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 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.
    Discussion Questions
  • 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.
  • 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.