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Sermons on Purpose, Mission, & Ministry

Sermons on Purpose, Mission, & Ministry

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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…
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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
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Welcome to Victory: Mission

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven after his resurrection, he gave his disciples their mission, “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…
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Are You Kidding Me?

Because of his patience and Ninevah’s repentance, God relents and does not destroy Ninevah. Jonah should be happy, right? WRONG! He thinks, “Are you kidding me?” Jonah becomes angry with God because he doesn’t follow through with the destruction. Even as this book of the Bible ends, we see God continuing to work on Jonah’s heart. As we go out into the world on mission, even as we share Jesus with the world, God continues to work on our hearts…
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No Way!

God calls Jonah to go to the city of Ninevah and help them see the errors in their ways. Instead, Jonah gets on the next boat out, gets himself thrown overboard, and ends up in the belly of a big fish. He says, “No way!” to God. But God is patient with Jonah, and he’s patient with us too. Even when our faith is weak and we doubt his plan for our lives, when we tell him, “No way!” when…

Everyone’s Welcome To the Table

David wrote in Psalm 23, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  Jesus invites us to the Lord’s table where we gather to eat his true body for the forgiveness of sins.  Christians gather regularly around the table at potlucks and family dinners to fellowship together and encourage each other.  And then, there’s heaven. God’s table evokes images of salvation, story-telling, satisfaction, and singing – joy beyond the most amazing spread. But you probably have…
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Change Agents for Christ

A church building may exist at a specific mailing address, but the Church doesn’t end when the property line does or after Sunday services. You are not only a recipient of reconciliation but an ambassador of Christ, to seek and save the lost. As we build relationships with family, community, culture, and even strangers, the Holy Spirit is there to make a change in people’s lives, just as light changes darkness and salt change food. You want to be a…
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What If…We Spread the Good News?

After Jesus ascended into Heaven, the disciples were lost. They huddled in an upstairs room, trying to figure out what to do next. And then… a miracle! They were filled with the Holy Spirit, inspired anew to share the good news. The book of Acts tells us that 3,000 people came to faith that day. What if we shared Jesus like this? Imagine the impact that the Good News of Jesus would have on your family, your community, and the…
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Share without Fear

In modern society, Christians are at best discriminated against and prejudged, and even persecuted at worst. To spread the Gospel with all God’s people, we will be invincible as we serve God’s purposes for which we are placed here and now. In a world divided by violence, terrorism, and war, we will be fearless. Isaiah 8:12-14
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Christ’s Ambassadors

Christians are often labeled as bigots or backward. But, in a post-Christian world, we will be ambassadors to foreign tribes, behaving diplomatically toward neighbors who have been told the worst about Christianity. Sermon Text: Jeremiah 29:5-7 and Luke 10:25-37
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Generosity in Mission

Our building is an important aspect of our church; we use our facilities to worship and grow in faith with one another. But, our mission doesn’t stop at the end of our driveway. God calls us to take care of the lost – those who do not know Him. Because of God’s generosity to us, we can’t help ourselves but to show generosity to others in our local and global community. Luke 19:10
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Generosity in Invitations

The purpose of an invitation is to provide someone with an opportunity to build community and get to know about you. Church may be a foreign place, full of new people and focused on a God whom they may not know. However, with thoughtfulness, persistence, and the work of the Holy Spirit, we can help our guests feel comfortable at church and start on their path to victory. Matthew 9:9-12