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There is a lot that the church has gotten wrong over the years.  We have often strayed from the vision and teachings of Jesus.  In the process, the church has excluded, hurt or rejected people.  The constant call for the church is to look more and more like the body of Christ in the world.  So, in this series, we will talk about some ways the church has gotten it wrong by drifting from the teachings of Jesus, and we will work to move closer to where Jesus calls the church to be.

Jesus vs. Christianity

May 8, 2022

Belong, Behave, Believe

Scripture:  Luke 5:27-30, Luke 2:1-2, Luke 9:18-20

 

May 15, 2022

Commitment vs. Convenience

Scripture:  Luke 9:57-62

 

May 22, 2022

Others vs. Self

Scripture:  Luke 9:23-24

 

May 29, 2022

Guest Speaker: Curt Jensen

 

June 5, 2022

Inclusion vs. Exclusion

Scripture:  Luke 5:30-32, Luke 5:12, Luke 5:27, Luke 18:15-16, Luke 7

The world seems more and more uncertain.  What do we do in the midst of this uncertainty?  How might we become stronger in this season?  How might we become resilient in the face of adversity?  In life, as individuals, in our relationships, as parents?

Resilient Faith

April 24, 2022

Becoming Resilient in the Face of Adversity

Scripture:  James 1:2-4, 12

 

May 1, 2022

Cultivating Resilience Through Relationships

Scripture:  James 2:14-18

Easter

April 17, 2022

Immovable Darkness

Scripture:  Mark 16:1-6

In a recent survey, 80 percent of Americans say they have prayed at one time.  Yet, we struggle with prayer.  Does God hear us?  Is God tired of our pleas?  Do our words seem superficial?  Does prayer matter?  How do we pray?

Prayer As Jesus Taught

 

March 6, 2022

This Then Is How You Should Pray

Scripture:  Luke 11:1, Matthew 6:9-13

 

 

March 13, 2022

Whose Will Be Done?

Scripture:  Luke 22:41-42

 

March 20, 2022

Our Daily Bread

Scripture:  Matthew 6:9-11

 

 

March 27, 2022

Forgive…As We Forgive

Scripture:  Matthew 6:9-12 & 

14-15, Luke 23:32-34

 

April 3, 2022

Lead Us…Deliver Us

Scripture:  Matthew 6:9-13

 

April 10, 2022

For Thine is the Kingdom, Power and Glory

Scripture:  Matthew 6:9-13

American culture seems obsessed with defining generations; often creating division between the generations.  Is this the way God intended?  How might we be a blessing to one another rather than having division between one another.

One Generation
Blesses another

February 20, 2022

One Generation Blesses Another

Scripture:  Psalm 78:1-8

 

February 27, 2022

Giving to Another Generation

Scripture:  Psalm 145:4, John 13:34-35, Luke 22:42

What we believe matters.  It has implications for how we live, what we focus on, and how we look at the world.  Early Christians thought that it was important to believe the right things about faith, and to point out the wrong beliefs.  They called these wrong beliefs heresy.  We have inherited a pretty negative view of that word.  heretic denotes people who are judgmental or close-minded.  But in reality, these early Christians were simply trying to point out why certain beliefs didn’t best represent God.  In this series, we will explore modern day “heresies” – beliefs that are arrived at in good faith but may have unintended implications for our faith in God. 

Heretic

January 23, 2022

Is Jesus Divine

Scripture: 1 John 4:1, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12, 17-19

 

January 30, 2022

Reincarnation and Resurrection

Scripture: Genesis 1:31, Genesis 2:7, Revelation 21:1-3, 5

Matthew 22:2, Ephesians 2:5-6

 

February 6, 2022

The Bible Is Just Another Book

Scripture: John 5:39-40, 46-47, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

February 13, 2022

It’s Enough to Be a Good Person

Scripture: Luke 5:27-32, Romans 6:1-2

In Galatians, the Apostle Paul is writing to a community about how they can show themselves to be followers of Christ – when they live in the power of the Spirit, their lives won’t be filled with selfishness and vanity, but will demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  In this series, we learn how we can cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

The You, You Meant To Be

January 2, 2022

Love, Joy & Peace

Scripture:  Galatians 5:16-23

 

January 9, 2022

Patience, Kindness & Goodness

Scripture:  Galatians 5:22-23a, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Colossians 3:12-13a, Ephesians 5:8-9 

 

January 16, 2022

Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-Control

Scripture:  Galatians 5:22-23a, 2 Peter 1:5-6a, Matthew 5:5

Matthew 25:19-21

Christmas Eve

We don’t know why the Grinch hated Christmas.  We just know he did.  If we’re being honest, there’s probably something within the Christmas season celebration that awakens a Grinch within all of us.  Join us as we explore the faith themes in the Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Perhaps we might find, like the Grinch, that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our life.

The Heart that grew three sizes

November 28, 2021

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Scripture:  Isaiah 64:1-2, 6-7; Amos 5:21, 23-24; 

Matthew 2:6; Romans 12:9

 

December 5, 2021

Looking the Part

Scripture:  Isaiah 60:3-6; Zechariah 7:9-10; Matthew 3:7b-12

 

December 12, 2021

When You’re Sure You’re Right

Scripture:  Matthew 2:11; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:52-53

 

December 19, 2021

“The Heart That Grew Three Sizes”

Scripture:  Psalm 136:1-3; Luke 2:8-20; Romans 12:17-21

“Yes” can fee like a four-letter word when we become over extended, when our “yeses” cause us to be taken advantage of or when we begin to resent those who we said yes to.  But, “yes” doesn’t have to feel like a four-letter word.  Join us as we look at how to say “yes” to the right things. 

Yes is not a four-letter word

 

November 14, 2021

Yes to Family

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 6:1-9

 

November 21, 2021

Yes to Faith

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Deuteronomy 6:20-24

All Saints Sunday

November 7, 2021

All Saints Sunday

Scripture:  Hebrews 11:1-35, 12:1-3

Money has a direct connection to our values, our faith, and the health of our relationships.  It’s no wonder that in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presented a radical message about our “treasure” and our hearts.  Throughout this series we will examine what our treasure is.  How do we spend our time, energy, and money?  And, if our hearts follow our treasure, as Jesus taught, how do we make sure they are aligned?

Treasure

October 10, 2021

Where Is Your Treasure?

Scripture:  Matthew 6:19-23

 

October 17, 2021

The Problem with Two Masters

Scripture:  Matthew 6:24

 

October 24, 2021

How to Give

Scripture:  Matthew 6:1-6

 

October 31, 2021

Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing

Scripture: Matthew 6:25-35

As a culture, we are living in crazy times.  Never before have we been more informed, engaged and connected.  But with conflict over the pandemic to celebrity scandals to racial injustice, never before have we been more confused, angry and divided.  What in the world is going on?  In our new five week series, we will explore topics – like cancel culture, polarizing views and mob mentality – through the lens of what Jesus would have to say about them.

What in the World?

September 5, 2021

Cancel Culture

Scripture: Matthew 7:3-5, John 8:4-11, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

 

September 12, 2021

Mob Mentality

Scripture:  Luke 19:36-40, Luke 23:18-32, John 14:6

 

September 19, 2021

Uncertainty

Scripture: Matthew 26:56, Mark 15:40, 46-47, Mark 16:1-2,

Matthew 28:1, 5-8

 

September 26, 2021

Political Correctness

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:5, James 1:22,

Matthew 28:1, 5-8

 

October 3, 2021

Compassion Fatigue

Scripture:  James 2:14-17

Minecraft and Among Us video games have taken the world by storm in the last several years.  But what can these games teach us about God?  Join us as we game through religion.

Gaming Through Religion

August 22, 2021

Minecraft

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-20

 

August 29, 2021

Among Us

Scripture:  Matthew 7:15-23

VBC-Live Like a Champ

August 15, 2021

Live Like a Champ

Guest Speakers

July 25, 2021

Pastor Audra Hudson

Living Abundantly

Scripture:  John 6:1-15

 

August 1, 2021

Pastor Curt Jensen

Discovering Your Gift(s)

Scripture:  Ephesians 4:1-16

 

August 8, 2021

Carole Baker

It’s a Mystery

Scripture:  Isaiah 55:8-9, 11 and Ephesians 3:2-12

Few things in life are more memorable than a road trip and summer is the perfect time to hit the road!  Join us as we explore how those summer road trip experiences can help us grow in faith.

Summer Road Trip

 

June 27, 2021

Roadside Attraction

Scripture:  Exodus 3:1-14

 

July 4, 2021

Riding in the Backseat

Scripture:  Numbers 12

 

July 11, 2021

Are we there yet?

Scripture:  Exodus 16:2-35

 

July 18, 2021

Roadblocks

Scripture:  Exodus 17

We long to connect with God over the sorrows in our lives and in the world.  Lament is the ancient practice of expressing anger and pain to God.  The practice of lament has often been lost or seen as taboo in the church.   Join us as we explore the power of lament. 

Lament

June 13, 2021

Lament to God

Scripture:  Psalm 102:1-2

 

June 20, 2021

Lament in the Community and Public

Scripture:  Job 2:11-13, Acts 10:1-15

The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst.  Through the Holy Spirit we sense God’s presence, comfort, leading, and strength in our lives.  If you are going to grow deeper in your faith you need the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.  Join us as we explore the work of the Spirit in our lives.

Holy Spirit

May 16, 2021

The Presence of the Spirit

Scripture:  Job 33:4, Acts 2:17a, Joel 2:28a, John 14:15-17,

Romans 15:13

 

May 23, 2021

The Spirit Transforms

Scripture:  Isaiah 64:8, John 3:5, Romans 8:14,

Galatians 5:16, 22-23a

 

May 30, 2021

The Spirit Empowers

Scripture: Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:7, 28,

1 Corinthians 14:12

Is science and faith at odds?  Do you need to reject science to be a Christian?  Do you need to reject Christianity if you ascribe to the theories of science?  Join us as we explore the relationship between science and religion.

Science and Religion

 

April 11, 2021

Where Science & Religion

Meet

Scripture:  Psalm 19:1-6

 

April 18, 2021

God and the Big Bang

Scripture:  Genesis 1:1-19

 

April 25, 2021

God & the Dinosaurs

Scripture:  Genesis 1:20-31

 

May 2, 2021

Medicine & the Healing

Power of Faith

Scripture:  Luke 8:43-48

 

May 9, 2021

Biotechnology & God’s

Future

Scripture:  Micah 6:8,

Luke 10:25-37

 

Easter

April 4, 2021

Disappointment

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Learn to BE LOVE.  Throughout Jesus’ ministry He teaches how to love with heart, soul, mind, and strength through reckless love.  In this series we will see how we can love as Jesus and, in the process, love our neighbor more fully and deepen our relationship with God.

Reckless Love

 

February 21, 2021

Begin with Love

Scripture: Mark 12:28-34

 

February 28, 2021

Expanding the Circle

Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

 

March 7, 2021

Lavish Love

Scripture: 1 John 3:1-3

 

March 14, 2021

Open Hearted

Scripture: 1 John 2:7-11

 

March 21, 2021

Value the Vulnerable

Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18

 

March 28, 2021

Emulate Christ

Scripture: 1 John 4:13-21

Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Compassion. God has given each of us the capacity to feel deeply.  The Bible shows us many examples of Jesus’s emotions: love, compassion, righteous anger, sadness, and more.  In this series, we’ll look at how Jesus processed emotions so we can better process our powerful emotions and can start to understand how God will use them for good.

Emotions

January 24, 2021

Compassion

Scripture: Luke 7:11-17


January 31, 2021

Anxiety

Scripture: Mark 14:32-36


February 7, 2021

Anger

Scripture: Matthew 21:12-13


February 14, 2021

Sadness

Scripture: Luke 19:41

Do you ever feel like you are just repeating the same tasks day after day after day?  What if this New Year is an opportunity to make some changes in our lives? Start again. Leave things behind. Start new practices. Hit Reset.

Reset

January 3, 2021

What do you want to STOP?

Scripture: John 3:1-3, Matthew 9:17

 

January 10, 2021

What do you want to CHANGE?

Scripture: Romans 12:2

 

January 17, 2021

What do you want to START?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17