While We Wait, Pt 2
Today Pastor Kevin completes part two of this session in 2 Peter.  We see that God works on His own timetable, not ours, and that what seems like slowness to us is actually God's perfect timing.  Because of this, the church is to be holy and godly as we anticipate the return of Christ, knowing that it will happen suddenly at just the right time, whether that is today, tomorrow, or one day a long time from now.
  • 2020-08-09While We Wait, Pt 2
    While We Wait, Pt 2
    Today Pastor Kevin completes part two of this session in 2 Peter.  We see that God works on His own timetable, not ours, and that what seems like slowness to us is actually God's perfect timing.  Because of this, the church is to be holy and godly as we anticipate the return of Christ, knowing that it will happen suddenly at just the right time, whether that is today, tomorrow, or one day a long time from now.
  • 2020-08-02While We Wait, Pt 1
    While We Wait, Pt 1
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  Like Jude, 2 Peter was written to encourage believers who were living with false teachers in their midst.  These false teachers were leading some of the church away from the gospel and were confusing others, so Peter wrote to the church to encourage them to live faithfully and patiently.  In this session, we will see that part of combating false teachings is remembering the commands of the prophets and apostles-God's words to His people.
  • 2020-03-29Defending the Faith
    Defending the Faith
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Epistle of Jude. We will see that God calls on us to defend the faith against those who deny Christian morality.  Our doctrine and our practice are fused together; both must be guarded from threats outside and inside the church.  We will also see our need to recognize that false teachers fuel division within the church and how we are to build up ourselves in the faith as we also strengthen others to stand firm in the Gospel together.
  • 2020-03-22A Christ-Centered Hope
    A Christ-Centered Hope
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  As we examine a few of the New Testament epistles before reaching the Book of Revelation, we will learn how we are to live today in light of our future.  First up in this session from 1 Thessalonians, we will see the importance of living with Christian hope--a hope that looks forward to the resurrection, Christ's return, and the final judgement.  When Jesus returns, He will raise His people from the dead and judge the wicked.  This future gives us hope to endure whatever comes our way today and also the grounds to encourage one another for faithful living.
  • 2020-03-08Grace to a Runaway Slave
    Grace to a Runaway Slave
    Today we are welcoming Carlos Sales as guest speaker. Valley Bible has an ongoing partnership with Pastor Carlos and his Reaching the Hungry ministry, but this is his first time speaking at Valley.  Pastor Carlos will be teaching from the Book of Philemon.  As we explore the letter of Philemon, don't miss Paul's strategy for establishing Christian unity.  A slave himself, Paul urged Philemon to consider love-not law, duty, or obligation. His instruction to receive Onesimus as a brother, not a slave, challenges us to evaluate our pride and align our perspectives of others with Christ's perspective.  In doing so, Paul will help us reflect on the racial, radical, and redemptive reconciliation Christ offers.
  • 2020-03-01Paul Magnifies Christ in Prison
    Paul Magnifies Christ in Prison
    In today's message we explore the letter Paul wrote to the church at Colossae when he learned through Epaphras that heretical teachings were running through the church.  We will see Paul's letter pointed the church to the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The cross of Christ is not merely a theory for theologians to ponder; it's a real-life, real-time reality that heals, restores, and reconciles.  As we read Paul's words in this message, we will aim in three directions-upward, downward, and outward.  For through the cross, Christ reconciled us to the Father, reconciles all things in Himself, and reconciles us to one another.
  • 2020-02-23Paul Expresses Joy in Prison
    Paul Expresses Joy in Prison
    As we explore Philippians, remember that Paul wrote these joyful words form prison. We will see the reason Paul could be joyful was because he could look past his circumstances-past any pain and hardship he was experiencing in that moment-and know the Gospel was advancing. Hearing that Jesus Christ was being glorified and knowing other believers were standing firm in their faith filled the apostle with joy. Paul found deep joy in Christ shining in and through his life. We will also see that knowing Christ would shine through his death gave him joy as well.
  • 2020-02-09Paul Before Rulers
    Paul Before Rulers
    When the plot to kill Paul was uncovered, he was sneaked out of Jerusalem to Caesarea at night under guard (Acts 23:12-31). Paul was safe, for now, but he was still a prisoner, and he would soon stand trial before three rulers. Through his defense, Paul reveals how our identity as Christians has nothing to do with the size of our bank accounts, our marital status, how many children we have, or where we work. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are not defined by the mistakes of our past, the sins of our youth, or the skeletons in our closets. Our identity is found in Jesus Christ. Only when our lives fall into orbit around His person and His work will everything else find its proper place.
  • 2020-02-02The Plot Against Paul
    The Plot Against Paul
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  In today's message, we will trace Paul's experience in Jerusalem, when he was judged for his resurrection hope, strengthened by Christ's presence in prison, and preserved through a surprising plot twist.  We will see that even in prison, God was faithful to provide for Paul and to lead His servant to be used where and how He desired.  We will be encouraged to imitate the apostle's boldness, courage, and conviction as we ask God to give us the same faith and fortitude to surrender our lives to the Christ who surrendered His life for us.  Like Paul, we will see that resurrection hope gives God's people confidence to share the Gospel no matter the consequences.
  • 2019-11-17Once Greedy, Now Generous
    Once Greedy, Now Generous
    In this session, we will encounter how the grace of God works deeply into us so that it can also work out of us to benefit others. We will see that grace hoarded is grace squandered; in fact, it may be grace misunderstood or even unexperienced.  God's gracious gifts are meant to be held loosely with generosity, not held onto tightly with greed.  We will also see that our motivation for living with generosity comes from God's exceeding generosity to us in giving us the fullness of His Son despite our total spiritual bankruptcy.  Because we have been given the eternal riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, we are compelled to live generously, not reluctantly, and with joy and gratitude.
  • 2019-11-10Once Weak, Now Strong
    Once Weak, Now Strong
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, Letters to God's People, guest speaker Ollis Mozon will cover Ephesians chapter 6, verses 10 through 20.  In this session, we will learn how God has exchanged our weakness with His strength in preparing us to stand firm in battle against our true enemy, Satan and his forces of evil.  We have been given spiritual armor from God that enables us not only to stand firm against his attacks but also to advance the Gospel no matter the opposition we face.  We wage war against the enemy and against his designs and his minions as the church's final victory march, celebrating the win Christ has achieved for us.
  • 2019-11-03Once Works, Now Fruit
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.