Aug 28, 2016
Listening & Hearing: Two Guys Who Had Little in Common
Most people who believe in the Bible believe in heaven, and believe they are going there. By contrast, many people don't believe in hell. They deny its existence altogether. Some churches even try to sanitize the gospel and leave out the reality of hell, but doing so denies the truth of what the Bible teaches.
 
This message looks at the parable found in Luke 16:19-31. The parable tells of two men who had little in common in their earthly lives and nothing in common after their earthly lives. One lived a life of plenty, but was destined for an eternity of punishment. The other lived a life of poverty, but found an eternity of comfort, rest, and a new home.
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  • Aug 28, 2016Listening & Hearing: Two Guys Who Had Little in Common
    Aug 28, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: Two Guys Who Had Little in Common
    Most people who believe in the Bible believe in heaven, and believe they are going there. By contrast, many people don't believe in hell. They deny its existence altogether. Some churches even try to sanitize the gospel and leave out the reality of hell, but doing so denies the truth of what the Bible teaches.
     
    This message looks at the parable found in Luke 16:19-31. The parable tells of two men who had little in common in their earthly lives and nothing in common after their earthly lives. One lived a life of plenty, but was destined for an eternity of punishment. The other lived a life of poverty, but found an eternity of comfort, rest, and a new home.
  • Aug 21, 2016The Labels We Wear
    Aug 21, 2016
    The Labels We Wear
    People place a great deal of importance on labels. Some people will only wear athletic gear with the logo of their favorite company. We associate certain labels or brands with prestige, quality, or sometimes just high prices. We label generations: Baby Boomers, Busters, Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials. People are categorized by political views, religion, race, nationality, interests, and abilities. In 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4, the apostle Paul gives us three labels that are pretty important. Ultimately, everyone will fit into one of these categories: the natural person, the carnal person, or the spiritual person. Which label do you wear?
  • Aug 14, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Forgiving Father
    Aug 14, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Forgiving Father
    Jesus frequently taught in parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The parable found in Luke 15:11-24 is commonly referred to as the Story of the Prodigal Son. But the story tells us more of the father's love than the son's sin. The story is about a certain man who had two sons.  In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks this story to show a father who is willing, waiting, and welcoming. And through this story, we see our heavenly Father and His amazing grace.
  • Aug 7, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Bankrupt Rich Guy
    Aug 7, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Bankrupt Rich Guy
    In the 1980s there was a television show called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous which showcased the extravagant lifestyles of very wealthy people. But in Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a cautionary tale about a man who was wealthy but was spiritually poor. A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. In the end, the success and selfishness of this man's life was overcome by the shortness of his life. This man was so poor that all he had was money.
  • Jul 31, 2016Where Do You See Yourself?
    Jul 31, 2016
    Where Do You See Yourself?
    This week, guest speaker Miles Morrison teaches from Matthew 3. Miles and his wife, Emily, were students, and, later, interns at FBCVA before entering full-time ministry..  Now they are preparing to move to Boston with their two children to work with Redeeming Grace Church. For more information about Redeeming Grace, visit  redeemingboston.net
  • Jul 24, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Pharisee with Clean Hands and a Dirty Heart
    Jul 24, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Pharisee with Clean Hands and a Dirty Heart
    Most of us do our best to make sure we are clean and presentable on the outside.  But what about inside? In this message, Pastor Mike looks at Luke 11:37-44 to show us a Pharisee who had clean hands but a dirty heart.  In this story we see a displeased Pharisee. Jesus was a guest in his home, but didn't observe the ritual cleansing that was traditional before a meal. We also see a disclosed Pharisee. He appeared to be one thing on the outside, but was actually something different on the inside. Finally, we see a discredited Pharisee. Jesus revealed how his desire to be admired by others was leading people away from God.
  • Jul 17, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Lawyer and His Neighbor
    Jul 17, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Lawyer and His Neighbor
    Who is your neighbor? Most of us would consider the people who live near us to be our neighbors. In Luke 10:25-37, a lawyer confronts Jesus with this question in the context of the command to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Jesus responds with what has become a well-known parable: the story of the Good Samaritan. In this story, the lawyer learns much about who he is as well as who his neighbor is. As Pastor Mike unpacks these verses in this week's message, we see neighborly love discussed, demonstrated, and directed.
  • Jul 10, 2016Listening & Hearing: Greatness Defined and Demonstrated
    Jul 10, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: Greatness Defined and Demonstrated
    When Jesus asks, "What do you want me to do for you?" how do you answer?  In Mark 10:35-52 we see two different responses. James and John wanted recognition and greatness.  The blind beggar simply wanted to see. In this message, FBCVA Student Pastor, Jace Williamson, presents two scenes: the classroom and the field test. In the classroom, Jesus defines greatness for James and John.  In the field test, Jesus demonstrates greatness by showing mercy to the blind beggar.
  • Jul 3, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Man and His Freedom
    Jul 3, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Man and His Freedom
    The testimony of every believer has three common elements: your life before Jesus, how you met Jesus, and your life after meeting Jesus. In this message, Pastor Mike draws from Luke 8:26-39 to examine the testimony of a man as three scenes. In scene 1, when Jesus saw him, he was a filthy man. In scene 2, when Jesus saved him, he was a free man. In scene 3, when Jesus sent him, he was a faithful man. This man was bound physically and spiritually until he experienced God's amazing grace.
  • Jun 30, 2016Listening & Hearing: Zechariah
    Jun 30, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: Zechariah

    There are many personal stories in the Bible that challenge and inspire us.  In this series of stand-alone messages we are looking at the life and testimony of certain individuals throughout scripture.

    Luke tells us about a certain man named Zechariah. In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks Luke 1:5-25 to remind us of Zechariah's reputation of a walk with God, and his reaction to a word from God.
     
    This message was originally preached on January 24, 2016 at FBCVA.