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Sermons on Living Our Faith

Sermons on Living Our Faith

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Foolproof Followers

We are all tempted to scroll through YouTube, Facebook, or the latest podcast to find the sage who will unlock the secret to true happiness. We look to leaders who have charisma and success. We can even look at our favorite spiritual leaders in the same way. But often, we find out that those leaders are broken people with flaws just like all of us. The Corinthians fell into the same trap. They put their faith in leaders who had…

Blessed Through the Savior

Ebenezer Scrooge had no need for Christmas. In fact, he seemed to despise anything good, such as compassion, empathy, and charity. But when he’s forced to look back on his life and sees things from different perspectives, he realizes that life isn’t worth living if you’re only living for yourself. We may get caught up in the allure of accumulating materials, money, and accomplishments. But in the end, we can’t take anything with us. None of us is good enough…

Changing Hearts

The Grinch has one goal: stop Christmas at all costs. He plots and schemes to get rid of all Christmas from Whoville by stealing trees, presents, food, and anything that hints at Christmas. But, when he witnesses the people of Whoville celebrating Christmas without the material goods, he has a change of heart. Without God, our hearts are hard. They deceive us and lead us to act and think in ways that go against God’s will for us. When we…

Unexpectedly Wonderful

George Bailey has had enough. He’s always working, always sacrificing, and it seems to get him nowhere. When he faces losing the family business that he never wanted to run in the first place, he contemplates ending it all. However, he gets the opportunity to see what the world would be like without him and recognizes how wonderful his life really is. Things don’t always turn out the way we’ve planned. This gets frustrating to us because we think we…

Jesus’ Generosity is Good for All People

Some people have become wary of the Christian Church because they feel that they just ask for money. At times, we all get frustrated that we don’t have as much as someone else. But we find in God’s Word that Jesus is unendingly generous. All that we have – wealth, abilities, status – is from God. And the most important gift he gives to us is grace. Because of Jesus’ generosity, Christians can be inspired to serve others and give…

Jesus is Good for Scientific Progress

Some have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity hinders scientific progress. But Scripture shows that Jesus loved the natural world and taught us to investigate it so that we might know the Creator even better. When we look at Jesus’ words, we will actually be encouraged to study science, discovering out the world works. And we will find that Christianity is good for scientific progress. Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34

Eternal Judgment from Jesus is Good

Some have left the Christian church because the Bible speaks about eternal judgment in Hell for some. But when we look at the teachings of Jesus, we can see that eternal judgment was not originally intended for humans, but for the devil and his angels. And yet, Jesus wisely judges those who continue to harm those around them and refuse his love and forgiveness. When we study Jesus’ words on eternal judgment, we find that this message is good for…

Jesus is Good for Men and Women

Some have left the Christian Church because they have witnessed Christians treating men and women differently. While the Bible makes it clear that men and women are different, the elevation of one gender over another is not Scriptural.  Jesus challenged the gender inequality of his day and ours as he met with the Samaritan woman at the well.  If we follow Jesus’ words and example, the Christian Church will be good for both men and women. Scriptures: John 4:1-26

Jesus is Good for Children, the Poor, and the Oppressed

Some people have left the Christian Church because they have witnessed abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable among Christians. Many of these people have been victims of the Church and have come to associate Christianity with pain. Yet, Jesus spoke strongly against any form of abuse or maltreatment to anyone who is vulnerable, especially children.  When we faithfully follow Jesus’ words, the Christian church becomes a group that supports children, the poor, and the oppressed. Scriptures: Matthew 20:20-28

Jesus is Good for Every Race

Some people have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity supports racism. But when we look to the life and teaching of Jesus, we see Jesus confronting the systemic racism of his day, not encouraging or continuing racist practices. When we follow Jesus’ teachings, the Christian Church can begin to break down the racial barriers we see in our culture to share Jesus’ love with all people. Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37

Remaining Faithful to the Work

Even after all the work is done on the temple, there is still lingering corruption and challenges. Nehemiah stays vigilant and calls God’s people to remain faithful to the work of building and maintaining God’s house. As we accomplish God-sized visions, there will be ongoing work to do. At Victory, we learn from each opportunity we take, and we continue to go back to our mission and values to stay focused on the work. If you have fallen away from…

Spiritual Renewal in the Love of God

The walls were up, and it was time to gather at the temple as God’s people. Nehemiah and Ezra read God’s Word to the crowds. The people are moved by God’s Word. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the people repent, and a revival begins. Our Ministry Center is an important building where God’s people gather. But it’s not the building itself that is important. The move of God comes through the Word of God. That’s why it’s essential…