Welcome to Victory
the big idea
Church isn’t just what happens in our building; it’s the work we do in our local and global communities to share Jesus. Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:10), and Christians are the body. Our goal is to share Christ with others to grow the family of believers. The mission and values of Victory defines the direction we’re taking to do this. They provide clarity as to who Victory is, giving us guidance to what is truly important as we make decisions about our day-to-day activities and our future.
But our mission and core values aren’t just about Victory. They’re about Jesus, about our community, and about the Kingdom of God. Jesus gave us our mission through the Great Commission. What happens at church is a microcosm of what happens out in the real world. And we want it to all be about Jesus.
In this series, we’ll explore Victory’s updated mission statement and core values. We’ll look at what these mean for our church and community today, and how they impact growth in the future.
October 27, 2019: Reaching People
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven after his resurrection, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth,” (Acts 1:8). Jesus wasn’t just talking to the disciples; he was talking to us. We are called to reach people with Christ’s victory, sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with all people. This is our mission at Victory. We share Jesus in church every week, but most importantly in our communities and day-to-day interactions with those around us.
Sermon Text: Acts 1:1-11
November 3, 2019: Welcoming
The early Christians didn’t have worship spaces with electricity, heat, and plumbing. But they did have each other. They gave up everything to meet the needs of the poor, shared meals together, and grew in faith as a united group of believers. When we say one of our core values is to be welcoming, we mean that we share life together through worship, small groups, serving, and meeting the needs of the people in our church and our community.
Sermon Text: Acts 2:42-47
November 10, 2019: Joyful and Fun
Worshiping Jesus isn’t always easy. It means sacrifice. It may even lead to persecution. And yet, we can worship the Lord with joy, even in the face of persecution, because God gives us strength and hope. At Victory, we share the joy of faith honestly, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. In worship and throughout everything we do, we find ways to share Jesus with joy and fun.
Sermon Text: Acts 4:23-31
November 17, 2019: Connected
As Peter began his ministry, the Holy Spirit told Peter to go to the Gentiles. This was a radical directive, because, according to the Jewish people, the Gentiles were unclean and not of God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, all people are forgiven children of God. At Victory, we believe the love of Jesus compels us to evaluate and create new ways to effectively communicate the Gospel, which does not change, within a culture that changes constantly. This includes staying connected to and meeting needs in our community.
Sermon Text: Acts 11:1-18
November 24, 2019: Pursuing Excellence
As best he could, the Apostle Paul strove to preach the truth in a way that everyone in his audience could understand. He knew that Jesus was the only one who could achieve perfection, but Paul worked tirelessly to reach people with Jesus. We give God our first and our best, pursuing excellence in all we do to be positive representatives of His Kingdom.
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
November 27, 2019 (Thanksgiving Eve): Generous
In the early church, when the people experienced a famine, Barnabas and Paul gathered an offering to help the people. They gave the little they had to help their brothers and sisters in Christ. At Victory, we have a culture of generosity that allows us to meet our needs as a church but also reach out into our community to share the love of Christ through acts of service and financial giving.
Sermon Text: Acts 11:19-30