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Sermons on Purpose, Mission, & Ministry

Sermons on Purpose, Mission, & Ministry

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Hope Under Pressure

It’s a challenge to remain hopeful and not bitter when we’re under pressure. Let’s face it: we’re not going to always agree with the people around us. But that shouldn’t prevent us from serving them and caring for them. Peter calls his readers to “submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” and “repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Do good in the world for Christ while…
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Thriving in Exile

It’s hard to think about thriving while in a tough situation. It would be easier to hide our faith, worship God in private, and keep Him to ourselves. But that’s not what faith calls us to do. Peter tells us that we are a “chosen people … that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Our identity is in Christ, so the Holy Spirit is the governor of our hearts.…
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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
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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…
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Core Values: Pursuing Excellence

The Apostle Paul pursued excellence. As best he could, he preached the truth in a way that everyone in his audience could understand. He knew that Jesus was the only one who could achieve perfection. Yet, 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
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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…