Jan 29, 2017
Knowing Jesusas the Son of God
In John 5 we see several examples from the people in the story of common myths and inaccurate views about God and how He works. We correct these myths and we are encouraged to think correctly about God, ourselves, and God’s Son. We address superstitions, healings, and man-made traditions.
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  • Jan 29, 2017Knowing Jesusas the Son of God
    Jan 29, 2017
    Knowing Jesusas the Son of God
    In John 5 we see several examples from the people in the story of common myths and inaccurate views about God and how He works. We correct these myths and we are encouraged to think correctly about God, ourselves, and God’s Son. We address superstitions, healings, and man-made traditions.
  • Jan 22, 2017Knowing Jesus as Living Water
    Jan 22, 2017
    Knowing Jesus as Living Water
    In this sermon we look at John 4 and the intriguing conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well. We learn the problem is that we have both a physical and spiritual thirst. We also learn that Jesus can satisfy our thirst. Perhaps most interestingly, we learn the reason why Jesus is able to satisfy is because He experienced both physical and spiritual thirst for us. When we come to understand and believe this, we begin to experience the satisfaction only Jesus can provide.
  • Jan 8, 2017Knowing Jesus as Redeemer
    Jan 8, 2017
    Knowing Jesus as Redeemer
    In this sermon we look at the stories from John 2 when Jesus turns water to wine and cleanses the temple. In both stories we have a problem and a solution. The problem is brokenness, and the solution is that Jesus has come to redeem. We discover how Jesus provides redemption and we are encouraged to know Him more deeply as our Redeemer.
  • Jan 1, 2017Knowing Jesus as the Word
    Jan 1, 2017
    Knowing Jesus as the Word
    In John 1 we discover our problem is that, left to ourselves, we don’t know God and we can’t know Him. The good news is that God has made Himself knowable to us. However, John tells us Jesus is the way we come to know God. We discover why Jesus is essential for knowing God.
  • Jan 1, 2017Knowing Jesus as the Word
    Jan 1, 2017
    Knowing Jesus as the Word

    In John 1 we discover our problem is that, left to ourselves, we don’t know God and we can’t know Him.  The good news is that God has made Himself knowable to us.  However, John tells us Jesus is the way we come to know God.  We discover why Jesus is essential for knowing God.

  • Dec 25, 2016The Christmas Spirit
    Dec 25, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit
    In this Christmas Day sermon, we look at Luke’s account of Christ’s birth. Throughout the sermon series, we have been talking about the particular spirit of Christmas we see in each text. Now we discover how we see each Christmas spirit in this text: humility, joy, peace, and love. Since God has given His Son, we are encouraged to practice each of these characteristics throughout the year.
  • Dec 11, 2016The Christmas Spirit – Love
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit – Love
    We learn that the true spirit of Christmas involves love. We see God’s love for us in the birth of His Son. We also see the proof of God’s love for us through His Son’s death. Just as God has loved us in a sacrificial way, so we should love one another. In fact, John says if we don’t love one another in this way we haven’t really experienced God’s love. We learn how and why we should practice this Christmas spirit of love.
  • Dec 4, 2016The Christmas Spirit: Humility
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit: Humility
    The Christmas spirit we see in this important text is humility. Even though He was equal with God, Jesus willingly humbled Himself. We explore what it means that He “emptied” Himself, and we discover the true wonder of Christmas. The main point of this text is that we practice this spirit of humility. We learn what true humility involves and how to get motivated to reflect the humility we see in the Christmas story.
  • Nov 27, 2016Should I Not Pity that Great City, Colorado Springs?
    Nov 27, 2016
    Should I Not Pity that Great City, Colorado Springs?
    In Jonah 4, we discover that we should be gracious toward others since God has been gracious toward us. We learn from Jonah that there is a "problem" with God’s grace as we often want to see people experience God’s justice while we want to experience His grace. We learn how our hearts can be changed to reflect God’s heart for Colorado Springs and all people.
  • Nov 20, 2016God is Patient
    Nov 20, 2016
    God is Patient
    As we see God’s patience toward Jonah, we are reminded that God is patient with His people. We are motivated to faithfulness and to be patient with one another. As we see God’s patience toward Nineveh, we are reminded that God is patient with all people. While the cross reveals God is willing to forgive the most undeserving people, we also discover that God’s patience won’t last forever.
  • Nov 6, 2016The Church and the State
    Nov 6, 2016
    The Church and the State
    Series: Specials
    This sermon was preached on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. How should Christians think about politics? Some think there are certain controversial issues such as politics that Christians should avoid. On the other hand, some think the solution to all our problems is found through political involvement. To help answer these difficult issues, we go to God’s Word and discover several timeless principles for how Christians should think about the relationship between the church and the state.
    Matthew 22:15-22
  • Oct 30, 2016Foundations of the Faith
    Oct 30, 2016
    Foundations of the Faith
    Series: Specials
    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany and effectively began the Protestant Reformation. 499 years later, we still celebrate and experience the benefits of that Reformation which helped restore the church to the foundational teachings of the Bible. In this sermon, we talk about the most significant principles that were reintroduced by Luther and the other Reformers: Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, and God’s Glory Alone.
  • Oct 9, 2016Salvations Belongs to the Lord
    Oct 9, 2016
    Salvations Belongs to the Lord
    Jonah 2 is a unique psalm Jonah prays to the Lord from the belly of the fish. We are reminded of our need for salvation. We need God’s grace as much as anyone, and it is important for us to recognize this lesson in order to experience his salvation. We are also reminded that salvation is from God from beginning to end. We simply need to cry out to him. Finally, we discover some of the results of salvation and ways in which Jesus is greater than Jonah.
  • Oct 3, 2016God is in Control
    Oct 3, 2016
    God is in Control
    We learn from Jonah 1 that God is in control in all places. Just as Jonah cannot escape God, neither can we. This thought is both humbling and encouraging. We also learn He is in control of all things. Like Jonah, we often affirm this truth but we don’t live like it. The good news is that God is gracious and He sends someone greater than Jonah.
  • Sep 25, 2016I Am Among You As The One Who Serves
    Sep 25, 2016
    I Am Among You As The One Who Serves
    What does it look like to be great in God’s kingdom? We learn that it looks very different from the way the world thinks about greatness. We discover that true greatness involves humility and serving.
  • Sep 18, 2016Making Disciples Who Impact
    Sep 18, 2016
    Making Disciples Who Impact
    Jesus has given the church a simple mission to make disciples. A key aspect of being a disciple is making Christ known. We are reminded from this passage that God wants to be known, and we discover key principles for making Him known.
  • Sep 4, 2016Making Disciples who Serve
    Sep 4, 2016
    Making Disciples who Serve
    The message of the gospel is that we are not right with God but we can be because of what Christ has done at the cross. While the gospel is about being right with God, the gospel is also about the peace Jesus has established among God’s people. An important part of growing as a disciple of Christ is to grow together with God’s people. We discover from this text why we should value one another and why we should be connected with one another in the church.
  • Sep 4, 2016Making Disciples who Connect
    Sep 4, 2016
    Making Disciples who Connect
    The message of the gospel is that we are not right with God but we can be because of what Christ has done at the cross. While the gospel is about being right with God, the gospel is also about the peace Jesus has established among God’s people. An important part of growing as a disciple of Christ is to grow together with God’s people. We discover from this text why we should value one another and why we should be connected with one another in the church.
  • Aug 28, 2016Making Disciples Who Worship
    Aug 28, 2016
    Making Disciples Who Worship
    We discover this incredible truth that God wants our worship. This is why He created us, and this is why we have this deep thirst. The problem is that we try to satisfy our thirst in ways that can never truly satisfy. The good news is that God has provided the way for us to be satisfied. We learn what it means to worship in spirit and truth and experience true satisfaction.
  • Aug 21, 2016Making Disciples Who Worship, Connect, Serve & Impact
    Aug 21, 2016
    Making Disciples Who Worship, Connect, Serve & Impact
    At Vista Grande, we have a simple mission. We want to make disciples. We want to see people become disciples, and we want to see people grow up in Christ. One helpful part of our mission statement is four key words that describe what discipleship looks like so you can know what is expected of you. These four words reflect the values of the first church and every faithful church since Acts 2. We want to make disciples who worship, connect, serve & impact.