July 2, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: I do not do what I want to do, no the very things I hate, these I do!

Text: Romans 7:14-20

Paul’s famous words inspire us, if it was hard for him, then I am encouraged!’ True. But, Paul’s desire is not to encourage ‒ not here! This is not a celebration of grace for the sinner, but a thorough display of the painful situation we feel before Christ. One which we have felt and the hope for those we tell about Christ.

July 9, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: But now, No Condemnation!

Text: Romans 8:1-4

Romans 7 sounded a bit hopeless: ‘Who will save me!?’ Here is Paul’s counter-intuitive answer. Most people either ‘try harder’ (legalism) or ‘give up’ (agnostic toward hope). That makes sense, if the world is impersonal. But it is in fact, personal: ‘through Jesus Christ!’

July 16, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: What’s On Your Mind?

Text: Romans 8:5-8

Am I God’s or not? There is a test. It is simple and one that you can do at home: What is on your mind? This is not a test of ‘success,’ but instead your mindset. What is on your mind?

July 23, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Is Christ in You?

Text: Romans 8:9-15

Many are fearful of the reality of their salvation. Not whether or not it is true, but whether or not they are saved! This text of Paul is intended to encourage those who should be encouraged. That is, I think you. His test is simple, but not easy. But if we listen, you can leave here encouraged and confident.

July 30, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Heirs of God thru Suffering to Glory

Text: Romans 8:16-17

We have the most special relationship with God: we are his children. How do we know we are his children? How do we know this leads to sharing with Jesus in his Glory?

August 6, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Why Did God Let Suffering Happen?

Text: Romans 8:18-23

When we look around at the death and decay of the world it is easy to despair. But despair is an enemy of hope. Indeed, while Adam and Eve were the ones who sinned, it is God who is controlling the present age of futility. But an eternal era is coming that is greater than even where we started. This new era is one without death or decay, and one in which we are finally and truly free ‒ as free as is God.

August 13, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: We Can Hope in God

Text: Romans 8:24-25

There is no mistake: Paul started with suffering and ended with hope. Some people might find this offensive: ‘Do not tell me to hope in God when there is so much suffering in the world!’ Others might find this confusing: ‘How can I hope when everything is decay and death?’ But as Christians, we need to understand Paul and find hope in God.

August 20, 2017 - 10th Anniversary Message

Title: Eclipsing of the Face of God

Text: Psalm 131

On Monday, August 21, we will have the first total eclipse of the sun since 1776 that is seen only in the USA. Everyone in the US will see it, and for more than half of us, it will be total. The strange and disturbing darkness of a total eclipse of the sun is a reminder of the way that fear can eclipse the very face of God. What fear in your life threatens to eclipse the face of God for you?

August 27, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Theology of Praying in the Spirit

Text: Romans 8:26-27

Do you ever feel like you do not know how or what to pray for? God has this covered. Do you sometimes feel like you do not know the will of God when you pray? God has this covered. Today, we learn how the Spirit intercedes for God’s Children.

September 3, 2017

Lord’s Supper Celebration

Join us this week for a very special celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The whole service will be given to this critical event in our relationship with God, and combined with prayer and meditation.

September 10, 2017

Title: Pastoring God’s Church together in the Presence of God

Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-5

One of the most important things we do at Village is meet in Discipleship Groups. This is where ‘church’ happens. And in both Ministry Teams and Growth Groups (our two flavors of Discipleship Groups), our goal is to grow together in Christ, serving each other as the church. The ‘pastors’ of these groups are the key. Looking at 2 Timothy (Paul’s last letter and the one that summarized his method for discipleship in the local church) we will hear God’s charge to our Discipleship Group pastors, so we can pray for them, rejoice in God who gave them to us as gifts, and know what to expect from them.

September 17, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Those Who Love God = Those Who Are Called

Text: Romans 8:28

Who Does God love? There is a sense that God loves all of the people he made. But there is another sense, the ultimate and saving expression of his love, which is tied up in this one word: ‘called.’ Those God loves in this way, God has already called.

September 24, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Are You Fit for Heaven?

Text: Romans 8:28-29

The goal of the universe is not merely a perfect world or forgiveness or just heaven. The goal is … freely-conforming in order to enjoy glory.

October 1, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: We are Glorified, Now!

Text: Romans 8:28-30

In verse 29, we discovered that God planned to make us fit for heaven ‒ freely-conforming to his Son. Not just one person or even one group, but many from all people groups. Here then, in verse 30, if we are his, among this great group of people, God is so sure his plans for us that even now he says we are already glorified!

October 8, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: God is for us!

Text: Romans 8:31-34

Sometimes life is so difficult, so crushing, so dangerous, that we wonder who we are or if we will survive. Paul, who almost died many times, understood this! But he tells us: ‘if God is for us, who can be against us!’

October 15, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: The News Is Bad for your Mental Health!

Text: Romans 8:35-39

But even if God is for me, sometimes it just feels like I will be swallowed by the overwhelming difficulties of life.

October 22, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines

Title: Romans 8 Celebration

Several at Village have memorized Romans 8. Today we will be inviting people to quote a few of the verses in Romans 8 that they memorized and share for 1-2 minutes on how God has used them in their lives.

October 29, 2017

Romans: Finding the Frontlines