Aylesbury Vineyard Church talks

Aylesbury Vineyard Church talks

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Talks from Sunday Services at Aylesbury Vineyard …


What does God want?
Aug 17 • 32 min
What does God want? What does he want from us, as people? Steve Burnhope runs through some of the options and then suggests three simple, easy-to-remember themes — repeated throughout the Bible — which sum up God’s perspective on that question. [Editor’s…
Big Story, Little Story
Aug 10 • 33 min
Life is a true story. Guest Speaker Andy Kind asks which of the major world-views makes the most sense of what you know to be true about yourself. Watch at https://vimeo.com/353409965
Freedom from Fear
Aug 4 • 30 min
Fear comes in all shapes and sizes, including anxieties and phobias, with broad, deep and wide-ranging effects. As Christians, we should be both medically-informed and spiritually-aware. Steve Burnhope suggests how a biblical perspective can help us in…
Where are we ‘at’ in our relationships?
Jul 27 • 30 min
Assistant Pastor James Tweats invites us on a journey to look at the health of our relationships — with ourselves, with others, and with God — and suggests four ‘Kingdom principles’ that will help us get them (and keep them) on track. Watch at…
Jairus and an olive tree farmer?
Jul 20 • 26 min
Jamie Eyre shares about the work of Christians he’s visited in the Middle East and stories from the people they serve. Watch at https://vimeo.com/349743220
“Sin” — the Misconceptions, and the Reality
Jul 13 • 22 min
Senior Pastor Lyn Burnhope takes on the thorny question of “sin” — an old-fashioned, negative-sounding word that’s often misused and misunderstood. She explores what it is and what it isn’t, how it impacts human life in so many ways, and how we’re called…
“Do You Know Him?”
Jul 6 • 42 min
Guest Speaker Dr. Jason Clark, Senior Pastor of Sutton Vineyard, takes his cue from the famous message “Do You Know Him?” by the late Dr. S. M. Lockridge. He asks whether our life matches an encounter with the incredible God of whom Lockridge speaks in…
Being Kingdom Bringers
Jun 29 • 18 min
As part of our Kids Takeover service, our Head Children’s Ministry, Liz Machell, spoke to our whole church family about being bringers of God’s now-and-not yet Kingdom whilst living in a beautiful but broken world between the times of the Garden of Eden…
The Bible Story Box Set (part three)
Jun 22 • 30 min
Steve Burnhope completes our short series of talks thinking about the Bible with a simple way of telling the story like a Box Set — Season One: the Old Testament, Season Two: the New Testament and Season Three: the on-going episodes in which we are…
The Bible Story Box Set (part two)
Jun 15 • 30 min
In this week’s episode, Steve Burnhope explains some of the “rules of the game” of biblical interpretation (how to make sense of what we’re reading, in the best possible way), which begins by respecting the original authors and audiences and understanding…
The Bible Story Box Set (part one)
Jun 8 • 29 min
Steve Burnhope kicks off our latest three-week series of ‘Big Questions’ about Christianity and faith with another look at the Bible as the story of people and the story of God, intertwined. During these talks, he’ll be explaining how we can understand it…
Home, homelessness and God’s hospitality
Jun 1 • 30 min
Lyn starts by looking at the call of Abraham to leave his home, and how this Biblical theme is a challenge to us. She then goes on to reflect on wider themes of ‘home’ and ‘homelessness’ in the Bible, and encourages us that whatever situation we are in,…
What does it mean to be ‘in a relationship’ with Jesus?
May 25 • 30 min
Steve Burnhope continues from last week’s talk (“What does it mean to ‘love Jesus’?”) and explores what it means to be ‘in a relationship’ with Jesus. He offers some practical suggestions for how we might go about that and the importance of creating space…
What does it mean to ‘love Jesus’?
May 18 • 26 min
The dictionary tells us that love is “An intense feeling of deep affection.” But as Christians, is that what God is wanting from us, or is it something more? Steve Burnhope suggests five key things to have on our personal checklist for what a biblical…
How far do you want to go?
May 11 • 27 min
Steve Burnhope speaks from Ezekiel 47, where the prophet experiences a dramatic vision of a river of blessing flowing from the presence of God in the temple, a river that pictures an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which Ezekiel is invited to go deeper…
Who am I?
May 9 • 26 min
When all the titles and labels that define us are stripped away, do we still feel valued and significant? Georgia Gasson unpacks what it means to know who we are in Christ. Watch at https://vimeo.com/334837588
Features of a Healthy Church
Apr 27 • 28 min
What does a church look like when it is filled with Jesus? Luke Martin reflects on Acts 4, looking at some of the key features that made the early church healthy and influential, and how we might apply that to today. Watch at https://vimeo.com/333145277
Easter Services and Baptisms 2019
Apr 20 • 15 min
Steve Burnhope talks about the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, why we can trust the authenticity of the accounts of what happened on that first Easter Sunday, and the connection with being baptised. Watch at https://vimeo.com/332058278
Known By Our Scars
Apr 13 • 30 min
Assistant Pastor, James Tweats, begins with the story of Jacob in Genesis 32 and then shares some of his own experiences of how life so often scars us — physically and emotionally. Our scars are an unavoidable part of our history, but how are they going…
Pastoral Care and Joining
Apr 6 • 32 min
Lyn Burnhope continues on from Steve’s recent talk (3 March 2019, ‘Pictures of the Church — the Body of Christ’) to explain what that looks like in practice in Aylesbury Vineyard, and particularly as it relates to our joining to one another and how we all…
Jesus the ‘Influencer’
Mar 23 • 32 min
Guest Speaker David Graham, Lead Pastor at Southcourt Baptist Church in Aylesbury, talks from John chapter 4 about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, where we see Jesus as the great ‘Influencer.’ David encourages us to become imitators…
Journeying to Jesus, Journeying with Jesus
Mar 16 • 30 min
Becoming a Christian is often thought of as a one-off ‘event’ — where everything is about crossing a boundary — moving from being ‘out’ to being ‘in.’ Steve Burnhope suggests that the reality is more complex and that for each of us, the ‘before’ and…
Who are we going to believe?
Mar 9 • 21 min
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…
Pictures of the Church — the ‘Body of Christ
Mar 2 • 32 min
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…
Yes, “Jesus Saves” — but … how, exactly?
Feb 23 • 34 min
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…
Is the ‘Angry God’ of the Old Testament the same as the ‘Nice Jesus’ of the New Testament?
Feb 16 • 30 min
In the second talk of our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope looks at the Old Testament passages that seem to command what we would now call the ‘genocide’ (or ‘ethnic cleansing’) of the Canaanites. Can these passages be reconciled with the…
The ‘Death’ of the Church
Feb 9 • 27 min
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…
What Does It Mean to be a Christian?
Feb 2 • 28 min
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 … Watch at…
Living in ‘Exile’
Jan 26 • 29 min
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?
Jan 19 • 30 min
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…
Pursuing God in 2019
Jan 12 • 30 min
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?
Jan 5 • 31 min
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.’ Watch at https://vimeo.com/309931643
Tell me something I don’t know…
Dec 22, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Christmas Carol Services 2018
Dec 15, 2018 • 11 min
Steve Burnhope’s 10-minute talk from this year’s Christmas Carol Services: ‘Christmas Essentials’ … Sunday 16 December 2018
Being Thankful
Nov 29, 2018 • 18 min
At our all-age Thanksgiving Services, Lyn Burnhope encourages us to be thankful for the things God has already given us. Watch at https://vimeo.com/303067491
How can we have courage and overcome our obstacles?
Nov 17, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Nobody knows me like You do (Psalm 139)
Nov 10, 2018 • 29 min
Guest speaker, Sus March, from St Luke’s Church in Kentish Town, London (https://www.slkt.org.uk), reflects on Psalm 139 and what it reveals about the God who knows us intimately. Watch at https://vimeo.com/300271477
Money and Giving
Nov 3, 2018 • 28 min
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…
The Kingdom of God
Oct 27, 2018 • 26 min
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! Watch at https://vimeo.com/297697599
Worship
Oct 20, 2018 • 21 min
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…
‘Make Lunch,’ ‘Tuesday Teas’ and ‘Link Lunch’ updates
Oct 20, 2018 • 7 min
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…
‘Go and make disciples’?
Oct 13, 2018 • 17 min
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 —…
Church Growth, Storehouse and Children’s Ministry Updates
Oct 13, 2018 • 14 min
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…
The Mustard Seed
Oct 6, 2018 • 34 min
Guest Speaker at our Birthday Services, Chris Lane (founding Senior Pastor of St Albans Vineyard, https://www.thevineyardchurch.co.uk/), talks about Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed and how it speaks to us about the nature of our calling to be his…
‘Remain in Him’ (John 15)
Sep 29, 2018 • 27 min
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?
Sep 22, 2018 • 33 min
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…
What’s the point of the Bible?
Sep 15, 2018 • 31 min
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…
What Kind of Church is Worth Believing In?
Sep 8, 2018 • 30 min
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…
The power of love over fear
Sep 1, 2018 • 43 min
We welcome guest speaker and comedian Andy Kind to Aylesbury Vineyard. Sunday 2 September 2018
What does it mean to be a ‘disciple’ of Jesus?
Aug 18, 2018 • 29 min
It’s interesting that neither Jesus nor the Apostle Paul used the term ‘Christian’ (or, ‘Christianity’) — and it only appears in three New Testament verses. By far the most common word is not ‘believer’ or ‘follower’ — rather, it’s ‘disciple’. But that’s…
An Interview with Tanya Malpass
Aug 18, 2018 • 6 min
Steve Burnhope interviews Tanya Malpass about her experience of being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour (with a prognosis of a twelve-month life-expectancy), how she found God in what happened, and how four years later she is alive and well and…
Baptisms August 2018
Aug 11, 2018 • 13 min
Leading up to our summer Baptisms Service, Steve Burnhope explains the reasons why we do this strange and embarrassing thing called ‘baptism’, in front of all these people!
“To know Jesus and to make him known”
Aug 4, 2018 • 29 min
Lyn Burnhope shares some thoughts about Aylesbury Vineyard’s ‘mission statement’ based around Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 – with an important added dimension, of “being known by him” as well.
“Whatever he says to you, do it” (John 2:5)
Jul 28, 2018 • 33 min
Guest Speaker Emily Smith, Senior Pastor of the new Gloucester Vineyard (https://gloucestervineyard.org/), shares some thoughts about what ‘obedience’ to Jesus looks like. It’s not the opposite of what we want, it’s the very best for us — enabling us to…
What does it mean ‘to lead’?
Jul 21, 2018 • 33 min
Young Adults’ Pastor, Luke Martin, explores some thoughts on what God’s kind of leadership looks like — whether it’s at work, school, family, home, community, or church — encouraging us to lead with patience, love, transparency, confidence and a…
Am I good enough for God?
Jul 14, 2018 • 31 min
James Tweats shares about the times in his life where he’s asked himself that same question (as many of us have) and looks at two Bible characters who also felt disqualified because of who they were and what they’d done: Moses, in the Old Testament, and…
What does it mean for us to be ‘the Temple’?
Jul 7, 2018 • 32 min
Both Paul and Peter talk about the church being ‘the Temple’ (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:4–5) — Steve Burnhope looks at how the Temple features and functions in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and the exciting implications for what that means…
Honouring each other as part of the church family
Jun 30, 2018 • 17 min
At our ‘Kids Takeover’ Service, children’s leader Laura Michel talks about how we can honour each other, across the generations, as part of the church family
What does ‘success’ look like?
Jun 23, 2018 • 28 min
Guest speaker from St Albans Vineyard (https://www.thevineyardchurch.co.uk), Mark Helvadjian, looks at what success in life looks like, and the kind of ‘works’ and ‘working’ that God does and doesn’t intend for us.
‘Sold out’ not ‘burnt out’ for Jesus
Jun 16, 2018 • 33 min
Liz Machell explores how we can be ‘sold out’ for Jesus and serve him without becoming ‘burnt out’. Sunday 17 June 2018
Do all roads lead to God?
Jun 9, 2018 • 32 min
In the third and last of our most-recent series on some ‘Big Questions’ about the Bible and Christianity, Steve Burnhope looks at the options for how we think about the place of other religions in our multi-cultural postmodern society.
How Do I Make Sense of the Story of the Bible?
Jun 2, 2018 • 36 min
In the second of our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope talks about how we can understand the Bible as one overarching story from cover to cover — the story of God and us — and the big questions about life and God that that ‘big story’ is…
Why do bad things happen to good people?
May 26, 2018 • 30 min
This is talk one (of three) of our latest series of ‘Big Questions’.
A ‘both-and’ people who love each other and love God’s mission
May 19, 2018 • 33 min
On the second Sunday of his visit, Guest Speaker Luke Geraty explains why we need a ‘both-and’ (not ‘either-or’) understanding of what it means to be and do ‘church’. He encourages us not just to think about receiving, to be blessed ourselves on Sundays,…
Church Unity, the Holy Spirit, and Conflict
May 12, 2018 • 31 min
Luke Geraty, our Guest Speaker from Red Bluff Vineyard in California (http://www.redbluffvineyard.church/), explores how the Holy Spirit brings unity to a Church community and how, surprisingly, he works in and through ‘conflict’ in achieving his goals.
Being Servant-Hearted
May 5, 2018 • 29 min
Georgia Gasson looks at the exciting challenge of loving and serving others in the way we live our lives. Jesus modelled that for us — “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28) — but…
How to ‘grow up’ in our faith!
Apr 28, 2018 • 26 min
Lyn Burnhope looks at the meaning of Jesus having “learned obedience through the things that He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8), and what maturing in our own faith looks like, asking the questions ‘Who am I, who do I want to become, how am I going to get there?’
‘Slaying Your Giants’
Apr 21, 2018 • 26 min
Steve Burnhope looks at the biblical accounts of the Israelites about to enter the Promised Land, and of David’s encounter with Goliath, and asks whether we too have a ‘giant’ in our life that’s standing in the way of all that God has for us — the…
‘What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?’
Apr 14, 2018 • 24 min
Was Jesus religious? Do you have to become religious to be a follower of Jesus? And if so, what does he want the religion that bears his name to look like? In a postmodern world where increasing numbers of people would call themselves ‘spiritual, but not…
Becoming Intimate Worshippers
Apr 7, 2018 • 26 min
Lyn Burnhope explains why we prioritize giving time to engage with God in intimate worship, seeking his presence. She talks about the ‘Why?’ and the ‘How?’ of worship and encourages us to become intentional and passionate worshippers, in mind, body and…
Easter Service 2018
Mar 31, 2018 • 24 min
The biggest question that Jesus asked his disciples was “Who do you say I am…?” He’s still asking each of us the same question today — so how will we go about answering it? Steve Burnhope shares some of his own journey of discovering Jesus and what it…
Who Exactly Is The Holy Spirit?
Mar 24, 2018 • 27 min
It’s relatively easy to picture in our minds God the Father, and Jesus the Son, but what does the Holy Spirit look like? He seems to be the mysterious one of the Trinity, especially since the Bible often speaks of him in impersonal terms like wind and…
Our Spiritual Diet
Mar 10, 2018 • 30 min
Becky Stevens explores our spiritual hunger and thirst for God, looking at John’s Gospel.
“Lord, teach us to pray …!”
Mar 3, 2018 • 29 min
Lyn Burnhope talks about the significance of prayer in our Christian lives — as ‘individual’ prayer, prayer ‘triplets’ and ‘corporate’ prayer (praying together) — in the lead up to our 24/7 Prayer Week which will be happening in the final week of Lent.
Sharing Our Faith in a Postmodern World
Feb 17, 2018 • 37 min
Steve Burnhope continues our series on the ‘Big Questions’ by explaining more about the contemporary worldview and how we can be most effective in introducing postmodern people to Jesus.
Why Bother With Church
Feb 10, 2018 • 31 min
Steve Burnhope explores some of the reasons why, in our postmodern world, increasing numbers of Christians are separating the idea of relationship with Jesus from relationship with his Church.
How can we be a reconciled and reconciling community?
Feb 3, 2018 • 27 min
Guest Speaker Kiera Phyo asks how, in a fractured and divided world, we can be saved from a life that’s all about me, surrounded by people like me — listening to the stories of others, seen through their eyes … addressing broken relationships that we’ve…
Being Brave
Jan 27, 2018 • 13 min
In our recent All-Age Service, children’s leader Andy Stevens talks about what we can learn from Joshua, Jesus, and Martin Luther King Jr about being brave and trusting God in the fight for good.
What Do We Mean By ‘Dedication’?
Jan 20, 2018 • 24 min
It’s easy to assume that living a ‘dedicated’ life is just for special people, like Mother Theresa, but Steve Burnhope argues that actually, we’re all dedicated — the only question is, to who or what. Everything in life is in competition for our devotion…
Who Am I To You?
Jan 13, 2018 • 30 min
In last week’s talk, Jesus is the Question, Steve Burnhope talked about the two questions Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who am I to you?’ This week, he challenges us to switch them around and for us to ask Jesus those questions: ‘Who am I?’…
Jesus Is The Question
Jan 6, 2018 • 27 min
It’s remarkable how, in the Gospels, rather than just delivering answers Jesus spent so much time asking questions — up to 300 or more, by some counts. And apparently, he directly answered only three! Steve Burnhope suggests why this may have been, and…
Glory to God in the Highest!
Dec 23, 2017 • 23 min
That was the angel’s message to the shepherds in the Nativity — but what does it mean? Lyn Burnhope explores the questions: What is ‘God’s glory’ and how is that meaningful to us?