Identifying As One
  • 2021-08-01Identifying As One
    Identifying As One
  • 2021-07-25The Importance of One
    The Importance of One
    Today Pastor Ruben Moreno is filling in for Pastor Kevin who is on vacation. Pastor Ruben heads up our Spanish ministry here at Valley. Pastor Ruben will be discussing the importance of sharing our faith. Maybe you’re afraid to share your faith because you don’t know what to say. Or maybe you’re sharing the Gospel but nothing is happening; people aren’t committing their lives to Christ. Are you doing something wrong? Remember that God does not call the equipped; He equips the called—and as Christians, we are all called to share what Christ has done. Some of Christ’s last words on earth were, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Sharing our faith isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a command. And God is with us when we obey Him.
  • 2021-07-18Jesus Heals the Paralytic
    Jesus Heals the Paralytic
    Having returned to Capernaum, a number of people now knew that Jesus was able to heal the sick. Four men had a friend who was paralyzed, whom they wanted to bring to Jesus for healing. It seems to have taken considerable time and effort to get the paralyzed man from where he was staying to the house where Jesus was teaching. By the time they arrived, the house was filled and a large crowd apparently had gathered outside. Perhaps the Lord could see the commotion going on outside, caused by the four who were determined to get the paralytic to Jesus.  Undaunted by the difficulties, the men elected to "go up on the roof and lower him on his mat (a.k.a. pallet)." The scene, as viewed from below, must have been amazing. This leads me to the theme I see in this passage: My faith is important, not just for the benefit of my own relationship with God, but for the benefit of those I spend time with as well. For faith to be effective, it must inspire the one who has it to act in a way that shows it is present. The faith of these men showed, and because of it, their friend was healed.
  • 2021-07-11Follow Me
    Follow Me
    Who's your one? Imagine if every believer could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom seeking to share the gospel. That’s the intention behind Who’s Your One. We believe God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism—what they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ. Over the coming weeks, our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel.  At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom.
  • 2021-07-04Freedom in Christ
    Freedom in Christ
    Today is July 4th, the day on which we, as American Citizens, celebrate our independence as a nation. In the year 1776 on this day, the Declaration of Independence was signed by the founders of this nation. Today in 2021, we remember this day and celebrate our freedom. Pastor Kevin will be discussing what is true freedom? Why is it so important? Why do we so cherish it? Although we enjoy unparalleled freedom as Americans, the freedom we find in Christ far surpasses our American freedoms. Jesus said that he could provide true freedom: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (Jn. 8:36). True freedom can come no other way, except through Jesus. Any freedom outside of Christ is just an illusion, because it’s temporary. The freedoms of this nation – as precious as they are – could be taken away from us. Yet, the freedom we enjoy in Christ can never be taken away.
  • 2021-06-27Blueprints for Building – Experiencing Complete Joy
    Blueprints for Building – Experiencing Complete Joy
    Today we are welcoming back Dave Metzger as guest speaker. Pastor Dave has spoken at Valley several times previously. Pastor Dave will be picking up where he left off since his last visit in the Book of Nehemiah. Pastor Dave will be covering Chapter 8 and the importance of having the right attitude when coming to the house of God. When the hearts of the people are tender to the Word of God, then the Spirit of God, working through the Word of God, brings revival.
  • 2021-06-20A Man After God’s Own Heart
    A Man After God’s Own Heart
    Series: Father's Day
    Today is Father’s Day. Father's Day is a day set apart to celebrate fatherhood, recognize the influence of fathers in our homes and society, and foster paternal bonds. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our fathers and forefathers. This morning Pastor Kevin will be looking at the life of David, of whom the Bible says is, "A man after God's own heart." Furthermore, we can follow this theme of fatherhood in the very person of God Himself through countless scriptures (Matthew 5:45; 6:9,32; Romans 1:7; 15:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6). There are many instances that speak of Jesus Christ, the Son, honoring His Father and honoring the will of His Father (e.g., John 17:1 and John 17:5).
  • 2021-06-14Mission – Evangelism As Our Fifth Purpose
    Mission – Evangelism As Our Fifth Purpose
    When you were a child, your mother or father probably told you more than once to SHARE! Hopefully, you grew up with a sharing attitude.  You share your income with the church and with charities. You share books with friends who enjoy the same sort of literature as you enjoy.  You share your home with family and friends who come to visit. You share your political opinions. Big things – small things – you share with others. And as we explore our purpose of life, today we will discover that sharing is one of our purposes. Evangelism is our mission!!  I don’t know why, but the word “evangelism” is a scary word to many. But the word “sharing” is a good word – a comforting word. We like to share with others and we love it when people share with us! Evangelism is nothing more than sharing! Specifically, we need to share the love and salvation of Jesus Christ!
  • 2021-06-06Service As Our Fourth Purpose
    Service As Our Fourth Purpose
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the fifth installment of his series entitled, "Come Together". Serving God is a crucial part of your spiritual growth. Jesus Christ modeled this in His life and ministry for us. (Mark 10:45) Serving one another is one of the reasons God brought us into a relationship with Himself. (Ephesians 2:10) Putting our faith to work in practical everyday ways builds up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). Ultimately it is Jesus Christ we are serving through our actions, activities, and projects. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NASB
  • 2021-05-30Discipleship As Our Third Purpose
    Discipleship As Our Third Purpose
    Today we are welcoming Ollis Mozon as guest speaker. Pastor Mozon has spoken at Valley before, and will discussing the importance of discipleship.  Discipleship is a fancy word meaning how you mature in Christ.  How Christ is formed in your thoughts, your actions, your life.  Discipleship is not church attendance or Bible study.  Some folks who have gone to church their entire lives have never been discipled. Discipleship usually happens in pairs of women or men (wherein one of whom having already been discipled guides another).  Discipleship is a walking together in the way of Christ, learning to die, learning how to leave who you were, and learning who you now are.  Learning to follow Jesus, becoming His disciple, means walking alongside someone further in the Christian faith for a significant period.  It is personal. It is challenging.  Jesus walked with his disciples for three years.  This is no six-week curriculum.
  • 2021-05-23Fellowship As Our Second Purpose
    Fellowship As Our Second Purpose
    Today Pastor Kevin discusses the importance of fellowship and what are the benefits of fellowship. Fellowship is an important part of our faith.  Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.  Coming together with other believers in worship and conversation helps to remind us that we are not alone in this world.  There are believers everywhere. It's amazing that no matter where you are in the world when you meet another believer, it's like you suddenly feel at home.  That's why God made fellowship so important. He wanted us to come together so that we always know we're not alone.  Fellowship allows us to build those lasting relationships so we're never by ourselves in the world.
  • 2021-05-16Pastoral Installation Service for Pablo Toledo
    Pastoral Installation Service for Pablo Toledo
    Today we are welcoming Pastor Emilio Nuñez as guest speaker. Pastor Nuñez is the senior pastor at Bell Gardens Baptist Church located in Bell Gardens, California.  This is his first time speaking at Valley.  Pastor Nuñez is also the Director of Spanish Ministries in the Pacific Church Network (PCN), a new label for the Conservative Baptist Churches of Southern California.  Pastor Nuñez will be discussing the role of pastoral leadership in the church and charging Pablo Toledo in this new role.
  • 2021-05-09The Lasting Legacy of a Mother
    The Lasting Legacy of a Mother
    Series: Mother's Day
    Today is Mother's Day.  A special day to honor the ladies in our lives. Pastor Kevin will be teaching from 2 Timothy 1:3-7.  Have you ever thought about all of the roles that your mother filled while you were growing up? I just jotted down a few this week - and this list is by no means exhaustive.  Nurse, counselor, spiritual advisor, educator, nutritionist, accountant, transportation center, maid, peacemaker, entertainer, and I came up with those in just a few minutes.  There are so many other roles that our mothers fulfill each and every day.  A mother's influence.  We're here this morning to celebrate Mother's Day.
  • 2021-05-02Worship As Our First Purpose
    Worship As Our First Purpose
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the second installment of his series entitled, "Come Together". Today's message is entitled, "Worship As Our First Purpose".  The importance of worship is huge. Worship Matters.  Worship matters to God. Worship matters to you. Often, we allow personal distractions to get in the way. Sometimes we go to church, but we don’t worship.  We sing songs, but we don’t worship. We listen to sermons, but we don’t worship.  We serve in a ministry area—but don’t worship.  All of these things are elements of worship, but they are not worship in and of themselves, which means that you can do all of them and yet have failed to truly worship God.  Worship is a lifestyle. It’s the gathering of believers to practice our beliefs and celebration of Him.
  • 2021-04-25Psalm One
    Psalm One
    Today Pastor Ruben is filling in for Pastor Kevin. Pastor Ruben will be teaching on Psalm One.  Many Christians do not realize the significance and importance of figures of speech used in the Bible.  Figures of speech are the Holy Spirit’s markings as to what is important in the Word of God. Figures of speech are designed to make you stop and think about what you are reading.
  • 2021-04-18The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
    The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
    Today Pastor Kevin begins a new series entitled, "Come Together".  In today's lesson Pastor Kevin answers the question, "What is the purpose of the Church?"  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Acts 2:42-47.  God’s people gather in a variety of places and settings — and yet they gather for the same grand purpose.  The church is God’s idea and is God’s plan, and no matter what the building looks like or how the programs are organized, the church must be absolutely committed to what God wants His church to be.
  • 2021-04-11Reaching the Hungry
    Reaching the Hungry
    Today we are welcoming Carlos Sales as guest speaker.  Carlos and Lisa Sales are the founders of Reaching the Hungry.  Carlos and Lisa believe that spiritual growth, for both individuals and the church as a whole, is a top priority.  Your relationship with God and His people is central to everything we do.  While each of us have unique journeys, we were created to walk through them together.  For this reason, Reaching the Hungry is committed to fostering community within the church that stretches across borders and obstacles of every kind.
  • 2021-04-04Celebrating the Risen Jesus!
    Celebrating the Risen Jesus!
    Series: Easter Week
    Today is Easter Sunday.  He has Risen!  Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Believing that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead is essential for Christians. Merely recognizing that He died for our sins is not enough; we must accept His resurrection in order to receive eternal life. Christ paid our debt, but His sacrifice on the cross means nothing if He possesses no power over the grave. In vanquishing evil and death, the Lord made our salvation possible. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin.
  • 2021-04-02Good Friday Service
    Good Friday Service
    Series: Easter Week
    God is holy and mankind is sinful; holiness is incompatible with sin, so humanity's sin separates us from God. The punishment for sin is eternal death. But human death and animal sacrifices are insufficient to atone for sin.  Atonement requires a perfect, spotless sacrifice, offered in just the right way. Jesus Christ is the one and only perfect God-man, and His death provided the perfect atoning sacrifice for sin and that through Jesus, our own sins can be forgiven. Consequently, when we accept Jesus Christ's payment for sin, he washes away our sin and restores our right standing with God; God's mercy and grace make salvation possible and we receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  These beliefs explain why the date of Jesus' crucifixion is considered a "Good" Friday.
  • 2021-03-28Jesus: Prophet, King and Savior!
    Jesus: Prophet, King and Savior!
    Series: Easter Week
    Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week.  It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King.  As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment.  The hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"