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.
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  • 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.
  • Feb 3, 2019Walking Worthy in the Battle
    Feb 3, 2019
    Walking Worthy in the Battle
     
    In this final sermon in the Ephesians series, we talk about the unusual battle we are fighting.  We also discover we have been given unconventional weapons for this war.  We learn how to think correctly about these weapons so we can faithfully use them to stand firm against the enemy.
     
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  • Jan 20, 2019Walking Worthy at Home and Work
    Jan 20, 2019
    Walking Worthy at Home and Work
     
    In this sermon, we continue to look at this practical section of the letter where we learn how to walk worthy in our relationships.  We talk about the relationship between parents and children and the relationships between employers and employees.
     
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  • Jan 13, 2019Walking Worthy in your Marriage
    Jan 13, 2019
    Walking Worthy in your Marriage
    Ephesians 5:21-33 In this sermon, we learn that valuing marriage is an integral part of walking worthy.  This passages address wives and what role they should provide in their marriage.  The passage addresses husbands and what role they should serve.  Also, this passages addresses everyone and talks about how marriage ultimately points to something even greater.
  • Jan 6, 2019Walking Worthy as Imitators
    Jan 6, 2019
    Walking Worthy as Imitators
    Ephesians 5:1-20
    As we begin a new year, this passage from Ephesians is appropriate as we discover several goals or expectations of us for walking worthy.  We are called to walk in love, purity, light, wisdom, and in the Spirit.
  • Dec 23, 2018The Christmas Story
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Christmas Story
    Series: Specials
    Luke 2:8-20 & Matt 1:18-25
    In this unique 3-part sermon, we focus on three key people who are involved in the Christmas story.  We talk about how they relate to Jesus and what we can learn from them.  After each section, we sing a song of response.
  • Dec 16, 2018In the Steps of the One Who Dwelt Among Us
    Dec 16, 2018
    In the Steps of the One Who Dwelt Among Us
    Series: Specials
    John 1:14
    In this unique sermon, we focus on some of the key places where Jesus walked and lived.  We learn specific lessons from each location, and we are compelled to follow in the steps of the One Who dwelt among us.
  • Dec 9, 2018Won’t You Be My Neighbor
    Dec 9, 2018
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor
    Series: Specials
    We look at the most well-known story Jesus told, the parable about the good Samaritan.  We learn there are no limits on who we should consider to be our neighbor, and we learn there are no limits on the extent we should be willing to go to be a good neighbor.  We also discover how Jesus was a good neighbor to us and why this should motivate us to be a neighbor without limits.
  • Nov 25, 2018Walking Worthy & the New You
    Nov 25, 2018
    Walking Worthy & the New You
    Ephesians 4:17-32
    Every person has a deep longing to experience a new and better version himself or herself.  The good news is God has revealed how we can truly become what we were created to be.  The good news continues as God provides for us what we need to experience this new version of ourselves.  Listen to this sermon and learn how to become the new you.
  • Nov 18, 2018Gifts For Walking Worthy
    Nov 18, 2018
    Gifts For Walking Worthy
    Ephesians 4:7-16
    We discover that while we are called to unity, we also need diversity in the church.  Christ has given the church a diversity of gifts to be used so that He is made known.  We talk about how to discover and develop your gift.
     
     
  • Nov 11, 2018Walking Worthy in Unity
    Nov 11, 2018
    Walking Worthy in Unity
    We discover that a significant part of walking worthy is being unified with God’s people.  We talk about the importance and practice of unity.  Also, we learn how to get motivated when our instinct is fight or flight.
  • Nov 4, 2018A Prayer for Walking Worthy
    Nov 4, 2018
    A Prayer for Walking Worthy
    In this passage, we see Paul’s second prayer he prays for the Ephesian church.  We know prayer is important and we know we should pray.  However, we often don’t quite know how or what to pray.  In this sermon we ask the basic
    questions about prayer, and we discover what biblical prayer looks like.
     
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  • Oct 28, 2018An Example of Walking Worthy
    Oct 28, 2018
    An Example of Walking Worthy
    Ephesians 3:1-13
    We are often guilty of “do as I say, but not as I do.”  In this passage we learn from the example of Paul who calls the church to walk worthy and provides us with a real life example what this looks like.  We see three important characteristics: sacrifice for God’s people, faithful to God’s message, and motivated by God’s glory.
     
  • Oct 21, 2018Walking Worthy Together
    Oct 21, 2018
    Walking Worthy Together
     
    We do not walk worthy merely as individuals.  We are designed to walk worthy together as a team.  We discover several keys for walking worthy together: get connected, work for unity, and partner together with God’s people. 
  • Oct 14, 2018The Big Story Behind Walking Worthy
    Oct 14, 2018
    The Big Story Behind Walking Worthy
    Ephesians 2:1-10
    In this important text we discover the big story behind walking worthy.  God doesn’t randomly appear on the scene one day and tell us to walk worthy.  When we understand and appreciate the bigger story of what God has done and what He is doing, we are truly motivated to walk worthy.
  • Sep 30, 2018What we Need for Walking Worthy
    Sep 30, 2018
    What we Need for Walking Worthy
    Ephesians 1:15-23
     
    In this passage, we discover what we need for walking worthy.  We often think that what we need is something new in addition to what we have, and this is usually how we pray.  But what we really need is simply to know the blessings that already belong to us in Christ.  We need to know what God will do for us, what God has done for us, and what God is doing for us so that we walk worthy.
     
  • Sep 23, 2018Motivation for Walking Worthy
    Sep 23, 2018
    Motivation for Walking Worthy
    The main theme of this passage is blessing.  We learn God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  We are motivated to walk worthy as we discover the Father has planned our blessings, the Son has accomplished our blessings, and the Holy Spirit has applied our blessings.
     
  • Sep 16, 2018Walking Worthy
    Sep 16, 2018
    Walking Worthy
    Ephesians 1:1-2
    In this introductory sermon to the series, we learn about the author, the audience, and the message of Ephesians.  We look at two key words we see in the introduction: grace and peace.  We discover these are important themes that run throughout the letter.  Since God has established peace between us and Himself and has shown grace to us in Christ, we should be quick to work for peace with others and extend grace to others who don’t deserve it.  We learn how these key concepts fit within the overall context of the letter to the Ephesians, and we learn what difference this makes for us today.
     
  • Sep 2, 2018Our Structure
    Sep 2, 2018
    Our Structure
    In this final sermon of the series, we talk about our church’s structure or polity.  We talk about how the nature of the church should determine the structure, since we are a family and not merely another organization.  We talk about the two biblical offices of pastor and deacon.  And we talk about the role of the congregation.
  • Aug 26, 2018Our Story
    Aug 26, 2018
    Our Story
    Matthew 16:13-21
    In this sermon, we talk about our story which requires us to look at our history.  We discover several key points in church history beginning with Peter’s confession and we talk about which Christian groups we identify with and why we would distinguish ourselves from other groups.  We learn we are Orthodox, Protestant, Baptist, Southern Baptist, and Evangelical.  We also talk about our unique history at VGBC.