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May 28, 2013 / brockbruce

Rob Bell, The Bible & Homosexuality


Two completely different positions on God & Homosexuality. It all boils down to who is your highest authority, scripture or culture?
One man argues for scripture. The other argues for the world. One is good at answering honestly. One is good at dodging the question. The final exchange really gets to the heart of the matter. Well said, indeed.

May 2, 2013 / brockbruce

Strong Godly Women and a Weak Man

Sunday’s sermon from Judges 4 on Deborah, Barak and Jael got us thinking about how God desires to use both men & women. Here’s the big idea.
1. Men rise up & lead (women want it).
2. Women be who God has called and equipped you to be.
3. Men, don’t quench the Spirit’s work in the women of God.
4. Women, recognize godly authority, scriptural authority and biblical submission.
5. Men, understand what spiritual authority is, don’t abuse your authority, lead like Jesus.

For the basic sermon transcript, with more talk of what biblical submission is and is not and what a godly woman is, click here.

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April 12, 2013 / brockbruce

How to Pray for Sunday at The Vine

Be in prayer for the gathering Sunday. That the hurt would find comfort; the lost, salvation; the wandering, purpose; the abused, healing; the downcast, hope; the broken, the mender; the bound, freedom; the sick, the healer. By that the kingdom would be revealed in our worship and preaching and love for one another. Pray that the enemy would be defeated; his lies, rejected and his schemes unveiled so that we would not fall victim to his destructive plans. Pray that Jesus would be glorified, exalted, proclaimed and revealed in our lives, our practice and our worship. Pray that the truth would be proclaimed and that it would set free. Pray that the word would go out and accomplish all that God intends for it to accomplish. Pray that grace would abound and the Spirit would empower us. Pray that Jesus would be the head of our church and that we would be faithful followers filled with Spirit enabled purpose. Pray that Jesus would move. In Jesus name.

April 1, 2013 / brockbruce

An Amazing Week at The Vine

My, my, my. What an amazing week we had at The Vine. I want to take a minute to highlight the events of the week.
The Sprout Kids Spring Thing was a great success. I love that we took the event to the community and did a puppet show and songs and crafts and and egg hunt right at the park. We had kids there who got to hear about Jesus perhaps for the only time this Easter. The pictures with bunnies was a big hit as well. Thanks so much to the Shaila and the Children’s Team for making it such a great day!
The Stations of the Cross Interactive Prayer Journey was truly inspiring and emotive. It was great seeing so many take time to rediscover the truth and power of the final hours of Jesus life. Our Creative Team did a great job putting it together.
The Good Friday Remembrance Service was humbling and horrific. The graphic nature of Jesus sacrifice is something we mustn’t forget. He was the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.
Sunday, our Easter Celebration was wonderful. The songs, the videos, communion, the crowd, the truth of “An Empty Cross and an Empty Tomb” made for a great day. Thanks so much to our Worship Team and Sound/Media Team. You guys put in a lot of preparation and it was great.
I’m so thankful for what God is doing at The Vine. And so thankful for a group of people hungry to do what God has called us to do. May His Kingdom Come!

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March 27, 2013 / brockbruce

Jesus Loves Equally

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Jesus loves homosexuals equally as much as heterosexuals. He loves them so much he died for their sin as much as for my sin. He rose again to make us both new creations (1 COR 6:9-11). We must love them. We must love truth. It can be a tightrope to walk but we must balance truth and love as Jesus did. Homosexual behavior is sin. Sin that Jesus died to conquer. Like he died to conquer my sin. If you are struggling with this particular sin, the Spirit of Christ will help you to not give into temptation and will make you new.
We also, as Christians, must understand that marriage is God instituted, ordained and designed. To think less of marriage than God does is corrupt thinking and is to be put away by the power of the Spirit (EPH 4:17-24). God created us in His image, male and female, he created us. Marriage is about more than feelings or social security benefits, it’s about Jesus and his people (EPH 5:31-33).
Having said that some will think I’m a homophobe spewing hate-speech. I am not. If you’re a homosexual, I love you. I just believe that God’s word is the standard for faith and life. And I welcome you to church on Sunday to hear about the risen Savior who died for both of our sins, setting us free from its power over us and enabling us to live holy as He is holy.

March 21, 2013 / brockbruce

Men, We Need Help

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I was reading about the word “helper” in Genesis 2 and it got me thinking. I was just gonna tweet a short thought about it but it turned into this blog post. This is said in love to spur us men into action. And if you agree with the spirit of the message I hope you’ll share it. So here goes.

Men, why do we abuse the word “helper” to suit our fancy? When we say that God is our helper (Ps 54:4) we recognize our need for help. That we are the needy one. That we need God. That men are sinners in need of restoration. But when we quote Genesis 2:18 we twist the meaning of helper to subjugate women to become our servant. Like we are gods and our wives sinners in our angry hands. We have flipped the word on its head.
The Holy Spirit is called the helper, he goes along side of us. Eve came out of Adam’s side to go along side him. Just as we need the Spirit to go along side us to help us, we need our wives to help us.
Men, we are needy. God said so. So he gave us a wife, a helper. One whom we are to love and protect and serve humbly. To build up and not tear down. Too often instead of letting her go along side of us, we try to push her to the background.
Yes I believe in biblical complementarianism. Husbands have a God-given responsibility to lead and serve their families spiritually. But I don’t believe in chauvinism. Men aren’t to be kings in a castle barking orders at his “subjects”. Husbands, we must lead, and as any good leader knows, leading often means asking for help. Is either the leader or helper in a more honored place? No. Because the leader can’t do it alone and the helper can help unless given the opportunity.
We need more men to step up and be men. Take responsibility, honor their wives, love their kids, work hard, love Jesus, serve the church. But we don’t need men who think they are gods but act like spoiled boys.
Husbands lead like Jesus and quit twisting scripture to pad your ego. Because if you don’t, God will stop listening to you (1 Peter 3:7). And you might end up twisted.

March 12, 2013 / brockbruce

Ten (Biblical) Reasons To Go To Church

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Jesus is coming back (Hebrews 10:25)

We need each other’s encouragement (Hebrews 3:13, 10:25)

To be discipled through teaching, fellowship and prayer (Acts 2:42, Romans 15:14, James 5:14)

Because believers love each other (1 John 4:12)

We stir each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)

To serve one another in freedom (Galatians 5:13)

Each believer must be actively involved For the local church to function according to God’s purpose (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

Because the church was Jesus’ idea (Matthew 16:18)

Because the church is how Jesus is advancing against the enemy (Matthew 16:18)

To be under authority (Matthew 18:17, Ephesians 5:24, 3 John 1:9, 1 Peter 5:5,