2019-11-03
Once Works, Now Fruit
It's possible to coerce or even force someone to do something, but for an action to be meaningful and fulfilling, it must be done because the person wanted to.  This is the key difference between behavior modification and heart change, changing our actions versus changing our motivations underneath our actions. Behavior modification versus heart change is exactly the find of dynamic at play in Paul's letter to the Galatians, especially concerning the fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5.  In this session we're going to interact with Paul's teaching on grace, works, and personal transformation in the light of the gospel. We will see that what we do certainly matters, but why we do what we do matters even more.
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  • 2019-11-03Once Works, Now Fruit
    2019-11-03
    Once Works, Now Fruit
    It's possible to coerce or even force someone to do something, but for an action to be meaningful and fulfilling, it must be done because the person wanted to.  This is the key difference between behavior modification and heart change, changing our actions versus changing our motivations underneath our actions. Behavior modification versus heart change is exactly the find of dynamic at play in Paul's letter to the Galatians, especially concerning the fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5.  In this session we're going to interact with Paul's teaching on grace, works, and personal transformation in the light of the gospel. We will see that what we do certainly matters, but why we do what we do matters even more.
  • 2019-10-27Once Apart, Now Together
    2019-10-27
    Once Apart, Now Together
    In today's message, we will see how God changes us and bring us into fellowship with Himself and with others and how we are to carry out our mission to extend this fellowship to the world.
  • 2019-10-20Once Slaves, Now Children
    2019-10-20
    Once Slaves, Now Children
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, we will begin a series examining how God changes us in Christ.  Up first, we will explore Romans 8 and touch on some of the highlights of this high point of Scripture.  We will see that Christians have undergone a radical transformation from being slaves of sin and fear to becoming children of God who can live with full assurance and hopeful anticipation that God is making all things new.
  • 2019-10-13Toward Obedience to His Word
    2019-10-13
    Toward Obedience to His Word
    In today's session, we will look at significant themes regarding pastors found in key excerpts from Paul's Pastoral Epistles, his letters to Timothy and Titus.  We will see how God gives pastors to His church to lead His people in obedience to His Word.  Allow this study to help you obey God's call to pray for and support the pastors He has given to lead us in our mission of making disciples.
  • 2019-10-06Toward Love in Action
    2019-10-06
    Toward Love in Action
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, letters to God's people, Pastor Kevin will be covering 1 John chapter 3.  In this session, we will study the biblical call to love as heard from one of the apostle John's letters to believers.  We cannot evade the Bible's command to love. It comes through loud and clear, running throughout the pages of Scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments.  As those who have been rescued from our sin, we now have been given a new identify and the fruit of love will be evident in our lives.  This love is not something kept within us; it will naturally be shown through our actions.
  • 2019-09-29Toward an Enduring Identity
    2019-09-29
    Toward an Enduring Identity
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, letters to God's people, Pastor Kevin will cover 1 Peter chapter 2.  In this session, we will see that we are each a part of the body of Christ.  Chosen by God, receivers of great mercy, we have been given a new identity that we are to work out in our lives.  With Christ as our foundation and example, we've also been given a new purpose and calling to be set apart for the work and glory of God.
  • 2019-09-22Toward Mercy and Impartiality
    2019-09-22
    Toward Mercy and Impartiality
    In today's message we look at a letter from the apostle James, Jesus' brother. We will be reminded that God has called us to a life of holiness, to be a people set apart for the glory of God. However, we were not saved to separate ourselves and settle around those with whom we are most comfortable. We are to be set apart through our Christlike character, our mission-minded actions, and our biblical beliefs, all of which should drive us toward those who need Christ, regardless of their skin color, economic status, or political beliefs. We will see that our individual lives are meant to be satellites of God's glory to all people, reflecting the hope of the gospel and the message of mercy we ourselves have experienced.
  • 2019-09-15Toward Unity in the Cross
    2019-09-15
    Toward Unity in the Cross
    Like an an ornate jigsaw puzzle. Christians are part of a whole.  Not one piece is alike, and no one piece can stand alone.  We don't make sense without each other.  But here in the church at Corinth, people attempted to start a puzzle of their own.  Men and women rallied around different leaders, and then they tried to prove why their group was better than the others, serving their own egos. Therefore, Paul challenged them to turn away from their divisions and toward unity.  Specifically, Paul told them to be united "in the same mind and the same judgment" (1 Cor 1:10).  Unity that is grounded in gospel convictions lasts; unity that is attached to personalities doesn't. That is what went wrong in Corinth.  In this session we will see that our unity must be grounded in biblical convictions, not popular personalities.
  • 2019-09-08Toward Faithfulness in the Gospel
    2019-09-08
    Toward Faithfulness in the Gospel
    This week Pastor Kevin returns to The Gospel Project series.  Today we will be in the book of Galatians Chapter 2, verses 11-21.  The early church was still grappling with the different ways Jewish and Gentile Christians lived out their faith and how a united church could work through these differences (see Acts 15).  These differences, the more Jewish-focused Christianity coming out of Jerusalem and the newer, more Gentile-focused Christianity coming from the large Gentile harvest at Antioch, gave occasion for Peter's (Cephas in Aramaic) hypocrisy.  When Christians act with prejudice toward others, we deny the very gospel we proclaim.  We are justified by faith and nothing else: not our works, not our ethnic origin, nor any other standard.
  • 2019-08-25From Fear to Faith
    2019-08-25
    From Fear to Faith
  • 2019-08-18Explaining the Good News of Christ
    2019-08-18
    Explaining the Good News of Christ
  • 2019-08-11Encounter on the Water
    2019-08-11
    Encounter on the Water
    Series: VBS 2019
    This past week Valley Bible Church has hosted our Vacation Bible School. Today is the final session. Pastor Kevin will be teaching our kids and adults from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 14:22-33. Jesus had a powerful lesson to teach his disciples that night on the Sea of Galilee. Your faith like, like every other component of your life, needs focus. Without focus, there is no faith. Faith’s most basic definition is trust, but if you’re trust is scattered all over the place, it doesn’t actually trust in anyone or anything. Jesus urges us, the Holy Spirit helps us, keep our faith’s true focus.
  • 2019-07-28Exploring the Evidence for Christ
    2019-07-28
    Exploring the Evidence for Christ
  • 2019-07-14Investigating the Case for Christ
    2019-07-14
    Investigating the Case for Christ
  • 2019-06-23A Man After God’s Own Heart
    2019-06-23
    A Man After God’s Own Heart
    Series: (All)
    Today Pastor Kevin takes a break from The Gospel Project with a study on the Life of David.  It could be argued that King David was one of the most famous kings of all time.  But, what was it about him that made him so special?  In this study, Pastor Kevin gives us 5 reasons why David is called "A Man After God's Own Heart".
  • 2019-06-16Five Characteristics of Godly Fathers
    2019-06-16
    Five Characteristics of Godly Fathers
    Series: Father's Day
    On this Father's day, Pastor Kevin will be discussing the five characteristics of Godly fathers.  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12.  In this study we will learn from the apostle Paul as he demonstrated his love for the church, as a father who loves his own children.
  • 2019-06-09The Setting: On Mission Wherever You Are
    2019-06-09
    The Setting: On Mission Wherever You Are
    While on his second an third missionary journeys, the apostle Paul focused on two things: spreading the Gospel and strengthening the church.  As we look at parts of this ministry in this session, we will discover that God's primary calling on all of our lives is to be on His mission, regardless of what our day jobs are.  As a result, we will also learn how to see our occupations as platforms for proclaiming the Gospel and discover new ways to mentor and strengthen those around us. Focusing on these two things will help us leave a legacy of faithfulness for those behind us.
  • 2019-06-02The Culture: Idolatrous but Intrigued
    2019-06-02
    The Culture: Idolatrous but Intrigued
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, Pastor Kevin will cover Acts chapter 17.  In this study we learn how Paul interacted with the men and women of Athens.  Paul understood that the Gospel must be presented in a way that is comprehensible to people in different cultures.  As a result, when Paul reasoned with those in Athens, he found points of contact between the biblical view of the world and that of Greek culture.  Paul's message focused on the risen Jesus and included a fervent call to repentance.  Like Paul, we need to allow ourselves to be provoked by the idolatry of our culture so that we can boldly and sensitively proclaim the Gospel into it.
  • 2019-05-26The Converts: All Kinds of People
    2019-05-26
    The Converts: All Kinds of People
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, Pastor Kevin will cover Acts chapter 16.  In this session, you will meet three different people who each had a unique encounter with the Gospel and were changed.  In these three encounters, you will recognize that God uses different methods to reach different kinds of people.  By the end of this session, you will learn that God calls us to be faithful to deliver His Gospel message to all kinds of people, regardless of their past, their appearance, or their present circumstance.
  • 2019-05-12A Wise Woman Builds Her House
    2019-05-12
    A Wise Woman Builds Her House
    Series: Mother's Day
    Today is Mother's day.  A special day to honor our mothers. Pastor Kevin and his wife Andria will discuss the wise way to build your house. Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Matthew 7:24-27.  Andria will be teaching from Proverbs 14:1.  In this study we learn how to live wisely. Living wisely begins with listening to God and obeying what His Word says.