Dec 19, 2017
Vintage Christmas: Before the Word Became Flesh
When you think of a Vintage Christmas, what do you think of? Gifts, loved ones, traditions, or particular seasons from the past may come to mind. To truly understand what Christmas is all about we have to go back further, even before the birth of Jesus. Looking at John 1:1-3;14, we will see the true meaning of Christmas is found in eternities past in the "Word." We see the Word is God, The Word is Great, and the Word is Gracious. 
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  • Dec 19, 2017Vintage Christmas: Before the Word Became Flesh
    Dec 19, 2017
    Vintage Christmas: Before the Word Became Flesh
    When you think of a Vintage Christmas, what do you think of? Gifts, loved ones, traditions, or particular seasons from the past may come to mind. To truly understand what Christmas is all about we have to go back further, even before the birth of Jesus. Looking at John 1:1-3;14, we will see the true meaning of Christmas is found in eternities past in the "Word." We see the Word is God, The Word is Great, and the Word is Gracious. 
  • Dec 11, 2017Hold Firm:The Kingdom and Last Things
    Dec 11, 2017
    Hold Firm:The Kingdom and Last Things
    Series: Hold Firm
    In Matthew 3:1-3, John the Baptist is speaking as the forerunner of the coming Messiah. The Jews were anticipating the Messiah to come and establish an earthly kingdom. But John was preparing the hearts of the people to come to faith in Jesus. We come to God through repentance, turning away from our sin and turning to Jesus as King. This is how we enter His Kingdom.
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike looks at Articles 9 and 10 of the Baptist Faith and Message and Matthew 3:1-3 to answer four questions: When is the Kingdom? What is the Kingdom? What about Last Things? and What about chronology?
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on December 10, 2017.
  • Dec 4, 2017Hold Firm: The Lord’s Day
    Dec 4, 2017
    Hold Firm: The Lord’s Day
    Series: Hold Firm
    Why is it that Christians speak of the Lord's Day and worship on Sunday rather than Saturday, the traditional Sabbath? What makes the Lord's Day unique? Do the Sabbath Day rules apply to the Lord's Day? In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike walks through Article 8 of The Baptist Faith and Message, The Lord's Day, and draws from Acts 20:7-12 to answer these questions. He shows that the Lord's Day is about Corporate Worship, Corporate Fellowship, a Corporate Experience of the Miraculous, and Corporate Rejoicing.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on December 3, 2017.
  • Nov 13, 2017Hold Firm: The Church and Her Ordinances
    Nov 13, 2017
    Hold Firm: The Church and Her Ordinances
    Series: Hold Firm
    Churches in America are in decline. One of the primary reasons for this is that many church members have lost sight of what the local church is and what it is meant to do. Matthew 16:13-20 is one of only two passages where Jesus uses the word that we translate as "church." The passage shows Jesus as the foundation and head of a church that is moving forward, advancing the gospel.
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike unpacks this passage as he examines Article VI and VII of The Baptist Faith and Message. He explains the origin, the owner, the composition, the posture, the purpose, and the ordinances of the church.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on November 12, 2017.
  • Nov 7, 2017Hold Firm: God’s Purpose of Grace
    Nov 7, 2017
    Hold Firm: God’s Purpose of Grace
    Series: Hold Firm
    Few issues cause more debate than election vs. free will. God is sovereign, yet he has given us the ability to choose to follow or to disobey Him. It is difficult for human minds to understand the balance between the two, and extreme views exist on both sides. It is a complex issue, wrapped in conflict and tension. The text in Ephesians 2:8-10 addresses both God's grace and man's faith in the matter of salvation. Paul affirms that no one is saved apart from grace, which is the gift of God, and faith, which also comes from God.
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike looks at Article 5 of The Baptist Faith and Message, God's Purpose of Grace. He unpacks Ephesians 2:8-10 to provide an understanding of election and its implications. He then unpacks John 10:27-29 to provide an understanding of perseverance and its foundation.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on November 5, 2017.
  • Oct 30, 2017Hold Firm: Salvation
    Oct 30, 2017
    Hold Firm: Salvation
    Series: Hold Firm
    Are you saved? This is an important question, and yet can also be a confusing question. What does it mean to "be saved"? In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike looks at Article 4 of The Baptist Faith and Message, and unpacks Romans 1:14-17 to clarify what we believe about salvation. He outlines the source of salvation, the need for salvation, the purpose of salvation, the recipients of salvation, and the challenge of salvation.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on October 29, 2017.
  • Oct 24, 2017Hold Firm: Man
    Oct 24, 2017
    Hold Firm: Man
    Series: Hold Firm
    When we look up at the night sky, it is easy to feel small compared to the expanse of the universe. In Psalm 8, the psalmist is struck by this realization and is moved to praise God for His greatness and His goodness.  In this message from the Hold Fast series, Pastor Mike explores what this Psalm has to teach us about who we are in light of who God is. Applying this truth to the statement of belief found in Article 3 of The Baptist Faith and Message helps us to see that there is a biblical balance between our unworthiness and God's care for us.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on October 22, 2017.
  • Oct 23, 2017Hold Firm: God the Holy Spirit
    Oct 23, 2017
    Hold Firm: God the Holy Spirit
    Series: Hold Firm
    Many believers are uncomfortable with the concept of the Holy Spirit. We find the idea of a spirit (or Ghost according to the King James Version) unsettling.  And mystery is a prominent aspect of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. We cannot control the Spirit and we lack a good analogy, so we lack understanding. Churches treat the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways from affectation (an over-emphasis on the emotional experience) to avoidance. But the Holy Spirit is an important person in the Trinity. We need to approach Him with expectation.
     
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike unpacks passages from John 14-16; Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, and Acts to explore the Person, the Purpose, the Plan, the Pledge, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on October 15, 2017.
  • Oct 9, 2017Hold Firm: God the Son
    Oct 9, 2017
    Hold Firm: God the Son
    Series: Hold Firm
    The church in Philippi encountered a couple of problems. The first of these was rivalry among of believers. Paul addressed this by reminding them to show humility in the same way that Christ did. The second was rumblings of persecution. Paul reminded them that Jesus has been exalted and that one day every knee will bow before Him.
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike takes a look at Article 2b of The Baptist Faith and Message - God the Son. He unpacks Philippians 2:5-11 to show the pre-existence, the humiliation, the substitutionary death, and the exaltation of Christ.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on October 8, 2017.
  • Oct 2, 2017Hold Firm: God the Father
    Oct 2, 2017
    Hold Firm: God the Father
    Series: Hold Firm
    In both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible refers to God as Father. He is fatherly over all creation because He created all things, and He is specifically Father to all who believe. But for many, the concept of God as Father can be difficult because our own earthly fathers are far from perfect.
     
    In this message from the Hold Firm series, Pastor Mike walks through Article 2a of The Baptist Faith and Message, looking at several passages of Scripture that describe God as Father. Then, drawing from Romans 8:14-17, he addresses what it means when we say we are God's children.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on October 1, 2017.