Aug 16, 2017
Confronting the Racism in Our Hearts
Racism is a problem in our country today. Even with all of the progress we have made as a country, there is still a deep-seated mistrust of people who are unlike us. The reality is that racism has always existed, and will always exist in this world. It is a result of sin. We all have a sin nature. It is sometimes easier to get outraged against racism outwardly than to examine ourselves inwardly and make real changes. In Ephesians 2:11-22 we are reminded that God didn't send Jesus to just one group of people, He sent Jesus to the entire world. As Christians we are called not just to stand against racism in our country, but to stand against racism in our own hearts. We are called to be people of reconciliation. When we focus on being reconciled to God and Man we can bring reconciliation through Christ.
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on August 13, 2017.
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  • Aug 16, 2017Confronting the Racism in Our Hearts
    Aug 16, 2017
    Confronting the Racism in Our Hearts
    Racism is a problem in our country today. Even with all of the progress we have made as a country, there is still a deep-seated mistrust of people who are unlike us. The reality is that racism has always existed, and will always exist in this world. It is a result of sin. We all have a sin nature. It is sometimes easier to get outraged against racism outwardly than to examine ourselves inwardly and make real changes. In Ephesians 2:11-22 we are reminded that God didn't send Jesus to just one group of people, He sent Jesus to the entire world. As Christians we are called not just to stand against racism in our country, but to stand against racism in our own hearts. We are called to be people of reconciliation. When we focus on being reconciled to God and Man we can bring reconciliation through Christ.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on August 13, 2017.
  • Jun 5, 2017Faith Works: Justified By Faith or By Works?
    Jun 5, 2017
    Faith Works: Justified By Faith or By Works?
    Series: Faith Works
    The book of James teaches that faith without works is dead, therefore we are justified by our works. The Apostle Paul teaches that we are justified by faith alone apart from works. Do these two leaders of the early church contradict each other, or do they complement each other. In this message from the Faith Works series, Associate Pastor Griff Servati examines Paul's teaching in Romans, James' teaching in the book of James, and even draws from the Protestant Reformation to answer these questions.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on June 4, 2017.
  • May 17, 2015Death of the Disciples
    May 17, 2015
    Death of the Disciples
    The deaths of Jesus' disciples provides a powerful testimony to the truth of their message.  Not all scholars agree on the details of some of the ways the disciples died, but they agree on the reason for their deaths: They were unwavering and unrelenting in their claim to have seen Christ die and to have seen him alive.
  • Mar 1, 2015The Gift of Grace
    Mar 1, 2015
    The Gift of Grace
    Grace isn't fair.  It is so much better than fair.  You don't deserve it.  You can't work for it.  God gives gifts, not wages.  The wages of our sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus, our Lord.
  • Feb 22, 2015Amazing Grace
    Feb 22, 2015
    Amazing Grace
    John Newton, the man who wrote the hymn, Amazing Grace, said as he neared the end of his life, "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour."  When we become aware of the sin in our lives, we see ourselves and others differently.  And we also understand that we are lost without the grace of God.
  • Jan 25, 2015A Father’s Grace
    Jan 25, 2015
    A Father’s Grace
    Series: DNow
    Our earthly fathers shape how we view our heavenly Father.  But scripture gives us a more accurate picture of who God is.  In Luke, chapter 15, Jesus tells a story about a father and two sons.  We usually focus on the "prodigal" son, but we can learn much about our relationship with God by looking at the father and the other son.  In this story we see a picture of the Father's grace.