Jul 23, 2017
The Scripture Way of Salvation

July 23, 2017 The Scripture Way of Salvation

This Sunday we'll explore "The Scripture Way of Salvation." What must I do to be saved? What is the relationship of works and grace in salvation? Is Jesus truly the one "Way" to truth and eternal life? These questions could consume many hours of conversation, so on Sunday we'll focus in on one instance where Jesus used a woman's faith in Him to teach a gathering of self-righteous Pharisees about the quality of repentance that leads to forgiveness, salvation, and peace.

In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Luke 7:36-50

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  • Jul 23, 2017The Scripture Way of Salvation
    Jul 23, 2017
    The Scripture Way of Salvation

    July 23, 2017 The Scripture Way of Salvation

    This Sunday we'll explore "The Scripture Way of Salvation." What must I do to be saved? What is the relationship of works and grace in salvation? Is Jesus truly the one "Way" to truth and eternal life? These questions could consume many hours of conversation, so on Sunday we'll focus in on one instance where Jesus used a woman's faith in Him to teach a gathering of self-righteous Pharisees about the quality of repentance that leads to forgiveness, salvation, and peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Luke 7:36-50

  • Jul 9, 2017The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Jul 9, 2017
    The Pitfalls of People Pleasing

    July 9, 2017 The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Our sermon for the morning leading up to the Olde Time Revival at 3 p.m. is a timely, crucial reminder from Scripture that just as God does not "dance to our tune" we are also called to resist the temptation to live for the praise and attention of others. Come find out what the Scriptures say about "The Pitfalls of Being a People Pleaser." 

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

  • Jun 25, 2017Around the World With Jesus
    Jun 25, 2017
    Around the World With Jesus

    June 26, 2017 Vacation Bible School Sunday
         This Sunday is Vacation Bible School Sunday. The children will sing at both VUMC services and I'll bring a message on what it means to go into the world with Jesus as our Lord. Thank you to Amanda Hall and her loyal crew of volunteers for a great VBS!
                                          In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:1b-11

  • Jun 11, 2017It Takes A Team
    Jun 11, 2017
    It Takes A Team

    Our message for the morning will focus on how the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - are a team who invite each of us to be part of the building of God's Kingdom. We'll see the ways in which Jesus chose and built his team of disciples... and how we can be a more faithful and effective part of God's team here at VUMC.

                             In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 8,    Matthew 28:16-20

  • Jun 4, 2017Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit
    Jun 4, 2017
    Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit

    June 04, 2017

         This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Seven weeks after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the birth of the Church. We also remind ourselves that each member of the Church has received a gift for service in the Body of Christ. 

         I realize that many question what their gift is, or even doubt that they have received a gift of the Holy Spirit. In part, this is due to the common misapprehension that spiritual gifts are always displayed with wind and flame and that they are possessed by only the "more spiritual" among us.

         The truth is, the gifts are poured out on all who call Jesus their Lord. They are gifts of God's grace, often subtle and practical and best demonstrated with a spirit of love and servitude.

         That is how I see the gifts of the Spirit most often utilized in our congregation - with humility and love - leading to an outpouring of the fruits of those  gifts: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Paul's letter to the Galatians]."

         May it always be so!

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Corinthians 12:3b-13

    Acts 2:1-21

     
  • May 28, 2017Let God Rise Up
    May 28, 2017
    Let God Rise Up

    May 28, 2017

    Memorial Day is a sacred day in our nation. For a day to be truly sacred, truly set aside for holy purposes, it must first be dedicated to the One Holy God who reigns over every man, woman, and nation. 

    I would ask that this Memorial Day weekend we "Let God Rise Up" in our souls and speak to us of courage and sacrifice and obligation. I would ask that we do this not merely as an act of love of country and of those who sacrificed their lives in war, but as an act of love for the God who is the Father of us all and who wept as each of his children fell.

    Let God rise up in our hearts so that the world might know his Holy Way and no longer walk in the paths of war - so that the sounds of battle may be overwhelmed by an everlasting chorus of peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

  • May 21, 2017Fools for Christ
    May 21, 2017
    Fools for Christ

    May 21, 2017 Fools for Christ

     A decade ago I stood on the Areopagus in Athens and imagined the dramatic scene described in Acts 17 when the Apostle Paul uses the idols of the city as a launching point for sharing the message of salvation. In Athens, the ancient world's center of philosophy and wisdom, he told the story of Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection. 

    The reaction of the crowd? Many disregarded his message as foolishness. But others saw the truth in his words. They saw the power of God in his retelling of the story of Jesus - the power of salvation in Christ that could accomplish what all the wisdom of the world could never achieve.

    The world continues to trust in the ever-shifting sands of human wisdom bereft of a divine foundation. But those who trust in the Gospel message will gladly bear the title "Fools for Christ" if in doing so others come to know the wisdom of God. Because Paul had the courage to declare the "scandal" of the cross all those years ago on the Areopagus, you and I and millions of others have come to know the good news of Jesus and the salvation he alone can bring.

    Christ is risen and our hopes have risen with Him. For the sake of a world drowning in sin, are we willing to share the good news of Jesus, even when others label us as fools?

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    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is our perfect Shepherd, risen and coming again!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Acts 17:22-31

  • May 14, 2017When Women Shepherd
    May 14, 2017
    When Women Shepherd

    May 14, 2017 When Women Shepherd

    With the passing of long-time VUMC member Helen Miller last Sunday morning, my mind is more focused than usual on the many ways the women in our lives shepherd us. When women shepherd, lives are changed and souls are saved!

    Traditionally, we do not think of women as shepherds. Yet, in the most formative years of my childhood, it was almost always women who taught me manners, gathered me with other children into reading circles, picked me up when I fell on the playground, and tended to my injuries with reassuring whispers of "It's going to be OK, Bobby." They filled my stomach with good food, dried my tears, sang me to sleep, and made sure I was safe every step of my young life. It turns out that women can be extraordinary shepherds.

    I'll bring the message at each service from the 23rd Psalm:  "When Women Shepherd."

    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is our perfect Shepherd, risen and coming again!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Psalm 23

  • May 7, 2017What shall we do?
    May 7, 2017
    What shall we do?

    May 7, 2017 What shall we do?   Acts 2:36-47

    This Sunday, May 7th, is a holy communion Sunday. I'll be sharing a message Acts 2:36-47 focusing on the fundamental questions of every human life. What shall we do to be saved? What shall we do to grow in God's love and grace? What shall we do to be at peace with each other?
     

    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

  • Apr 23, 2017Who’s in Charge?
    Apr 23, 2017
    Who’s in Charge?

    April 23, 2017 Who's in Charge?

    Faithful discipleship in an age of rebellion

     This Sunday we explore the post-resurrection question: "Who's in charge?" In light of the resurrection, the answer is simple enough - God, of course! Yet, we live in an age of rebellion where the authority of God, His Word, and His Spirit are ignored routinely, not only by non-believers but also by those who claim the name of Christ. We all fall short, we all are sinners, we all are without excuse. All the more reason that we should seek to live in God's light, trust in His Word, and heed His Holy Spirit. 

    May we walk with the Lord daily, testing what is true and holy.

    Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Hebrews 12:1-12