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 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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  • Jun 10, 2018The Kingdom and Last Things
    Jun 10, 2018
    The Kingdom and Last Things
    Series: We Believe
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    In this sermon, we discover what we believe about the Kingdom of God and the end times.  We learn two extremes we should avoid.  One extreme is claiming to know more about the future than the Bible clearly reveals.  The other extreme is ignoring what the Bible clearly teaches.  We emphasize what the Bible emphasizes in order to be encouraged and motivated by Christ’s second coming.
     
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  • Jun 3, 2018The Ordinances
    Jun 3, 2018
    The Ordinances
    Series: We Believe
    In this sermon we talk about the Lord’s Day, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.  We discover similarities and dissimilarities between the Lord’s Day and the Sabbath, and we learn about the meaning of the Lord’s Day.  We also learn how baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two symbols of our salvation, and we discover how they both have a past, present, and future aspect.
  • May 20, 20181 Samuel 29-31
    May 20, 2018
    1 Samuel 29-31
    In this final sermon in the 1 Samuel series, we discover several keys for taking the path of David that leads to life.  First, learn how to strengthen yourself in the Lord.  Second, use God-ordained methods for making decisions.  Third, be quick to bless others.  Fourth, live so that you leave a great legacy.
     
  • May 13, 20181 Samuel 28
    May 13, 2018
    1 Samuel 28
    In this strange story, Saul consults with a medium and speaks with Samuel who is dead. The Bible gives us examples to follow and examples to avoid. We learn to avoid the path of Saul, and we discover the path that leads to life.
     
  • May 7, 20181 Samuel 25-27
    May 7, 2018
    1 Samuel 25-27
    In this sermon we are reminded that as disciples of the King we are always learning and growing. We discover several key areas where we should be maturing. A growing disciple of the King is teachable, convictional, and wise.
     
  • Apr 29, 20181 Samuel 23-24
    Apr 29, 2018
    1 Samuel 23-24
    In this sermon we see the patience of God’s King.  His patience attracts us to Him, and it compels us to develop patience in our own lives.  We discover what it looks like to wait on the Lord, to be patient with one another, and to be patient when we are opposed.
     
     
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    Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

     
  • Apr 22, 20181 Samuel 21-22
    Apr 22, 2018
    1 Samuel 21-22
    In this sermon we discover God’s King is not only powerful but humble and vulnerable.  We see why this should attract us to Him and why it should compel to live like Him. 
  • Apr 15, 20181 Samuel 18-20
    Apr 15, 2018
    1 Samuel 18-20
    In this sermon, we discover the two responses to God’s King. Saul represents those who reject God’s king, and we see several characteristics associated with this path: jealousy, anger, fear, and irrationality. Jonathan is an often overlooked Bible character who is a wonderful example of what it looks like to follow God’s king. The marks of a faithful follower are sacrifice, courage, allegiance, and a deep, lasting commitment. We see these same two responses to God’s King today.
     
  • Apr 8, 20181 Samuel 17
    Apr 8, 2018
    1 Samuel 17
    We look at one of the most familiar and loved stories of the Bible, David verses Goliath. Sometimes our familiarity with a story can prevent us from hearing the real meaning of the story. We discover this chapter has the same theme as 1 Samuel 16: “the Lord sees not as man sees.” We are reminded that we must rethink how we view our situation, others, ourselves, and power.
  • Apr 1, 2018Resurrection Encounters and Significance
    Apr 1, 2018
    Resurrection Encounters and Significance
    Series: Specials
    In this sermon, we look at three encounters three different people had with Jesus and we discover the significance the resurrection had on their lives.  We learn what difference the resurrection can make in our lives.  The resurrection means my sin can be forgiven, we have a new purpose for living, and we have hope for the future.
     
  • Mar 25, 20181 Samuel 16
    Mar 25, 2018
    1 Samuel 16
    1 Samuel 16
    God wants us to see as He sees.  We discover several important areas we need to rethink in order to gain God’s perspective on life.  We need to rethink our situation, others, ourselves, and greatness. 
     
  • Mar 18, 20181 Samuel 12-15
    Mar 18, 2018
    1 Samuel 12-15
     
    In this sermon we focus on 1 Samuel 15, and we learn the common characteristics and patterns of rebellion, or sin, against the king.  First, rebellion is anything other than complete and immediate obedience.  Second, rebellion is driven by greed.  Third, rebellion is irrational and leads to more rebellion.  Finally, we look at Hebrews 10 and discover how our rebellion can be overcome.