At VGBC, we believe very strongly that God has spoken and communicated to us in the Bible.  Because of this conviction, our preaching is based on God’s Word.  The responsibility of the preacher is to discover what the biblical text means and explain it in a way that the congregation will understand.  We are committed to expository preaching, which simply means we want to expose the clear meaning of the text.  We want you to be able to read along in your Bible and be able to verify that what is being taught from the pulpit is consistent with what the text says.  We also believe that the goal of preaching is application and lives changed for God’s glory.  We want you to be challenged and encouraged, and we hope
you are changed to be more like Christ as a result of hearing His Word.
 
 
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The King & The Kingdom
Sermon Series by Dr. Chris Moore
 

We believe it is important to go through all the types of literature in the Bible: New Testament letters and gospels and Old Testament poetry and prophets.  In this sermon series we are going through 1 Samuel, which is part of the historical narrative section of the Bible.  The history books are the largest type of literature in the Bible, and they tell the story about God and His people.  1 Samuel is important because we learn how the kingdom was established.  In this series, we are focusing on the important truths and lessons we learn about the king and the kingdom and what difference this makes for us today. 


May 21, 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.
 
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  • May 21, 20181 Samuel 29-31
    May 21, 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.
     
     
    Recommended Book:

    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.
  • 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.
  • Mar 11, 20181 Samuel 8-11
    Mar 11, 2018
    1 Samuel 8-11
    We learn several key truths about the King from this text.  First, we are quick to reject God as our King.  Second, we easily become enslaved to other masters.  Third, God the King will give us over to our desires.  Fourth, God the King is gracious.
  • Mar 4, 20181 Samuel 5-7
    Mar 4, 2018
    1 Samuel 5-7
    In this passage we learn that God advances His kingdom through judgment. We often don’t think about this biblical teaching, but we discover why we should rejoice in God’s judgment and what difference this makes for us today. We also see several ways this passage points us to Christ and why this makes us desire God’s judgments.
  • Feb 25, 20181 Samuel 4
    Feb 25, 2018
    1 Samuel 4
    Dr. Calvin Wittman is our guest speaker and he preaches from 1 Samuel 4 about why we should not try to put God in a box.
  • Feb 18, 20181 Samuel 3
    Feb 18, 2018
    1 Samuel 3
     
    In this sermon, we learn about several barriers that often prevent us from hearing God’s Word: inexperience, apathy, and sin.  We also learn how we can overcome these barriers and hear from God.  We talk about what it means for us to hear God’s Word.
     
  • Feb 11, 20181 Samuel 2
    Feb 11, 2018
    1 Samuel 2
    God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  We see this theme in Hannah’s song and we see it throughout the chapter.  We learn how the priests are arrogant and how God brings them low in his wrath.  Samuel is an example of humility, and he is exalted and shown grace.  We discover how this text points forward to the King, and how God’s wrath and grace meet in a unique way at the cross. 
     
  • 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.
     
 
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