The Vine Series is designed to help you understand more about who we are, how you can mature as a follower of Jesus, and how you can be involved in what God is doing here. We offer one session in the series each month, and you may take them in any order. When you've completed all four, we invite you to consider making us your church home through membership.Events Calendar
Next class date: 05/19/2019
What We Believe and How We Live It
There are many different beliefs when it comes to life and spirituality. This session is designed to point you to the Bible and explain the basic Christian principles we believe and live by at Vine Church. This session contains our theology on the Trinity, what we believe about Jesus, the purpose of the Church, how we remain culturally relevant while theologically conservative, and many other foundational truths that are important for us to be grounded as Christians.
Next class date: 06/09/2019
Growing In Forgiveness And Maturity
We all take different paths in life. Many of them lead us through hurt, shame, pain, and regret (sometimes through no fault of our own). Experience reveals that time doesn't heal every wound, it simply scars many of them over. This session of the Vine Series looks at the transformation Jesus does in us as we learn to follow and trust Him. It's about transparency, being known, being healed, maturing spiritually, and ultimately giving Jesus freedom to do what He wants in us.
Next class date: 03/17/2019Register Now
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts and How To Use Them
Every follower of Jesus has been given abilities and spiritual gifts to use in serving. According to the Bible, spiritual gifts are given to us by Jesus for the common good. Our goal is that we would be equipped to help one another grow to maturity and become the individuals and the church that Jesus intends us to be. This session of the Vine Series will help you discover more about your spiritual gifts and how to use them through serving. If you're interested in serving somewhere at Vine Church, this session will also help you know the various areas where you might be able to serve and what might be a good fit for you.
Next class date: 04/14/2019Register Now
Understanding Involvement at Vine Church
Every person needs to have real relationships in their life to do well. This session of the Vine Series is about being connected to the local church and to each other. It's about what it means to commit your life to Jesus' mission alongside other people to avoid being an isolated Christian. It's about the importance of membership in a church and learning that the church isn't something we go to on Sundays; it's who we are!
Small Groups are foundational to us at Vine Church. They are the place where real, lifelong friendships are formed; the place where the Bible is discussed and applied in a non-threatening atmosphere, where questions can be asked and stories can be told; the place where it is safe to be yourself, where you can receive support and encouragement right where you are in life.
We know college can be busy, and moving away from home can be an overwhelming experience, but God often uses these years to build you into the person you will be for the rest of your life.
At Vine, we don't have a separate student ministry. We're a church for students! We hope you'll find the authentic friendships and real encounters with God to be among your best experiences while in Carbondale. We have college small groups that meet throughout the week and designed for people who have never heard about Jesus to those who have been following Him for years!
No car? No problem. If you want to come to one of our Sunday services at 9:00 am or 11:00 am, just text 812.783.9544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a couple of our students will come pick you up from your dorm or apartment! Worried you won't wake up in time to grab breakfast first? We've got you covered with free coffee, donuts, and bagels!
We know how stressful a full day of classes can be, so we love being on campus regularly just to serve students at SIU. If you're in a rush and between classes, feel free to stop by and grab a granola bar, cup of coffee, or whatever else we're handing out.
Why should I serve in the church? Simply put, the answer is: to become a biblical Christian. Jesus Christ came to serve. 'For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.' (Mark 10:45). Serving is one of the fundamental ways to define the ministry of Jesus.
In fact, the word ministry literally means to serve. The Greek noun diakonia is most often translated as either ministry or service. It follows that if serving others is the very definition of ministry, and specifically the ministry of Jesus, then we who take the name Christian should participate in the life of service that Jesus held.
Our Vine Series is the primary vehicle we have to help people in the process of serving. In the segment of the series titled 'Serving,' we discuss how God has uniquely made us for His purposes, which includes using the abilities and spiritual gifts He has given to us. Discovering what spiritual gifts are, and which ones we may have been given, proves to be very helpful in finding out how we can serve God and His people. You don't necessarily have to take the Vine Series in order to serve somewhere, but it is usually the most helpful way to get started.
Team Vine is a monthly meeting for everyone who serves in any capacity at Vine Church, and is an important commitment that accompanies serving. At Team Vine we receive Bible teaching that's relevant for what's next and needed in the church. We also receive training for areas in which we serve, worship together and receive prayer. There is always free childcare available for nursery through 5th grade. Team Vine is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is usually the first Sunday of the month. Check our Calendar for exact dates.
We all live in complete dependence on God. As Christians, we have come to recognize this truth and give Him honor and glory for who He is. We respond to God by trusting in Him for all our provisions and acknowledging that all we have comes from Him. Christian generosity flows out of this truth and is demonstrated in our serving, loving, sharing, and financial stewardship.Give
Giving is a major part of worshipping God in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the tithe (or 10%) was the basic amount that was set aside as God's. Leviticus 27:30 says, 'Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD's; it is holy to the LORD.' Offerings were brought as worship to God above and beyond the basic requirement of the tithe.
Tithing is first seen in the Old Testament but occurred before the Law was given, as Abraham tithed to Melchizedek in Genesis 14, and Jacob promised to give a tenth of all God's provision back to God in Genesis 28. In the New Testament, Jesus still assumed that people would tithe (Matthew 23:23). Even though we are now free from the specific requirements of the Old Testament Law because of Jesus' work on the cross, the principles are all affirmed in the New Testament.
Giving continues to be a focal point of the Christian life and is echoed throughout the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 tells us 'The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.'
God still expects people to demonstrate their love for Him and faith in Him by giving their resources. Our response is to give our time, energy, and money in our local church home. We do this to further God's work and to worship Him because we are thankful for who He is and what He has done.
Some may ask the question, 'Am I expected to give?' If you're just visiting Vine Church, please simply drop your welcome card in as your offering. You are our guest! It's the responsibility and joy of those who are committed to Vine Church to give to support the mission of the church. At Vine Church, you are free to give during the offering at our Sunday service.
Vine Church is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. You will receive an annual giving statement from Vine Church at the end of each year for amounts greater than $100.