Recently, two well-known Christians have renounced their faith: Author Joshua Harris and Hillsong singer/songwriter Marty Sampson. Both of them explained that they neither believe in the traditional understanding of God or Christianity.
Although this is very difficult for Christians to hear, we shouldn’t be surprised. The God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, offends all of us at some level. For some of us, Jesus’ view of sexuality and marriage is offensive. Others see God’s unconditional love for repentant sinners is offensive. Still others see the exclusivity of salvation through Christ alone is offensive.
Because the God of the Bible is offensive to us, we might be tempted to run from God. If you are tempted to run from God, you are in good company. It’s not just well-known Christians like Harris and Sampson who run from God. The Bible describes a prophet named Jonah who ran from God. He didn’t like that God was compassionate and gracious to his enemies, so he ran from him.
But when life swallowed him up, that same God he rejected became his only hope. At first, Jonah was offended by God’s mercy. But when he was in trouble, he longed for a God of mercy.
You see, we don’t want the real God until we really need him. And that’s why I want you to come to worship this weekend. I want you to look into the Scriptures and find the real God, Jesus Christ. I want that God to give you what you really need.
Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am in person or online.
Sharing Christ’s love and victory,
CURRENT SERIES – WANTED
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill kicked off our new series, Wanted, with a message entitled, “No Way”. Like Jonah, we’re tempted to think that some people (including ourselves) are beyond saving. But God loves and saves us all through Jesus. Click here to read last Sunday’s message and to view a recap of the message from Pastor Bill and Pastor Ben.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben continues the series with a message about faith in times of trouble. Like Jonah, we recognize our deep need for a Savior when we’re deep in despair. Moments like this help us see clearly why we need to share Jesus with the world, because everyone needs a Savior. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Grace and Purpose Book Study – Even if you missed the first one, you can jump in for the second study! Join Pastor Ben for the second of a two-night study on his new book, God’s Grace and Your Purpose, happening again on Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30pm. If you haven’t gotten a copy of the book, you can grab one at the study or on Sunday.
Find Your Fit at Victory – If you are still looking for where you fit at Victory, or if you’re looking for other ways to get involved, then make sure to join us in September! In early September, you’ll have a chance to get involved in some new and restarting small groups. At the end of the month, you’ll get the opportunity to learn about where you can use your unique talents and interests to serve at Victory. And, we encourage you to invite a friend to church for our upcoming series, Start with Jesus, which kicks off on September 15. We can’t wait to help you find your fit.
Confirmation Starts September 8 – If your child is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and ready to take Confirmation class, now is the time to enroll! Confirmation classes help your child strengthen their faith and grow in their knowledge of the Bible. Classes will be on Sunday nights from 6:00-7:00pm. The first meeting on September 8 at 6:00pm is for parents to learn more about Confirmation and how it will look through the school year. Click here to register your child for Confirmation.
Feed the Habitat Builders – Victory is excited to support Habitat for Humanity building projects in Milwaukee. The first opportunity for you to get involved is to serve lunch for builders on Thursday, September 12 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Click here to volunteer to serve lunch, and stay tuned for additional opportunities to serve with Habitat for Humanity.
Mission Offerings – On August 11, we welcomed Pastor Matt as our guest preacher and we collected a door offering for East Asia special missions. Your generous giving allowed us to give a $1,440 donation to this mission fund to support work like what Pastor Matt is doing. Below is an excerpt from a letter Pastor Matt wrote to Victory, thanking us for having him as our guest preacher:
Thank you for the privilege of sharing God’s Word with you this past Sunday. It was such an encouragement for me and my family to be able to worship at the Lord’s table with such a gracious and welcoming part of the Body. We know firsthand how many volunteers it takes to support a band, provide greeters, hospitality, tech support, and childcare ministries… Keep up the fantastic work you are doing for HIM! May He continue to richly bless you as you welcome new members into His family. Thank you for your support and prayers on behalf of God’s people in East Asia.
With love and gratitude,
Matt, Christine, Madeline, Samuel, and Caleb Doebler