God heals people…through our hands

November 2, 2011


We see it again and again in the Bible–God heals people.  God has the power and sometimes uses it to reach down and touch people.  He created the universe with the power of his word, so it would make sense that if God wants to restore a person’s health, He can do it.

What could be a little more surprising is that God invites us to participate in the healing process.  Sometimes that happens through medical science, sometimes it happens through caring and compassion, and sometimes it happens through God supernaturally intervening in ways that go above and beyond what we could ever understand.  And sometimes God uses all three tools in pouring out healing.

At the Vineyard church, we are committed to becoming a community that offers and receives healing prayer.  We know that the results are always in God’s hands.  And often God invites us to use our hands in the process.

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “God heals people…through our hands” based on Acts 9:32-43.

Join us on 9/11 at Raytown Baptist at 6 PM

September 7, 2011


This Sunday evening, we will not be meeting at our normal time and place.  Instead, we will be joining with thousands of other congregations for a national simulcast with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg.

We will be participating with this significant nation wide audience beginning at 6 PM at First Baptist Raytown, which is located at 10500 East 350 Highway in Raytown.

Click here for more information about this national event.

We will be back at our normal time and place on Sunday, September 18 (5 PM in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff).

Evangelism is Introducing People to Jesus.

May 16, 2010

To be perfectly honest, many of us see Evangelism as a duty, an unmet need, even an area of unsuccessful personal experience.  Even if we are familiar with the Bible, we may not especially see Evangelism as a “gift”. 

Over the next two weeks, we will be comparing God’s role in Evangelism with our role.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • What is God’s heart for Evangelism?
  • What “counts” in Evangelism?
  • Are you serious, does God really want me to do Evangelism, doesn’t He have a better plan to reach the World?
  • How does a “Praying Church” do Evangelism?
  • What will Evangelism cost me?
  • How can I get started?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Evangelism: Following the Spirit”. 

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage.

The Raytown Vineyard Church Values Prayer

March 21, 2010


Why are we are investing so deeply in Prayer, through our gifts, time, and even our finances?  Because in 2010, we are asking God to make the Raytown Vineyard a Praying Church.  (Want to know more?  Check out the 2010 Prayer Invitation.)

After all, it is true that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. 

From the very beginning, God has asked us to be a tithing church–where we give away the first 10% of our church’s income before we pay our bills.

We have been blessed to commit over $1500 to the following Kansas City area ministries that are focused on Prayer.  This represents our way of sowing generously into becoming a Praying Church:

Citywide Prayer Movement of Kansas City http://www.citywideprayerkc.com/

Kansas City Boiler Room                                               http://kcboilerroom.com/

Oaks of Righteousness                                               http://theoaksministry.com/

Good Preaching is all about God.

February 24, 2010

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring a message called “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Preaching:  Multiplying God’s Glory”.  This has been a “mini-series within a series” on Praying for Spiritual Gifts.

This week, we conclude the mini-series by summarizing 7 features of Good Preaching:

Good Preaching is:

1) given as a gift from God

2) to glorify God

3) by proclaiming the Kingdom of God

4) in response to God’s directions

5) through a sacrificial pouring out of the preacher by God

6) to build people up not by tickling their ears but by calling people to to God’s plan to take up their Cross and follow Jesus

7) in an environment of mutual submission to God.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Preaching:  Multiplying God’s Glory”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peak” at the key Scripture for the message at:


Walking by Faith in 2010 as a Praying Church

January 9, 2010

Have you ever found it ironic that even in a church setting, prayer seems to easily become an afterthought, a ceremony, or even a way to functionally delineate the official beginning and end of a church event?

From the very beginning, we have believed that the Raytown Vineyard Church has been called to be a Praying Church.  We have the impression that either we will become a church that prays, or we will stop being a church.

In 2010, we will be issuing an invitation to each person connected to the Raytown Vineyard to help us in our passionate plea to become a Praying Church.

On Sunday night, we will be opening the Bible and looking at 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.  We will be asking God to help us become a Praying Church by inviting folks to join in a variety of prayer activities.

In every case, becoming a Praying Church will require that we learn more clearly than ever how to be a people who “walk by faith, and not by sight”.  Isn’t that always what it means to follow Jesus?