I cannot tell you how many times my parents told me, “Luck won’t get you anywhere, you have to persevere.” Back then I thought they meant high school, but that lesson has carried through the different seasons of my life. The definition of perseverance is “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. Perseverance can be hard because it often takes time or patience and it is often uncomfortable mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to not want to give up when things get tough. I don’t feel strong enough.
The good news is that we don’t have to be strong enough because of Jesus. Hebrews 12:3 says, “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus persevered through the pain of the cross for you and for me.
The book of James opens with an unexpected theme – the idea of perseverance through trials and tribulations. James tells us that challenges can be good because they result in greater maturity and a stronger faith.
You’re invited to join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
Kelsey Kuske, Communications Manager
CURRENT SERIES: Faith Works
ICYMI: Pastor Ben wrapped up the Origins series with a message in Genesis 11. We continue to make incredible advances in technology, which are allowing us to do some amazing things. As we continue to grow, we can also fall into the trap of pride and arrogance. We feel like we are in control of everything. But our pride in our advances has not always created a more loving and connected society. We will explore where our pride in our own strength and advances can lead us and what we can do to be connected again. To read and watch the message, click here.
Coming Up This Weekend: Pastor Bill kicks off the new sermon series, Faith Works with a message in James 1. Everyone experiences times of testing and suffering. The book of James opens with an unexpected theme – the idea of maturity through trials and tribulations. James tells us that challenges can be good because they result in greater maturity and a stronger faith. James will teach us of perseverance through trials. You can join in on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Trunk or Treat: On Thursday, October 27 from 5:00-7:30pm, the Franklin Public Library will host a Trunk-Or-Treat. Victory will be hosting a train-themed trunk so be sure to stop by and say Hello! We are asking for donations of full-sized candy bars to pass out to the trick-or-treaters. You can learn more about this event, register, and sign up to donate by clicking here.
Holiday Season: The holiday season is quickly approaching. Save the date for Thanksgiving Eve Service on 11/23 at 6:30pm, Christmas Eve Eve (12/23) Service at 6:30pm, and Christmas Eve Services at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. Additionally, this time of year is an opportunity for Victory to support our community in new ways. We are excited to share that we will be supporting food drives, participating in our usual thanksgiving offering outreach, hosting Jingle Jam, and others. Stay tuned for more details to come. Thank you for your support as we reach today’s people with Christ’s victory.
Jesus Jamz: Friday, November 11 from 6:30-8pm, Victory will host Jesus Jamz at the Ministry Center. Jesus Jamz is open to all vocalists and instrumentalists who would like to come make music with the worship team. No RSVP needed! For more information, email our music coordinator Annie.
Ministry Expansion Project: This past Sunday, Leadership Team President, Jim Vogel, shared an exciting update about the Ministry Expansion Project. Click here to watch the video, to find out more about the project, or to make a special gift.