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Developing Community - Deepening Spirituality - Demonstrating Compassion
7 days ago
20200628 Demonstrating Compassion #9 Sitting Shivah
Today, we join Rob Bell as he shares reflections on losing someone you care about. The video is available to watch on YouTube through the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdn3ZUzLF_A If you find yourself in a place carrying deep grief, then we encourage you to take some time to speak with someone. Please feel free to make contact with the Northern Community office on 0394844788 to chat. If distance is an issue, we will try to connect you with someone who can journey with you at this time.
Jun 20, 2020
20200621 Demonstrating Compassion #8 Demonstrating Compassion Develops Community
As a faith community and followers of Jesus, there should be something different and attractive about the community we create as we infuse it with compassion. A message by Samantha Barlow.
Jun 13, 2020
20200614 Demonstrating Compassion #7 More Than An Act
Demonstrating Compassion to others requires action. But it must be more than just an act. True compassion cannot be superficial acts without deeper understanding. Our actions should engage our heart and communicate the hope we have in Jesus. A message by David Toscano.
Jun 7, 2020
20200607 Demonstrating Compassion #6 Demonstrating The Miracle Of Compassion
Jesus and His first followers demonstrated compassion in miraculous ways. And rather than concerning those a bygone days, David Toscano reminds us that we are called today to demonstrate the miracle of compassion in the world in which we live.
May 31, 2020
20200531 Demonstrating Compassion #5 To Those Hidden in Plain Sight
We don't always mean to do it, but those that are in need of our compassion can become hidden in plain sight. In this message by Alethea, we explore what it means to see those who can easily become lost in society.
May 24, 2020
20200524 Demonstrating Compassion #4 To The World We Steward
When you have something on loan from someone you love, you want to treat it well. Today, David Toscano looks at our demonstrating compassion to the world we steward, and one day will give back to God.
May 16, 2020
20200517 Demonstrating Compassion #3 From A Changed Perspective
What might you consider to be the worst task to do? In the First Century, with all the animal manure on country roads and city paths, foot washing would have to be right up there. Today, David reflects on Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet and what that means for us today as we seek to demonstrate compassion with a changed perspective.
May 9, 2020
20200510 Demonstrating Compassion #2 Where Compassion And Spirituality Meet
Moving Compassion out of the comfort zone is never easy. But as followers of Jesus, we find Jesus modelled a restorative shalom (peace) that moved out of comfort zones and engaged spirituality with compassion. A message by Samantha Barlow.
May 2, 2020
20200503 Demonstrating Compassion #1 What is in the well?
There is a saying that, 'What is in the well comes up in the bucket'. In times of suffering, what do you draw from, to experiencing comfort and compassion? Today, David looks at Paul's suffering and the deep comfort he experienced form his relationship with Jesus.
Apr 26, 2020
20200426 Snapshots #18 Witness
In the final moments of Jesus' time on earth, He called and challenged His followers throughout the ages to bear witness to all that He has, and continues to do. A message by Samantha Barlow
Apr 18, 2020
20200419 Snapshots #17 From Frightened to Free
Through the experience of relationship with the risen Jesus, turns the frightened to the free. A message by Alethea Ashby
Apr 11, 2020
20200412 Snapshots #16 Walking With Others
Today, as we consider the confusion of the world in which we live, we are reminded of similar thoughts and confusion experienced on that first Easter. We are also reminded of the privilege we have to walk with others. A message by David Toscano. Meditation music by Fred McKinnon http://www.fredmckinnon.com
Apr 9, 2020
20200410 Snapshots #15 Submission Of Will
Submission seems to be such a dirty word in today's world. Yet where would we be, if Jesus was not prepared to submit his will, and see the kingdom come and God's will be done on earth. A message by David Toscano
Apr 4, 2020
20200405 Snapshots #14 A Life of Ups and Downs
In a world that seems to be unravelling, we can easily find ourselves wishing to escape to a better time, a better place. While the up days are there to be celebrated, the downs days are when the rubber of faith hits the road. A message by David Toscano
Mar 28, 2020
20200329 Snapshots #13 Praying the Kingdom
In the Lord's Prayer, we hear of the Kingdom of God. What would the Kingdom of God look like if we were to pray for it to be realised today, in our lives, in our community and world? Today we are joined by Deborah Storie as she shares with us from Luke 11.
Mar 21, 2020
20200322 In Community
Northern Community's Announcements, Prayer and reflections around the Lord's Table.
Mar 21, 2020
20200222 Snapshots #12 Great Expectations
Expectations and assumptions are a part of everyday life, and not always in a good way. While they help us engage with the world around us, how do we cope when our expectations are challenged? What are our expectations of Jesus? What might Jesus be expecting of us? A message by Sam Barlow.
Mar 14, 2020
20200315 Snapshots #11 Fearlessly Following Jesus
Just when things couldn't get much better, a fisherman leaves his bumper catch to fearlessly follow Jesus. Today, we are also called to fearlessly follow Jesus. A message by David Toscano
Mar 7, 2020
20200308 Snapshots #10 Jesus setting captives free.
Making bold claims is one thing, but then you inevitably have to back them up with action. Today, we discover Jesus has the authority to set captives free. A message by David Toscano.
Feb 29, 2020
20200301 Snapshots #9 Jesus' Manifesto (Part II)
Today we look further into Jesus manifesto in Luke 4:18-19 and how we as followers of Jesus are to press into this life-transforming mission.
Feb 22, 2020
20200223 Snapshots #8 Jesus' Manifesto (Part I)
One minute the crowds love Jesus, and the next they are trying to push Jesus off a cliff. What on earth was going on? What did Jesus say to get His hometown neighbours ready to commit murder? It is all core to Jesus' Manifesto. A message by David Toscano
Feb 15, 2020
20200216 Snapshots #7 The Temptations
Have you ever noticed there is a pattern to temptation? Today, David looks at three temptations that have been around since the beginning and how they can trip us up today. (Oh and as an aside - there is a little irony that we have someone give in to temptation on the very day David speaks on it - see the video in our CareWorks FB Page here.)
Feb 8, 2020
20200209 Snapshots #6 Great Joy
If the way Jesus lived provided God great joy, then it stands to reason if we follow Jesus, we too will give God great joy. Today David looks at Jesus' baptism and what Jesus demonstrated through His baptism. If you are wondering about the video of baptisms, then check out our Facebook page.
Feb 1, 2020
20200202 Snapshots #5 Ready For Change
What are you like at getting ready? Are you someone on time or always running late? Today we look at John and his efforts to help people get ready for Jesus. A message by David Toscano.
Jan 25, 2020
20200126 Snapshots #4 Growing up - Jesus' Style
Often we can forget that Jesus was an adolescent boy transitioning from a child to a man. Today, Alethea looks at a snapshot from Jesus life and how he grew up in to become a follower of His Father.
Jan 18, 2020
20200119 Snapshots #3 Proclamation
Perhaps you have had some significant setback in your life, or feel you are too old to be of use. The story of Anna is a source of hope and encouragement to all that God is not done with you yet. A message by David.
Jan 11, 2020
20200112 Snapshots #2 Defining Revelation
For many of us, there come defining points in our life when things can change. For Simeon in Luke's account of the life of Jesus, there were two defining moments - both after periods of waiting. A message by David Toscano.
Jan 4, 2020
20200105 Snapshots #1 Getting The Foundations Right
In so many areas of life, it is important to get the foundations right and not take shortcuts. Today, David looks at some of the foundational aspects of Jesus life that set up a firm foundation of His future ministry.
Dec 21, 2019
20191222 Advent Love
In the craziness of the Christmas season, with car par rage and endless lines to checkouts, love can be lost behind Christmas trees and gift wrapping. Today, David reminds us of the significance of true love expressed and experienced in Christmas.
Dec 18, 2019
20191215 Advent Joy
It is a pleasure to welcome back a long-time friend of Northern Community, Lynette as she shares some thoughts about Joy in this Christmas Season.
Dec 7, 2019
20191208 Advent 2 Peace
In a world full of fear and destruction, what role do followers of Jesus have in peace. A message by David Toscano
Nov 30, 2019
20191201 Advent 1 Prophecy
Who are those that speak into your life? What is the role of the prophet in history and today? As we begin the season fo Advent, Lyn McCredden begins our series looking at the role of the Prophet.
Nov 23, 2019
20191124 What To Expect When You're Expecting 3
Today, Chris Turner reflects on our Messianic expectations today and how we find Jesus, creator of the universe within us and others and in the love we share.
Nov 16, 2019
20191117 What to Expect When Your Expecting 2
Today, Drew takes us on a journey as we consider the significance of the coming of the Messiah in the New Testament.
Nov 9, 2019
20191110 20th Anniversary of Northern Community Church of Christ
On the 7th November 1999, four churches combined to become Northern Community Church of Christ. Today we celebrate all that God has and will do in and through the people of Northern Community as we Develop Community, Demonstrate Compassion and Deepen Spirituality through the transformation of lives. A message by David Toscano
Nov 2, 2019
20191103 What to expect when you are expecting 1
Expectations can fill us with hope but also place burdens on ourself and others. As the story of the Old Testament unfolds, so does the understanding of the Messiah and the role the Messiah would play in the future of a nation. Today, we can have expectations on the Messiah, but are they consistent with what the Bible describes and do we ignore some of the functions of the Messiah because they make us feel uncomfortable? A message by David Toscano
Oct 26, 2019
20191027 The Message Of Good News
Today David Toscano wraps up our brief look at Isaiah as we look at The Message of Good News.
Oct 19, 2019
20191020 The Message To Get Ready
If you have ever struggled with your past, an abusive relationship, an addiction or chronic illness, then you know what it feels like to be held captive. Today, David Toscano reflects on Isaiah 40 and the people's longing to be freed.
Oct 12, 2019
20191013 The Message and the Influence
Who are the influencers in your life? Whether we want them there or not, each of us has nudging influencers and disruptive influencers in our life. But are they the ones we should listen to and be influenced by? Today, David looks at the role of God and prayer in the influence of our life and our world.
Oct 5, 2019
20191006 The Message to trust God
When the chips are down and when life seems to go pear-shaped - where do you go? Who do you turn to? Today, Alethea looks at The Message to trust in God.
Sep 21, 2019
20190922 The Message of an Easy Way Out
When the going gets tough, how do you respond? We can easily wonder if it is all worth it. Seeds of doubt are sown and we start to look for an easy way out. From those in Isaiah, in 701 BC through to today, the message of an easy way out is hard to resist. A message by David Toscano
Sep 7, 2019
20190908 The Messenger
*Vocation*: (n) a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. Often we can find ourselves doing a job rather than following a calling. Today we discover Isaiah's sense of call and the difference we can experience moving from a job to a vocation.
Aug 31, 2019
20190901 The Message of Reconciliation
Today as we look at Isaiah 4:1-6, Drew Nicholls explores The Message of Restoration and its impact for today.
Aug 24, 2019
20190825 The Message of God's Reign
What would it take to see a world with peace and harmony around us? What steps could I make to move the world in this direction? With wars (military or trade) taking place around us, we live in times not that dissimilar to the times of Isaiah. Perhaps, as we look back, it can also help us to look forward. A message by David Toscano
Aug 17, 2019
20190818 The Message to be clean
Today we launch a new series in the collection of prophetic writings known as Isaiah, and we discover attitudes of complacency are confronted with the prophet's message to be clean. A message by David Toscano
Aug 10, 2019
20190811 Big picture thinking of the Bible
Today Janet Woodlock takes us on a journey through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation and highlights God's heart to bless us, to be a blessing.
Aug 3, 2019
20190804 "You Asked For It" - Money and Giving
Responding to a request, today we briefly explored some of what the Bible has to say about money and giving. Through a freewill gift, those attending were each given $10.00 to be a blessing for others. A message by David Toscano
Jul 27, 2019
20190728 You Asked For It: Faith as a verb
Today, we respond to a question on faith as David considers faith in the disciple Peter's life and faith as a verb. A message by David Toscano
Jul 20, 2019
20190721 The Renovation of Life
Today, our special guest Rod Clements reflects on the challenges of undergoing a renovation of life and how we may find God in the midst.
Jun 29, 2019
20190630 Putting Discipleship Front and Centre
In Matt's final message at Northern, he shares the heart of God for discipleship. A Message by Matt Jones.
Jun 22, 2019
20190623 Creating Community #7 Creating A Community Cake
Today we conclude our Creating Community series and we look at the various ingredients to make a Community Cake - a Healthy Community. A message by David Toscano
Jun 15, 2019
20190616 Creating Community #6 Celebrations
Coming together at times of celebration is important in communities. But to truly benefit the community, celebrations must do more than line the pockets of stall holders. Today, David looks at important elements in creating community through celebrations. The video of a baby sucking a lemon was adapted from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTASlQHmfFc
Jun 8, 2019
20190609 Creating Community #5 Cries and Crises
Times of crisis often brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) in human nature). Today David looks at how the cries and crises experienced can help forge a strong community.
Jun 1, 2019
20190602 Creating Community #4 Standing for Truth
In today's community, we are faced with the challenge of the erosion of values and decent behaviour. Yet this provides us with a God-given opportunity to take a stand for truth; even when it costs. A message by David Toscano
May 26, 2019
20190526 Creating Community #3 Breaking Bread
Hugh Mackay writes: ‘If I were asked what to do about the level of insecurity and anxiety in contemporary Australian society, I wouldn’t start with politics and I wouldn’t say too much about terrorism. I’d suggest, as the first step, that you invite the neighbours over for a drink this weekend. Today a drink, tomorrow a BBQ, pretty soon, a community.’ Today David Toscano explores the importance of Breaking Bread as an essential ingredient for Creating Community.
May 18, 2019
20190519 Creating Community #2 It takes a Village to raise a Community
Communities don't just happen. But what is the difference between communities that have a heart and those that become bland suburbia? Today David Toscano explores how we need a village to raise a community.
May 12, 2019
20190512 Creating Community #1 Fragmentation, Fractals and Families
Today we begin a new series looking at what it takes to create a strong, vibrant community. In the process, we discover something special about broccoli and how it helps us think about creating community. We also discover the role women play in shaping community. A message by David Toscano
May 4, 2019
20190505 Common Ground #11 Prophetic Movement
The Federal Election gives us a unique opportunity to have a voice - and speak up for others! As followers of Jesus, we are called to step away from the safe spaces and live on the edge and in the margins. As a prophetic missional movement, we commit ourselves to be a voice for others and in how we vote. A message by David Toscano Recommended listening https://hope1032.com.au/show/how-in-gods-name-should-i-vote/
Apr 27, 2019
20190428 Common Ground #10 Prophetic People
Often misunderstood by being dismissed as no longer relevant or considered to be held by the elite, prophecy in the form of encouragement, exhortation and comforting people in their relationship with God is explored by Matt Jones in today's message.
Apr 21, 2019
20190421 Resurrection and Baptism Sunday
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the impact that following Jesus has on our lives with Julie and Michelle getting baptised.
Apr 13, 2019
20190414 Common Ground #9 Mission
Today we have the privilege of Sam from Global Mission Partners, sharing about Churches of Christ in mission around the world.
Apr 6, 2019
20190407 Common Ground #8 Personal Spiritual Journey
Core to our identity and part of our common ground as a faith community is that we have a personal relationship with Jesus, the Christ. This is not something we do by proxy through a priest or our parents, but directly with our Creator. Today we consider how this is shaped and influenced. A message by David Toscano
Mar 30, 2019
20190331 Prayer Sunday 'I am'
Today we have a shift in focus from our Common Ground series and spend some time prayerfully considering the 'I Am' sayings of Jesus. Curated by Matt Jones. See our Facebook Page for some photos. https://www.facebook.com/NorthernCommunity/
Mar 23, 2019
20190324 Common Ground #7 Lord's Supper and Hospitality
What are the origins of the celebration of Communion / Lord's Supper and what role should it play in our life and worship? A message by David Toscano
Mar 16, 2019
20190317 Common Ground #6 Baptism and Membership
There are a variety of views in the Christian Church regarding Baptism and Membership. So where has the Churches of Christ positioned itself in the past and why have we changed in this position? What might the future hold for Church Membership? A message by David Toscano.
Mar 9, 2019
20190310 Common Ground #5 Expressions of Grace
We do not have a monopoly on truth as revealed through the Bible. So when we meet with others who have a different point of view, how should we respond? A message by David Toscano.
Mar 2, 2019
20190303 Common Ground #4 Expressions of Faith
What is essential for an eternal relationship with God? As a part of the Churches of Christ movement we stand on the common ground of 'No creed but Christ'. But was does and doesn't this mean? Today, David explores a little more what we hold in common with other Christian churches and dispels some myths surrounding 'No creed but Christ'.
Feb 23, 2019
20190224 Common Ground #3 Unity in Diversity
The church gets out of shape when we value one thing over another, fight over positions, and seek to force conformity. Yet we are called to honour differences and diversity. Today Matt explores Unity in Diversity.
Feb 16, 2019
20190217 Common Ground #2 Unity in the Church
God built his church to be one body and one people, gathered around the common purpose of following Jesus. God's personal presence with us in the Holy Spirit brings a special bond of unity. Churches of Christ have two applications that help us stay true to this and unified around God's original intentions for the church.
Feb 9, 2019
20190210 Heroes - Alethea Ashby Commissioning Service
Today we look at being an everyday hero, everyday as we celebrate the commissioning of Alethea Ashby as Northern Community's Children to Young Families Pastor.
Feb 2, 2019
20190203 Common Ground #1 Keeping Jesus of the Bible Front and Centre
There are many faith traditions in the world today, but what is the common ground on which the Churches of Christ journey. Today David explores the passion we have to keep Jesus of the Bible, Front and Centre.
Jan 26, 2019
20190127 A New Nation
What were some of the earliest influences on the white settlement of Australia and how does this call resonate to us today? A message by David Ratten
Jan 19, 2019
20190120 Snapshots From The Life Of Jesus #3 A Life Of Following
Being a follower of Jesus is so much more than a once in a lifetime experience. It is an experience, and opportunity, an adventure that we are called to join in, every day of our life. A message by David Ratten
Jan 12, 2019
20190113 Snapshots From The Life Of Jesus #2 A Life of Obeying God's Word
Peer pressure is not just relegated to our teenage years, but can capture our understanding of self at any age. Today David Ratten explores how Jesus dealt with temptations and pressures to confirm to the way others wanted Him to life and how we can follow in Jesus footsteps.
Jan 6, 2019
20190106 Snapshots From The Life Of Jesus #1
David Ratten explores with us the powerful example of Jesus and His call for us to follow Him.
Dec 15, 2018
20181216 Advent #3 Joy
Joy is more than an emotion and transcends the circumstances of life. It comes from deep within and shapes how we face the world and what we bring to it, to make it better. A message by Matt Jones.
Dec 8, 2018
20181209 Advent #2 Peace
The Christmas Card images of the Holy Family and Nativity Scenes may not really reflect all that was going on in the roller coaster ride for Mary and Joseph. So what can we learn from their story on how we can sew seeds of peace this Christmas? A message by David Toscano
Dec 1, 2018
20181202 Advent #1 Hope
Today Andrew Menzies opens our series in Advent as we explore the powerful example of two people who took on a journey filled with hope. Honouring the past without holding onto it, and stepping out in faith filled hope for the future. A message by Andrew Menzies. (Apologies for the poor audio recording that resulted in an abrupt trimming of some of Andrews words :( )
Nov 24, 2018
20181125 The Call #7 The Call to Faithful Presence
Today we conclude our series in Malachi as we look forward to the coming of the One who will make all things Right. As followers of Jesus, we are called to faithfully reflect the presence of Jesus in our community. A message by Matt Jones
Nov 17, 2018
20181118 The Call #6 The Call to be Different
People are less likely to respond to someone in need when they are in a group situation, compared to when they are just with one other person or alone. In a world that celebrated individuality, standing out from the crowd by helping others is rare. It is into this world that Malachi, calls us to be different. A message by David Toscano.
Nov 10, 2018
20181111 The Call #5 The Call to be Generous
So often when times are tough, we circle the wagons and look after our own interests and forget others. But Jesus calls us to to be different - to be generous. A message by David Toscano
Nov 3, 2018
20181104 The Call #4 The Call to be Just
People like Hetty Johnston, Rosie Batty, Eddie Marbo and Tim Costello share a heart for justice and a desire for our society to be one that cares for those around us in meaningful ways. God's heart is a heart for justice as we hear Malachi's call for us to be just people. A message by David Toscano
Oct 27, 2018
20181028 The Call #3 The Call to Faithfulness
In our third message drawing from Malachi we explore God's call to faithfulness to him. God is abounding in steadfast love, he wants more than anything to walk with us in life. But if we are to receive God's faithfulness towards us, God calls us to live lives devoted to him. We cannot be complacent towards God and expect God to come to our rescue. This is not the life of faith. This attitude wearies God.
Oct 20, 2018
20181021 The Call #2 The Call to be True
Inherent in the role of a pastor, is the challenge not to compromise God’s message for the sake of keeping the church congregation happy. Especially when the congregation financially contributes to the wage of the pastor. Malachi speaks to the heart of a pastor, calling pastors to stay true to God’s call.
Oct 13, 2018
20181014 The Call #1 To Give God Our Best.
In a world where it is so easy to compromise, easy roads and cheap fixes, there is a small voice that reached through the ages calling us back to God and to give God our best.
Oct 6, 2018
20180923 God's Story #8 Fulfilling God’s Destiny
As we wrap up this series, Rob Nyhuis, (Churches of Christ Victoria and Tasmania Executive Officer) reflects on John's writings from Revelation 1.
Sep 29, 2018
20180923 God's Story #7 Purpose
There has been significant controversy regarding the life of Mary Magdalene. But what the Bible does and doesn't say about the story of Mary Magdalene may surprise and hopefully encourage you. If nothing else, Mary is a leader and a woman or passion and purpose. Apologies for the average audio quality. A message by David Toscano
Sep 22, 2018
20180923 God's Story #6 Freedom
What does freedom truly look like? A message by Matt Jones
Sep 15, 2018
20180916 God's Story #5 Renewal
Ruth could have lived and died without anyone knowing she existed. But God had other plans which brought renewal to Ruth's life and a new home in a foreign country. All because of a special relationship in her life - her mother-in-law. A message by David Toscano.
Sep 8, 2018
20180909 God's Story #4 Salvation
The movies and tv series that we gravitate towards, of a person or a people in need of salvation, weaves its way between the layers of our self-defensive armour, to expose the reality, that when it comes down to it, there is comfort in knowing we have a saviour. A message by David Toscano
Sep 1, 2018
20180819 God Story #3 Origins
As God reveals himself he also shows us who we really are. God draws us into our true identity - a new name. The Bible continues to reorient lives to a new identity. A message by Matt Jones
Aug 25, 2018
20180819 God Story #2 Wrestling With God
If Christianity was a contact sport - it would undoubtedly be a wrestle! God is always up for a wrestle. Discover why in this message by David Toscano
Aug 18, 2018
20180819 God Story #1
The Bible is not a set of pages scribed in ages past as a historical account of what once was. The Bible is God's revelation within human history of we are a part.
Aug 11, 2018
We see beauty all around us which has been described as God's signature. Today Paul Cameron explores some of God's beauty and how the Churches of Christ sit in God's masterpiece.
Aug 4, 2018
20180722 You Asked for It #4 Faith that Makes a Difference in Every Day Work
Faith that Makes a Difference in Everyday Work. A message by Matt Jones
Jul 28, 2018
20180729 You Asked For It #3 How do we adapt to an ever-changing world?
Bob Dylan's lyrics 'The times they are a changing' still ring true today. So how do we do more than survive in a world that is changing around us? A message by David Toscano
Jul 21, 2018
20180722 You Asked for It #2 The Second Coming of Jesus
When we take a step and look at the big picture of Jesus' coming again, we should be filled with hope. A message by Matt Jones.
Jul 14, 2018
20180715 You Asked For It #1 Anxiety, Depression and Stress
We recently asked people who come along to church what they would like us to speak on. Today we tackle the topic of Anxiety, Depression and Stress, and what the Bible has to say about it. A message by David Toscano.
Jul 7, 2018
20180708 Playing Jazz with God
Today we explore the amazing opportunity we have to Play Jazz with God as guest speaker Michael Vanderree (Churches of Christ Victoria/Tasmania Communities Team Leader) explores Acts 10.
Jun 30, 2018
20180701 #8 Going Deeper - Dust
Today we wrap up our series called Going Deeper with some input from David Toscano, and Rob Bell DVD 'Dust' as we consider being disciples who are willing to step out and follow Jesus.
Jun 23, 2018
20180617 #7 Going Deeper - Discussion
'It takes a village to raise a child' - In the western world where we are consumed by individualism, the reminder that we benefit from living in the community and the community benefits when we contribute to others. The community of faith is no different. Today, Matt looks at Christian friendship and the enriching role we have in each others going deeper.
Jun 16, 2018
20180617 #6 Going Deeper - Disciplines (Part III)
"I'm a Christian. I believe in God. I just don't go to church." It is a statement that is heard but is inconsistent with the image of following Jesus as pictured in the Bible. BUT, if we do find ourselves disconnected from other Christians, can we still go deeper in our relationship with the Divine? Today David explores how we can do this as he introduces the concept of Fasting and Meditation.
Jun 9, 2018
20180610 #5 Going Deeper - Disciplines (Part II)
With seven different options offered, today the church voted to hear David speak about the spiritual disciplines of Worship and Simplicity.
Jun 2, 2018
20180603 #4 Going Deeper - Discipline (Part 1)
Have you ever noticed how disciplined people achieve more, do more, have greater focus. It is almost as if they get more out of life. Today we explore the discipline of reading the Bible and how it can revolutionise our going deeper with God. A message by Matt Jones.
May 26, 2018
20180520 #3 Going Deeper - Distractions
While distractions can be welcome, in today's overstimulated and connected world, the good can be the enemy of the best. Today we consider how distractions and negatively impact our desire for going deeper. A message by David Toscano
May 19, 2018
20180520 #2 Going Deeper - Dissatisfaction
How often do we settle for the ordinary? In our quest for a deeper relationship with the Divine, we discover the importance of having dissatisfaction as a regular, welcome guest in our life. A message by David Toscano
May 12, 2018
20180513 #1 Going Deeper - Desire
What fuels your imagination, your hunger for something more, something other than the stuff of life? For many, we desire to connect with otherness. We desire to connect with the Divine. Today, Matt looks at the fuel that fills our tank in our quest for connecting with God.
Apr 21, 2018
We live in a rapid paced society that is increasingly experiencing disruptive influences. In such a society is tradition wrong, and what role should it have in church? A message by David Toscano
Apr 14, 2018
20180415 Flux - Living with corporate uncertainty
Not only do individuals experience times of flux, but so do families, groups, organisations (including churches), states and countries. This week we look at the Exodus account in the Bible to learn some valuable lessons on how we can live with corporate uncertainty. A message by David Toscano
Apr 7, 2018
20180408 Flux - Living with personal uncertainty
It is tough when we face a season of personal uncertainty - when life is in a state of flux. But others in history have been there too, and we can learn some valuable insights into how to cope with this state of flux. A message by David Toscano
Mar 31, 2018
Lost and Found. Hide-and-go-seek. Experiences that are familiar to us, but have you ever wondered about the cosmic realities these both have for us today? A Message by David Toscano
Mar 24, 2018
20180325 Northern in the Mirror #7 Spirituality Meets Compassion
Jesus promises if you seek him you will find him. Let God make his home in you! It is from this 'filling up' that we are strengthened to be able to 'pour ourselves out' to others. A message by Matt Jones.
Mar 17, 2018
20180318 Northern in the Mirror #6 The Church is a Family
We all think we know church, but it could be way more than what we have made it. Matt Jones describes how the local church family is the foundational setting for us to grow and mature in Christ together.
Mar 10, 2018
20180311 Northern In The Mirror #5 A Community of Compassion
One of the greatest defining aspects of a true community is when they express and experience compassion. When we have empathy for others, we are called to move our compassion into transformative action. A message by David Toscano
Mar 3, 2018
20180304 Northern In The Mirror #4 Demonstrating Compassion
If you have ever longed for a compassionate response from others, you know what a difference it can make in your life. Today, Matt Jones continues our series Northern In The Mirror as he looks at our value of Demonstrating Compassion.
Feb 24, 2018
20180225 Northern In The Mirror #3 Developing Community
Like Northen, there are lots of community groups doing great things in the community - but what makes Northen different? A Message by David Toscano
Feb 17, 2018
20180218 Northern In The Mirror #2 Deepening Spirituality
I'm not religious, I'm spiritual. How do we fuel, strengthen and deepen our spirituality? A Message by Matt Jones
Feb 10, 2018
20180211 Northern in the Mirror #1 Convergence
When all the pieces fall into place, something awesome happens. Convergence! Today we begin a 7 week series of Northern in the Mirror as we reflect on the first Church in Acts and Northern's continuation of that story. A Message by David Toscano
Feb 3, 2018
20180204 Snapshots from the life of Jesus #5 A Life of Sending
Today we discover Jesus preparing His friends to go on their own Gospel adventure.
Jan 27, 2018
20180128 Snapshots from the life of Jesus #4 A Life of Conversion
There are some passages in the Bible that have you wonder - "What on earth is going on here?" Today, in Matthew 15:21-28 we dive into one of these occasions as we look at another snapshot from the life of Jesus.
Jan 20, 2018
20180121 Snapshots from the life of Jesus #3 A Life of acceptance
We can just see the miraculous healing and miss a greater miracle that sits just beneath the surface. Did you see it coming?
Jan 13, 2018
20180114 Snapshots from the life of Jesus #2 A Life of Purpose.
What is your purpose in life? At the start of the year it is a sobering question to ask. But the answer brings clarity and can transform not only your year, but the rest of your life. Jesus' life was lived with purpose. Regardless of our religious position, the way Jesus lived can help us understand how knowing our purpose can make a difference. A message by David Toscano
Jan 6, 2018
20180107 Snapshots from the Life of Jesus #1 A Life of Partnership
Why doesn't Jesus just do things independently? Wouldn't that be easier, and quicker? Today we commence a new series - Snapshots from the Life of Jesus and this week we take a few moments to look at Jesus life in partnership with us. A message by Matt Jones
Dec 30, 2017
20171231 Standing at the Door
Lynette Leach shares from her heart as she retires as a minister. Looking back, and looking forward, based on God's faithfulness over the years - what might the future hold?
Dec 16, 2017
20171217 Advent #3 Joy
We often look for happiness, when our soul craves Joy. A message by David Toscano
Dec 9, 2017
20171210 Advent #2 Peace
Today, Lynette helps us discover more about the source of true peace and how we can help bring it into our world. A message by Lynette Leach
Dec 2, 2017
20171203 Advent #1 Hope
Where do you find hope - It it in those who have, or those who have not? Where do you plant your seeds of hope? A message by David Toscano
Nov 25, 2017
20171126 Inspiring Saints #5 Nicholas of Myra
The original St Nicholas is way more inspiring than the caricature we have more recently made of him. Nicholas of Myra points us towards Jesus through his life of generosity and friendship with the poor and needy. A message by Matt Jones
Nov 18, 2017
20171119 Inspiring Saints #4 Josephine Bakhita
From Slave to Saint. Named Bakhita (Lucky) by her slave trader beaten, scarified, sold and resold - most people would consider Bakhita's life anything but lucky... A Message by David Toscano
Nov 11, 2017
20171112 Inspiring Saints #3 Jackie Pullinger
Jackie Pullinger's life is a challenging reminder to live into your God-given dream, demonstrate Jesus’ love, fulfil your calling and commit sacrificially. A Message by Lynette Leach.
Nov 4, 2017
20171105 Inspiring Saints #2 John and Mary Green
For more than a decade, John and Mary Green served as managers at Coranderrk Aboriginal reserve. Their love for those on the reserve is a testimony to God at work in and through them. We see the Apostle Paul share a love for those he served in 1 Corinthians 9:19-27a as we are challenged to live with a similar love for others. A message by David Toscano
Oct 28, 2017
20171029 Inspiring Saints #1 Martin Luther - Church is always Reforming
Martin Luther's story is told in light of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, reminding the church that we are 'like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure' (2 Corinthians 4:7). A message by Matt Jones
Oct 21, 2017
20171022 Living Values #14 Respond to conflict constructively – Let’s build others up.
In Matthew 7:1-5 and 18:15-20, Jesus shows us how we can have one of the biggest, positive impacts on the world – dealing with conflict in a positive way. A message by David Toscano
Oct 14, 2017
20171015 Living Values #13 Invest Today for Eternity
Millions of dollars each year are spent in advertising, encouraging us to live for now and consume to make us happy. Yet in Matthew 6:19-43 Jesus calls for His followers to live a challenging life - To Invest Today for Eternity. A Message by David Toscano
Oct 7, 2017
20171008 Living Values #12 Rock Solid Living
Matthew 7:24-27 reminds us that valuing a solid foundation in Jesus not only changes our life but helps us to weather the storms. A Message by Lynette Leach
Sep 30, 2017
20171001 Living Values #11 Be Devoted to Christ Alone
In Matthew 7: 13-14, Jesus calls us to a life devoted to Him alone and warns us against taking the easy road of least resistance. A message by Matt Jones.
Sep 23, 2017
20170924 Living Values #10 Go for Gold - the Golden Rule
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus calls us to actively look for opportunities to care about others. A message by David Toscano.
Sep 16, 2017
20170917 Living Values #9 Intimacy with God
In Matthew 6:5-19, Jesus invites us into an intimate relationship with God through loving, meaningful conversation. A message by Matt Jones
Sep 9, 2017
20170910 Living Values #8 Generosity of Heart
In Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus calls us to live out the value of generosity of heart as we respond to the needs of others. A message by David Toscano
Sep 2, 2017
20170903 Living Values #7 Love Without Limits
In Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus calls us to love our enemies which is not easy, but is relevant today when tribal loyalty can result in hatred of the outsider. A message by Lynette Leach.
Aug 25, 2017
20170827 Living Values #6 The Value of the Kingdom Economy
In Matthew 5:38-42, Jesus calls us to behave counter culturally in surprising and unconventional ways as we look at turning the other cheek in a new light. A message by David Toscano
Aug 18, 2017
20170820 Living Values #5 A Person Of Your Word: Honest, Decisive, Faithful.
In Matthew 5:31-37 Jesus calls us to be deeply committed to our marriage partners. He teaches us to speak with integrity and be consistent in following through with our actions. A Message by Matt Jones
Aug 12, 2017
20170813 Living Values #4 Self-Control: Valuing what is better.
In Matthew 5 27-30 Jesus not only challenges us about lust and adultery but calls for us grow in self-control, valuing what is better. Not just better for me, but better for the world around us. Video referred to can be found on https://www.facebook.com/NorthernCommunity/ A message by David Toscano
Aug 5, 2017
20170806 Living Values #3 Be Reconciled – Go and make things right
In Matthew 5: 21-26, Jesus challenges us about our inner attitude, and how we deal with anger. He emphasises the need for reconciliation to keep relationships healthy. A Message by Lynette Leach
Jul 29, 2017
20170730 Living Values #2 Goodness comes from a personal journey with Jesus
In Matthew 5:17-20, we learn the best reason to be good or to obey God is to love Jesus greatly, the one who has loved us greatly. A Message by Matt Jones
Jul 22, 2017
20170723 Living Values #1 Make It Better, Make It Brighter
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus calls us to value our neighbourhood. To make it better, to make it brighter. A Message by David Toscano
Jul 15, 2017
20170716 Have a Predetermined Response
As Christians, we will be faced with challenges and opportunities to compromise. Daniel 3 challenges us to have a predetermined response. A Message by David Toscano
Jul 8, 2017
20170709 Rebuilding #10
Rebuilding a thriving church and neighbourhood #10: Keeping Promises - A message by David Toscano