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.
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  • 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.
  • Apr 10, 2017Final Hours: Dusting for Fingerprints
    Apr 10, 2017
    Final Hours: Dusting for Fingerprints
    Series: Final Hours
    In Chicago in 1910, Thomas Jennings became the first man to be convicted of a crime on the basis of fingerprint evidence.  Since then, the practice of gathering fingerprints at a crime scene has become commonplace, and the science of forensics has increased exponentially. In this message, Pastor Mike revisits the scene of the crucifixion as recorded in Mark 15:21-39 to gather clues as to the person or persons responsible for crucifying Jesus. Who killed Jesus? The answer may surprise you.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on April 9, 2017.
  • Apr 4, 2017Final Hours: The People’s Court
    Apr 4, 2017
    Final Hours: The People’s Court
    Series: Final Hours
    The right to a fair trial is considered a basic human right. But legal experts who have taken the time to examine the trial of Jesus as recorded in the gospels would agree that Jesus did not receive a fair trial. He was falsely accused. There was a lack of evidence and a lack of credible testimony. But in spite of that, a man who had been convicted  of murder was allowed to go free while Jesus was sentenced to death.
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks Mark 15:1-20 to examine three episodes from the trial of Jesus: The Silence of the Accused, The Substitute for the Guilty, and The Suffering of the Innocent.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on April 2, 2017.
  • Mar 28, 2017Final Hours: The Agony of Victory
    Mar 28, 2017
    Final Hours: The Agony of Victory
    Series: Final Hours
    Most of us are familiar with the phrase, "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." But victory is often preceded by the agony of preparation and anticipation. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced extreme agony as he prepared to face the trial that was before him.  The anticipation of being crushed and beaten, being separated from the Father, and bearing the sin of the world brought him to the brink of death. In the garden, Jesus agonized, he recoiled, but he surrendered his will to that of the Father.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on March 26, 2017.
  • Mar 20, 2017Final Hours: Dirty Feet and Dirty Hearts
    Mar 20, 2017
    Final Hours: Dirty Feet and Dirty Hearts
    Series: Final Hours
    In John 13:1-20, Jesus performed an act that only the lowest of servants would be required to do - He washed the feet of His disciples. In the middle of the Passover meal He took the time to teach His disciples an important lesson.  He had told them that the Son of Man hadn't come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. But here He demonstrates this by serving His disciples. But Jesus wasn't really interested in the cleanliness of their feet. He was also teaching them about dirty hearts. Because more than anything else, God desires two things from us: a surrendered heart and a servant spirit.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on March 19, 2017.
  • Mar 13, 2017Final Hours: Lasting Truths from the Last Supper
    Mar 13, 2017
    Final Hours: Lasting Truths from the Last Supper
    Series: Final Hours
    In this sermon series, titled Final Hours, Pastor Mike looks at the 94 hours from the Last Supper to Resurrection Sunday. The first message in the series takes a closer look at the Last Supper as recorded in Mark 14:12-25.  This last Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples reveals Careful Preparation, Self-examination, a Powerful Representation, and Joyful Anticipation.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on March 12, 2017.
  • Mar 5, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Laodicea, You Make Me Sick
    Mar 5, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Laodicea, You Make Me Sick
    The ancient city of Laodicea was a prosperous city. It was known for its banking, textiles, and medical school. But for all its wealth, it lacked a local supply of drinking water. Aqueducts carried water from nearby hot springs and cold springs. By the time the water reached Laodicea, however, it lacked the healing nature of the hot water and the refreshing nature of the cold. It was merely lukewarm.
     
    In this closing message from the Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike unpacks Jesus' letter to the church at Laodicea. This letter, found in Revelation 3:14-22, reveals the tragedy of lukewarm faith. In this message, we learn the condition of, the cause of, and the cure for lukewarm Christianity.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on March 5, 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.