How could a loving God send people to hell? That is a challenging question in our current culture. To most people (even strong Christians), God’s final judgment seems too extreme. In fact, there are a number of people who have left the Christian faith because they no longer believe in what they call “eternal conscious torment” (ECT).
But has the rejection of hell helped our society? Has it made us more loving and less judgmental? I would argue that the denial of God’s judgment has actually given us hell on earth. You see, instead of “leaving room for God’s wrath” (Romans 12:9), we have taken God’s judgment seat. We are trying to right all wrongs through civil unrest, cancel culture, and brute force. This is not limited to one political group or one ideology. It is happening across our nation, even breaking up family members.
Maybe it’s time we take another look at God’s righteous judgment. Maybe this controversial teaching of eternal life and eternal punishment might be the very thing that heals our homes and our community.
Hope to see you for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am, in person or online as we look at what God’s Word says about eternal judgment and hell. Feel free to invite a family member or friend to join you. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR FAITH
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill addresses concerns about how the Christian church views genders. Jesus challenged the 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. You can click here to read and watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben continues the series with a message about God’s judgment. When we study Jesus’ words on eternal judgment, we find that this message is good for society as it keeps us from being the judges and inflicting vengeance on our enemies. Join us for worship on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory on our live stream site or our YouTube channel.
Refugee Support Drive – Fort McCoy is currently housing over 12,000 refugees from Afghanistan, many of whom brought nothing but the clothing on their backs. We have the opportunity to partner with Team Rubicon to share the love of Jesus with this group of people. Through November 21, you can donate new clothing and other items to the refugees at Fort McCoy. To find the Amazon Wish List for donations and to learn how you can get involved, go to votl.life/refugee.
New Life Group for Retirees – If you’re a retiree or of retirement age, and you’re looking for a group of people in the same stage of life as you, then Victory has a new life group for you! Bruce Babler will be leading a Bible Study on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am, starting NEXT WEEK, November 16. This group will meet at Victory. Coffee provided. Please click here to sign up for this group.
Jingle Jam … We Need YOU! – Jingle Jam is coming up on December 3. Victory uses community events like this to reach today’s people with Christ’s victory, and we need you to make Jingle Jam a success! We’re looking for volunteers throughout the week leading up to Jingle Jam to help with preparations and activities during the event. There are also opportunities to donate and loan items. Please click here to sign up to volunteer, donate, or loan. Also, if you plan to bring your family to the event, registration is now open! Click here to register to attend.
Christmas Decorating – Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 21 at 11:30am. We’ll be sprucing up the Ministry Center for the Christmas season! Stay after 2nd service to help string garland, put up and decorate trees, and hang lights. Thank you to Andrea Schneble and her family for heading up Christmas decorating again this year.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Social – Celebrate God’s blessings this Thanksgiving, and enjoy pie with your Victory family! Join Victory for Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 24 at 6:30pm at the Ministry Center or online. If you’d like to donate pies or help serve pies after the service, click here.
Amazon Smile – Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app this holiday season, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Victory of the Lamb Exploratory” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Victory of the Lamb Exploratory” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app