Have you ever heard anyone say, “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites”? I know I have heard that. I’ve even thought it. We all have our stories of people who claimed to be upright, model Christians, and yet their lives were filled with envy, anger, and wickedness. In fact, maybe hypocrisy in the church is one reason that you don’t come to church as often as you used to.
Well, instead of looking at what some Christians have said or done, let’s start with Jesus. Let’s see who Jesus was and is. And when we start with Jesus, we see a man who didn’t care for others just for show, just to be seen. Jesus helped the helpless and cared for the needy in secret, not for personal gain, but because it was just the right thing to do.
Jesus is calling us to follow him, to help the helpless and care for the needy in secret. You can begin doing that today, even if you don’t fully trust him yet. It will be harder than you think. In fact, when you try to follow Jesus’ example, you will find how much you need his love and power.
Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am in person or online.
Sharing Christ’s love and victory,
CURRENT SERIES – START WITH JESUS
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill continued the series with a message about love. Jesus loved all people, even those who caused him to suffer. Despite our sin, he loved us enough to die for us on the cross and take away our sins forever. How would our lives be different if we loved our enemies as we love our friends? Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben continues the series with a message about giving. Jesus met the physical needs of the poor and needy by feeding and healing them. Most importantly, he met the spiritual needs of all of us by reconciling us to God. How would the world be different if we worked to serve the needy, rather than ignoring them? Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Love Thy Neighbor – Victory is proud to support Love Thy Neighbor, a local organization which supports and educates seniors. We’re hosting three upcoming workshops for this organization. In the first workshop, coming up this Thursday, October 10 from 1:00-2:30pm, the group will present information on Medicare 2020. For more information on this organization, go to lovethyneighborfoundation.org.
Operation Jesus Cares 2019 – Victory of the Lamb will partner with Christ/St. Peter School again this year for Operation Jesus Cares on Wednesday, December 18. As part of this project, we work with the school to prepare and deliver care packages to the neighborhood around the school. More information coming soon about how you can volunteer for the event. You can donate to the event now by clicking here and designating “Operation Jesus Cares” for your donation.
Blood Drive: Save-the-Date – Thank you to those who donated blood and volunteered for our drive last week. Make sure to save the date for our next Blood Drive opportunity on Wednesday, November 20 from 3:00-7:30pm. You can click here to make your appointment now.
Find Your Fit: Serving Teams – Serving is at the core of what we do at Victory. During the last two weeks, we had opportunities at church to learn more about our serving teams. If you missed your opportunity, don’t worry! You can still find your fit. Go to votl.life/serve to learn more about serving at Victory.
Classic Car Show and Fall Festival – Victory will host this free family-friendly event for the community on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00am-1:00pm. There will be fall-themed activities, food, and classic cars. Proceeds from food sales will go to the Hunger Task Force Farm in Franklin. Watch your email early next week to learn how you can get involved with this event.
Trunk-or-Treat – On Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00pm, the Franklin Public Library will host a free Trunk-Or-Treat event, sponsored by the Franklin Health Department and Volition Franklin. You can register your kids by clicking here. Victory will be sponsoring a Candyland-themed trunk. Click here to sign up to donate giveaway items and volunteer your time at this community event. (NOTE: You will need to log into your MyVOTL account to access sign-up.)