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.
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  • 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.
  • 2021-08-15Forgiveness: Getting it, Giving it
    2021-08-15
    Forgiveness: Getting it, Giving it
    Religious leaders in Jesus’ day formed societies where men (and it was always men) sat in the evenings, ate meals and debated theology. There were also many Jewish people who lived on the margins, not living by the law, and rejected by these religious leaders as “sinners.” In the parable of the Two Debtors, Simon, a Pharisee, has invited Jesus to a dinner at Simon’s house. Like all cultures, there are certain “rules” when someone comes to your house. In Jesus’ day, three rituals were common: a kiss of greeting, washing of feet and anointing with oil. Suddenly a woman appears at the dinner table. This was possible in those days because the dinners would be held in a courtyard, with the gate open so that the rest of the town could look in on the festivities. The woman is described by Luke as a ‘sinner.’ After this event unfolds, Jesus tells a parable.
  • 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.
  • 2021-07-25The Importance of One
    2021-07-25
    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
    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.