Sep 12, 2017
Hold Firm: Get a Grip
Series: Hold Firm
What do we, as a church, believe? It isn't enough to say, "We believe the Bible." We need to be more specific. In this series of messages, titled Hold Firm, Pastor Mike will walk through The Baptist Faith and Message and its basis in Scripture to clarify what we as a church believe.
 
"He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." Titus 1:9 (ESV)
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on September 10, 2017.
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  • Sep 12, 2017Hold Firm: Get a Grip
    Sep 12, 2017
    Hold Firm: Get a Grip
    Series: Hold Firm
    What do we, as a church, believe? It isn't enough to say, "We believe the Bible." We need to be more specific. In this series of messages, titled Hold Firm, Pastor Mike will walk through The Baptist Faith and Message and its basis in Scripture to clarify what we as a church believe.
     
    "He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." Titus 1:9 (ESV)
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on September 10, 2017.
  • Sep 5, 2017God Speaks in the Storm
    Sep 5, 2017
    God Speaks in the Storm
    As we watch events unfold in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we may be overwhelmed by the devastation. We may be tempted to ask "Why, God?" How could a good God allow this to happen? Job encountered similar devastation in his own life, and although he didn't curse God, he did ask, "Why?" In Job 38, God answered, but not in the way Job expected. God gave Job some powerful questions to ponder. Job gained a new perspective, and his story gives us powerful lessons to learn.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on September 3, 2017.
     
  • Aug 28, 2017Consumers and Contributors
    Aug 28, 2017
    Consumers and Contributors
    We are born consumers. As infants, we rely on our parents to feed and clothe us. But as we grow, we learn to do these things for ourselves. And, as we mature, we learn to contribute more to our families and, eventually to society.
     
    Christians are intended to be contributors, both to the church and to the community. But many people who attend church are consumers. We want to sit and be fed rather than to serve. Jesus came, however, to move us from a self-centered, consumer mentality to an others-centered, contributor mentality.
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike draws from Matthew 16:24-28 to ask the question, "As a church will we be a collection of consumers, or a coalition of contributors?" We were born to consume, but we are born again to contribute.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on August 27, 2017.
  • Aug 21, 2017Who Do You Think You Are?
    Aug 21, 2017
    Who Do You Think You Are?
    Who do you think you are? It is a probing question. We struggle at times with our identity - not knowing our place in this world. We try to define who we are by what we wear, what we do for a living,the image that we present on social media. In this stand-alone message, Pastor Mike looks at Genesis 1:26-28 to see what God says about our identity, then examines Genesis 3:1-5 to expose what Satan tries to tell us about ourselves.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on August 20, 2017.
  • Aug 7, 2017Ahithophel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Aug 7, 2017
    Ahithophel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    There are many well-known people in the Bible, but there are also many who are not as well-known. But even though we may not remember their names, there is still much we can learn from them.
     
    In this stand-alone message, Pastor Mike looks at the story of Ahithophel as recorded in 2 Samuel 16 & 17 - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Wise counsel described Ahithophel's life, but there was a bitterness that defiled his life. In the end, a bad legacy defined his life. There are three things that stand out in this story: a good start doesn't guarantee a good finish, earthly accolades don't guarantee eternal rewards, and the legacy we leave is determined by the legacy that we live.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on August 6, 2017.
  • Jul 24, 2017Faith Works: Life Savers
    Jul 24, 2017
    Faith Works: Life Savers
    Series: Faith Works
    The last two verses of James are a fitting closing because they express what James has been teaching throughout his letter. There will be people who outwardly name the name of Jesus, but inwardly have no faith. They may do wonderful things in His name, but they don't really know him. They have the appearance of godliness, but there has been no inner transformation. They are hearers of the Word, but not doers. James wants to be sure no one is deceiving themselves concerning their salvation.
     
    In this final message from the Faith Works series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 5:19-20. He shows us characteristics of a false faith, the reality of the situation, the identity of the life savers, and the ultimate goal.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 23, 2017.
  • Jul 17, 2017Faith Works: Suffering? Pray!
    Jul 17, 2017
    Faith Works: Suffering? Pray!
    Series: Faith Works
    James 5:13-18 has been used a a proof passage for faith healing as well as a belief that sickness is caused by sin. But as Pastor Mike points out in this message from the Faith Works series, this passage is more about prayer than healing. That isn't to say that God doesn't miraculously heal people as a result of prayer. But in this passage we see church leaders, individuals, and the congregation all encouraged to pray. There are four words that describe the result of prayer: Comfort, Restoration, Fellowship, and Power.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 16, 2017.
  • Jul 10, 2017Faith Works: Doing Right When You’ve Been Done Wrong
    Jul 10, 2017
    Faith Works: Doing Right When You’ve Been Done Wrong
    Series: Faith Works
    When was the last time that you were mistreated? Maybe it came in the form of a promise that was not kept. Maybe you were promised something that you didn't get. Maybe it came in the form of someone who treated you badly in some way. Maybe you were taken advantage of. All of us at one time or another or in some way or another have felt mistreated.
     
    The believers that are being addressed in James 5:7-12 may have felt this way.  They were being taken advantage of in the workplace. They were being persecuted in the world. As Pastor Mike unpacks this passage, we learn that when we feel mistreated we should look upward and be calm, look inward and be clean, and look backward and be challenged.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 9, 2017.
  • 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.