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Derek Hanna

for the joy set before him

By community, news

At Village Church we’re convinced that God’s love for us is shown most clearly in Jesus. And on this weekend, Easter weekend, we’re reminded of what that love looks like. That’s why we’re going to be taking some time out of our week to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We’d love for you to join us. Here are two ways you can:

Good Friday // March 25 // 9:00am
On Good Friday we’ll be meeting together for a short, reflective service as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us so that we can be right with God.

Easter Sunday // March 27 // 5:00pm
On Easter Sunday we’ll be meeting together to celebrate the hope we have because of the resurrection of Jesus. Hope in the face of pain, struggling, and even ultimately in death.

It’s all happening at QUT Kelvin Grove in lecture room N515 (see map below)

After each service we will have free coffee and morning tea / supper. We’d love for you to join us – and to invite others to join with us – for both of these events.

If you’ve got questions about anything, or would like more details, please feel free to email us below.

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VC Update and Future

By community, news, updates

Over the past year there have been plenty of things to give thanks for at Village Church. The growth of our Internationals community; the starting of playgroup within Kelvin Grove; the opportunity for Nat to run church in the detention centre; the development of the kids ministry team under Lauren and as we head into Christmas the Carols are shaping up to connect and share the Gospel with even more of our local community than ever before.

So while we want to talk about the exciting things that have been and are happening, we need to stop to acknowledge that there are also some hard things going on (the search for a new lead pastor), and that the next 6 months are going to be a time of significant change but also opportunity. It’s going to be painful for some and provide uncertainty for many, so at this time it’s worth us – even while we celebrate and remember the good things God is doing – recognising the hard things for what they are, talking about them as a Church community, and seeing the opportunities to serve in different ways.

Below is a quick update on where the search is at, and what the next few months is going to look like for us all. (Click tabs to expand on each section.)
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Isaiah 54-55 – The Invitation (Community Group Study Notes)

By isaiah, Studies

The idea of freezing hedgehogs has been used to describe human interactions. The hedgehogs huddle together for warmth. But the closer they get the more they spike one another. So they move further away…but get cold…so move closer together…but get spiked. The idea has been used to describe how humans long for relationship (or are put in places of relationship) but these context provide conflict which drives us away…so we tend to find a happy medium where we can connect…but not be hurt.

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Isaiah 53 (Community Group Study Notes)

By isaiah, Studies

Isaiah 53 is one of the most famous passages in Isaiah, in fact in the whole of the Old Testament. Because of it’s clarity in painting the one who would come to bear sin (the person we know as Jesus) and because of the time it was written (hundreds of years before Jesus) it’s the go-to passage in the Old Testament for Christians.

But the problem with familiarity is that we lose the shock and beauty of the picture Isaiah paints of the one God was going to send. The Servant here isn’t anything like Israel expected God’s deliverer to be like, and doesn’t do what Israel expected God’s deliverer to do. So to feel the impact Isaiah 53 would have had on the Jews who first heard and read it, and to feel once again the uniqueness of Jesus a swell as understanding what his primary mission was, we need to go back to basics with this person Isaiah calls “The Servant”.

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Isaiah 40 (Community Group Study Notes)

By isaiah, Studies

This week we start looking at the second half of Isaiah. If the first half of Isaiah was characterised by the idea of judgement, the second half of Isaiah is characterised by hope.

Discuss what differences and similarities you see between the ideas of “comfort” and “rest”. How can you have one without the other?

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