steve Burnhope looks at the Church. Jesus said, “I will build my Church” — but what sort of Church did he have in mind? How closely does that resemble what we see today? Is there a kind of Church that’s worth believing in…?