Sojourners

Sojourners
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 

We are living in a challenging time as we experience the coronavirus and its impact on our world.  During a season like this, we must learn to place ourselves under God’s Word and let Him speak to us and tell us what we need to hear.  1 Peter addresses God’s people who are experiencing challenges.  The main message of this letter is to stand firm as sojourners because our hope is greater than this world.  As we go through this book, we are encouraged to stand firm and remain faithful.  We are reminded our hope is certain and this world is not our ultimate home.  We are sojourners.

 
 

Jun 21, 2020
The Heart and Mind of a Sojourner
In this final sermon of the series, we look at the heart and mind of a sojourner.  A faithful sojourner has a humble heart and a clear mind.
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  • Jun 21, 2020The Heart and Mind of a Sojourner
    Jun 21, 2020
    The Heart and Mind of a Sojourner
    In this final sermon of the series, we look at the heart and mind of a sojourner.  A faithful sojourner has a humble heart and a clear mind.
  • Jun 14, 2020Equipped for Suffering
    Jun 14, 2020
    Equipped for Suffering
     
    In this sermon, we are encouraged not to be surprised at the fiery trial.  We talk about how we should think about suffering so we are equipped when it comes.
  • Jun 7, 2020A New Perspective
    Jun 7, 2020
    A New Perspective
     
    We develop a new perspective as we grow as faithful sojourners.  We have a new perspective on suffering, sin, life & death, and church.
  • May 31, 2020Our Simple Message
    May 31, 2020
    Our Simple Message
    In this sermon we are reminded of our simple, yet powerful, message.  We talk about the death and exaltation of Jesus and our response to Him.
  • May 24, 2020Representing Christ
    May 24, 2020
    Representing Christ
    1 Peter 3:8-17 In this sermon, we discover one of our main purposes as sojourners is to represent Christ.  We are called to represent Him to each other and to the world. 
  • May 17, 2020Marriage for Sojourners
    May 17, 2020
    Marriage for Sojourners
     
    In this sermon, we discover what marriage looks like for sojourners who want to be faithful to God’s Word.  A lot of this instruction goes against the message we hear from the world.  We have to decide if we will place ourselves under the authority of God and His Word. 
  • May 5, 2020Authority & Submission
    May 5, 2020
    Authority & Submission
     
    We often think of authority and submission in a negative way.  In this sermon, we learn that God is our ultimate authority, and we obey God by submitting to authority He places over us. 
  • May 3, 2020Who Are Sojourners
    May 3, 2020
    Who Are Sojourners
    In this sermon, we explore who we are as sojourners.  We discover we are His spiritual temple, an honored people, holy priests, and missional exiles.
  • Apr 26, 2020God’s Word for Sojourners
    Apr 26, 2020
    God’s Word for Sojourners
    1 Peter 1:22 - 2:3
    In this sermon we discover God’s Word is a necessary resource for our journey as sojourners.  We look at some of the characteristics of God’s Word that should encourage us.  God’s Word is true and clear, living and enduring, and necessary for conversion and growth.
  • Apr 19, 2020A Faithful Sojourner
    Apr 19, 2020
    A Faithful Sojourner
    1 Peter 1:13-21
    In this series, we have discovered God’s people are sojourners whose ultimate home is in heaven.  We want to be faithful while we are passing through.  In this sermon we discover that a faithful sojourner is hopeful, growing in holiness, and fearing.
  • Apr 5, 2020Praise in the Storm
    Apr 5, 2020
    Praise in the Storm
     
    In this sermon, we discover we have reasons to praise God even when we experience storms in life. We praise Him because of what He will do (vvv.3-5), what He is doing (vv.6-9), and what He has done (vv.10-12).
  • Mar 29, 2020Standing Firm in the Storm
    Mar 29, 2020
    Standing Firm in the Storm
     
    In this first sermon of this series, we look at the author, audience, and message of 1 Peter.  We are encouraged to stand firm when we experience storms in life because of our great hope in Christ.
     
     
     


Special Sermons

Special Sermons
 


The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 

Most Christians would probably say the ten commandments are a top priority, and many Christians would say it is important to continue to display of the commandments in public places such as courthouses.  Sadly, we don’t see that same passion for actually learning and studying the commandments or teaching them to our children.  In this series, we return to this foundational teaching as we look at a different command each Sunday.

 
 

Mar 22, 2020
A Theology of Desires
In this sermon we look at the 10th commandment about coveting.  We talk about how this text relates to the two great commands: loving God and loving others.  During this time of experiencing the coronavirus and all its impact on our lives, we are reminded that our desires are not necessarily wrong but they can reveal a lot about us. We discover how to transform our desires so that we become content with Him no matter our circumstances.
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  • Mar 22, 2020A Theology of Desires
    Mar 22, 2020
    A Theology of Desires
    In this sermon we look at the 10th commandment about coveting.  We talk about how this text relates to the two great commands: loving God and loving others.  During this time of experiencing the coronavirus and all its impact on our lives, we are reminded that our desires are not necessarily wrong but they can reveal a lot about us. We discover how to transform our desires so that we become content with Him no matter our circumstances.
  • Mar 15, 2020Nothing But the Truth
    Mar 15, 2020
    Nothing But the Truth
    Exodus 20:16 In this sermon, we discover God values the truth and so we should speak the truth.  We talk about what it means to bear false witness and to speak the truth in love.  We consider exceptions when we might be justified in speaking falsely.  And we talk about how Jesus is the Truth and how He came to rescue us from deception so that we might testify to the Truth. 
  • Mar 8, 2020A Theology of Stuff
    Mar 8, 2020
    A Theology of Stuff
    Exodus 20:15
    In this sermon we look at the 8th command: you shall not steal.  We discover from Ephesians 4:28 a progression of the heart that is necessary for obeying this command.  We are called to not steal, do good work, and give to others.  
  • Feb 23, 2020No Adultery!
    Feb 23, 2020
    No Adultery!
     
    In this sermon we begin by looking at the biblical picture of marriage.  This command to not commit adultery reveals God values the covenant relationship between a husband and a wife.  We also discover the distorted view of marriage that exists because of sin.  Finally, we talk about the big picture and how marriage ultimately points us to the gospel.
  • Feb 16, 2020No Murder!
    Feb 16, 2020
    No Murder!
     
    In this sermon, we focus on the 6th commandment, which prohibits murder.  We talk about what this means and what this excludes such as capital punishment, war, and self-defense.  We talk about special issues related to this command such as suicide, abortion, and euthanasia.  We also consider how this commandment relates to Jesus and the gospel.
  • Feb 9, 2020Honor Your Father and Your Mother
    Feb 9, 2020
    Honor Your Father and Your Mother
     
    In this sermon, we talk about how the 5th commandment is for children and parents. We talk about how children can honor their parents and why parents are responsible for teaching their children to honor them. We also talk about how the ultimate goal of biblical parenting is for us to know God as our Father.
  • Jan 26, 2020Remember the Sabbath
    Jan 26, 2020
    Remember the Sabbath
    In this sermon, we look at the 4th command, “remember the sabbath.”  We begin by considering the historical context and how this day of rest was a provision from God that was a sign of salvation.  We also consider how Jesus and the New Testament authors address the sabbath law.  Finally, we look at three different current views of the sabbath and we talk about how we should apply this command today.
  • Jan 19, 2020Representing His Name Well
    Jan 19, 2020
    Representing His Name Well
    In this sermon we look at the third commandment, which is about not taking the Lord’s name in vain.  We discover what is behind the command or what it reveals that God wants us to value.  We also talk about ways we break this command.
  • Jan 12, 2020Worshiping the True God Truly
    Jan 12, 2020
    Worshiping the True God Truly
    In this sermon we look at the second command which forbids the use of idols.  We discover this command means we should not use idols to worship false gods and we should not use idols to worship the true God.  We also talk about how Jesus is the image of the invisible God and how this relates to the second command.
     
  • Jan 5, 2020No Other Gods
    Jan 5, 2020
    No Other Gods
     
    In this sermon, we look at the first commandment which is foundational to the other nine.  We discover several important truths about God: He is a speaking, active, exclusive, and gracious God.  We also discover two extremes we should avoid when we think about the role of the law in the life of a Christian.


Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers


Simply Christmas

Simply Christmas
 
 
 
 

Dec 22, 2019
God Speaks
 
If God speaks, how do I respond?
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  • Dec 22, 2019God Speaks
    Dec 22, 2019
    God Speaks
     
    If God speaks, how do I respond?
  • Dec 15, 2019I am the Servant
    Dec 15, 2019
    I am the Servant
     
    In this sermon we look at three responses from Mary as she learns about the birth of Jesus.  We see her progression of faith, and we discover why we should follow her example. 
  • Dec 8, 2019Born of the Virgin Mary
    Dec 8, 2019
    Born of the Virgin Mary
    In this sermon we focus on the fundamental belief that Jesus was born of a virgin.  We talk about the miracle of the birth, the bigger picture of the birth, and the significance.
  • Dec 1, 2019The Word Became Flesh
    Dec 1, 2019
    The Word Became Flesh
     
    In this sermon we consider the wonderful mystery of the incarnation.  The Bible teaches the Son of God is fully God and yet He also became a man.  We consider what this means for us and why we should marvel at this great miracle.


Finding Joy

Finding Joy
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 

We seem to be living in a time when we are not hearing a lot of good news.  How should we respond?  It is not an option for God’s people to despair.  The circumstances surrounding the writing of Philippians are not great either.  Paul is imprisoned as he writes, and the church is experiencing its own challenges.  Yet we see references to joy or rejoicing throughout.  Many have referred to this book as the New Testament letter of joy.  As we go through this letter, we will discover how we can experience authentic joy in this life even in the midst of the difficult circumstances and bad news.    

 
 

Nov 17, 2019
Finding Joy Thru Contentment
In the final sermon in this series through Philippians, we discover one of the ways we experience joy in life is through learning to be content.  We talk about being content in the good and bad times.  Also, we discover the secret to contentment.
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  • Nov 17, 2019Finding Joy Thru Contentment
    Nov 17, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Contentment
    In the final sermon in this series through Philippians, we discover one of the ways we experience joy in life is through learning to be content.  We talk about being content in the good and bad times.  Also, we discover the secret to contentment.
  • Nov 10, 2019Finding Joy thru Finding Peace
    Nov 10, 2019
    Finding Joy thru Finding Peace
    In this sermon we talk about how peace is possible even though we live in a chaotic world.  We discover how we can experience peace with others, peace with life, peace within, and peace with God.   
  • Nov 3, 2019Finding Joy Thru Following the Right Path
    Nov 3, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Following the Right Path
    In this sermon, we discover one key for experiencing joy is recognizing there are ultimately two paths in life.  We learn about these two paths, and we are encouraged to follow the right path that leads to joy and life. 
  • Oct 27, 2019Finding Joy Thru Pressing On
    Oct 27, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Pressing On
    In this sermon, we talk about pressing on in the Christian faith. We explore what this means, why we should be motivated to persevere, and how we can press on so that we experience joy.
  • Oct 20, 2019Finding Joy Thru Knowing Christ
    Oct 20, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Knowing Christ
    We look at this important passage of Scripture and talk about the heart of the Christian faith, knowing Christ.  While we are familiar with the language of “knowing Jesus” or “having a relationship with Jesus,” in this sermon we consider what it means to know Christ according to God’s Word.  
  • Oct 13, 2019Finding Joy Thru Ministry
    Oct 13, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Ministry
     
    In this sermon, we discover several principles about Christian ministry.  We talk about how we are all called to be involved in ministry, and how there is joy in serving others.
  • Oct 6, 2019Finding Joy Thru Obedience
    Oct 6, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Obedience

    In this sermon we discover that obedience is important for experiencing joy.  We learn that we should obey with God in mind, with the world in mind, and with each other in mind.

  • Sep 29, 2019Finding Joy Thru Humility
    Sep 29, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Humility
     
    In this classic text, we have one command: “have this mind in you.”  We are called to develop the mindset of Christ which was marked by humility.  We discover several keys for developing the humble mindset of Christ that leads to true joy.
  • Sep 22, 2019Finding Joy Thru Unity
    Sep 22, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Unity
    Philippians 2:1-5 In this sermon we discover one key for experiencing joy in this life is to experience unity.  We look at several key elements of unity.
  • Sep 15, 2019Finding Joy Thru Living Worthy
    Sep 15, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Living Worthy
    Philippians 1:27-30 In this sermon we learn that living worthy is an important part of experiencing joy in this life.  We look at three keys for living worthy: standing, striving, and not being scared.
  • Sep 8, 2019Finding Joy Thru Purpose
    Sep 8, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Purpose
    Philippians 1:12-26
    In this sermon we discover we can experience authentic joy in this life if we have the right purpose for living.  We learn we need a purpose bigger than our circumstances, our pride, ourselves, and even life.  We are encouraged to embrace Paul’s purpose statement: to live is Christ and to die is gain.
  • Sep 1, 2019Finding Joy Thru Partnership
    Sep 1, 2019
    Finding Joy Thru Partnership
     
    The purpose of this letter is to thank the Philippian church for their partnership in the gospel.  We are reminded the Christian faith is not intended to be practiced in isolation.  We can experience genuine joy when we develop healthy partnerships.  We discover key characteristics of relationships that bring joy.


Kingdom Stories

Kingdom Stories
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 
In this sermon series, we are going through the parables of Jesus.  Of all the words of Jesus that are recorded for us, 35% were spoken in parables.  One reason Jesus used stories to communicate is because He was a master at communicating.  He knew that we love stories.  He had the ability to draw people into a story, and then drive home the point.  As we look at the parables we will become better equipped for life in the Kingdom of God.
 
 

Aug 4, 2019
The Talents
 
In this parable, Jesus tells a story about a master who entrusted his servants and expected them to work hard and make a profit with what he gave them.  We discover God expects us to serve Him faithfully and we will give an account for all we have been given.
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  • Aug 4, 2019The Talents
    Aug 4, 2019
    The Talents
     
    In this parable, Jesus tells a story about a master who entrusted his servants and expected them to work hard and make a profit with what he gave them.  We discover God expects us to serve Him faithfully and we will give an account for all we have been given.
  • Jul 28, 201911th Hour Workers
    Jul 28, 2019
    11th Hour Workers
    In this parable, we discover God’s Kingdom is different from the way our world usually works.  We are reminded we should be grateful because we can identify with the 11th hour workers.  When we realize we have experienced God’s grace, we begin to have a different perspective.
  • Jul 21, 2019Unforgiving Servant
    Jul 21, 2019
    Unforgiving Servant
     

    In this sermon we learn that people who have been shown mercy will show mercy to others.  We discover why we should forgive and how to get motivated to forgive.  We also address some difficult and practical questions related to forgiveness.

  • Jul 14, 2019Wheat and Weeds
    Jul 14, 2019
    Wheat and Weeds
     As we explore the parable of the wheat and the weeds, we discover several life principles for navigating this world.  We learn God’s good world has been corrupted, God is in control but allows evil, and He triumphs in the end. 
  • Jun 23, 2019Four Soils
    Jun 23, 2019
    Four Soils
    Matthew 13:1-23 In this parable, we discover four types of soil that represent four ways people respond to the message of Jesus. We learn there are multiple ways to reject Jesus, and we are encouraged to keep hearing, believing, and bearing fruit.
  • Jun 16, 2019Lost
    Jun 16, 2019
    Lost
    Luke 15:11-32 In this sermon, we look at the parable of the prodigal son.  We discover there are two ways to be lost.  The first way is obvious and is represented by the younger son.  The second way to be lost is more subtle, and we discover this is what the parable is about.
  • Jun 9, 2019The Rich Fool
    Jun 9, 2019
    The Rich Fool
     
    In this parable, Jesus addresses money and wealth.  We often don’t think of ourselves as wealthy, but we have far more than most people.  We learn what it means to be rich toward God.
  • Jun 2, 2019The Great Banquet
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Great Banquet
    In this sermon we are reminded about the great banquet that will take place when Christ returns.  We learn from those who reject the invitation and from those who accept the invitation.  We also discover something important about the Host of the celebration.
  • May 26, 2019The Rich Man & Lazarus
    May 26, 2019
    The Rich Man & Lazarus
    In this parable, we discover two themes.  The first one involves a great reversal.  Those who are rich toward themselves and not rich toward God will have nothing in the end but misery.  This reversal sets the stage for the main point, which is the sufficiency of God’s Word.  We discover why God’s Word is all we really need.


Major Message of the Minor Prophets

Major Message of the Minor Prophets
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 
In this sermon series, we spend 12 weeks looking at each of the minor prophets. Since all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable, we should hear from all of God’s Word. These books are called “minor” because they are shorter, not because they are less important. Unfortunately, this section of the Bible is often neglected, but we need to hear the major message of the minor prophets.
 
 

May 12, 2019
Malachi
 
In this final sermon from the Minor Prophets, we look at Malachi and hear his warning against complacency.  We learn about several red flags, or warning signs, that help reveal if we have become complacent.  Also, we learn what to do if we have become complacent.
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  • May 12, 2019Malachi
    May 12, 2019
    Malachi
     
    In this final sermon from the Minor Prophets, we look at Malachi and hear his warning against complacency.  We learn about several red flags, or warning signs, that help reveal if we have become complacent.  Also, we learn what to do if we have become complacent.
  • May 5, 2019Haggai
    May 5, 2019
    Haggai
    Haggai encourages God’s people to rebuild the temple and prioritize the Lord’s ministry.  We are reminded that we are all called to be involved in ministry, and we discover some timeless principles for getting involved in the Lord’s work.
  • Apr 28, 2019Zephaniah
    Apr 28, 2019
    Zephaniah
    In this sermon we learn that God is both severe and kind.  Even though we see both of these attributes of God throughout the Bible, we rarely think about how they relate.  We are encouraged to consider both so that we experience the kindness of God and avoid His severity. 
  • Apr 14, 2019Zechariah
    Apr 14, 2019
    Zechariah
    In this unique sermon, we look at several verses from Zechariah where he speaks about a coming Messiah King.  We also look at several texts from the New Testament and we see how the passages from Zechariah are fulfilled by Jesus.  We are encouraged as we see the consistency of God’s Word and the significance of the last week of Jesus’ life before his death and resurrection.
  • Apr 7, 2019Habakkuk
    Apr 7, 2019
    Habakkuk
    Habakkuk
    In this sermon we discover several key lessons about what to do when life is tough.  We learn we can (and should) go to God with honesty even though His responses might not be easy.  We also learn God’s people live by faith (2:4).  We discover what this looks like and why this significant verse in Habakkuk is quoted three times in the New Testament.
  • Mar 31, 2019Nahum
    Mar 31, 2019
    Nahum
    We learn from this sermon how to think about evil and how to live in the world that is marked by evil.  We talk about how Christianity provides the most satisfying explanation to this problem.  We discover God will one day put an end to evil, and we talk about how this will be bad news for many and good news for those who respond correctly.
  • Mar 25, 2019Micah
    Mar 25, 2019
    Micah
    Micah The gospel is the message of the Bible and it includes four important elements: God, man, Christ, and response.  We discover all four themes in the book of Micah, and we are encouraged to respond to the gospel with authentic faith.
  • Mar 17, 2019Jonah
    Mar 17, 2019
    Jonah
    Jonah
    Of all the prophets, we are probably most familiar with Jonah.  We like this book because it is a fascinating story, but our familiarity can prevent us from hearing the message.  We learn God wants His people to make Him known.  We discover several reasons why we don’t and why we should.
  • Mar 10, 2019Obadiah
    Mar 10, 2019
    Obadiah
    Obadiah
    Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, yet it still has a significant message for us. We know God is sovereign, but we learn from this book what to do when it doesn’t seem like God is in control. We are called to trust His Word, trust His ways, and trust His timing.
  • Mar 3, 2019Joel
    Mar 3, 2019
    Joel
    Joel
    As we look at Joel, we discover the prophets have a clear message their audiences would have understood.  The prophets are more like preachers and less like fortune tellers.  The book of Joel has a simple message with three key elements: judgment, repentance, and salvation.  We need to return to this same simple message today!
  • Feb 24, 2019Hosea
    Feb 24, 2019
    Hosea
     
    We look at this challenging book, and discover God’s love is greater than our love.  We see how God’s love is unique, jealous, satisfying, affectionate, sacrificial, and relentless.  We talk about some of our love songs, and how God’s love is greater than even our greatest love songs! 
  • Feb 10, 2019Amos
    Feb 10, 2019
    Amos
    We begin this series by looking at the book of Amos because this book provides us with a good example of how to read the prophets.  We focus on the audience and the author, and we learn why we need to hear from this prophet.  We discover the problem that led Amos to preach against God’s people.  While the tone of the book is challenging, we also see a promise that God will remain faithful to His people and His plan.


Walking Worthy

Walking Worthy
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 
In this sermon series we go verse by verse through the book of Ephesians.  This letter is made up of two halves (chapters 1-3 and 4-6).  The first three chapters are primarily about all God has done for us in Christ.  The second half of the book is mainly about how we should live in light of what God has done for us.    The key verse is Ephesians 4:1 which brings together these two halves.  This key verse tells us we should walk worthy of our calling in Christ.  In this series we learn what it looks like practically to walk worthy and we learn why we should be motivated to walk worthy.
 


Discovering VGBC

August – September 2018

In this sermon series, called Discovering VGBC, we talk about our salvation, our statements, our story, and our structure.  We go through this material in our new members class with people who are interested in joining or with people who want to learn more about who we are, what we believe, and ministries we offer.  Since we recently updated the class and the content, we thought it would be helpful for our whole church to go through Discovering VGBC in a sermon series.
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