God’s Heart to Heal

February 13, 2012

Jenny and Jerry

Does God still heal people today?

This week, we are excited to invite Jerry and Janet Baysinger to come and share what they have experienced regarding God’s heart to heal people in ways that go far beyond any natural explanation.

Please feel free to invite friends and family members who are in need of God’s healing touch.

Our worship service starts at 10.  Feel free to stick around for lunch afterwards.  Bring some food to share if you want.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “God’s Heart to Heal”.

For a little more information about Jerry & Janet, check this out: http://lifehealingministries.us/

Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?

January 25, 2012


It is estimated that 70 million Christians have died for Jesus.  And of those, more than half were martyred in the last 100 years.

Is God asleep at the wheel?  Is God unconcerned?  Is God willing to do something, but thwarted in some attempts to save his followers from violence?

Why does God allow Christians to die for Jesus?

The key to understanding how a Sovereign God could allow his followers to face intense struggles in pursuit of a Christian life is found in the pages of the Bible.  It can be summed up in this simple announcement:  “You are already dead.  Your life is hid in Christ”.

This is the conversion that makes Christians so dangerous.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?” based on Acts 12:1-5.

Peter is Challenged

November 20, 2011

Don’t you love looking back on challenges of the past with the benefit of the information that we have today?  The story of Peter’s calling to share the Gospel with Cornelius’ household makes perfect sense to us today.  But at the time, it was one of the most challenging things that Peter was asked to do.

Cornelius was an officer in an occupational army.  His only reason for being in the land was to extend the iron hand of Roman force of rule to Israel.   And yet, because of his readiness to hear the Gospel, an angel appeared to him and instructed him to send for Peter.

At the same time, Peter was praying on a rooftop and was instructed three times that he needed a new paradigm.  That whatever God called acceptable should be considered acceptable to Peter as well. 

Peter goes with the men and the entire household accepted his message and they were all filled with the glory of God.

But that wasn’t the end of Peter’s challenge.

Next, he had to come back and explain himself to the rest of the disciples.  Fortunately, they accepted the reality that God had chosen to send the good news to non-Jewish folks.  And not just to non-Jewish folks, but to officers of the political enemy’s army.

In retrospect, we see much more clearly why that made sense.  But in the moment, it was quite a challenge!

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “Peter is Challenged” based on Acts 11:1-18.

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.

Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity

August 7, 2010


In some ways, following Jesus and playing soccer have a lot in common.  For example, there are aspects of the Christian life that develop as we  train and grow as individuals.  But the whole point really of soccer is not individual achievement but supporting a common goal–pun intended:)–through teamwork. 

As in soccer, churches only become successful when members are effective in receiving their individual gifts and talents and sharing them with the rest of the team.  In fact, according to our scripture passage for this weekend, walking the path to Christian maturity is not a solo process, but rather a group activity that is resourced by the entire church body working together in love.

Join us this week as we answer these questions and more:

1)  What prevents a church body–and its individual members–from growing into God’s best in the area of love and unity?

2) As individuals, what are we allowing to hold us back from receiving all the gifts that God has for us? 

3) What are the impacts when we resist God’s gifts for us?  Isn’t that a personal decision that impacts me only?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity”.

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

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.

What is a “Good Pastor”?

April 20, 2010

In the modern American church, we tend to lump together a variety of roles under the title of “pastor”.  Oftentimes we find it convenient to use that title for church staff who focus on adminstering, leading, teaching, and preaching, among other responsibilities.

Over the next two weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual gift of pastoring, and considering the parallels between the roles of a shepherd and a pastor.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • How can I overcome wounds caused by pastors who did not meet my expectations and needs?
  • What does the Bible say about this spiritual gift?
  • Is the pastoral ministry limited to church staff, or can anyone exercise pastoral gifts?
  • Where can these gifts be developed? In a family? Small Group? Congregational setting?

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  “Pastoring: Feeding God’s People”.

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

Feel free to answer this question below: “What do you look for in a good pastor?”