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Sermons by Ben Sadler

Sermons by Ben Sadler

Abraham, Jacob

Jacob: From Struggle to Embrace

Jacob always struggled and fought for his place in the world. From the time he was born until he made his way back to be reunited with Esau, Jacob wrestled with God’s plan for his life. Finally, he struggled and wrestled with God himself, finding the blessing he’d been looking for his whole life. If you have struggled to find your place in your family and in God’s family, know that God embraces you and sees you as His child.…
seeing, source, pursuit, community, wisdom, goal

The Goal of Wisdom

When we let God decide what is wise, what is good and evil, then we begin to experience a taste of the Garden. Wisdom will not keep us from all pain and suffering, but when we live according to God’s wisdom we do experience blessing. The goal of wisdom is not necessarily for us to be healthy, wealthy, and happy. But as we walk in God’s ways, trusting in his wisdom and power, we do experience a sense of purpose…
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The Community of Wisdom

The Proverbs emphasize the importance of a wise community. Although true wisdom comes from God and his Word, it takes a community of believers to discover and apply it. We can’t understand God’s Word all on our own. We need Christian teachers and advisers and mentors who will help us discern what’s best. We will follow the crowd, so we need to choose wisely which crowd to follow. Sermon Text: Proverbs 2:20-22
seeing, source, pursuit, community, wisdom, goal

God: The Source of Wisdom

We need to know that God is the source of all true wisdom. Instead of beginning with Google, we need to begin with God. We might think that only the last and most recent ideas are the wisest. But true wisdom stands the test of time. We see this theme throughout Scripture, starting with the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve had a choice: either they could trust God’s view of good and bad, or they…
hope, coming, changes, everything, real, Christmas, here, future

Hope is Real

There is real transforming power in realizing that hope is not merely a concept that glosses over the pain of life. Hope is real. When hope becomes real to us, we can see and experience its benefits. It provides a substance to that which is not seen. Often, life can feel dull and empty. However, as hope becomes real, our lives take on a new meaning, new concept, and quite a new purpose. Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-38
hope, coming, changes, everything, real, Christmas, here, future

Hope Changes Me

When we allow ourselves to think that where we are is always where we will be, we lose hope. We lose a sense of determination and confidence in the future. But what creates this hope in the future is the fact that God makes us promises that He will be with us, He will guide us, and He will bless us if we stay strong in His promises. There are many circumstances that attempt to rob us of our hope:…
mission, welcoming, joyful, fun, connected, excellence, generosity

Victory Core Values: Generosity

In the early church, when the people experienced a famine, Barnabas and Paul demonstrated generosity. They gathered an offering to help the people affected by the famine. 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…
mission, welcoming, joyful, fun, connected, excellence, generosity

Core Values: Connected

As Peter began his ministry, the Holy Spirit told Peter to connect with 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.  The Gospel does not change, but our culture changes constantly. This includes staying connected…
mission, welcoming, joyful, fun, connected, excellence, generosity

Welcoming – Victory Core Value

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…
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When There is Pain…Forgive

Retaliation is easier than to forgive. It may seem more satisfying to “get back” at those who hurt us. But in the end, we’re left feeling worse because the guilt of retribution is added to the grudge we hold. Jesus had every right to be angry; he was condemned to death despite complete innocence. Yet, some of his last words were asking his Father to forgive us. What would our lives look like if we chose forgiveness over retaliation? Sermon…
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When There’s Need…Give

We don’t have to look far to see needs in our community. No matter where you live, you can find people struggling, whom God calls us to serve. Even in our own homes, we may have children who need to hear about God’s love. Jesus met the physical needs of the poor and needy by feeding and healing them. Most importantly, he met the spiritual needs of all of us by reconciling us to God. How would the world be…
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When There’s Work To Be Done…Serve

We expect to be recognized for our work. Whether it’s being paid, receiving recognition, or earning an honored position, we want people to know about the work we did. This is not why Jesus came to work. The God of the Universe humbled himself enough to come as a human to Earth. Although he deserves a crown of glory, he received a crown of thorns. Jesus demonstrated how we should serve others selflessly, not expecting anything in return. What would…