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Trey VanCamp Podcast
41 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
For Others in the Neighborhood - Vision Series E8
It is becoming increasingly difficult to share the way of Jesus with our lost neighbors. Political tribalism, spiritual suspicion, and the recent phenomenon of religious deconstruction all form a perfect storm of hostility towards Christians who try to invite others to follow Jesus. In Jesus’ day, the world was much the same. But rather than combat or retreat from the world, Jesus confronts the world’s hostility with hospitality. The meals that Jesus shared with others were invitations to relationship, opportunities for reconciliation, and a demonstration of the love that God has for all people. Today our mission and outreach must come from our discipleship to Jesus, and not the other way around. This means that we must learn the practice of hospitality as a way to invite others to witness the love of God. When we share a meal with others, we remind ourselves that God chose to seat us at his table in the Kingdom despite our sin. We also demonstrate to our neighbors that the love of God is on offer to everyone who wants to accept it. Mark 2:13-17
37 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Together as Family - Vision Series E7
In our day and age, healthy relationships built on mutual love and service between generations are rare. We easily find ourselves frustrated with the problems left behind by those older than us, or frustrated by the ambition and naiveite of those younger than us. But these frustrations only keep us stuck in our own struggles and fears. Those in their first half of life find themselves ambitious, but lonely. Those in their second half of life find themselves faithful, but angry. In Titus 2, Paul gives practical instruction on how we can overcome these frustrations by mending our relationships. When we commit to listening to and learning from others in different life stages, we complete the family of Christ and act as an alternative community who prizes each other’s gifts and stages.
34 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Together in Groups - Vision Series E6
Honest relationships, genuine connections, and healthy friendships are all hard to come by in our modern age. While we might experience increased connectedness through the internet and social media, most of us lack real friendships with other people. As a result, we default into radical individualism or rugged tribalism, both of which feed our experienced loneliness and isolation. But the way of Jesus offers us a remedy to our loneliness by way of community. When Jesus lived on earth, he entered a world of broken people and invited them to live life with him. And the community that he formed with these people wasn’t jeopardized by their drastic differences. Instead, their relationships with each other were strengthened by their commitment to their rabbi. Today, we can experience the same type of life-giving relationships by adopting Jesus’ 4 components of community: Proximity, Vulnerability, Practice, and Mission.
39 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
Together on Sundays - Vision Series E5
Until recently, disciples of Christ Jesus always valued and treasured the weekly gathering of the saints. It was a consistent place and time to habituate our minds, hearts, and bodies toward a community of love, joy, and peace through the acts of worship, service, and communion. But with the advent of the internet, do we really need to be together in person to accomplish these functions of the church? Looking to the wisdom of 1 Peter 4:7-11, we learn the grace of God is poured out on the saints when they gather together to stay alert, love each other deeply, and open up their hearts without grumbling. By humbly using our gifts to serve one another in the church, we reject the lies from the world that community must be entertaining, idealistic, virtual, and tribal.
37 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Formed by Jesus' Leadership (E4) Vision Series
Life is more demanding and complex than we all imagined it would be. To take the edge off, we look to stories to help us make sense of life. In the modern age, the default narrative we believe is the myth of self-actualization and self-expression. But have we ever stopped to question how helpful this story has been for our souls and our society? Following the leadership of Jesus, we learn to resist the lies of the Enemy by adopting His teachings of reality. We experience this freedom by (1) identifying an anxious thought or feeling, (2) detecting the lie beneath the sensation, and (3) declaring the truth of God’s word to our weary and wounded souls.
39 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Formed by Jesus' Life (E3) Vision Series
The end goal of the Christian life is to commune with God so that we become people of love, joy, and peace for the sake of our neighbors (Ga 5:13; 16-26). The problem many of us face is that we simply don’t know how to get there. Without a roadmap, we naturally give all our attention and time to self-gratification, pleasure, and selfish ambition. Instead, Jesus offers us a better way to live. By learning to walk in the Spirit rather than in our flesh, we slowly begin to kill the desires of our flesh. We do this by training ourselves with the practices of Jesus rather than trying to better ourselves through our own willpower.
42 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
Formed by Jesus' Love (E2) Vision Series
The Modern Age believes change exclusively comes from more knowledge. As a result, civilization is convinced it will progress into a utopia as our access to information increases exponentially. But how do we explain the evil and brokenness we still see in the educated regions of the world? How can we explain the gap between what we know is right and our perpetual failure to do what is right? Knowing the anatomy of the soul, Jesus, our Rabbi, doesn’t just inform our intellect but shapes our desires. By default, our desires are shaped by the world in 3 ways: (1) the lust of the flesh (2) the lust of the eyes, and (3) pride in one’s possessions [1 Jn. 2:15-17]. But by design, we can begin to redirect our desires by anchoring our identity in the love Jesus has for us through the consistent practice of abiding [1 Jn. 4:7-16].
42 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
How People Change (E1) Vision Series
Rather than allowing ourselves to be formed by the world, the flesh, and the devil, Jesus offers us a better way to live. When we allow ourselves to be formed by Jesus, we slowly become steadfast people who are able to love others the way that God loves us. In order to do this, we must position ourselves to be formed by Jesus’ love, life, and leadership. Leaving out any one or two of these elements makes us stuck, stubborn, or stingy. Matthew 11:28-30
32 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
How to Pray for Yourself - Luke 11:1-13
Is it okay to pray for yourself? Isn't it selfish? In this message, we actually learn our lack of "selfish" prayers says a lot more about our misunderstanding of God and His love toward us. Luke 11:1-13 CSB
37 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
How to Pray for Power // 2 Corinthians 12:6-10
God can work with any plan, but He will only work through His power. 2 Corinthians 12:6-10, Acts 1:6-8 CSB
37 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
Praying the Gospel to Your Heart // Psalm 103
Psalm 103 CSB In this message, I talk about how we overcome the biggest obstacle to prayer: condemnation.
43 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
4 Ways We Talk with God
Luke 24:13-35 CSB We are counseled by God through the Scriptures. We commune with God through the Sacraments. We are comforted by God through the Spirit. We are connected to God through the Savior.
34 minutes | May 22, 2022
Dealing with Disappointment // Ecclesiastes 7
Ecclesiastes 7:13-18 - We learn how to deal with disappointment by leaning into the Father, not into a formula.
32 minutes | May 16, 2022
More Money, Less Meaning // Ecclesiastes 5
Ecclesiastes 5 CSB
37 minutes | May 9, 2022
The Reasons for Seasons // Ecclesiastes Message
The seasons of life are always up and down. All we can do is manage what we've been given and give glory to God every step of the way. Ecclesiastes 3
32 minutes | May 2, 2022
The Emptiness of Work // Pt. 3 in Ecclesiastes
In a secular world without God, mankind rushes to find meaning in other places like justice, pleasure, and work. In today’s hustle culture, a career has the allure of solving all our problems. But is work really working? Does it satisfy our eternal ache for significance, contribution, and recognition? With the help of a successful entrepreneur, Ecclesiastes teaches us the limits of our labor. The work never ends, it multiplies our grief, and keeps us in the captivity of tomorrow. Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t call us away from work but a new way to work. Ecclesiastes 2:18-26; 4:4-6 CSB
39 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
We should do whatever it takes to get happy and stay happy. At least that is what our culture tells us every single day. But is this pursuit of pleasure working? Is it really what we are made to pursue? With the help of an embittered Teacher, Ecclesiastes teaches us the paradox of pleasure: the more we pursue it, the more we will lose it. This isn’t to say God wants us to be miserable. Quite the opposite. We were made for something so much more than pleasure. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, 24-25 CSB
37 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Easter Sunday - Time, Chance, and Death are the Enemies of Hope
Time, chance, and death are the enemies of hope. Most of us try to escape these enemies through romance, creativity, or religion. But every endeavor is ultimately futile and meaningless in the hands of mortal men. But what if immortality made a visit? 2,000 years ago, Jesus promised us a life free from the chains of time, chance, and death. He delivered on this promise when He rose again on the third day. In this message, we will cover the different paths we take to find meaning and discover why the resurrection is the only hope we have. 1 Corinthians 15; Ecclesiastes 1
23 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Good Friday - 2 Images & 2 Invitations
Good Friday service on Right Standing with God and Light Living with God.
36 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
God Answers Every Prayer
Matthew 9:18-26 When you come to Jesus, you'll be more burdened than you could ever imagine and more blessed than you could ever believe.
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