Our Sunday sermon messages at Billings Vineyard Church are given in hopes that the listener will know the Bible more than they did before. In the Vineyard, we see Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Scriptures. We root our theology in these teachings on the kingdom of God, embracing an ‘inaugurated eschatology’ – where God’s beautiful future is breaking into our present experience.
The Rest of the Story: Elijah on the Mountain
Throughout the Old Testament, story after story is told of how the power and presence of God transformed a generation. However, as testimony faded with time, the following generations compromised God's definition of order with their own. The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel is an epic display of the power and presence of God over counterfeit gods created from compromise.
The Rest of the Story: Joshua at the River
A key thread throughout the metanarrative of scripture is how God is with us in closer and closer proximity. The Old Testament story of Joshua is marked by God's "with-ness" and his desire to help us cross impossible boundaries. Note: this service marked the first Sunday after the sudden death of a church staff member and beloved part of the Vineyard community, and this new reality is referred to several times in the sermon.
The Rest of the Story: Passover
Throughout the entire Old Testament, in the people and stories, we see Jesus. Israel was used as a way to show the world the love of God, for when we see God's justice, it is never separated from His goodness and mercy. Mankind has sinned, so the death of a man is needed for justice; the death of animals wasn't enough. All of this was pointing to a bigger event: Jesus is the perfect, spotless sacrifice to die for our sins. As we come to the Lord's table, what does it mean to identify ourselves with Jesus and his death?
The Rest of the Story: Abraham and Isaac
What is the difference between compliance and obedience? The key factor is love. Compliance is acting to avoid punishment. Obedience is willful submission to authority out of a developed trust, a byproduct of love. Adam Greenwell discusses the story of Abraham and Isaac as it relates to the trust Abraham developed for God after a period of chaos and displays the ways this story connects to the story of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.
The Rest of the Story: Noah
Sin interrupts the divine order as it was designed. Any culture left unrestrained in sin will collapse and destroy itself. In this sermon on the rest of the story of Noah, we see the mercy of God to preserve humanity through allowing chaos to enter into the world. Brad Hudson delivers a message of hope through rebirth out of the waters.
The Rest of the Story: Tower of Babel
What is God like? Is He trustworthy? We often allow circumstances to influence how we understand God’s character, rather than letting God’s character influence how we understand our circumstances. In this sermon, Adam uses Genesis 11:1-9 to show us how even God’s judgment at Babel displayed His faithfulness to bring salvation to the world. In Christ, we have seen this salvation. Praise be to God!