Non Series Messages
April 19-20, 2014
I Corinthians 15:6 (NLT) After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
Mark 15:21 (NLT) A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander
April 11-12, 2014
The most fundamental, foundational message about Jesus Christ
The doorway into the Christian life
What the Reformation was all about: Luther’s great discovery
What makes Christianity different from all religion
Knowing that you know
Not arrogance: but saving faith
Justification through faith
Why is “observing the law” a bad deal?
The case against you
April 5-6, 2014
A sacrament is something ordinary - - but God uses it to make it a vehicle for what is extraordinary.
The Sacrament of Water Baptism
What is the meaning of baptism?
Matthew 28:19 (NAS) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
How much water is needed for
VCNP Spring 2014 Small Group Fair.
February 15-16, 2014
You can be the transitional generation
The lesson of the Shema: Discipleship begins at home
4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit
February 1-2, 2014
What really matters? ____________________________________________________________
Mark 8:36-37 (NIV) 36“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Possessions are great, until they possess you!
Declared values: The things in life we say are important to us.
January 4-5, 2014
2 Cor. 1:20a (NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.
Peter's "No Lord, Yes Lord" dilemma
Acts 10:9-48a (NIV) 9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he
December 28-29, 2013
God loves new things!
Genesis 1:1 (NLT) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
December 23-24, 2013
Luke 1:11-13 (NLT) 11While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.12Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him.13But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him
November 30-December 1, 2013
I John 4:19 (NAS) We love, because He first loved us.
Exodus 20:3 (NLT) “You must not have any other god but me.”
Why do we sing?
We sing because the Bible tells us to.
Ephesians 5:19b (NIV) Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.
Colossians 3:16b (NLT) Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful
October 19-20, 2013
Disabled: The enemy, culture, and our past is trying to steal our destiny.
Reality: Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Invitation: “We exist to invite people into a new way of living, authentic and full of freedom in Jesus.”
People today are hungry for authenticity, transparency and
October 12-13, 2013
The gospel is a foundational story.
The gospel is a unique story.
The gospel is an old story.
The gospel is a comprehensive story.
The gospel is a Christ-centered story.
The gospel is a response-demanding story.
October 5-6, 2013
Why We Give
We give as an act of obedience.
We give because of future preference.
We give because what we do here affects eternity.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NAS) 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
September 7-8, 2013
The Case for Community
Jesus’ prayer for us.
John 17:20-23 (NIV) 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the
August 10-11, 2013
What is outreach?
Outreach is communicating the love of Jesus wherever you are.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) 14“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.16In the same way, let your
June 29-30, 2013
John 8:31b-32 (NIV) 31Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Galatians 5:1a (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Jesus is our great liberator.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
June 22-23, 2013
Luke 6:12-13, 17-19 (NLT) 12One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.13At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.17When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds.
Father’s Day Weekend 2013
June 15-16, 2013
Two Dads Who Made a Difference
The father of the Prodigal Son
He was open to change and willing to let go.
Luke 15:12 (NIV) “The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.”
He was a forgiving dad.
Luke 15:17-19 (NIV) 17"When he (the son) came to
June 1-2, 2013
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Let the person who cannot be alone beware of community. Let the person who is not in community beware of being alone.”
II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
In the quiet His voice travels a great distance, but in the noise it’s lost.
Three Ps That Hinder Our Commitment to Christ
Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)
May 4-5, 2013
Matthew 7:28 (NAS) When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching.
John 3:1-2 (NAS) 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with
Jesus has also bridged that chasm for you!
He‘s going to give you the nature of a bridge builder!
John 3:16 (NAS) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Revelation 21:4 (NAS) “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be
I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love never fails.
A Resolve for Every Morning of the New Year by Bishop John H. Vincent:
“I will this day try to live a simple, sincere and serene life - repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking. Cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity and the habit of holy silence, exercising economy in expenditures, carefulness in conversation,
Ephesians1:3 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
A Fresh Look at an Often Unnoticed Word of Exhortation
Ephesians 4:1 (NIV) As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life
Luke 2:7 (NAS) And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
“Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed Him in a manger because the guest room was already full.”
Luke 2:8-12 (NAS) 8In the same region there were some shepherds
Life is hard, but God is good. Prayer helps.
Busyness weeds out prayer.
God desires our communion with Him. Prayer is being with God as an end in itself.
Ignatius and Prayer Exercises
Who was Ignatius of Loyola?
Why I like the prayer exercises so much:
They are Jesus-centered
They are Bible-centered
They are Spirit-centered
What is the purpose of the Ignatian (and other
One Big Idea:
If following Jesus is worth anything, it’s worth everything!
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again.” (Matthew 13:44 NASB)
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew
In the opening chapters of Genesis, God sang a song; it’s “The Song of Creation.”
“And God said… and it was so… and God saw that it was good.”
Why this sudden change in tune?
Genesis 2:4, 7-10, 15-18a (NIV)
God’s antidote for loneliness.
Genesis 2:18b-20 (NIV)
Genesis 2:21-22 (NIV)
Adam confirms God’s remedy.
"This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." [1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)]
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." [1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)]
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. [1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)]
Remember He Is the Host at the
Five incredible reasons it's great to be a dad.
Dads get to rejoice in their kids' accomplishments.
Matthew 17:1-5 (NIV) 1…Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.3Just then there appeared
Luke 9:23 (NIV) “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Luke 9:57 (NIV) As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Luke 9:58 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay
Exodus 20:12 (NLT) “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
Three Ways to Honor Moms
You acknowledge the difficulty of the task.
Giving them the grace to be human.
You build her up.
I Thessalonians 5:11 (NAS) Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also
Luke 6:12 (NIV) One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
Luke 6:13 (NIV) When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles….
Luke 6:17-19 (NIV) 17He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a
John 5:16-20 (NLT) 16So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” 18So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. 19So Jesus explained,
What if we resolve to welcome Jesus’ presence more into our lives?
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NLT) 16I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.17And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him.
John 14:23 (NIV) "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching My Father
What the Wise Men Did to Try and Find God
They sought the truth.
None of us are the authority!
Matthew 2:1-2 (NLT) 1Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,2“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship