Your Life Tuned To Eternity
Be part of a church community where you can
hear God speak the Bible,
tune your head and heart to eternity,
and live every day with your eyes on Jesus.
Join us for our current series of Bible Talks
Hear Jesus more clearly
We moved fairly quickly through Mark’s gospel earlier this year. Our aim was to see him more clearly. Who he is, what he came to do and why
Mostly we heard the details of Jesus' teaching as we went. But moving quickly to get the big picture meant we didn’t pause to reflect on two sections of Jesus' teaching.
We’re going back to
hear him more clearly
Too often Christian lives look just like everyone else’s.
We get caught up in things that won’t last.
They matter, but they're not all that matters.
It’s easy to drift through life like there’s nothing more.
But old age won't be the end for any of us.
No one should live and love as if it is, least of all followers of the risen Lord Jesus.
At Sojourn, we believe God works by his Spirit as we hear his word.
When God tunes your head and heart to eternity, everything changes.
Imagine being so captivated by our Father’s love in Christ that you are eager to please him in everything; so committed to his family that you devote yourself to seeing them keep in step with the Spirit and not lose heart; and so concerned for the people of our city and the nations that you order your life around seeing them meet Christ Jesus.
Only God could do that!
If you're curious but not yet committed, we'd love you to be part of the community.
We believe the best context to get clear about the Christian message is reading the Bible with people who believe and trust what God speaks in it.
If you’re already convinced and committed to Jesus, you'll find a family in Sojourn.
Brothers and sisters you can grow, thrive and serve with.
Gospel friends to walk with you in the struggles of this life.
Together we can share Christ's gospel while we wait for him to bring us home.
Wherever you're at in your journey,
come as you are.
OUR SIMPLE SHAPE
Our public gathering where everyone is welcome and we engage with God and one another.
Small groups focused on the gospel in Monday to Sunday life and building gospel friendships with each other.
Ordinary life shared with one another and friends who don't know Jesus. We deliberately avoid life in Christian bubbles.
We meet at 10:30 every Sunday in Dutton Park State School’s hall.
You can expect us to be glad you came. Here are a few other things you can expect:
We hear from God as the Bible is read and explained.
We are lead in speaking to God in prayer.
And we rejoice in our Father's rescue through Christ with the help of a strong lead from our musos.
The meetings are pretty informal. There's no dress code.
We miss sharing morning tea with each other but don't really need the excuse to hang out for ages after the structured part of the gathering.
We value relationships as the context in which the gospel grows. During the service and as we stay around together afterwards, the community grows in love and includes new folk who visit.
Relationships don't end when we leave the carpark.
ALL AGE INCLUSION
We love having kids in the meeting and including them as active participants in the community.
There's no creche for the time being (COVID), but don't let that stop you coming if you have a very little one.
We start at 10:30am in Dutton Park State School’s hall
112 Annerley Road, Dutton Park, QLD 4102
There's an online option
if symptoms or vulnerability are keeping you away.
Register your email and we'll send you a link.
It's all too easy to be educated beyond our confidence and our obedience.
The joy of forgiveness experienced on Sunday can feel distant by Monday. A clear and compelling Bible talk with real implications for life can be forgotten by Wednesday.
We can help each other.
Our discipleship groups are a wonderful context for gospel friendship. You can meet with two to four others to clarify your understanding of the passage preached on Sunday, and to think through the details of tuning our heads and hearts to God's truth.
You'll find it really helpful to identify one focus of the implications for you, so that you and the others can be asking God to work it. You'll be a big help to others as they do the same.
The groups are deliberately small so everyone can participate in the conversation and know how to be praying for one another and those God has brought into our lives. When the need arises and life is busy, a lot can be packed into 45 minutes or so!
If you're a follower of Jesus, we're keen for you to give and receive gospel encouragement in life and mission. We'd love you to be part of God's work among us
Tune Our Lives
Tune Our Lives is a weekly post in our community website to help you revisit the Bible passage preached on the previous Sunday with brothers and sisters.
It includes a link to our Bible talk podcast and a few questions and comments to help focus the conversation.
We Love The City God Has Placed Us In
We’re a regional church which means we don’t all see each other during the week outside the bank or in the line at the grocer’s. Opportunities for relationship don't happen by default.
We aren’t about to resign ourselves to relationships which only go as deep as seeing each other once a week allows. So we're intentional about including each other in our lives.
Christian community is wonderful but it can be unintentionally exclusive. If it's not planned, life can become closed into a Christian bubble which limits our relationships and restricts our opportunities to be a blessing.
So we encourage an intentionally inclusive culture.
Community and good relationships tend to form in the context of regular activities. Intentional community is our reminder to be inclusive in our social lives. Sport. Hobbies. Hang outs. The simple and unstructured aim is to include sojourners and others in weekly activities.
Whether you're already following Jesus, curious or actively disinterested, we want to share life with you. That's because we enjoy friendship and are convinced relationships are part of God's goodness towards us. And because relationships are the soil in which mission and fellowship and discipleship grow.
A lot of opportunities to disciple one another occur in ordinary life. Most of our opportunities to share the gospel with those who don’t yet believe begin in ordinary life. Our aim with being intentional about community is to maximise those and other opportunities to do good. Within the Sojourn community and beyond.
As each of us is deliberate about being with one another and including friends who don’t yet know Jesus, our ordinary life opportunities to love one another and everyone else increase. That love takes many forms and, in view of eternity, certainly includes pointing to Jesus who saves.
Believer, doubter, skeptic, cynic. You're welcome on Sundays and you're welcome in our lives. Come as you are.
God Speaks The Bible
It can be hard to know what beliefs are Christian. People who take the name Christian speak from radically different perspectives and push towards opposite conclusions.
Jesus teaches us to recognise the Bible as words God speaks to us. So our simple approach is to read and explore the Bible together. We're eager to help you hear and understand it.
Our regular pattern of teaching is expository. We want the point of a talk or study to be the point of the passage. Each week, we read sequential sections of a Bible book and hear a talk designed to help you hear the point of the passage.
When you hear what the Bible says with it open in front of you, you can see what tuning your head and heart to his word involves. You can believe what he teaches, trust what he promises and obey what he commands.
You don't need to believe what we believe to be part of the community, but it will help you understand us to hear a bit about what we believe.
We recognise the Bible as God’s word to us. He speaks it, so we are determined in our commitment to reading it, understanding it and taking it to heart.
The approach we take when we read the Bible together is expository. We want the point of the Bible talk or study to be the point of the passage. Our usual approach is to read a Bible book section by section. That sets you up to see how what the preacher says comes out of what God says in the passage.
We all intuitively put the bits and pieces together to form and re-form our view of particular topics and themes. From time to time we pull the threads together, looking at how an idea develops and unfolds throughout the 66 books. The goal is to grasp what God says to us on the issue in the light of all of Scripture. That's what doctrine is.
The statements we develop always need to be considered in terms of how they are to shape not only our thinking, but also our confidence and our obedience. Doctrine is for discipleship.
Sojourn is a Bible based church. Our Statement of Beliefs summarises what we have come to believe (and, therefore, what you should expect to hear from those who teach). It has significant implications for our life together as a body.
In all of this, Jesus is Lord of our doctrine.
Leadership in the church which the Lord Jesus rules by his word is exercised in humble submission to him and in faithful and prayerful teaching of his word.
While we all speak the truth in love to one another, the pastor and elders have particular responsibility for prayerful teaching in the congregation. The leaders of our discipleship groups have pastoral responsibility in their sphere.
Pastor/elder: Wez Coffey Elders: Jason Hess, Grant Kennedy and Andrew Knox
We partner in the gospel with one another and with many brothers and sisters around Brisbane and the world. We're committed to Christ, his gospel and his people everywhere. That commitment spans denominations and structures and has some particular expressions.
As part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, we're working together to reach Australia for Christ.
You'll find more about our shared goals and culture on the FIEC website.
We partner in prayer, finance and concern with a number of local and global ministries and have a particular association with CMS QLD & NNSW and link with missionaries through them. It's a joy to start each year at CMS Summer School--we've made it our church camp.
Our desire is to have administration which meets our obligations and has a high degree of transparency.
We administer our affairs under a registered incorporated association, Sojourn Bible Church Incorporated. The Sojourn Bible Church Incorporated Constitution is available for download.
Our administration committee are elected to serve by managing the affairs of the congregation. They communicate regularly with those who attend and report formally to the members of the association each year at the AGM.
Current members of the admin committee are: Wez Coffey (pastor), Michael Gearing (secretary), Ben Keller (treasurer) and Jason Hess.
Yes, we made you scroll to find it.
We love to have friends with us at church! When guests attend our public gathering we want them to be our guests and don't ask them for money.
Our expenses are met through the gospel-hearted generosity of those who are part of Sojourn. All income and expenditure is managed by the admin committee who give regular reports to the congregation, have accounts audited and submit information to the ATO etc.
If you're a follower of Jesus and Sojourn is your church, you have a responsibility to support the work. One aspect of that is giving regularly via direct deposit. If you’d like help in thinking through your giving to Sojourn and beyond, the Time, Talents and Treasure document will provide some pointers.
You've probably worked it out,
we'd love you to
We'll read the the bit of the Bible the talk is based on when we meet. You'll be able to engage whether you have time to read the passage before you come or not.
But it will probably be a little easier to see how what's being said emerges from the text if you've already had a look.
Hear Jesus more clearly
23 May Mark 9:33-50
on greatness and living with the end in mind
30 May Mark 10:1-12
on marriage and divorce
6 June Mark 10:13-31
on entering the kingdom of God
13 June Mark 12:13-34
on authorities civil and religious
20 June Mark 12:28-34
on the greatest commandment
You'll also find it helps if you can see the passage during the talk.
An easy way to do that is to google the passage or install a Bible app like YouVersion.
There are a number of good English translations. We use the ESV in our meetings.