Baptism
09Dec2018
Light and Life with Pastor Peter James

This week continues our Advent sermon series about the person of Christ. This Sunday we're looking at the beginning of the book of John, and what the "Word" is. The Word was with God and the Word was God tells us that the nativity story and the birth of Jesus wasn't the moment He came into existence, but in fact has been with God since the beginning.


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02Dec2018
Meeting Jesus, with Pastor Peter James

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the advent season, it's also the kick off of a sermon series surrounding the person of Jesus. In light of these two things we take a look into 2 Samuel, and the promise made to David that God is going to build him a dynasty.


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25Nov2018
Discerning God’s Will, with Pastor Glenda Hoffman

This week continues our sermon series on the book of Acts. Discerning God's will is a tricky matter, most of the time there isn't a burning bush or direct messanger to communicate these things to us. Instead we need to look to scripture and compare our thoughts with what we're taught to do by the Bible.


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18Nov2018
What God Forgets, with Pastor Peter James

The sermon title this week is sure to grab some attention, 'What does God Forget'. Well, nothing right? We believe God is all knowing and reading through the old testament we can see He is quite familiar with long term planning. Paul even draws attention to this in our Acts reading, beginning his sermon with a recount of the events of the old testament leading to the birth of Christ. So what does God forget then? You'll have to watch and find out!


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11Nov2018
Entitlement Trap, with Pastor Pete James

"Entitlement" is one of the biggest buzzwords surrounding people these days. The idea that they deserve goods, services and other benefits based on who they are or who they've been. Our scripture reading in Acts looks at one of the Apostles, Peter, who has been imprisoned and set to be executed but is rescued by an angel of the Lord. Was Peter entitled to this treatment, being a man of God and paragon of the early church? Does his standing in the world make him a higher priority than James, who was executed before him, in the eyes of God?


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04Nov2018
The Barnabas Effect, with Pastor Pete James

The second fiddle. The idiom has gained somewhat of a negative connotation over time; everyone wants to be the leader, number one. The second fiddle however is an important role in any orchestra, they provide the harmony to the music. Barnabas is known for being second fiddle to Paul in the book of Acts and throughout the book he constantly lives up to the meaning of his name, the son of encouragement.


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28Oct2018
Playing Favorites, with Pastor Pete James

This week's chapter of Acts takes us to Peter on a rooftop, who is experiencing a recurring vision. In this vision he is presented a mixture of clean and unclean animals, as determined by Jewish law, and told to eat freely. He refuses time and time again and struggles to find the meaning of what he sees. He is then escorted from his home by Roman soldiers to the home of their Centurion, who as it turns out is believer who was commanded by an Angel to meet with Peter. The meaning behind the vision is cleared up in an instant, it wasn't about animals and eating but rather that God doesn't distinguish between Jew and Gentile, that He doesn't play favorites with the people of the world and neither should we.


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21Oct2018
Swift Kick or Gentle Nudge, with Pastor Peter James

When it comes to redemption stories few are as drastic and abrupt as Saul's conversion into Paul. Saul is on his way to persecute, and possibly execute, Christians when BAM! God knocks him off his horse, blinds him, and sends him to meet His followers. Sometimes life is like that, but for a lot of us there isn't some divine moment, or "horror story" that lead to our conversion. It's important to understand that not having the same kind of grand epiphany doesn't cheapen or lessen the quality of your faith.


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14Oct2018
Good News, with Pastor Glenda Simpkins Hoffman

The sermon for today challenges us to consider what we really believe. You can listen here). In summary, Philip was a person who truly believed the good news that Jesus is Lord, Scripture is our authority, and everyone is called to follow Jesus. His beliefs were translated into action in sharing the good news. Before we will share the good news, we have to believe it is good news—not only for us but for others. Our beliefs can be translated into action as we engage in sharing the good news through a simple and memorable model: prayer, care, share, dare. Here are some links to that provide simple and short gospel presentations that might be helpful.

The Bridge Illustration. https://athletesinaction.org/resources/pdf/NavTool-The-Bridge-To-Life.pdf

Would you like to know God personally?https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

Five-minute video on the gospel: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/3-2-1-the-story-of-god-the-world-and-you-a-simple-gospel-explanation/


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07Oct2018
Body Building, with Pastor David Jordan-Haas

This is the fifth week of our sermon series on Acts, All In. This week we're looking at the start of chapter six, and get a look at some of the "growing pains" the early church went through. The new Christians have complaints with the distribution of food, but the Apostles can't be tied down to one place in order to properly help them. Instead, they work with the people to appoint leaders among them according to their strengths. This is the important detail: everyone has strengths and weaknesses and have different ways that they can help support the Body of Christ. VPC is offering SHAPE, a tool used to help you identify those strengths at https://viennapres.org/shape/.


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