"We have been called together to serve God by feeding the mind, body, and soul of believers and unbelievers in our community and the world. We will do this by incorporating service and personal touch into the daily and corporate life of the church with the purpose of leading the lost to Jesus Christ and engaging and encouraging the growth of believers . "
VBC Vision Statement
Called together to serve God daily, locally and globally, by engaging believers and reaching unbelievers through service and personal touch.
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“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
Living a life of faith often times means we may not know exactly where we are being led, but we know Who we are following. God protects a trusting heart as He perfects it through His faith-building process. It is a great adventure to align with the Almighty’s agenda. Like an experienced and trusted guide, He is always a step ahead down the path of His will. So, we seek to know Him, because He knows where He is going.
Faith living is not always fun, but it is fulfilling. It is not always exciting, but it is engaging. It is not always easy, but it is honorable. It is not always safe, but it is secure. It is not always clear, but it is rewarding. It is not always instant gratification, but it is satisfying. Faith living is looking intently into the gracious face of our heavenly Father. Christ’s countenance cares. He laughs when we laugh, and He weeps when we weep.
“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews 11:11
Faith living is not for the faint of heart. When you sign up to follow your Savior Jesus, you declare abandonment to His desires over any clamoring of competing voices. For example, an unscrupulous acquaintance may lead you into a foolish financial decision or a sincere friend could recommend unwise career advice. Listen and obey the Lord first.
In most cases, faith living is not a straight line from point A to point B. The progression in God’s will involves starts and stops, relational dead-ends, financial forays, ups and downs and finally meaningful milestones to be celebrated. Therefore, keep on your prayerful path with Jesus. Keep showing up by faith and He will direct you in His best direction. Faith living lives wisely while waiting—and moves forward when called by Christ. Keep your eye on the prize of pleasing your heavenly Father—win His reward.
“By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” Hebrews 11:23-24
"Thank You NYPD," Crossroads Church on Staten Island tells officers with day-long food and an awards ceremony. Crossroads doesn't "just want to be another church in the phone book," pastor Ray Parascando said. "We wanted to model the Great Commission."<br>
Travis White, a prosecutor for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, moves toward faith after a "provocative question" posed by Chris Smith, teaching pastor at Yukon Church: "If you were to die tonight, do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you would go to heaven?"<br>
Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, presidential Thanksgiving proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.<br>