Oct 2, 2016
The Apostle Paul: The Blessing of Suffering
Everyone has scars and those scars usually have stories attached to them. Sometimes they are the result of accidents or surgeries. Sometimes they are the result of our own foolishness. Often scars are a reminder of pain. When we have to endure suffering, we wonder what we did to deserve it. But many times, our suffering is not a result of anything we did. God allows us to go through difficult times to help us learn more about ourselves and more about Him. God's love for us is not a pampering love - it is a perfecting love. In this message based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Pastor Mike unpacks Paul's theology of suffering, and teaches about the purpose of suffering.
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  • Oct 2, 2016The Apostle Paul: The Blessing of Suffering
    Oct 2, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: The Blessing of Suffering
    Everyone has scars and those scars usually have stories attached to them. Sometimes they are the result of accidents or surgeries. Sometimes they are the result of our own foolishness. Often scars are a reminder of pain. When we have to endure suffering, we wonder what we did to deserve it. But many times, our suffering is not a result of anything we did. God allows us to go through difficult times to help us learn more about ourselves and more about Him. God's love for us is not a pampering love - it is a perfecting love. In this message based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Pastor Mike unpacks Paul's theology of suffering, and teaches about the purpose of suffering.
  • Sep 25, 2016The Apostle Paul: Time for a Comeback
    Sep 25, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: Time for a Comeback
    In Acts 11, the church is experiencing a period of growth. Saul (who would later change his name to Paul) had been in Tarsus for a number of years. It was a difficult time for Saul. Although he had seen Jesus and had a miraculous transformation in his life, he was mistrusted by other believers and hated by the Jews. But God was using this time to prepare Saul for the ministry that lay ahead. As the early church expanded across the known world, a different approach would be needed to spread the gospel. Barnabas and Saul would be used by God to begin these new missions efforts.
  • Sep 18, 2016The Apostle Paul: A Whole New Identity
    Sep 18, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: A Whole New Identity
    In today's world, we take identity very seriously. Identity theft is something many people are concerned about. There have even been some strange cases of mistaken identity. When the Apostle Paul found Christ, he also received a whole new identity. Coming to terms with this created some problems. But he discovered, as we all must, that his identity was not defined by what he had done, but by whose he was.
  • Sep 11, 2016The Apostle Paul: From Terrorist to Treasure
    Sep 11, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: From Terrorist to Treasure
    This message is the first in a new series from the book of Acts that looks at the apostle Paul's life and ministry. Pastor Mike unpacks Acts 9:1-22 to show how Saul, a Pharisee of Pharisees and persecutor of Christians, encounters Jesus and begins a new life and ministry. Saul changes from a persecutor of believers to a preacher of the gospel. He is transformed from a terrorist to a treasure of the early church.
  • Sep 4, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Blind Man Who Received Saving Sight
    Sep 4, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Blind Man Who Received Saving Sight
    Blindness is an all-too-common condition in the world today. In Jesus' time, it was even more so. Sand, sun glare, lack of hygiene and medical care all contributed to blindness in many people. But in Luke 18:35-43, this particular blind man cried out to Jesus. His sight was restored, but more than that, his faith opened his spiritual eyes. 
  • 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