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Why we don't use 'Campus'

LifeCity Church - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Why we don't use campus

Ok, maybe I am a stickler, but the word 'campus' when describing a Church irks me. Campus has become the common word to describe a Church gathering or service when it is part of a wider Church that meets in different locations. I guess that is fine, sort of... well actually...hmmm...

The language we use in life reflects and creates. It reflects our culture, our history, our worldview. Not only does it reflect but it creates and shapes. It reinforces deep held convictions, helps to teach and reframe the way we see something.

At LIFECITY CHURCH we say of our shape as a Church that we are ''//ONE CHURCH expressing ourself in multiplying community based and focused Churches”

We value our unity as //ONE Church, yet we don't want to downplay the validity of each local gathering.

When one lands on the LIFECITY CHURCH website we can look confusing, not because it is inaccurate, but largely because superficially we can appear like a larger Church with multiple 'campuses'. Some people come from a large Church with multiple locations which are called 'campuses'. This creates expectation, that let's be honest we often cannot and do not always intend to meet those expectations.

At LIFECITY CHURCH we do not use campus, such is a specific and intentional decision. Our language not only reflects who we are but acts to shape who we are and will become.

In general society, the word 'Campus' is primarily associated with 'education' and infrastructure'. The Dictionary describes Campus as

1. the grounds, often including the buildings, of a college, university, or school.

2.a college or university: The large influx of older students radically changed many campuses t throughout the country.

3.a division of a university that has its own grounds, buildings, and faculty but is administratively joined to the rest of the university.

4.the world of higher education: Foundation grants have had a marked effect on the character of the American campus.

5. a large, usually suburban, landscaped business or industrial site.


Particularly in a City with a number of University Campuses it is important we clarify the difference between the Church and a University facility.

Campus is clearly insufficient to describe a community of believers that worship's God together, engage's his word, that spur one another onto the call of God.

What do we use?


Yep, Church, maybe casually 'gathering' or 'location' (for geographic reasons) but really Church is sufficient.

When Jesus said “I will build my Church (ecclesia) and the gates of hell will not overcome it” (Matt 16:18b) he used a word familiar to the greek mindset. If a Greek person were to read this they would “immediately think of the Ecclesia in Athens, the great gathering of the people. It expressed the operation of the self governing Greek state or City. A distinct assembly.”

A gathering of people with a specific purpose, the implication of such being they have 'come out' (of where they were) they 'come together' (physically and in purpose) and they will 'go out' in that purpose.

Ecclesia is the same word used in the Septuagint – the Greek translation of the Old Testament for the assembly of Israel when called together by God in places such as Duet 18:16. It is also the same word used to describe the Assembly of people that come together in The Great Theatre in Acts 19 to campaign against Paul and the Gospel.

Jesus, in using Ecclesia is immediately creating a 'counter' to other 'ecclesia's. HIS Ecclesia.

As the scriptures continue, the usage of 'Church' broadens from simply a localised gathering (1 Thes 1:1 1 Cor 4:17, 2 Cor 11:8) , to the unified believers in a City or region and ultimately to the Universal Church worldwide and throughout all time (Eph 1:22. Col 1:18).

It is correct to use Church to speak of the //South Church that meets in Namadgi School on a Sunday morning, the Church in Canberra (irrelevant of Denomination of tag) the Church in Australia and the Church Globally.

The Church is a community of people that are Christ's

The Church is a community on Christ's mission

The Church is a community that strives in the power of the Spirit to live according to the word of God

We are “ONE CHURCH expressing ourself in multiplying community based and focused Churches”


//Queanbeyan //South //City //North

12 Mobile Apps for growing your faith

LifeCity Church - Saturday, April 12, 2014

12 Mobile Tools for Growing in Faith

This group of free Apps is particularly focused on those starting out or steadily building their knowledge and faith. I will put out a list of apps most suited to those digging significantly deeper.


1. The Bible App - YOUVERSION

Hundreds of Bible versions, hundreds of reading plans, and hundreds of languages. Add your own highlights, bookmarks, and public or private notes. Customize your reading experience. Access everything when you’re connected, or download specific versions for offline use.




2. Bible App 4 Kids

Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids is a delight-filled experience designed to encourage kids to return again and again. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.



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3. Bible+ (Olive Tree App)

The Olive Tree Bible Study App – Bible+ has been designed for deeper Bible study, join over 4 million users on “The Bible Study App.” Learn from great scholars through thousands of resources including commentaries, maps, and dictionaries all available off-line. If you like to highlight Bible verses, take notes, bookmark passages and have everything sync to all your devices, then this is your Bible Study App. Now comes with the free ESV and KJV Bibles



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4. Faith Life Bible Study App

​The Faithlife Study bible app puts a wide array of Bible Study tools on your mobile devices, including the Lexham Bible Dictionary, Lexham English Bible, Shared notes and reading plans, 400 photos, videos and infographics. 

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ONE 2 ONE, written by Steve Murrell, discusses in simple language the basic yet fundamental foundations of following Jesus. It is meant to be shared in a one-on-one setting, one chapter at a time. It is a practical walk-through to help new believers take “baby steps” in their new-found relationship with God.



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6. Next Steps

Get a strong start on your spiritual walk with Jesus. This FREE app will guide you through a powerful series of life lessons and take you through the steps to grow in your journey with Jesus Christ today. It leads you through 30 days of devotionals, videos and bible reading. This can help you to gain momentum in your new life in Christ.



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7. Alpha (White tile one)

Welcome to the official Alpha Course application. Included in the App is Video messages on the different topics, including 'Who is Jesus?, Why did Jesus die?, How can we have faith? And more.


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8. Multiply Movement

This is self described as “a simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal tool for disciples of Jesus who want to make disciples of Jesus.” Multiply is written by Francis Chan and endorsed by David Platt. The Multiply Material is a 24-session discipleship experience where one person helps another understand what it means to follow Jesus, study scripture, and be the church.


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9. Share Faith

The Share Your Faith App helps you easily explain and share the most important concepts from the bible. This makes it simple for you to walk someone through the red zone and bring them over to God.


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10. SES APP – Southern Evangelical Seminary

Christian apologetics. Articles, Audio, Video, Blogs, and more from today's best defenders of the Christian Faith... Including William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Dinesh D'Souza, Gary Habermas, and many more!


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11. Reasonable faith with William Lane Craig

With this free app you get access to Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Q&A, articles, audio and video of debates and talks, including Dr. Craig’s popular Reasonable Faith Podcast and Defenders Podcast.


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12. Stand to Reason

Get equipped anywhere, anytime with Stand to Reason’s free Android app. Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values.



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Any other apps you think may benefit those in their journey as Disciples?


LifeCity Church - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Welcome to LIFECITY NEWS for April 2014

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Heb 4:14 - 16

Always remember, you can approach Jesus. There is always mercy and grace at the throne.



This year each of our local churches are having their own camp down at Jindabyne (on different Sundays) Info sheets will be handed out at Church gatherings soon. Look for them! :)

ALSO CHECKOUT for more info and to register

You can see all major events below or checkout our online Calender and Blog at


You can also now give financially to LIFECITY CHURCH using “PUSH PAY”

Online via Push Pay Portal (debit/credit card giving)

Push Pay is our online portal for giving via Credit or Debit card. You can so do by going to

On your mobile via Push Pay App

You can give on your mobile device, by setting up occasional or recurring giving. You can download the Push Pay app by going to the relevant Android or iPhones App Market places.

You can check out more about giving at LIFECITY CHURCH by going to



Life Communities are about doing life together. They are about being on mission together, praying together, studying God's word together, having fun together. Don't do life alone.

If you wish to attend, run or host a Life Community please email us and we will point you in the right direction.

Life Communities run on a fortnightly basis.

//YOUTH!!! - Friday nights!

The theme for term 1 is “The Never ending Story”!! Intrigued? Well, you better come along friday to find out more!

When? Every Friday (unless otherwise noted) 7pm – 8:30pm

Where? The Loft, 35 East Row, Civic

Cost? $2


When? Sunday 6th

Where? Special Location: 28 Miller St, Queanbeyan

Who? You?


Prayer and worship @ the Readings @ 7pm (50 Somerset St, Duffy)


Get in the journey together!!!


Come along if you are not in one yet. For info please contact Vivek or Siri @0418302841

18th to 20th - //'CHURCH @ The LOFT' EASTER CAMP!!!

When? Friday 18th @ 4pm to Sunday 20th @ 12pm

Where? Carinya Alpine Village

20th //ONE EVENT!!!

When? Sunday 20th @ 10:27am.

Where? The Loft

25th to 27th - //SOUTH & //QUEANBEYAN CHURCH CAMP!!!

When? Friday 25th @ 4pm to Sunday 27th @ 12pm

Where? Carinya Alpine Village


Get in the journey together!!!

Building an Admin Team

We are also a building an 'admin' team that will increase our effectiveness in communications and administration. Generally, this team will attempt to meet during week days so if you have any spare time or flexibility and are interested, contact us. Sireesha Pulukuri (who did the Enews) is our first team member.


Facebook –

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//SOUTH – 9:27am at 141 O'Halloran Cct, Kambah

//NORTH – 10:27am at 100 Alberga St, Kaleen

//QBN – 4:27pm at 262 Crawford St, Queanbeyan (fortnightly – see website for details)

//CITY (Church at the Loft) The Loft 35 East Row, Civic


Office – (02) 6288 5045



In house Calender / Blog –

Summer Holiday Service Times

LifeCity Church - Saturday, December 28, 2013


During the Christmas Holidays we have different service schedules and locations before re-launching our normal schedule in late January, 

SUNDAY AM - 10:27am - The Loft - 35 East Row, Civic

SUNDAY PM - 5:57pm - The Loft - 35 East Row, Civic (except the 29th of December - no gathering) 

Our Sunday PM Gatherings will be particularly relaxed with special Summer activities. 

Our Normal Gatherings and times will be re-launching...

//South (in Kambah, Tuggeranong) on January 26th @ 9:27am - 141 O'Halloran Cct, Kambah

//North (in Kaleen, Belconnen) on January 26th @ 10:27am - 100 Alberga St, Kaleen

//Qbn (in Queanbeyan) on February 9th @ 4:27pm - 262 Crawford St, Queanbeyan

//City ('Church at The Loft' - which will run right through bar the 29/12) - @ 5:57pm - 35 East Row, Civic

Party in the Park

LifeCity Church - Friday, December 13, 2013

Hi all, 

on Sunday the 22nd of December we have //ONE Christmas Party in the Park!!! It is going to be a great time to relax as a community, celebrate Christ and community. 

There will be a jumping castle, face painting and balloon tying for the kids as well as some other general community games. There will also be some performances and a free Sausage Sizzle (feel free to bring other additional food)

WHERE? Glebe Park at the Stage Area (away from the Canberra Centre End) 

WHEN? Sunday 22nd of December @ 10:30am (with a Sausage sizzle for lunch) 


We look forward to seeing you there!!!



Christian Accommodation Canberra 2014

LifeCity Church - Monday, December 09, 2013

Hey, with the transient nature of Canberra there is a lot of need for accommodation. 

If you need or have accommodation available post your need or availability here. 

Simply post it in the comments and we will approve it. The purpose is to connect Christians with other Christians primarily in share house situations. 

This service is only to connect people and can not guarantee the character or references of any applicants, all such responsibility lies with the applicant and present tenants/owners. 

You can also post it at our new Christian Accommodation Canberra page on facebook and for people new to Canberra you can check out our 'Moving to Canberra' page and our I'm New here page

Leadership is... Example Global Gen Intern Guest Blog

LifeCity Church - Thursday, October 24, 2013

The core of leadership is example. A Leader should direct, guide, and instruct by talking, doing and serving. People will watch, listen and follow but it is positive Godly (The ultimate being Jesus) example that qualifies. Negative example will lead people astray from God.

1 Timothy 4:12 says "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."

The greatest illustration of example is Jesus. He did not have a organization, kingdom or followers through an institution or position. He did not know anyone famous and didn't have anyone to promote him. He couldn't even use social media ;). Even though he was God in flesh, he operated through the power of the Holy Spirit as the Son of Man. We must remember that everything he did was an example for us. No matter the situation, with God on our side we need to be an example. Jesus is our great example.

by Kade Klemke - Global Gen Intern

Leadership is...something about Vision Global Gen Interns Guest Blog

LifeCity Church - Thursday, October 24, 2013

In Luke 6.39 Jesus told them this parable: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

For me, vision is really important for leadership, because of the following reasons.

Firstly, motivation. There has to be purpose behind action. If you don't have a goal, or something you want to achieve, then there is no point of doing that. Life is too short to waste time bumming around hoping something will come out of nothing. People won't stick around for you if you just wait for something to come up.

Secondly, direction. A leader knows where the team is going. This helps when conflicts take place. If the team members don't share the same vision, then this will hinder the growth or development of the whole team.

Thirdly, evaluation. A leader needs to be able to pause and assess the progress all the time, making sure that the team is not drifting away from its initial purpose or vision.  

Kiki Yao - GlobalGen Intern

Leadership is... Servanthood - Global Gen Interns Guest Blog

LifeCity Church - Thursday, October 24, 2013

Have you ever wondered what Joseph and David had in common? They were all servants before they were leaders!

Effective leadership is about serving first before leading. A successful leader would place himself in his team members’ shoes and understand what they have to go through. He would serve others before himself because he loves and cares. John Maxwell once said, “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.” A successful leader would know that his position is never about himself; instead it is about everyone else. When that becomes the priority, his perspective shifts from commanding to serving by example.

Jesus is the best example of servant leadership. He as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). I cannot even fathom the immensity of how God the creator of ALL universe, came down to Earth as Jesus to serve us and to pay the price of our sins!

by KL Ho

Welcome Home - The Code Series Wk 1

LifeCity Church - Tuesday, October 01, 2013


The way Jesus describes God in prayer and thus relationship is as 'Father'. It seems simple enough and particularly in the west we then position ourselves rightly as sons or daughters of God. Unusually though, many then proceed in their faith in a place of isolation forgetting that Jesus starts the Lord's prayer with 'Our'.

Though God wants you individually, the scarier element for most is that God's primary affection, God's direction, and yes even God's 'election' (I swear that was not supposed to sound alliterated) is not upon the individual it is upon his chosen people.

In the Old Covenant, Israel was 'chosen' (or elected) by God because “they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.” (Rom 11:28). Deuteronomy 4:37 tells us that "Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them".

Romans 9:11 – 12 tells us that... "though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him, who calls, it was said to her, 'The older will serve the younger'".

Some misunderstand this verse (and passage in general) because we are obsessively individually focused, however it is not individual election God is primarily talking of in Romans 9 but the election of a nation for his purposes. Genesis, giving a fuller background tell us "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples shall be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23)

God chose Israel in the forefathers. Each individual was 'chosen' because they were born into Israel by birth and participated in the covenant through faith (yes, even in the in the OT). In the exact same way, we are told in Ephesians 1:4 tells us “For he chose us in him...” The Church is chosen as a new covenant community in Christ, through Christ and for Christ. Repetitively throughout Ephesians 1 and 2 we are told that our salvation, our identity, our sufficiency is in Christ.

BUT... what does this matter to us?

The Short answer is that the call of God, the direction of God and the affection of God is unconditionally towards his Church, Christ's bride. The Church has been unconditionally elected not you as an individual. This is important because such an understanding readjusts the way we consider our place in the world.

You cannot be walking in the will of God and be practically apart from the body. It is inconsistent with the community call of God in Christ. No where in the New Testament do we even get a glimmer of the idea that one might be a disciple and in a casual relationship with the Church or indeed practically and relationally not part of it. Baptism was the initiation and declaration of a repentant person coming into a new family, a new way, a new identity, a new community.

God is NOT about building your dream, God is about building his.

Psalm 37:4 tells us “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Unfortunately we frequently approach this completely opposite. We say to God (and to the Church for that matter) 'give me the desires of my heart and I will delight in you'.

God is about building a home defined by him.

a) Home is WHO we are (as defined by our father in heaven)

The good, the bad and the ugly. Christ is beautifying his Church and she is loved even when not perfect.

1 Cor 3:9 starts For we are God's fellow-workers; you are God's field, God's building.

For we are GOD'S...!!! We seem to continue to forget this little detail, we are his.

This is not about God blessing what we do, but about us standing in what he is blessing. 

This is not about us creating a monument to our comfort but a home that positions for the ultimate fight.

Psalm 127:1  says...

"Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

More important then strategy, vision or style is our Identity, an identity found in Christ, expressed and shaped consistently in, through and because of the local community we are dedicated to because it is home.

b) Home is about our place of grace

The Apostle Paul continues talking of his call and the Church in saying...

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 3:10 – 11

What is the grace on your life?

What is the Grace on the house?

The local expression of the Church is as diverse as the grace of God that he puts on our lives.

So often, individual's, Churches and Ministries get caught in a comparison trap. We get 'home' envy because the grace of God on another has built something unique to the call of God on that person or community.

When we try to live in a place of comparison rather than grace, we get intimidation.

The key sign of health in Church community is not simply growth or size (that could easily be obesity or a tumour), it is maturity expressed in healthy reproductivity.

c) Home is about our hopes & dreams

I remember drawing my dream home as a child, it looked remarkably similar to family friends of ours. Have you ever had home envy? As you grow in life and mature you discover another persons home is not your home.

When we shape a home we shape it in expectation and anticipation of a preferred future.

The expectant parent prepares the new babies room, the couple creates a home with quiet dreams of a child filling the empty room. God is not building us for where we are but where he is taking us

1 Cor 3:12 continues...

If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.” 1 Cor 3:12 – 13

We build in expectation, anticipation and hope that what is built lasts in eternity.

We build not for the life that sits just in front of us but for eternity that extends this life.

We build for the vision of Rev 7:9 – 12, a vision of people from every nation tribe and tongue standing before the throne of God clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

In the Message Paraphrase of Ephesians 2:16 – 22 it says...

“Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father. That's plain enough, isn't it? You're no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You're no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He's using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”

The direct recipients of this passage were largely Gentile believers, feeling rejected at times because they were not 'chosen' like Israel. Paul however stresses in Ephesians that we now have been 'chosen in Christ' and he is building a home. He is not building a full service restaurant where we can come and go, where we can demand service and treat it like a consumer treats a business rather he is building a home.

So often people have become consumers of a spiritual product and seek more and better service, picking and choosing from different providers. Going from Church to Church to get their fix.

Are you a Spiritual Consumer relating to the Church as a provider? Or are you part of community on mission?

Listen to  'WELCOME HOME' from our sermon Series 'The Code' (note: the recording is initially not great before improving)


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