A Christian’s Witness to the World: Being Salt and Light
Matthew is recording Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The prior passage recorded the Beatitudes, and now Christ turns to a series of short teachings on various topics. First, He addresses the need for disciples of Jesus to live according to the virtues described in the Beatitudes. These are needed in order to be "salt" and "light" in the world (Matthew 5:14). Jesus says to His disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." Then, as now, salt served a variety of functions. Before the days of refrigeration, salt was used widely as a preservative by rubbing it into meat. In some cases, it could be used as a kind of fertilizer. Also, of course, it was used to bring flavor to food. Jesus' call for followers to be "salt of the earth" carries those uses, symbolically, into our spiritual lives.
  • 2021-10-03A Christian’s Witness to the World: Being Salt and Light
    A Christian’s Witness to the World: Being Salt and Light
    Matthew is recording Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The prior passage recorded the Beatitudes, and now Christ turns to a series of short teachings on various topics. First, He addresses the need for disciples of Jesus to live according to the virtues described in the Beatitudes. These are needed in order to be "salt" and "light" in the world (Matthew 5:14). Jesus says to His disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." Then, as now, salt served a variety of functions. Before the days of refrigeration, salt was used widely as a preservative by rubbing it into meat. In some cases, it could be used as a kind of fertilizer. Also, of course, it was used to bring flavor to food. Jesus' call for followers to be "salt of the earth" carries those uses, symbolically, into our spiritual lives.
  • 2021-09-26The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 2)
    The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 2)
    Today Pastor Kevin continues with the second part of his teaching on the "be-atitudes" from Matthew 5:7-12. Although the primary purpose of the beatitudes is to declare the blessings given by God’s kingdom, most scholars also regard them as painting a picture of the character of that kingdom. As we step into God’s kingdom, we hope to become more like those named as blessed—more meek, more merciful, more hungry for righteousness, more apt to make peace, and so on. This gives the beatitudes a moral imperative. Later, when Jesus says, “Make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), the beatitudes describe the character these disciples are meant to take on.
  • 2021-09-19The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 1)
    The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 1)
    The Sermon on the Mount is by far Jesus' longest explanation of what it looks like to live as His follower and to serve as a member of God's Kingdom. In many ways, Jesus' teachings during the Sermon on the Mount represent the major ideals of the Christian life. This week, Pastor Kevin is examining the first four beatitudes. The beatitudes open the great sermon given on the mountain in Matthew 5. The word "beatitudes" comes from the Latin word beatus which means "blessed." Some have made a play on the word to call them the "be-atitudes." The beatitudes show to us the blessings and responsibilities of being a disciple of Jesus. The Greek term means happy or fortunate. We will be looking at the remaining five beatitudes next week.
  • 2021-09-12“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”
    “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”
    Today we are welcoming Chase Feindel as guest speaker. Pastor Feindel is the lead pastor of Anthem Church located in Vista. This is his first time speaking at Valley. Pastor Feindel will be discussing the first beatitude in the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:3–12 contains what have come to be known as the Beatitudes.  Each of the Beatitudes begins with a reference to those who are blessed, in connection to some behavior or attitude. The idea of being "blessed" in Jesus' sermon does not mean feeling happy, necessarily. Rather it means recognizing what is truly good in a person's life and why. It refers to those on the right track, who are following a godly pattern of thoughts and actions. Jesus begins by saying that the poor in spirit are blessed. This is not a reference to money or finances. To be "poor in spirit" is the opposite of being self-confident or self-reliant, especially in any spiritual sense. The poor in spirit recognize they are incapable of providing for themselves by their own strength, goodness, or righteousness. They know themselves to be spiritually bankrupt of true goodness. They cannot hope to bargain or earn their way into the kingdom of heaven.
  • 2021-09-05Inside Out
    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
    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!
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.