July 16, 2018
When we accept Jesus into our life, we believe turning away from sin means never sinning again. And although justification is the gift of accepting Jesus, the gift of sanctification is a daily process.
In our continued collection of talks on The Book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. teaches on the idea that "The Struggle is Real." So often we struggle with consistency and fulfilling our commitments as well as second guessing our position in ministry because we focus on following the Law. The Law puts the magnifying glass on our sinful nature and in doing so points us to our need for a savior, Jesus.
Because of the Law we are made constantly aware of our shameful condition, even to the point of feeling the need to leave the faith altogether. After all, why risk being called out as a hypocrite? But when we understand grace, it allows us to go through the process of becoming more Christlike. We can avoid the temptation of giving up on our faith. We only become hypocrites when we can’t admit that we continuously fight back guilt and shame. Yes, our struggle is real, but we will not let our internal struggle with sin disqualify us from the victorious life Jesus died for us to have.
And we must remember that it's better to focus on what we've been redeemed to and on getting back up after falling in our sin. We can trust that when God sees us, he sees the finished work of Jesus on the cross. And we will pursue a life of sanctification, not from a place of fear but from a place of love for our savior.
July 9, 2018
VOUS CONFERENCE 2018
RICH WILKERSON JR
A LOOK INSIDE THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH
July 9, 2018
No matter who you are, you've probably struggled with some form of guilt, condemnation, or shame. You may have looked at your situation and believed God was mad at you or you were being punished for your shortcomings. The good news is that God didn't save you to condemn you. In fact, it is quite the opposite story.
As we continue our collection of talks on The Book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr teaches us how through the blood of Jesus, we have been justified and are now in right standing with God. We have been credited with the righteousness of Christ, wiping away all our past, present, and future sins. Now, when God looks at us, he no longer sees our sinful humanity, he sees Jesus.
When God sent his only son to die for our sins, he demonstrated his scandalous, reckless love. On our worst day, Christ was at his best. Not one bit of our effort deserved His righteousness. While it may sound too good to be true, that's exactly what makes it grace. What was started in the Garden of Eden was finished in the Garden of Gethsemane. Where Adam took the fall, Jesus took a stand. We now have access to incredible blessings, having been justified through Christ. Our trust in Jesus' salvation shatters the bondage of shame, allowing us to walk in the freedom of righteousness.
July 2, 2018
Everyone loves a good story, whether it is one they're seeking or telling. Having people from all walks of life guarantees a unique narrative. But no matter our differences, there's one story that is the same for all of us: the story of freedom through Jesus Christ. Our life story was full of death and hopelessness because of our sin until Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross.
Because of that sacrifice, our guilt and punishment was eliminated and in return we received grace and salvation. In exchange for our guilt, he gave us gratitude and purpose in exchange of our punishment. We don't have to be stuck in the guilt and pain of yesterday when Jesus paid the price for guilt on calvary. When we carry guilt it’s like an alarm alerting us to what happened in the past.
Our challenge is to listen to God and remove what is necessary to propel us forward. Sometimes we ignore that, decide to judge others and advise them on how to live their lives. But our responsibility is to focus on self-development.
God has a plan and purpose for our lives and springs forth destiny through our acceptance of His sacrifice. At Vous Church we celebrate stories of freedom from people who were once far from God that can now live in true independence.
June 25, 2018
Have you ever lacked confidence? In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes "I am not ashamed of the gospel." He always seemed so confident, yet this was a man who went through obstacle after obstacle. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and persecuted by so many. Despite the challenges, he was still able to profess “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Where did his radical confidence come from? If we go back to the start of his letter, we find Paul makes a bold declaration in Romans 1:1, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God.”
In a new collection of talks based in the book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. will explore Paul's self-proclaimed identity in a sermon titled "Confidence from Clarity." Without clarity, we lack the confidence to proclaim God's word.
There are three things we need to clearly define in our lives to walk in confidence. The first is to know who we serve. We should serve God but oftentimes we allow good earthly things to compete with God's position. The second is to know what we are called to do. We all have an occupation or vocation but we're called to proclaim the word of God in those positions. The third is to understand why you're set apart. Sometimes we think God is punishing us when He removes people or things from our lives but He sets us apart to speak to us and use us. Ultimately, the information we receive by having a relationship with God combined with applying it to our lives will result in a transformation.
June 18, 2018
What if the power in a miracle was in more than just the miracle itself, but also in the atmosphere? How many times have we called for a dead situation in our lives to get up? We may not consider that it's actually the people or things around us that have to be removed for us to find the healing we seek.
In a sermon titled "Get Out," Pastor Robert Madu breaks down the story of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood, two seemingly different situations on the surface, but at the core they were connected. Ultimately, they had the same mission - to seek intervention from Jesus. Both desperate, they stopped at nothing to get His attention and help.
Sometimes we may not receive what we asked for because we don't believe all that God is able to do, and as a result, our faith suffers. But if we attach our faith to God's power and authority, we can trust that He will come through.
June 11, 2018
God has given us access to his reality through the blood of Jesus Christ and there is a path to his presence and it is a path that is accessible to every one of us, and God has invited us to walk it.How do we walk in the path of the presence of God? Brooke Ligertwood teaches us that we can do so by finding ourselves continually in the word of God, filling our hearts with the truth that is found in scripture for our lives. As we worship God we discover more of who God is and more of who we are. We find a continual revelation of who Jesus is. A true encounter with God is transformative. When we step into the presence of God and have an encounter with him it changes the way we walk.
June 4, 2018
In a perfect world, we'd be able to control every aspect of our life. But in the end, would planning every detail and knowing the outcome of a situation really benefit us?
Oftentimes, the things we so desperately seach for to fulfull us, leave us empty and helpless. So we look for the next "thing" to complete our lives.
But when we decide to follow God, we have to stop seeking control and find the courage to allow God to do His will in our lives. In order to receive all that God has for us, we have to lose our thoughts on how our lives should play out and step out of our comfort zones.
The ship of life that we're on is sometimes the very thing that holds us back. In order to get to our destiny, we have to abandon the ship and trust in our Savior. It's in God we find the security, hope and love we seek and the sooner we let go of our "ships", the sooner we can walk in what God has called us to.