Feb 5, 2018
1 Samuel 1
 
Hannah is the main character in 1 Samuel 1 and we learn important kingdom principles from her.  First, God’s kingdom brings hope to the hopeless.  Hannah’s hopelessness is a picture of Israel’s spiritual barrenness and she is a picture of our need.  The good news is that God delights in bringing hope to us in our desperation.  Second, we learn God’s kingdom brings honor to the humble.  Hannah is a picture of humility that God honors, and we discover how this story points us to the ultimate example of humility.
 
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  • Feb 5, 20181 Samuel 1
    Feb 5, 2018
    1 Samuel 1
     
    Hannah is the main character in 1 Samuel 1 and we learn important kingdom principles from her.  First, God’s kingdom brings hope to the hopeless.  Hannah’s hopelessness is a picture of Israel’s spiritual barrenness and she is a picture of our need.  The good news is that God delights in bringing hope to us in our desperation.  Second, we learn God’s kingdom brings honor to the humble.  Hannah is a picture of humility that God honors, and we discover how this story points us to the ultimate example of humility.
     
  • Jan 29, 2018Applying the Gospel: Response
    Jan 29, 2018
    Applying the Gospel: Response
     
    In the final sermon of this series, we talk about how we should respond to the gospel and we discover several benefits if we have responded to the gospel with faith.  If I am trusting in Christ, I have a new relationship, a new identity, and a new power.  We learn why this should encourage us and motivate us to live lives that are worthy of all God has done for us in the gospel.
  • Jan 22, 2018Applying the Gospel: Christ
    Jan 22, 2018
    Applying the Gospel: Christ
     
    In this sermon we return to one of the most important passages.  We emphasize God’s solution to our sin problem, which is Jesus Christ and His cross.  We discover Jesus has succeeded where I have failed, He proves God loves me, and He is everything I need.  We talk about what difference these truths should make for us practically. 
  • Jan 21, 2018Applying the Gospel: Man
    Jan 21, 2018
    Applying the Gospel: Man
     
    In this sermon, we focus on the second part of the gospel, man and his sin.  We discover several key principles we can draw out and apply to our lives.  We learn that we should value all people as God does, even when it’s difficult.  We learn that we deserve less, and so we live as people who are grateful and quick to show mercy.  We learn that we are in need, and why this should affect the way we live.  We talk about how God has met our need and how we can practically apply these great gospel truths.
  • Dec 31, 2017Applying the Gospel: God
    Dec 31, 2017
    Applying the Gospel: God
     
    In this sermon, we focus on the beginning of the gospel, God the King.  We discover several fundamental lessons from our text that we can apply to our lives.  For example, God is King and I am not.  Also, God is in control and He is good.  We learn practically how to take these gospel truths about God and apply them to real life challenges and struggles we face every day.
     
  • Dec 10, 2017Christmas in Revelation
    Dec 10, 2017
    Christmas in Revelation

    Revelation 12

    When we look at the birth of Jesus we often turn to Matthew or Luke.  But in this sermon we discover that the Christmas story is also found in the book of Revelation.  We see there is a war involving a dragon that takes place behind the scenes of the nativity.  We are encouraged as we learn why we can be confident in the battle that continues to this day.
  • Dec 3, 2017Life and Death
    Dec 3, 2017
    Life and Death
    In this text we see four images that help us develop God’s perspective on life and death. The first image is an offering, and we learn we are called to live our lives as a sacrifice. The second image is a departure, and we are encouraged that there is life after death. The third image is a race, and we are called to keep running and endure to the end. The final image is a reward, and we are reminded that following Christ to the end is worth it!
     
  • Nov 26, 2017Truth
    Nov 26, 2017
    Truth
    2 Timothy 4:1-5
    In this sermon, we discover the problem is that we are naturally inclined to gravitate away from the truth toward error.  We talk about why this happens and what this downward process involves.  We also discover the solution to this problem.  We ask and answer the big questions about how to combat falsehood and darkness with truth and light. 
     
     
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  • Nov 19, 2017Enduring
    Nov 19, 2017
    Enduring
    In this passage and sermon we are called to endure. We have all started new projects or hobbies that we have eventually quit. We often have a similar temptation in our faith to slow down or even quit. We learn from this text several keys for enduring the race set before us.
     
     
     
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  • Nov 12, 2017Evil
    Nov 12, 2017
    Evil
    Evil is a term that has become less popular because it is a theological term that implies moral absolutes. In this sermon, we learn a biblical perspective of evil. We discover that evil is often subtle and quick to spread. We talk about the root of evil, the marks of evil, the response to evil, and the limits of evil.
     
     
  • Oct 29, 2017Grace Alone – Christ Alone – Faith Alone
    Oct 29, 2017
    Grace Alone – Christ Alone – Faith Alone
    Series: Specials
    Ephesians 2:1-10
    This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  The greatest contribution of this movement was that God’s people returned to God’s Word and therefore the gospel.  In this sermon from Ephesians 2:1-10, we focus on the material issue of the Reformation: how a person becomes right with God.  We are reminded that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
  • Oct 22, 2017Thinking
    Oct 22, 2017
    Thinking
    In this sermon, we talk about right thinking. Unfortunately, many people believe we have to ignore rationality and logic in order to have faith. But God has given us a mind and we are supposed to use it as we love God with our mind. We look at the call to right thinking, the importance of right thinking, and practical steps we can take to develop a Christian mind.
     
     
  • Oct 15, 2017Suffering
    Oct 15, 2017
    Suffering
    One of the major themes of this letter is suffering. We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering. Some say suffering is just an illusion. Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer. Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering. Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating. We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
     
     
  • Oct 1, 2017Commitment
    Oct 1, 2017
    Commitment
    In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul encourages Timothy to stand strong and be committed to the gospel ministry. He uses the image of a soldier, athlete, and farmer to help illustrate what faithful ministry involves. We learn that commitment is difficult, necessary, and rewarding. Following Jesus often involves traveling a difficult road, but the road is worth it because it leads to life.
     
     
  • Sep 24, 2017Gospel
    Sep 24, 2017
    Gospel
    In this sermon we learn there is both an offensive and defensive aspect to the gospel and to gospel ministry. We are called to advance the gospel using the pattern of sound words we have been given. We are also called to defend the gospel, which means being willing to state explicitly what the gospel is and what the gospel is not. We discover that advancing and defending the gospel begins in our own hearts and homes before we can faithfully do this work in our community and world.
     
     
  • Sep 17, 2017Shame
    Sep 17, 2017
    Shame
    The main theme of this passage is shame. Paul tells Timothy that he is not ashamed and he calls on Timothy to join him in fighting against shame. We learn why we experience shame and we discover how to not be ashamed of Jesus. We also learn several important lessons for developing a biblical perspective on shame.
     
     
  • Sep 10, 2017Relationships
    Sep 10, 2017
    Relationships
    2 Timothy is a letter between two people who have a close friendship. As we begin this letter, we learn some important lessons about relationships. Our normal perspective is challenged and corrected by this biblical view. Healthy relationships are grounded in the gospel and they are purposeful in extending the gospel. They are unselfish and authentic. We also discover why Jesus has friended us and loved us in a way that no one else can.
     
     
     
     
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  • Sep 3, 2017Making Disciples who Impact
    Sep 3, 2017
    Making Disciples who Impact
    We begin by looking at the big picture of God’s desire to be known by all peoples. God has blessed us so we will bless others so He will be known and praised. We learn that this has been God’s desire and plan from the beginning. We also learn the ways Vista Grande is involved in making an impact for Christ globally and locally.
     
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  • Aug 27, 2017Making Disciples who Serve
    Aug 27, 2017
    Making Disciples who Serve
    We look at the parable of the talents and learn several important lessons about serving. For example, everything we have is a loan from God including our time, energy, money, and resources. We discover that as stewards we will give an account to God, so we are encouraged to use what God has given us to serve Him and His church.
     
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  • Aug 20, 2017Making Disciples who Connect
    Aug 20, 2017
    Making Disciples who Connect
    We often think of Christian fellowship as being an optional, small part of Christianity.  We discover that true fellowship is a vital aspect of discipleship.  We talk about the basis, goal, importance, and motivation for connecting.