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.
 
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  • 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.
  • Aug 20, 2018Serve and Impact
    Aug 20, 2018
    Serve and Impact
    Acts 2:42-47
    In this sermon we continue to look at our mission statement, and we focus on what it means to grow as disciples who serve and impact.  We talk about ways you can serve at VGBC and we discover the ultimate motivation for not burning out in serving.  We also discover ways you can impact at VGBC, and we explain our new emphasis on practicing biblical hospitality in order to make an impact for Christ.
     
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  • Aug 12, 2018Worship and Connect
    Aug 12, 2018
    Worship and Connect
    Acts 2:42-47
    The second section of Discovering VGBC is “Our Statements.”  Since we have covered our doctrinal statement in the sermon series called We Believe, we focus on our mission statement in this series.  Our mission is to make disciples who worship, connect, serve, and impact.  In this sermon, we discover what it means to grow as disciples who worship and connect at VGBC.
  • Aug 5, 2018Our Salvation
    Aug 5, 2018
    Our Salvation
    We begin this sermon series by talking about our salvation because our salvation is central and foundational to everything else we believe and practice.  We go through select passages in Romans and summarize the gospel using the paradigm GOD, MAN, CHRIST, RESPONSE.  After explaining the gospel, we talk about implications of the gospel such as regenerate church membership and salvation symbols (baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
  • Jul 29, 2018Religious Liberty
    Jul 29, 2018
    Religious Liberty
    Series: We Believe
    In this final sermon in the series, we discover what we believe about religious liberty. We talk about the unique role of the state and the distinct role of the church. We also explore ways the church and state should be separate and how they should relate.
  • Jul 22, 2018The Social Order & War
    Jul 22, 2018
    The Social Order & War
    Series: We Believe
    In this sermon, we talk about what role Christians should serve in society.  We discover two extremes we should avoid: withdrawing from the world and losing sight of the central issue, the gospel.  Being salt and light in our society requires us to address societal issues, and we learn that we should prioritize certain social issues because they are strongly connected to the gospel.  We address the sanctity of all human life, sexual immorality, helping the helpless, and war.
  • Jul 15, 2018Stewardship and Cooperation
    Jul 15, 2018
    Stewardship and Cooperation
    Series: We Believe
     
    Mark 10:17-27
    In this sermon, we focus on what we believe about stewardship.  We discover basic principles such as everything is owned by God.  And we are responsible for stewarding what God has loaned us.  We also learn that we should love God more than money and our giving reflects what we value.  We see the ultimate motivation for why we should be good stewards and give sacrificially.
  • Jun 24, 2018Evangelism and Missions
    Jun 24, 2018
    Evangelism and Missions
    Series: We Believe
    Acts 1:6-11
    In this sermon, we discover what we believe about evangelism and missions.  We answer the big questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how.  The goal is for us to become more motivated to be involved in what God is wanting to do through us in our neighborhoods and to the end of the earth for Him.
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  • Jun 17, 2018The Family
    Jun 17, 2018
    The Family
    Series: We Believe
     
    In this Father’s Day sermon, we focus on the family.  What the Bible teaches about the family is probably under attack right now more than anything else we believe.  We talk about ways the culture is opposed to God’s good design for the family.  We discover what biblical family, marriage, and parenting look like and why we should be motivated to be the best husband, wife, father, mother, son, or daughter.
     
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