Summary: What do people find when they come to our church? They should find a connection with God, an understanding of the significance of life, and Community with others.
WHAT DO PEOPLE FIND WHEN THEY COME TO VBC
October 28, 2012 Jay Robison PS 16:1-11 HEB 10:19-25
If the department of transportation is to be believed and
They ought to know, each week over 150K pass by VBC
Knowing that must ask ourselves few Qs who are they?
What are needs? How are we touching them? Imagine some
He’s 35 tires screeching, late for work again, fought with wife
She’s 28 single w\3 kids may be evicted no job dad no pay
He’s 19 never been so far from home lonely getting lost at LR
At 72 this is 1st fall without beloved wife of 50 yrs grieving
She’s 16 pregnant boyfriend said loved her but only that night
At 45 they told him you’ve got cancer, she’s 52 went to VBS as kid but never grew up in the faith can all that stuff help
What about the cynics, those who have been abused ex-cons
Broken people, shattered families, what about up and out
Passages today tell of what we find at Viewmont
1. Find God
Know God is everywhere but when we come here holy place
Common human Q is there a God if so what is god like?
We hear about all that is wrong with the world does God care
Pray that when we come to VBC have experience with God
To know not forsaken, if at service or coming for other reason
Know that we seeking to live God ways something different
Worship focused not on politics, our ideas, or needs on God
Like way Psalmist said I’ve run for dear life to you,
Be my Lord! Without you nothing makes sense Ps 16:2 Msg
Hebrews 10:22 says let us draw near to God
Bible lists all kinds of people running from God
Adam Moses those at the cross assurance we can run to God
When come to VBC do we invite them to holy place with God
If you go to London could be directed to Buckingham Palace
But does not mean audience with the queen
Jesus does not just direct us to God but opens way to God
At Viewmont we want to be a bridge to God for people
Because of Jesus the veil which represented divider us\God
In Temple to show not in holiest of holies
Has been removed so in Jesus we have a new life giving way
Ps 16:7 I will praise the Lord who counsels me
Even at night my heart instructs me TNIV
2. Find significance to life
What is the greatest threat to human life today?
Is it racism? Materialism? Terrorism? Poverty?
All of these are significant, but greatest threat is sin
Medical advances have forced the question of what we can do vs what we should do
Human sin effects all of us, and our relationships
Heb 10 tells us that Jesus has provided once for all sacrifice
For our sins, so we take sin seriously, our sins,
Vs 22 now we can approach God with thanksgiving
Because of forgiveness found in Jesus
Psalmist said as far as the east is from the west
So far have our sins been separated from us.
Are we the kind of church that loves sinners?
Or do we judge them? Jesus loved sinners as matter of fact
Accused of being friend to sinners associating too closely
We are called beyond our sins to relationship with God
That is why we have been created to know and love God
John Paton was translating Bible into New Hebrides language