Current Sermons

A FAMILY LIKE NO OTHER: Naomi, Ruth and Boaz

The Book of Ruth is a little gem of a story displaying how God brings together a most unusual family. Naomi, an embittered elderly widow, Ruth, a foreign, young, childless widow, and Boaz, a past-marrying-age noble-hearted landowner, determined to do what is right. All bound together in the end by hesed—loyal love and kindness, the quality of love often attributed to God in the Old Testament. This is the kind of family God creates again and again—people with no future bound together by love and hope; a family like no other. Our church family can learn a lot from theirs.

The story falls naturally into its four chapters so our first four sermons will cover those. Then we’ll backtrack and focus a sermon on each of the three main characters, concluding with a message based on the short but important genealogy that springs from this story.

 **We apologize for the absence of several audio files. We’re working on the problem. 

Date Passage Title Speaker Listen Download audio Manuscript
9/9/18 Ruth 1 Homeless Shelter  Lee Eclov View PDF
9/16/18 Ruth 2  Have We Met? Lee Eclov View PDF
9/23/18 Ruth 3 Cover Me Lee Eclov View PDF
9/30/18 Ruth 4 Guardian of the Name Lee Eclov View PDF
10/7/18 Ruth The Favored Foreigner  Lee Eclov View PDF
10/14/18 Naomi  “Call Me Bitter” Casey Dwyer  
10/21/18 Genealogy  All in the Family Kenny Silva

 

 

AUTHORITY FIGURE: To Trust and Obey Jesus

The authority of Jesus Christ is a quality we do not often consider but it is one of the primary things we must understand if we are to have faith in him. At the end of Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew says, “The crowds were amazed at his teaching,because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” Then, the next chapters, Matthew gathers stories that emphasize the authority of Jesus’ actsDuring the summer, our sermons and worship services will focus on Matthew 8-12. To see Jesus’ authority so vividly will help us as his disciples to trust and obey him more faithfully.

There are so many dynamic stories in these five chapters: calming the storm, calling Matthew from his tax table, raising the dead girl, sending out the twelve, and Jesus’ wonderful words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

 

 **We apologize for the absence of several audio files. We’re working on the problem. 

Date Passage Title Speaker Listen Download audio Manuscript
6/3/18 Matthew 8:1-17 Heavy Lifting  Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF
6/10/18 Matthew 8:18-27  Count the Cost Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF
6/17/18 Matthew 8:28-34 Authority Issues Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF
6/24/18 Matthew 9:1-8 “Such Authority” Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF
7/1/18 Matthew 9:9-13 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”  Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF
7/8/18 Matthew 9:14-17 New Wineskins  Tyler Stauffer Listen Download N/A
7/15/18  Matthew 9:18-38  “Like Sheep Without a Shepherd” Lee Eclov View PDF
7/22/18 Matthew 10:1-5  Harvesters Amit Bhatia N/A
7/29/18 Matthew 10:16-31 Getting Into Trouble Lee Eclov N/A
8/5/18 Matthew 10:32-42 Worthy of Jesus Lee Eclov View PDF
8/12/18 Matthew 11:1-19  Reason to Believe  Todd Patterson
8/19/18  Matthew 11:25-30 “Come to Me!”  Jamie Morrison
8/26/18  Matthew 12:1-13  “Mercy, Not Sacrifice” Lee Eclov View PDF
9/2/18 Matthew 12:14-21 No Broken Reed Lee Eclov View PDF

 

 

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: How Our Church Family Serves Christ

Our Core Values begin, “While the Bible uses several metaphors to describe the church, Village Church especially identifies with the church as home. Thus, we strive to foster a home-like environment where young and old Christians grow relationally into maturity and fruitfulness”. Gradually our thinking as a church has fleshed out this concept.

During April and May our sermon series will focus on several key ministry areas, drawing the principles from Scripture that must shape these different ministries, and how they are expressed in our home-church environment. We will look at spiritual gifts, evangelism, children’s ministries, missions, community, care, and corporate prayer.

 

 

Date Passage Title Speaker Listen Download audio Manuscript
4/8/18 Home
Eph. 2:19, et al
Our First Family  Lee Eclov  Listen  Download  View PDF
4/15/18  Spiritual Gifts
Romans 12:3-8;
1 Cor 12:4-11
 Gift Giving Jamie Morrison  Listen  Download  N/A
4/22/18 Evangelism
Acts 2:42-27
The Whole Church Preaches Lee Eclov & Amit Bhatia, + four stories  Listen  Download  View PDF
4/29/18  Children’s Ministry
Ps 78:1-8; Deut 6:4-9
“Teach Them to Your Children” Lee Eclov  Listen  Download  View PDF
5/6/18 Missions
John 10:14-16
 “One Flock and One Shepherd”  Lee Eclov  Listen  Download  View PDF
5/13/18  Fellowship
Heb 10:24-25
“Come Together”  Jamie Morrison  Listen  Download  N/A
5/20/18  Care
2 Cor 1:3-11;Romans 12:9-21
 Does Anyone Care? Anne Tohme  Listen  Download  N/A
5/27/18 Corp. Prayer
Acts 4:23-35
Let’s Bow Our Heads Lee Eclov Listen Download View PDF