The best is yet to come. It’s a phrase that we say often and whole heartedly believe at VOUS Church, in particular when it comes to approaching a new year. As 2017 comes to an end and 2018 is upon us, we’re expectant and excited for all of the new opportunities, experiences, and promises that God has in store for each and every one of us. While looking ahead is important, sometimes, it’s also important to look behind and celebrate the wins and the blessings God’s given us so far. That’s exactly what we did at VOUS Church this New Years Eve, as we took a look at some of the most profound sermons and moments of 2017. From our study of Jonah at the start of the year, to a little flub confusing Jonah for David as a murderer, to some incredible words from our “guests,” who may as well be family, we have had some incredible moments as a church this year. Take a look back with us as we celebrate the wins, and look expectantly towards the future.
Have ever been in a situation where you needed God? Maybe you found yourself in some kind of trouble, or felt lonely, or just had one of those days where the only thing you could say was, “God help me.” This Christmas Eve, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reminds us of the greatest news of the Christmas story - God is with us. There’s not a moment that passes where God is not present with each and every one of us, even when we don’t notice Him. The story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew chapter 1 assure us that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. By believing that Jesus is God and recognizing His presence with us, we can experience the power of the Holy Spirit this Christmas, and in every season of our lives.
In the story of Moses, as the Egyptians are being pelted with plagues, Moses comes before the Pharoah and offers him a chance to rid his people of the frogs that have infested their land. Pharoah, upon being given the choice of when to act on the offer simply answers, "Tomorrow."
Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. leads us to see that frogs actually represent unwanted and often toxic issues in our own lives, and shows us that when we are presented with the opportunity to change, we often have the same response of, "Tomorrow."
We are challenged to take a hard look at ourselves and make changes now rather than later. Don't put another delay on something you can change today. Don't spend one more night with the frogs.
Often, when we find ourselves stuck in life, we tend to look to our ability, what we’re equipped with, to find the way out. As pastor Terrance Wilson of Trinity Church reminds us, it’s not in our ability but in God’s ability where the answer is found. Maybe it’s a matter of perspective we need to gain, instead of thinking that our circumstance is a curse, it could be an assignment we are called to overcome.
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. sits down with Brant Cryder of Yves Saint Laurent to talk about the role of faith in business, fashion, and his number one church pet peeve.
Everybody wants to matter. We all want to believe that what we do with our time on earth will leave an impact after we’re gone. We build businesses, name children after ourselves, and sow our time into charitable organizations, all in the hopes of creating a legacy.
This Sunday in a message titled “Living for Legacy,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. of VOUS Church illustrates another way that we can be part of building a legacy - generosity. As we close our series of talks around the idea of Miracle In Motion, we learn how legacy transfers our blessing from generation to generation. When we make an internal investment into God’s kingdom, we make an immediate investment that not only affects our lives, but the lives of others, and perhaps others we’ll never know on this side of eternity. When you remember that you can’t take it with you, and ask yourself if you control your money or if your money controls you, you learn that prosperity has a purpose. Find out how that purpose can be part of God’s eternal legacy today.
Have you ever met someone who just, really annoyed you? We can all admit that at some point or another, someone has annoyed us so much, that we’ve reacted. Whether it was giving in to a child who wouldn’t stop asking for candy, or agreed to do something just to get someone off your back, when something or someone bothers you enough, you’re pushed toward action. God is the same way. This week, in a sermon titled “The Art of Bothering God,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. challenges us to begin to get a little bothered, and begin to bother God. Luke 18 tells the story of a woman who pestered an unjust judge to the point that he finally gave in to her requests. If an unjust judge was moved to action on her behalf, how much more will a just and loving God be moved to action on our behalf when we continue to persist? God is never truly bothered by us. Persistent prayer honors God, and when we refuse to give up, no matter how long we’ve been waiting, God will give us an answer. Persistence produces miracles, and when we learn that sometimes “no” is just part of the process, we can learn to bother God enough to see miraculous changes in our lives and in the world around us.
Home is always a journey and the path to freedom becomes closer with each step. What is freedom? There are some acts of so-called freedom that actually destroy freedom. They hide in darkness, whispering lies that limit our sight and inhibit our hearts. Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminds us that true freedom comes when we allow God to remove our record, our regret, and our resistance.
Has anyone ever surprised you? Some people love surprises, thrilled with the idea of waiting for Christmas Day to open each present, full of excitement and anticipation. Others are the type that will raid the Christmas closet and open every present early, unable to wait for a surprise. God loves surprising people, though, and no matter how often you may try to sneak a peek under the wrapping paper of our lives, God will continue to throw surprises our way.
This week, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. preached a sermon titled “Consider The Raven,” where we learn that even in the midst of life’s surprises we can learn to trust God more than we trust ourselves. Worry produces nothing fruitful in our lives. In fact, worry can wreck our miracles because it distracts us from being present in the here and now.
Jesus gives us the antidote for worry, which is to consider. Consideration of our situation allows us to move away from worry, and move towards a place of practical faith where we can sow, reap and steward in ways that produce miracles and faith in our lives. Find out how to live a life free of worry, and full of worship today.