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.
  • Aug 7, 2017Ahithophel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Aug 7, 2017
    Ahithophel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    There are many well-known people in the Bible, but there are also many who are not as well-known. But even though we may not remember their names, there is still much we can learn from them.
     
    In this stand-alone message, Pastor Mike looks at the story of Ahithophel as recorded in 2 Samuel 16 & 17 - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Wise counsel described Ahithophel's life, but there was a bitterness that defiled his life. In the end, a bad legacy defined his life. There are three things that stand out in this story: a good start doesn't guarantee a good finish, earthly accolades don't guarantee eternal rewards, and the legacy we leave is determined by the legacy that we live.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on August 6, 2017.
  • Aug 2, 2017Do Not Keep It to Yourselves
    Aug 2, 2017
    Do Not Keep It to Yourselves
    Many churches today are not teaching the Bible. As a result there are many people who do not know basic truths about God. Even among people who profess to be born-again Christians, there are many who do not know much about their faith beyond how to be saved. Psalm 78 addressed a similar problem among the Israelites. They had forgotten what God had done through out their history - the very things God told them to remember and to teach to their children.
     
    In this message, Kyle Essary walks through Psalm 78:1-8 to show what we are to pass on to future generations and why we are to pass it on. He also reminds us that it all starts at home, and continues at church.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 30, 2017.
  • May 3, 2017The Ascension: Part 2
    May 3, 2017
    The Ascension: Part 2
    The Ascension of Jesus Christ sometimes fades into the shadow of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. But it is no less important. Jesus physically ascended into heaven. Why is that important to us today?
     
    In part two of this two-part message, Pastor Mike uses Acts 1:6-11 and Hebrews 4:1-4 to show us that the ascended Lord Jesus commences the Great Commission, and confirms His return.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on April 30, 2017.
  • May 3, 2017The Ascension: Part 1
    May 3, 2017
    The Ascension: Part 1
    The Ascension of Jesus Christ sometimes fades into the shadow of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. But it is no less important. Jesus physically ascended into heaven. Why is that important to us today?
     
    In part one of this two-part message, Pastor Mike uses Mark 16:9-20 and Acts 1:6-11 to show us that the ascended Lord Jesus completes the provision for salvation, He continues to work on our behalf, and He sends us the Holy Spirit.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on April 23, 2017.
  • Apr 17, 2017Easter 2017: Sesame Street Theology
    Apr 17, 2017
    Easter 2017: Sesame Street Theology
    Mr. Hooper, one of the first human characters on Sesame Street- The actor that played him, Will Lee, passed away in 1982 and Sesame Street faced a dilemma in dealing with the loss of the character. They decided to be direct and say that Mr. Hooper died. Big Bird had drawn a portrait of him and wanted to give it to him when he came back. But one of the other characters told him Mr. Hooper was dead. When people die they don't come back.
     
    Many people try to apply this to Jesus. People can't come back from the dead, so Jesus is still dead. Having a "Sesame Street Theology" means our message is meaningless, our witness is worthless, our faith is foolish, and our existence is empty. But does this type of theology apply to the resurrection?
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.
  • Feb 27, 2017Two Ways to Live
    Feb 27, 2017
    Two Ways to Live
    When driving to a destination, you usually have a choice of ways to get there. You can follow major highways and have a faster, easier trip with more conveniences. Or, you can follow the "back roads" which will be harder, but could result in a more rewarding experience.

    In the portion of the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 7:13-27, Jesus gives examples of two ways to live. One way is to follow the majority and one way is to follow Jesus.

    This message was presented by Kyle Essary at FBCVA on February 26, 2017.
  • Feb 17, 2017God’s Grace for God’s Glory
    Feb 17, 2017
    God’s Grace for God’s Glory

    "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer.

    The apostle Paul sent Timothy to pastor the church in Ephesus. But this church was a mess, and Timothy had to deal with various problems from false teachers and false doctrines. Paul's first letter to Timothy is a charge to "hang in there." It is a letter that gives instructions on dealing with false doctrines and establishing faithful church leaders. The passage in 1 Timothy 1:12-17 is like a runway where Paul is preparing to launch into this instruction by reminding Timothy that he is thankful for personal grace and for universal grace. He completes the takeoff by praising the God of grace. When Paul thought of God, he knew Him as the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on February 12, 2017.
  • Jan 1, 2017New Year’s Revolution
    Jan 1, 2017
    New Year’s Revolution
    Many people make New Year's resolutions intending to live better, happier, healthier lives. But most of these resolutions are forgotten within a few months, weeks, or even days. While it is human nature to have good intentions, it is also human nature to resist change - even for the better. In this New Year's Day message, Pastor Mike unpacks James 4:13-17 to consider some simple resolutions that can cause a revolution in your daily life. By applying these truths we can have a daily measured life, a divinely managed life, and a diligently mastered life.
  • Nov 6, 2016The Red and The Blue
    Nov 6, 2016
    The Red and The Blue
    The colors red and blue, when included with the color white, are meant to unite Americans. However, during a political season, those colors serve to divide us. And this election has been more divisive in many ways than any other. As Christians, it is important for us to view everything through the lens of Scripture. In this stand-alone message, Pastor Mike looks at Titus 3:1-8 and Psalm 146 to help us keep politics in the proper perspective. We should be politically active without being a jerk, we should be politically active while voting biblical values. and we should be politically active without making it our idol.