Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. begins a new collection of talks as part of a 6-week journey through the book of 1 John. Until we know who God is, we will never know who we are. So who is God? As we learn in this first sermon from 1 John, God is light. We are encouraged to step into the light, walk in truth, and live life knowing that once we step into the light, God's grace will meet us right where we are.
If you think about it, our lives are a lot like a letter written to the world around us. What’s written on the letter of your heart? Every letter has a context — does the context of your letter reflect pain or reveal the glory of God? Every letter has content— what does the content of your life reveal about what you consume? Each letter ends with a credit— is your life letter pointing singularly towards yourself or towards something bigger? Pastor Dawncheré challenges us to reevaluate the message that our life is spelling out to the world. What will yours be?
We tend to measure ourselves against standards we create based off the past, and our peers. But, neither serve us as we are uniquely designed to live up to the potential God has predestined for us.
This Father's Day weekend, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. spoke to the men of the house, and challenged them to Act Like Men. Reading from 1 Corinthians 16:13, we explore what the blueprint of a Godly man looks like.
Trusting God doesn’t always feel sturdy and safe. At times, we might even wonder what we got ourselves into, but when we place our trust in Jesus, he gives us a vision, direction, and constant companionship. These things allow us to go on the journey with a sense of confidence and peace, knowing that while we aren’t exactly sure how, we’re going to safely cross to the other side of any trial we may face.
So many of us can name several types of our fears to others - from fear of heights to being outside. But what about those fears we don’t readily admit like the fear of failure or loss?
We wrapped up our collection of talks entitled Acts of the Apostles as VOUS Creative Director, Luke Barry preached a message titled Shipwrecked, Stranded, and Unshaken. He encouraged us through the story of Paul facing a defining storm with 275 people on a ship where he charged them to take courage and not be afraid for there won't be any loss of life. This, even after the storm left them shipwrecked and stranded, Paul showed them by example, to remain unshaken.
What troubles you the most, may be what God is calling you to change. We see this in Acts 17 when Paul notices the pervasive idolatry in his city of Athens, and becomes determined to transform it. He recognized that many people within the city had spiritual cravings, but were trying to appease them with idols that always fell short. Paul connected them to Jesus by immersing himself in the culture, rather than judging from afar. Like Paul, let's be people who transform our city by connecting with people, rather than correcting people.
Often we think courage is a feeling, but courage is actually a decision to take action in the presence of fear. Our actions can either suppress the word of God in us, or spread the word of God through us. In the book of Acts, Stephen exemplifies his unwavering courage by being the first Christian to die for his faith. How can we be like Stephen and learn to own the crown of victory and peel off the layers that cover our God given destiny?
Do you ever feel like sometimes God shows up at the last possible moment?
Like he waits right up until the moment of truth, with sweat dripping down your forehead, eyes darting at the clock, leaving you wondering if he’s even going to show up at all? This week, as we continue our study of the book of Acts, we learn that the sudden movements and miracles God performs are usually on the heels of earnest prayer, and a home full of faith, fellowship, and freedom. These are the values that we stand as we seek to build a church that shouts, “Welcome home.”
As we venture further into our discovery about the Acts of the Apostles, we are introduced to the idea of being activated into the world of the supernatural.
Everything we think, believe, and dream, God will exceed, but we need to do our part. By acting in faith, and giving God something to work with, He will provide the "super" to our "natural" act of obedience.
Have you ever tried to come up with an excuse for something you didn’t want to do? Or maybe you’ve made an excuse for something you didn’t think you could do. As Christians, we think we’re great at making excuses for why and how God can’t use us. But really, an excuse is just a cover-up to conceal the truth. Let's be honest, our excuses tend to be pretty lame. Luckily for us, God chooses to use us anyway. As we continue our collection of talks on the Acts of the Apostles, we see how God used ordinary men to do extraordinary things by the power of his Spirit.