The Star: A Journey to Christmas
Series: Advent 2019
Jesus Christ is the true reason for hope, love, joy, and peace in this season and forever.  As we light the Christ candle, celebrating the end of Advent and the arrival of Christ and Christmas, let us remember how our savior came once as a lowly baby, that the world through him might be saved, and how he will return one day in glory.
  • 2019-12-24The Star: A Journey to Christmas
    The Star: A Journey to Christmas
    Series: Advent 2019
    Jesus Christ is the true reason for hope, love, joy, and peace in this season and forever.  As we light the Christ candle, celebrating the end of Advent and the arrival of Christ and Christmas, let us remember how our savior came once as a lowly baby, that the world through him might be saved, and how he will return one day in glory.
  • 2019-12-22The Star: A Journey of Peace
    The Star: A Journey of Peace
    Series: Advent 2019
    Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act.  It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness.  As we light this fourth candle of Advent, we continue our journey to Christmas.  The fourth candle of Advent is called the Peace candle; as we anticipate Christmas, let us remember the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Let us remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins, and give us peace with God.
  • 2019-12-15The Star: A Journey of Joy
    The Star: A Journey of Joy
    Series: Advent 2019
    Beginning four Sundays before Christmas, Advent is a time of preparation and expectant waiting for the promised Savior.  Each Sunday of Advent focuses on a particular liturgical theme. In our first sermon, we talked about Advent hope, in our second message, we explored Advent love.  In this third installment, we consider Advent joy. Biblical joy is different than what most people think of as joy.  It is not just a happy emotion that we either feel or don’t feel, it is a state of being that finds its source in God.  The Bible is clear that joy comes from God (Neh. 8:9-10), and our joy is a product of what God has done and continues to do.  It is gladness and contentedness flowing out of the well-spring of God’s faithfulness and mercy, quite independent of our circumstances.  In today's message Pastor Kevin will highlight three key truths about experiencing joy.
  • 2019-12-08The Star: A Journey of Love
    The Star: A Journey of Love
    Series: Advent 2019
    Last Sunday we lit the candle of Hope, remembering the hope which comes in Christ. Today we light the second candle of Advent, the candle of Love.  Scripture tells us “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7 (ESV)  If you want to know how to love one another, look at the love that sent Jesus to earth to live a life of love and pay the price for all of our sins.  It's all about love. This isn't a love of fancy words and impossible tasks.  This is a love that says, "I am willing to love you no matter what."
  • 2019-12-01The Star: A Journey to Hope
    The Star: A Journey to Hope
    Series: Advent 2019
    More than two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited but still unexpected birth of a Savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy and peace.  His name is Jesus, and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following Him. Today we begin a new series on Advent. The four weeks before Christmas are set aside as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth. The term Advent is a version of the Latin word that means "coming". Just as the Old Testament believers anticipated the first coming of the Messiah, we, the New Testament church, anticipate the second coming.  The beauty of this Advent season is the building anticipation of our coming Hope.  Jesus Christ is our only hope in life and in death.  He is our Savior from the effects of sin, as well as our Redeemer from the wages of it.
  • 2019-11-24Thankful in Praise
    Thankful in Praise
    Series: Thanksgiving
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Psalm 111.  He will be reading from the NIV translation.  In this hymn, the psalmist exhorts others and resolves himself to praise the Lord, because of His mighty works.   We have much to be thankful for as Pastor Kevin will point out in today's lesson.
  • 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.
  • 2019-11-03Once 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.
  • 2019-08-25From Fear to Faith
    From Fear to Faith
  • 2019-08-18Explaining the Good News of Christ
    Explaining the Good News of Christ
  • 2019-08-11Encounter on the Water
    Encounter on the Water
    Series: VBS 2019
    This past week Valley Bible Church has hosted our Vacation Bible School. Today is the final session. Pastor Kevin will be teaching our kids and adults from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 14:22-33. Jesus had a powerful lesson to teach his disciples that night on the Sea of Galilee. Your faith like, like every other component of your life, needs focus. Without focus, there is no faith. Faith’s most basic definition is trust, but if you’re trust is scattered all over the place, it doesn’t actually trust in anyone or anything. Jesus urges us, the Holy Spirit helps us, keep our faith’s true focus.
  • 2019-07-28Exploring the Evidence for Christ
    Exploring the Evidence for Christ