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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.