Archive for the 'Fall Ministry' Category

21
Oct
08

Why Belong to a Local Church?

There are two ways the word church is used in the New Testament.  One is for the “universal church”, meaning all people in the world who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, placing their faith in him alone.  The other way is for an actual group of believers who band together as a community of faith in a particular place, at a particular time.  With only a few exceptions, when the word “church” is used, it is always used in this second way, describing a local body of believers.  Here are a few examples.

Rom. 16:5 – Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert* to Christ in Asia.

1 Cor. 1:2 – To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Philemon 2 – and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:

Many more could be listed.  The point is simply this.  God wants you to belong not just to the universal church, but to have roots in a local church that meets regularly for worship.  Why?  God is glorified when we join together in relationship to serve him and be a witness for him.  It also produces greater maturity because God uses our relationships to make us grow.  If we have no meaningful connection with other believers, we’re not growing.

Because church membership is so important we have a special class called Belong 101 that deals with this subject.  Our next class is this Sunday at 1 PM. If you are interested in joining

Victory’s Crossing or would like more information about our church, this is the class for you.  Discover the vision and beliefs of our community and how to become a member of our church family.

08
Oct
08

Don’t Be a Trashcan

Who is it you need to forgive?  The word “forgiveness” in the Greek literally means to release, let go, to loose, or send away.  That’s what forgiveness is.  It’s letting go.  It’s letting go of my desire to get even.  It’s letting go of my desire to make someone pay.  It’s letting go of my desire to make another suffer.  It’s letting go of my desire to let them know how mad I am.  It’s letting go of the hurt.  It’s letting go and leaving justice in the hands of God.

When it comes to forgiveness you really only have two options.  One is to hold onto your resentment, anger, and bitterness.  When you do that you’re choosing to be a garbage can.  I’ve got two really good-looking trashcans at home.  They are painted with green, shiny paint.  But, when I open the lid it’s filled with trash, and it stinks.  It’s filled with garbage.  It’s a trashcan.  They’re a lot of Christians today who look good on the outside, but on the inside there’s a lot of trash, wounds, and hurts that have collected over the years and it stinks up their lives. 

The other option is to let go of resentment, anger, and bitterness by God’s grace.  When you do that you choose to be a fresh spring.  You can drink from a spring because the water is pure.  No matter what impurities contaminate the water down stream, there is always a fresh supply coming out.  That’s what forgiving love is.  Forgiving love is a life, giving spring that will heal your marriage, clean out wounds, and flush out clogged channels of communication.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be a fresh spring.  I want to be a person who forgives.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

01
Oct
08

Wednesday Night Worship

I look forward to the beginning of Wednesday Night Worship starting October 15 at 7 PM.  Here’s why I’m so excited about it.  It will be another opportunity to get together and worship, pray, and study God’s Word.  In Hebrews 10:25 it says, Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  What encouragement when we stand together as one and lift our voices in worship and hear God’s Word proclaimed!

Here’s the teaching plan for Wednesday Night Worship through the end of 2008.  We’re going to start at the very beginning and study the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis.  These chapters lay a foundation for understanding the message of the Bible.  Then we’ll jump ahead and finish up where we left off in our series studying the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – Building a Strong Family.


October 15 – God Created

October 22 – The Fall

October 29 – Cain and Abel

November 5 – The Flood

November 12 – The Tower of Babel

November 19 – Jacob and Laban

December 3 – Jacob Wrestles with God

December 10 – The Story of Dinah

December 17 – Joseph Saves His Family

December 24 – Christmas Eve Service

December 31 – No Service

For the children, we’ll have nursery, and PrimeTime.  Make sure to be there on October 14 for the kickoff.  Mary Chaney is planning a carnival with all kinds of fun activities.  

24
Sep
08

What’s Up With Baptism?

What’s the big deal with being water baptized?  Can’t I just skip that part?  Do I really have to get all wet in front of a bunch of people?

The answer is yes.  You don’t have to.  You get the privilege of being baptized.  In Jesus’ last words before ascending into Heaven he commanded that his followers be baptized. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

When we follow his instructions and submit ourselves for baptism we follow the example of Jesus himself.  Jesus humbly submitted himself to be baptized by John the Baptist and afterward the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and God spoke from Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him.” (Matt. 3:17).  As Christians we should have a desire to follow the example of Jesus more than anything.

In Baptism we personally identify with, and express our belief and trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection.  As we go under the water we identify with his death.  As we come out of the water we identify ourselves with his resurrection from the dead.  Through the Holy Spirit, the resurrection power that worked in Jesus now can work in us, giving us a new heart, and a new life.  Old things are gone.  All things have become new.

Romans 6:4-7 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”

Baptism is also a public declaration of our devotion to Jesus and to his church.  We want our church, our family, and our friends to know of our commitment.  Like a husband and wife wear wedding rings to publicly express their love, baptism is an outward sign of our devotion to Christ for all to see.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.”

If you’ve not yet been baptized I want to encourage you to do so.  Our next baptism service will be Sunday, November 2nd at Victory Baptist Church.  You can call the office or sign up at the Information Table at church.

If you are getting baptized, let me also encourage you to begin praying about who you could invite for this special occasion.  After all, this is a celebration!  Your family and friends would love to be a part of this day with you. 

In fact, if you will take the time to send me their names and addresses I will mail them a personal invitation.  I believe this is going to be a wonderful time of outreach as well.  You can email the addresses to arlie3@victoryscrossing.com or just call 703-330-0377.

 

God Bless You!

 

16
Sep
08

New Service Update

Last Sunday was a big day for Victory’s Crossing.  We started a second worship service.  Our new worship times are 9:15 and 11:00 AM.  Praise God everything went better than expected. Both services were well attended.   We saw many new faces. There was an excitement that I could feel as together we were reaching, stretching for more.  Most importantly, you could sense God’s presence as we gathered to worship.  Let’s continue to believe and pray that God will use both of the services in a powerful way.

02
Sep
08

New Video

Last Saturday some of our volunteers got together to shoot a video.  We wanted to show in a funny way the reasons for starting a second worship service on Sundays. On Sunday, September 14th, our new worship times will be 9:15 and 11:00 AM.  

There will be more videos like this in the future.  Click the link below to check it out.

Why 2 Services Video

27
Aug
08

Why 2 services?

On Sunday, September 14th we’re starting a second worship service.  Our new service times will be 9:15 and 11:00 AM.  This is an exciting time to be a part of the Victory’s Crossing family as together we stretch, reach, experiment, and grow as a church.  Here are a few reasons why we’re starting a new service.

One – We’re following the instruction of the Apostle Paul given in 1 Corinthinas 15:58.  He writes, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  There are three important words in this verse to highlight.  The word steadfast means to make steady, consistent progress.  It’s not record setting or breath taking.  It’s not growing by leaps and bounds over night.  It’s steady but sure movement forward.  The word unmovable is stationary.  When everyone else is thrown back on their heels, ready to throw in the towel, the unmovable person remains constant, like a rock, like a tree deeply rooted.  The third word always abounding means to always grow, always develop, always experiment, always try something new for the Lord knowing our work is not in vain.

Two – God wants us to try new things for him so we’ll trust him more.  Our church began when God led us to try something new, in faith.  Five years ago when we held our very first service at Nokesville Elementary School we had no idea who would show up.  We didn’t know who our volunteers were going to be for the long term.  The only children’s volunteer we had was my lovely wife Wendy.  The only worship leader was me.  As we look back God has always provided every step of the way.  We’ve always had enough volunteers.  For five years we’ve had just one service.  We can do one service with our eyes closed.  It’s time to believe God for more, and trust him that he’ll come through.

Three – Space is becoming an issue.  Research has been done to try and discover what prevents churches from growing.  One problem that can prevent a church from growing is lack of space.  Current research says that if a church is 80% full new comers visit and think that it’s just too crowded for them, and they don’t return.  We’re getting close to being at the 80% mark in our adult service and in our children’s ministry.  On special days and on regular Sundays from time to time its way overcrowded.  By adding a new service we make more room for those who want to belong to our church family.

Four – It’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  You know what a rut is?  It’s a grave with both ends knocked out.  When you’re in a rut you get used to the humdrum, the status quo.  You get comfortable with the sameness of life.  It bothers you at first, but then you get used to it.  Churches can easily get in ruts, not wanting to change, comfortable at rest with the safe and predictable.  God doesn’t want us to live our lives in a rut.  He wants us to live life on the edge, risking, reaching.  One way to get out of a rut is to try something new.

Five – In adding a new service we offer people options.  Options are huge in our culture.  People want their choices.  They don’t want just a latte, they want a carmel latte, extra hot, with skim milk, and extra foam.  Offering two services, one early and one later, gives people a choice.  They can get up early and have more of their Sunday to spend as they please.  Or, they can get up late and enjoy the morning with their family, and then come at 11 AM.

Six – Those serving in children’s ministry won’t have to miss Sunday worship.  Our children’s ministry volunteers can serve during one service and worship at the other.

Seven – I think the most important reason is that adding a new service gives us a greater chance of reaching the lost in our area for Jesus Christ.  We’re creating another time for the Gospel to be proclaimed.   Isn’t that what it’s all about?  The Bible tells us the harvest is ready.  God only needs laborers who will get out there and get busy reaping.  In John 4:35 Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”