Jul 3, 2017
Faith Works: Money Talks
Series: Faith Works
Our view of money and material possessions changes as we mature. We begin to understand the value of things. Many even believe that their success is determined by the quantity and quality of their wealth and possessions. James 5:1-6 addresses those who put their trust in their possessions. In this passage, their misery is revealed and their motives are rebuked. You may not have the wealth of the truly wealthy, but you can still have the attitude. Genuine faith is demonstrated by how we value our wealth and possessions.
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on July 2, 2017.
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  • Jul 3, 2017Faith Works: Money Talks
    Jul 3, 2017
    Faith Works: Money Talks
    Series: Faith Works
    Our view of money and material possessions changes as we mature. We begin to understand the value of things. Many even believe that their success is determined by the quantity and quality of their wealth and possessions. James 5:1-6 addresses those who put their trust in their possessions. In this passage, their misery is revealed and their motives are rebuked. You may not have the wealth of the truly wealthy, but you can still have the attitude. Genuine faith is demonstrated by how we value our wealth and possessions.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 2, 2017.
  • Jun 26, 2017Faith Works: The Perils of Playing God
    Jun 26, 2017
    Faith Works: The Perils of Playing God
    Series: Faith Works
    According to James 4:13-17, we must be careful when making plans for the future. The Bible tells us that there is wisdom in planning.  But James makes it very clear that it is easy to factor God out of the everyday decisions of our lives. We want to involve God in the big decisions. We want to call on Him when we are in trouble, but we don't give Him any thought until we need Him. We treat Him like a genie in a bottle. Sometimes we even think we can advise God on what His plans for our lives should be.
     
    Any plans we make need to take three things into account: 
    1. We have no idea what the future will bring.
    2. We have no assurance of a long life.
    3. We have no right to ignore God's will for our lives.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on June 25, 2017.
     
  • Jun 19, 2017Faith Works: Wisdom and Friendship
    Jun 19, 2017
    Faith Works: Wisdom and Friendship
    Series: Faith Works
    James is intensely practical in his writing. James cuts to the chase and separates those who are merely "professors" of the faith and those who are "possessors" of faith. It's not enough to say you have faith if that faith isn't authenticated in how you live your life. A genuine saving faith is revealed in our works, in our words, and in our wisdom. In James 3:13-4:12, James contrasts two ways of living - one based on the wisdom of the world, and one based on the wisdom of God.
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike looks at two kinds of wisdom, two kinds of friendship, and two kinds of speech.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on June 18, 2017.
  • May 31, 2017Faith Works: Pride and Prejudice
    May 31, 2017
    Faith Works: Pride and Prejudice
    Series: Faith Works
    Most of us would say that we are prejudiced toward anyone. But the truth is that we all struggle with the tendency to show partiality. It is part of our nature to look more favorably toward some people that others. The early church struggled with this, as evidenced by James' instruction in James 2:1-13. And if we are honest many churches today still experience this problem. We act more favorably toward those who look and act a certain way. It is important to remember, however, that how we treat others reveals how we think about God. God does not define us by our income, appearance, or skin color. That's why in this passage prejudice is denounced, and impartiality is commanded.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 28, 2017 by Pastor Mike Lovely.
  • May 22, 2017Faith Works: Welcoming the Word
    May 22, 2017
    Faith Works: Welcoming the Word
    Series: Faith Works
    The first two messages in the sermon series Faith Works focused on weathering the storm of trials and standing strong when facing temptation. But believers cannot do those things effectively without relying on God's Word. Just as the body needs food to live, our souls need God's Word for nourishment. A person may be able to survive for a short time without food, but the body will grow steadily weaker. In order for faith to work in our lives, we must receive the Word, remove the junk, and respond to the Word.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 21, 2017.
  • May 18, 2017Faith Works:Tough in Temptation
    May 18, 2017
    Faith Works:Tough in Temptation
    Series: Faith Works
    Faith Works - Faith acts and is effective. The book of James has been described as Christianity in shoe leather. It contains many practical and direct statements about living the Christian life. Due to persecution, the Christians in Jerusalem had scattered across the known world. This letter is written to those early Jewish believers. It is also written to us, since we are strangers and aliens in this world.
     
    In this second message from the Faith Works series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 1:12-18 to see how we can be tough when tempted. Trials and testing lead us upward as we are drawn closer to God. Temptation, on the other hand, leads us downward and tries to draw us away from God. When we are tempted, we need to remember the origin of temptation, the order of temptation, and the overcoming of temptation.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 14, 2017.
  • May 9, 2017Faith Works: Stability in the Storm
    May 9, 2017
    Faith Works: Stability in the Storm
    Series: Faith Works

    The book of James is a study in the fact that faith works. This has a two-fold meaning: faith acts and faith is effective. Genuine faith results in good works, and genuine faith gives us stability in times of trouble. This letter has been called the Proverbs of the New Testament. More than half of the statements in the letter are imperative statements - commands. Also, James references no less than 20 Old Testament books, and 16 times he references the Sermon on the Mount.

    In this first message from the Faith Works 

    series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 1:1-12 to show 4 actions we can take when faced with testing and trials: 
    1. Rejoice! Have a Joyful Attitude
    2. Realize! Pray for an Understanding Mind
    3. Remain! Develop a Submissive Will
    4. Receive! Maintain a Believing Heart
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 7, 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.