Mar 27, 2016
He Is Risen
Series: Easter 2016
Resurrection Sunday gives us a chance to ask the question, "Does it really matter if Jesus is risen? And if so, why?"
In Acts 17:16-34, the apostle Paul found himself in Athens and his passion for the lost was stirred. The city of Athens was a cultural center in Paul's day. It was a place of commerce and trade. It was a place where intellectuals would gather and debate philosophy. Its many temples were filled with people looking for answers but finding none.  Paul's proclamation was simple. He didn't try to debate the philosophers, he went straight to the heart of the matter. And Paul's purpose was steadfast. He preached Jesus and the resurrection.
If Jesus is not alive, then nothing really matters.  If Jesus is alive, then nothing but that matters.
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  • Mar 27, 2016He Is Risen
    Mar 27, 2016
    He Is Risen
    Series: Easter 2016
    Resurrection Sunday gives us a chance to ask the question, "Does it really matter if Jesus is risen? And if so, why?"
    In Acts 17:16-34, the apostle Paul found himself in Athens and his passion for the lost was stirred. The city of Athens was a cultural center in Paul's day. It was a place of commerce and trade. It was a place where intellectuals would gather and debate philosophy. Its many temples were filled with people looking for answers but finding none.  Paul's proclamation was simple. He didn't try to debate the philosophers, he went straight to the heart of the matter. And Paul's purpose was steadfast. He preached Jesus and the resurrection.
    If Jesus is not alive, then nothing really matters.  If Jesus is alive, then nothing but that matters.
  • Mar 25, 2016Good Friday – The Great Sacrifice
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday – The Great Sacrifice
    Series: Easter 2016
    The idea of singing about blood seems strange. Blood is life, and when we think about our own blood we understand how precious it is.  But the blood of Jesus is even more precious because it was His sacrifice on the cross for us that paid the price of our sin. He died in our place.  So as we consider what Jesus endured so that we could be forgiven, we come to the cross and remember His great sacrifice.
    This message was delivered by Pastor Mike as part of the Good Friday Communion Service at FBCVA on March 25, 2016.
  • Mar 20, 2016Before I Die … Hosanna
    Mar 20, 2016
    Before I Die … Hosanna
    Series: Easter 2016
    How would you finish this sentence: "Before I die ..." Many of us have a 'bucket list" of things we would like to accomplish before we die, but how many of those things really matter.  What could we do that would really make a difference?
    In Matthew 21:1-11, Jesus is entering into Jerusalem for the last time before His death. Using this passage, Pastor Mike shows how this "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem foreshadows Jesus' return as the King of kings.  In the week that follows, we see the coronation of the King, the cross of the King, the communion of the King, the condescension of the King, and the conquest of the King.
  • Mar 13, 2016The Family Extended: Releasing the Arrow
    Mar 13, 2016
    The Family Extended: Releasing the Arrow
    Series: The Archtect
    For many parents, watching their children graduate from High School and prepare to leave home is a difficult time.  It can be hard to let go.  But just as an arrow was made to be taken out of the quiver and fired at a target, children were made to become adults and be released into the world.  In this last message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike draws from Psalm 127:3-5 to teach that parents have one opportunity to shape, sharpen, and shoot the arrows they have been given.
  • Mar 6, 2016The Family Extended: Bending the Bow
    Mar 6, 2016
    The Family Extended: Bending the Bow
    Series: The Archtect
    A bow that is bent and strung the wrong way will not function the way it was made to function.  It could be dangerous and may even break. When Proverbs 22:6 speaks of "training up a child in the way he should go," it is using the terminology of stringing a bow.  Each child is unique in certain ways.  God has made them with different personalities and traits. A child must be "bent" in the way God has made him or her to be. A parent must love their children equally, but parent them differently. Godly parenting begins with the parents, not the kids; it is proactive and personalized; and it produces results.    
     
  • Feb 28, 2016Decorating The Home With Virtue
    Feb 28, 2016
    Decorating The Home With Virtue
    Series: The Archtect
    When a home is renovated, there is often construction involved, and the end result can be quite dramatic. But what makes the interior feel like a home are the furnishings and decorations. Often, a woman's touch can make a home feel more warm and inviting. This week Pastor Mike uses Proverbs 31:10-31 to show how a woman can decorate her home with virtue. Charm is deceptive, and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
  • Feb 21, 2016Shelter and Security in the Home
    Feb 21, 2016
    Shelter and Security in the Home
    Series: The Archtect
    We take measures to ensure the security of our homes and families.  We put alarm systems into our homes. We have secure locks on our doors.  Some keep firearms in the house.  We do this to feel safe in our homes. God has placed in man the desire to provide security for his family. But physical security is only part of the picture.  Emotional and spiritual security are also necessary for a family to feel safe. A man who wants to build security into his home will be faithful, thoughtful, and respectful.
  • Feb 14, 2016The Framework of Communication
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Framework of Communication
    Series: The Archtect
    A house is built in stages.  First the ground is leveled and a foundation is laid.  When the framework is put into place, however, the house really starts to take shape. The framework provides the structure for the building. Communication is the framework around which relationships are built.  How we communicate with each other greatly affects the shape of the relationship. In this message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike shows how the husband and his bride communicate in the Song of Solomon, and what couples can learn from them to strengthen their relationship.
  • Feb 7, 2016A Gospel Foundation
    Feb 7, 2016
    A Gospel Foundation
    Series: The Archtect
    Every building needs a good foundation.  If the foundation is not strong and stable, nothing built on it will last.  A strong family needs a strong foundation.  In this second message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike uses Romans 5:1-11 to give five building stones of a strong foundation for the family.  A family must be built on the Lord Jesus Christ, unconditional love, character development, time in relationships, and good communication.
  • Jan 31, 2016Roll Out the Blueprints
    Jan 31, 2016
    Roll Out the Blueprints
    Series: The Archtect
    The family unit is being redefined in our culture. The Biblical plan for families is in trouble. But does the redefining of the family mean that the family unit is destined to be a relic of history? In this first message of a new series, Pastor Mike rolls out God's blueprints for the family. God is the architect of the traditional family, and His design is still relevant today. The Biblical family is the foundation of all social structures.  It will face many threats in the days to come, and it must be Christ-centered and Bible-based to survive.