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At VGBC, we believe very strongly that God has spoken and communicated to us in the Bible.  Because of this conviction, our preaching is based on God’s Word.  The responsibility of the preacher is to discover what the biblical text means and explain it in a way that the congregation will understand.  We are committed to expository preaching, which simply means we want to expose the clear meaning of the text.  We want you to be able to read along in your Bible and be able to verify that what is being taught from the pulpit is consistent with what the text says.  We also believe that the goal of preaching is application and lives changed for God’s glory.  We want you to be challenged and encouraged, and we hope you are changed to be more like Christ as a result of hearing His Word.
 
Perspective

Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore

In this sermon series, we go through 2 Timothy and we discover God’s perspective on life’s big issues. As Paul is writing this letter to Timothy, Paul is in jail at the end of his life and many people have deserted him. The natural response would be to become bitter and stop giving of yourself. Yet Paul keeps giving himself to Timothy, to the church, and to the Lord. We can learn from Paul and his godly perspective on life, death, suffering, and the gospel.

 


Oct 15, 2017
Suffering
One of the major themes of this letter is suffering.  We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering.  Some say suffering is just an illusion.  Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer.  Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering.  Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating.  We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
 
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  • Oct 15, 2017Suffering
    Oct 15, 2017
    Suffering
    One of the major themes of this letter is suffering.  We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering.  Some say suffering is just an illusion.  Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer.  Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering.  Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating.  We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
     
  • Oct 1, 2017Commitment
    Oct 1, 2017
    Commitment
    In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul encourages Timothy to stand strong and be committed to the gospel ministry.  He uses the image of a soldier, athlete, and farmer to help illustrate what faithful ministry involves.  We learn that commitment is difficult, necessary, and rewarding.  Following Jesus often involves traveling a difficult road, but the road is worth it because it leads to life.   
     
  • Sep 24, 2017Gospel
    Sep 24, 2017
    Gospel
    In this sermon we learn there is both an offensive and defensive aspect to the gospel and to gospel ministry. We are called to advance the gospel using the pattern of sound words we have been given. We are also called to defend the gospel, which means being willing to state explicitly what the gospel is and what the gospel is not. We discover that advancing and defending the gospel begins in our own hearts and homes before we can faithfully do this work in our community and world.
     
  • Sep 17, 2017Shame
    Sep 17, 2017
    Shame
    The main theme of this passage is shame.  Paul tells Timothy that he is not ashamed and he calls on Timothy to join him in fighting against shame.  We learn why we experience shame and we discover how to not be ashamed of Jesus.  We also learn several important lessons for developing a biblical perspective on shame.
     
  • Sep 10, 2017Relationships
    Sep 10, 2017
    Relationships

    2 Timothy is a letter between two people who have a close friendship. As we begin this letter, we learn some important lessons about relationships. Our normal perspective is challenged and corrected by this biblical view. Healthy relationships are grounded in the gospel and they are purposeful in extending the gospel. They are unselfish and authentic. We also discover why Jesus has friended us and loved us in a way that no one else can.

     
     
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Making Disciples
Who Worship, Connect, Serve & Impact
Dr. Chris Moore
 

In this series, we return to our church’s mission statement: “making disciples who worship, connect, serve, and impact.”  “Making disciples” is the main command Jesus gave the church in the great commission (Matthew 28:19).  God’s people are expected to grow as disciples and the church is instrumental in that growth.  Our hope and goal is that everyone at Vista Grande will grow as disciples by getting involved in these four arenas.  Worship is the corporate gathering when we assemble weekly as a church.  Connecting is when we gather in smaller groups and fellowship and encourage each other around God’s Word.  Serving is when we give our time, energy, and resources to benefit God’s people at VGBC.  Impact is when we leave the campus in order to represent Christ, show acts of mercy, share the Gospel, and engage in missions.  Our aim is to see people come to Christ so they begin growing as disciples.  Each week we look at a different aspect of our mission statement.


Sep 3, 2017
Making Disciples who Impact
We begin by looking at the big picture of God’s desire to be known by all peoples. God has blessed us so we will bless others so He will be known and praised. We learn that this has been God’s desire and plan from the beginning. We also learn the ways Vista Grande is involved in making an impact for Christ globally and locally.
 
Recommended Books: Praying the Bible
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  • Sep 3, 2017Making Disciples who Impact
    Sep 3, 2017
    Making Disciples who Impact
    We begin by looking at the big picture of God’s desire to be known by all peoples. God has blessed us so we will bless others so He will be known and praised. We learn that this has been God’s desire and plan from the beginning. We also learn the ways Vista Grande is involved in making an impact for Christ globally and locally.
     
    Recommended Books: Praying the Bible
  • Aug 27, 2017Making Disciples who Serve
    Aug 27, 2017
    Making Disciples who Serve
    We look at the parable of the talents and learn several important lessons about serving. For example, everything we have is a loan from God including our time, energy, money, and resources. We discover that as stewards we will give an account to God, so we are encouraged to use what God has given us to serve Him and His church.
     
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  • Aug 20, 2017Making Disciples who Connect
    Aug 20, 2017
    Making Disciples who Connect
    We often think of Christian fellowship as being an optional, small part of Christianity.  We discover that true fellowship is a vital aspect of discipleship.  We talk about the basis, goal, importance, and motivation for connecting.
  • Aug 13, 2017Making Disciples who Worship
    Aug 13, 2017
    Making Disciples who Worship
    In this series, we return to our church’s mission statement: "making disciples who worship, connect, serve, and impact." "Making disciples" is the main command Jesus gave the church in the great commission (Matthew 28:19). God’s people are expected to grow as disciples and the church is instrumental in that growth. Our hope and goal is that everyone at Vista Grande will grow as disciples by getting involved in these four arenas. Worship is the corporate gathering when we assemble weekly as a church. Connecting is when we gather in smaller groups and fellowship and encourage each other around God’s Word. Serving is when we give our time, energy, and resources to benefit God’s people at VGBC. Impact is when we leave the campus in order to represent Christ, show acts of mercy, share the Gospel, and engage in missions. Our aim is to see people come to Christ so they begin growing as disciples. Each week we look at a different aspect of our mission statement.