2021-09-05
Inside Out
Today Pastor Kevin is starting a new series on "The Sermon on the Mount". The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in chapters 5-7 in the Book of Matthew. Jesus delivered this message near the beginning of His ministry and it is the longest of Jesus' sermons recorded in the New Testament. Keep in mind that Jesus wasn't a pastor of a church, so this "sermon" was different than the kind of religious messages we hear today. Jesus attracted a large group of followers even early in His ministry -- sometimes numbering several thousand people. He also had a smaller group of dedicated disciples who remained with Him all the time and were committed to learning and applying His teaching.
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  • 2021-09-05Inside Out
    2021-09-05
    Inside Out
    Today Pastor Kevin is starting a new series on "The Sermon on the Mount". The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in chapters 5-7 in the Book of Matthew. Jesus delivered this message near the beginning of His ministry and it is the longest of Jesus' sermons recorded in the New Testament. Keep in mind that Jesus wasn't a pastor of a church, so this "sermon" was different than the kind of religious messages we hear today. Jesus attracted a large group of followers even early in His ministry -- sometimes numbering several thousand people. He also had a smaller group of dedicated disciples who remained with Him all the time and were committed to learning and applying His teaching.
  • 2021-08-29The One Thing that is Necessary
    2021-08-29
    The One Thing that is Necessary
    In today's message, Jesus visits two sisters who hosted Him for dinner. How many of you have tried to get into God’s Word and spend time with the Lord in prayer, but you lost your motivation. Maybe you jumped into Genesis with gusto, you hung on through Exodus, but you got lost and died somewhere in Leviticus. Maybe you didn’t get much out of it and so you quit. But whatever happened to kill your motivation, the fact that Jesus calls Mary’s action of sitting at His feet and listening to His word “the necessary thing” ought to be sufficient reason to commit yourself to it. But let's hear Pastor Kevin give four lessons that we can learn from this story in Luke chapter 10, verses 38-42.
  • 2021-08-22One Person Can Make All the Difference!
    2021-08-22
    One Person Can Make All the Difference!
    Evangelism often begins with those whom we know best—even those within our own family.  While Andrew will not achieve great stature among the apostles, he brings people to Jesus on three occasions, this being the first. “You can accomplish anything if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Andrew bears evidence of the truth of that old saying. He never achieves prominence in the Gospels, but he uses his unique gift of inviting to great effect. From the very beginning, Jesus gathered around him the most ordinary people. People like Andrew, ordinary people who possess only ordinary gifts, still do most of Christ’s work today. If only highly talented people responded to Christ’s call, the church would be stunted and crippled.
  • 2021-08-08A Story of Hell
    2021-08-08
    A Story of Hell
    Jesus directed the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the Pharisees, who thought that they would get into heaven because they were good men.  They studied the Law and the Prophets and could quote lengthy sections of it. They participated in all of the annual feasts and holy days of the Jewish faith. They gave ten percent or more of their income to the temple. But their religion was outward. They did what they did to impress others. But God was not impressed because their hearts were full of pride and hypocrisy (16:15). They would have protested that they kept the Law, but they were not concerned about inner, heart righteousness before God. Like the rich man in the parable, they were living the good life, assuming that they would go to heaven. But their love of money had blinded them to God’s perspective. They were in for a rude awakening if they did not repent and take heed to the true message of the Bible before they died.
  • 2021-08-01Identifying As One
    2021-08-01
    Identifying As One
    Today Pastor Kevin will be discussing the importance of baptism. At Valley Bible Church, we baptize people who have made a conscious decision to believe in Christ and trust Him alone for their salvation.  Baptism is a demonstration of someone’s union with Christ symbolizing His death and resurrection.  It signifies that your former way of life has been put to death and depicts a freedom from slavery to sin (Romans 6:1-6).  We get the honor of celebrating lives that have been changed by Jesus with Baptism!  If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and haven’t been baptized or would like more information on what it is or why you should do it, you can email Pastor Kevin at Kevin@valleybible.com.
  • 2021-07-18Jesus Heals the Paralytic
    2021-07-18
    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
    2021-07-11
    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
    2021-07-04
    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.
  • 2021-06-20A Man After God’s Own Heart
    2021-06-20
    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
    2021-06-14
    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
    2021-06-06
    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
  • 2021-05-23Fellowship As Our Second Purpose
    2021-05-23
    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.
  • 2021-05-09The Lasting Legacy of a Mother
    2021-05-09
    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
    2021-05-02
    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.
  • 2021-04-18The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
    2021-04-18
    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.
  • 2021-04-04Celebrating the Risen Jesus!
    2021-04-04
    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
    2021-04-02
    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!
    2021-03-28
    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!"
  • 2021-03-21The Prospective of Praise
    2021-03-21
    The Prospective of Praise
  • 2021-03-14Praying Through the Pain
    2021-03-14
    Praying Through the Pain
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the second installment of his series entitled, "Anxious for Nothing".  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from 1 Peter 5:6-8 about how we need to be praying through the pain.  Also, Pastor Kevin describes the cycle of anxiety.  Peter encourages Christians to cast their cares on God, because God cares for them. This might mean giving worries to God, knowing He’ll work all things for good.