Mar 5, 2017
Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Laodicea, You Make Me Sick
The ancient city of Laodicea was a prosperous city. It was known for its banking, textiles, and medical school. But for all its wealth, it lacked a local supply of drinking water. Aqueducts carried water from nearby hot springs and cold springs. By the time the water reached Laodicea, however, it lacked the healing nature of the hot water and the refreshing nature of the cold. It was merely lukewarm.
 
In this closing message from the Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike unpacks Jesus' letter to the church at Laodicea. This letter, found in Revelation 3:14-22, reveals the tragedy of lukewarm faith. In this message, we learn the condition of, the cause of, and the cure for lukewarm Christianity.
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on March 5, 2017.
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  • Mar 5, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Laodicea, You Make Me Sick
    Mar 5, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Laodicea, You Make Me Sick
    The ancient city of Laodicea was a prosperous city. It was known for its banking, textiles, and medical school. But for all its wealth, it lacked a local supply of drinking water. Aqueducts carried water from nearby hot springs and cold springs. By the time the water reached Laodicea, however, it lacked the healing nature of the hot water and the refreshing nature of the cold. It was merely lukewarm.
     
    In this closing message from the Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike unpacks Jesus' letter to the church at Laodicea. This letter, found in Revelation 3:14-22, reveals the tragedy of lukewarm faith. In this message, we learn the condition of, the cause of, and the cure for lukewarm Christianity.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on March 5, 2017.
  • Feb 27, 2017Two Ways to Live
    Feb 27, 2017
    Two Ways to Live
    When driving to a destination, you usually have a choice of ways to get there. You can follow major highways and have a faster, easier trip with more conveniences. Or, you can follow the "back roads" which will be harder, but could result in a more rewarding experience.

    In the portion of the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 7:13-27, Jesus gives examples of two ways to live. One way is to follow the majority and one way is to follow Jesus.

    This message was presented by Kyle Essary at FBCVA on February 26, 2017.
  • Feb 19, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Philadelphia, Little Is Much When God Is in It
    Feb 19, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Philadelphia, Little Is Much When God Is in It
    The church at Philadelphia was the smallest mentioned among the seven churches of Revelation 2-3, but it was one of only two for which the Lord had no criticism - only commendation. Although the church was small, it was faithful to the calling it had received. God views churches in light of His call and plan for that church. Each congregation has a particular call and work to do. We are all called to fulfill the Great Commission, but we are uniquely called and equipped to carry out the commission in the area where we are.
     
    In this message from Revelation 3:7-13, Pastor Mike outlines Jesus' letter to the church at Philadelphia. They were presented gospel opportunities. They were praised for their faithfulness. And they were promised divine protection.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on February 19, 2017.
  • Feb 17, 2017God’s Grace for God’s Glory
    Feb 17, 2017
    God’s Grace for God’s Glory

    "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer.

    The apostle Paul sent Timothy to pastor the church in Ephesus. But this church was a mess, and Timothy had to deal with various problems from false teachers and false doctrines. Paul's first letter to Timothy is a charge to "hang in there." It is a letter that gives instructions on dealing with false doctrines and establishing faithful church leaders. The passage in 1 Timothy 1:12-17 is like a runway where Paul is preparing to launch into this instruction by reminding Timothy that he is thankful for personal grace and for universal grace. He completes the takeoff by praising the God of grace. When Paul thought of God, he knew Him as the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on February 12, 2017.
  • Feb 17, 2017Listening and Hearing: A Nobleman and His Servants
    Feb 17, 2017
    Listening and Hearing: A Nobleman and His Servants

    Jesus was a master teacher and story-teller. This particular parable was based on a historical event that was very familiar to those who heard it. But there were also deeper spiritual meanings associated with this parable. We may acknowledge that Jesus is King, but when it comes to making Jesus King of our lives, that is often a different story.

    Jesus told the parable recorded in Luke 19:11-27 as He and the disciples were anticipating going to Jerusalem. But the disciples didn't realize that Jesus was not going to Jerusalem to take up a crown but to take up a cross. He used this parable to help the disciples understand what He came to do.
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike outlines the return of our Lord, the responsibility of our life, and the reward of our labor.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on February 12, 2017.
  • Feb 15, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Sardis: It’s Time for an Autopsy
    Feb 15, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Sardis: It’s Time for an Autopsy
    The church at Sardis had a great reputation. In today's terms, they had great programs, an inviting atmosphere, a rocking worship team. But all of that was just window dressing. In Jesus' letter to the church, found in Revelation 3:1-6, He said they had a reputation for being alive, but, in truth, they were dead. The message to the church at Sardis needs to be heard today. Many people are captivated by external things, but God looks at what's inside.  
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks what Jesus told the church at Sardis: You have a deceiving reputation, and you need to be revived.
     
    This message was delivered at FBCVA on February 5, 2017.
  • Feb 6, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Thyatira, You’ve Got a Jezebel Problem
    Feb 6, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Thyatira, You’ve Got a Jezebel Problem
    A little corruption can lead to alot of trouble. In many churches there are only a few who are complaining, but those few can cause the church to become unsettled. In the church at Thyatira, there was one person causing trouble, but it was more than simple complaints. In His letter in Revelation 2:18-29, Jesus commends them for their work, but tells them they have a Jezebel problem.
     
    In this message from the Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike outlines the Unceasing Work of the Church, the Upsetting Woman in the Church, and the Uttered Word for the Church.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on January 29, 2017.
  • Jan 30, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Pergamum, Don’t Compromise the Truth
    Jan 30, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Pergamum, Don’t Compromise the Truth
    In most churches there seems to be two groups of people: the complacent and the committed. There were many in Pergamum who were committed. They held on to the name of Jesus and did not deny the truth. There were some, however who were complacent. Jesus condemned their willingness to compromise the truth. In this letter, Jesus condemned their willingness to allow worldliness into the church and he commanded them to remove it.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
  • Jan 15, 2017Seven Letters: Seven Churches: Dear Smyrna, Keep On Keeping On
    Jan 15, 2017
    Seven Letters: Seven Churches: Dear Smyrna, Keep On Keeping On
    Tertullian, an early Christian theologian. gave us this quote: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." The full quote, found in a letter to Roman officials in defense of the Church reads: "We multiply when we are mowed down by you. The blood of Christians is seed." Persecution against Christians is not just part of history. More people are losing their lives for the sake of the gospel today than at any time in recent history. We need to see what the Bible has to say to those enduring extreme persecution. In Revelation 2:8-11, Jesus gives us His letter to the church at Smyrna. The church in Smyrna was experiencing persecution and needed an encouraging word. In this passage, we see the church's reproach for Christ, the church's riches in Christ, and the church's reward from Christ.
  • Jan 8, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Ephesus, The Honeymoon Is Over
    Jan 8, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Ephesus, The Honeymoon Is Over
    In this first sermon from the  Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike begins with an overview of the Revelation of Jesus. The revelation was intended to reveal truth to the church. Most of the New Testament consists of letters written to churches by Paul, Peter, James, and others. But the letters in Revelation were written to the churches by Jesus. In each of these letters we find the Lord saying "I know …"  He knows everything about us. He knows what we are doing and what we are not doing. What would you want Him to say about your church? What would you want Him to say about you?
     
    In the letter to the church in Ephesus, we see the daily life of the church, the dying love of the church, and the devastating loss of the church.