Water Baptism May 9, 2021

WATER BAPTISM IS SIGNIFICANT.

Water Baptism is an expression of faith in Christ and is also a meaningful benchmark of commitment. Benchmarks in life serve as important points of reference that something really significant happened. Your birthday is a benchmark. Graduation day is a benchmark. Your wedding date is a benchmark. Water Baptism serves as a benchmark for believers.

Water Baptism is an outward sign of the inward reality of salvation. God designed water baptism as an act that meets our need for a meaningful expression of faith. Baptism is a purposeful experience in the life of a new believer, and it is a positive testimony of faith to those who witness it.

Jesus is the source of salvation. When we put our trust in Him, repent and receive forgiveness, and publicly testify to our faith, we are assured of salvation. Water Baptism then acts as a point of reference that we have completed what God has asked us to do in response to His offer of grace.

Jesus chose to be water baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness and carry out all that God requires. “Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk Him out of it. ‘I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,’ he said, ‘so why are You coming to me?’ But Jesus said, ‘It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.’” So John agreed to baptize Him (Matthew 3:13-15 NLT).”

Here is reason enough to be baptized: We are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus didn’t need His sins forgiven—He was perfect—but He still thought water baptism important enough that He walked forty-plus miles to meet John at the Jordan River.

Will you follow His example and humbly yield your life to Jesus’ Lordship? If you are interested in carrying out what God requires regarding water baptism, please, contact Pastor Greg. Water Baptism is scheduled for Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Mother’s Day! What a great opportunity for your public expression of faith in Christ Jesus!

WITS’ END

WITS’ END

by Pastor Greg Simon

At times, the Apostle Paul was perplexed, at wits’ end. Luke records one instance in Acts 27:20 (MEV), “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was upon us, all hope that we should be saved was lost.”

But, wits’ end can also be the place from which we reflect, remember, rejoice, and receive. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will OVERFLOW with CONFIDENT HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NLT). Listen to each of three sermons and discover confident hope and supernatural resources and fresh trust in your Heavenly Father.

“HOPE FOR WITS’ END” (recorded September 27, 2020)

“CONFIDENT HOPE & SUPERNATURAL RESOURCES” (recorded October 4, 2020)

“TRUST GOD, NOT MAN” (recorded October 11, 2020)

 

REJOICE 9-20-20

REJOICE: Pressed but Blessed

by Pastor Greg Simon

The link below is from the September 20, 2020 recording of Pastor Greg Simon preaching “REJOICE” from the “Pressed but Blessed” series at Valley Fellowship Church in Huntsville, Alabama. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 MEV)”

The ultimate key that unlocks our joy is the Source, the Lord. To successfully obey God’s command to rejoice:

  • Center on the Lord – not the problem.
  • Center on the Lord – not the victory.
  • Center on the Lord – not the enemy.

Shut d’ door to the enemy’s foothold, to the enemy’s intimidation, and to the enemy’s condemnation. Jesus Christ promised, “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] (John 14:27 AMP)”

THE WORD 9-13-2020

THE WORD

by Pastor Greg Simon

The Apostle Paul’s overcoming attitude is evident in the way he describes his personal troubles in 2 Corinthians 4:7-10. If you cannot see good in your future, then the problem is not with God, but with your “seeing”. Too often believers get caught up in contemporary culture’s commitment to comfort, health, and safety. Our current pandemic conditions threaten us all, but we can overcome. In his letter to Timothy, Paul reveals some keys to overcoming. According to verse 14, an 0vercomer: (1) continues in Scripture, (2) learns Scripture, (3) is assured of the Scriptures, and (4) knows his/her teachers. Listen as Pastor Greg teaches from 2 Timothy 3:10-17. This recording was made during the 10AM Service at Valley Fellowship Church in Huntsville, Alabama on September 13, 2020.

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THE BLOOD 9-6-20

THE BLOOD (Sacrifice of Atonement)

by Pastor Greg Simon

On the cross, Christ Jesus became the sacrifice of atonement, so we as believers now enjoy the canopy of His blood covering. The apostle Paul reveals how God chooses to see His family. “And you, who were formerly alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight (Colossians 1:21-22 MEV).” In His sight – looking through the blood covering – God sees us as holy, blameless, and above reproach.

Everyone of us have sinned, we have missed the mark, we have failed. Humanity’s horizontal view sees sin, failure, and fault (and accusations arise from people and satan).  God chooses to look through the blood covering – Christ’s atonement. When we receive redemption by faith, God sees holiness, instead of sin. God sees blamelessness, instead of failure. God sees freedom from accusation, instead of fault.

Do you see yourself under the blood covering? Paul continues in Colossians 1:23, ““But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it (NLT).”

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith (Romans 3:23-25a NIV).” If we stand reconciled to God, then no charges can be brought against us. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes, who is risen, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us (Romans 8:31-34 MEV).”

Click below to learn more as Pastor Greg teaches about this important truth. The recording is from the Sunday morning service at Valley Fellowship Church on September 6, 2020.

 

SHAKE IT OFF

SHAKE IT OFF

by Pastor Greg Simon

Are you under pressure? Do you get confused sometimes? Do you face harsh criticism? Are you knocked down sometimes? Pressure doesn’t necessarily mean you are not in the will of God. You are not the only one going through crisis. Every person on earth faces pressure in some form – situations, circumstances, obstacles, problems, difficulties. Don’t let the enemy use pressure to deter you or to delay God’s purpose, or to take you off course from what God would have you to run. Don’t give up; don’t quit!

We have a spiritual enemy who covets our perspective, our passion, our purpose, and our potential. The 28th chapter of Acts reveals how Paul faced several forms of attack. As believers, we face attacks from the enemy including: the direct attack (“the lion”), the unfounded attack (“the dragon”), and the surprise attack (“the snake”). Listen below to discover how to SHAKE IT OFF! The video below was taken from the live Zoom feed of Valley Fellowship Church’s 10AM Service on August 16, 2020.

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COLLABORATE TO PRAISE

WE COLLABORATE TO PRAISE

by Pastor Greg Simon

Believers are a part of God’s worship team. During the congregational worship on Sunday morning, we all have a part to play. The frontline may sing with a microphone and the band may play from the platform, but ALL of us together elevate Christ Jesus in our midst. Our gathered worship is a dynamic, collaborative effort. Our corporate response pleases the heart of God.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9 HCSB).” As God’s royal priests, let us offer sacrifices of something meaningful and valuable. Enter the sanctuary with a focus to proclaim His praises!

A live, in-person worship experience is once again available on Sunday at 10AM at Valley Fellowship Church. Extra precautions include screening, physical distancing, and face masks.

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Zoom Recording of Hal and Jane Ward 8-2-2020

ZOOM MEETING ON AUGUST 2, 2020

Hal and Jane Ward (missionaries to Spain/France) spoke during the Sunday Zoom for Valley Fellowship Church on August 2, 2020. They discussed three tools that believers need in their lives. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death (Revelation 12:11 MEV).”

Your Faith Matters

YOUR FAITH MATTERS

by Pastor Greg Simon

“Your faith matters!” Those were the words impressed upon my spirit as the pastors prayed together via a zoom meeting on Wednesday earlier this week. In this video below, I share more about what God revealed to me. This is a recording of the teaching from the Zoom Meeting of Valley Fellowship Church on Sunday, July 26, at 10AM. You are invited to join us next Sunday, August 2, as we once again meet via Zoom. Contact the church office for the meeting link and password.

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