Sunday, October 30, 2016

Everyone Has A Next Step

John 5:1-9

The Healing at the Pool
5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

Focus: There is nobody on earth so far from God that they cannot take steps toward God, and there is nobody on earth so close to God that they are grace graduates with no steps to take.

I. Steps for a SKEPTIC

  • John7:16-17
  • Matthew7:7-83

II. GOD wants to WALK with you

  • Leviticus 25:12
  • Galations 5:25
  • 1 Peter 2:21

III. Take your next step WITH GOD

  • With God's GUIDANCE 
  • Galations 6:7-8
  • With God's HELP

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Point of Our Steps: Find Your Why

Focus: Do you know why you do what you do?

  • Matthew 10:39

I. Why do we (VVCC) do what we do?

  • Tradition, denomination, Bible believing
  • Philippians 2:2-5
  • USA - churches are shrinking

II. Why did God do what He did?

  • John 3:16
  • Philippians 2:2-11

III. Find your WHY and connect WHO to a WHERE

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Active Disciplines

Focus: Spiritual disciplines will help you experience "the life you have always wanted."

Romans 8:5-8 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

I. Worship

II. Service

What's my next step?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Life You've Always Wanted: Train for It

Philippians 2:12-13
Colossians 3:1-17

Focus: There is an immense difference between TRYING to do something versus TRAINING to do something.

I. We need a stronger MAGNET


III. We need to our habits MONITOR