VOUS Church

By Rich and Dawncheré Wilkerson

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Messages by Rich and Dawncheré Wilkerson, lead pastors of VOUS Church, Miami, FL — New episodes every Monday.

Episode Date
Adrian Molina — Book Of Romans: The Law of Love
33:11
Aug 13, 2018
Chad Veach — When Life Doesn't Work Out / VOUS Conference 2018
35:17

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

WHEN LIFE DOESN'T WORK OUT
CHAD VEACH

CONFERENCE SUNDAY

Aug 07, 2018
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Book of Romans: 3 Words We Love to Forget
43:04

When you think of weddings, you can quickly imagine the classic lines: for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. The words hold weight because there is a level of accountability around them. Upholding the marriage vows becomes the daily determination of the couple.

In our continued talk through the Book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr illustrates that Christians too have made a vow that holds us accountable to what we profess to believe. Our promise is to live lives of sacrifice, service and submission. But how often do we follow through?

The issue may be that it’s not uncommon, upon hearing the words sacrifice, service and submission, to think that we’re playing from a losing position. And according to the world’s standards, it’s not appealing to take on those acts because it may open us up to be taken advantage. However, Paul makes it clear that we are not operating according to the pattern of the world. Because of Christ’s example, we can powerfully live out our lives.

The primary challenge in living lives of sacrifice, service and submission is to change our thinking. In fact, we’re encouraged to renew our minds, to have a paradigm shift to have forward progress. Once we do, we understand that when we sacrifice, we are giving up one thing for something better. When we act in service to one another, we are building up a stronger church. And when we submit, we are giving over authority to the One who created heaven and earth.

While the world wants us to forget our vows, let’s instead remember that we find our fullest life when we walk them out. Christ didn’t save us so that we’d set up for weak, small or burdened lives. Take heart in following Jesus’ model of sacrifice, service and submission, for by them he conquered death, hell and the grave. Because he rules, we can live victoriously with him.

Aug 06, 2018
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: God's Sovereignty, Our Responsibility
51:57
Jul 30, 2018
DawnCheré Wilkerson — The Book of Romans: Made for More
43:19

A constant struggle as humans is the issue with identity: Who are we? What do others see? Where do we belong? Our identity might have been influenced by the time we were born, the family we were born into, what we have done, or the societal class we’ve landed.

But, what if there’s more. More to who we are than what we’ve done. More than the temporary situations we find ourselves. The “more” is to begin with the end in mind – with eternity set in our hearts.

As we continue our collection of talks on The Book of Romans, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminded us that we were Made for More. That our identity should be unwavering in who we are in Christ – as more than conquerors. We are to be the culture carriers of our world, not led by the pressing needs of today, but by the perspective of eternity.

In his writing, Paul challenges us to live governed by the spirit, and not the flesh. Paul unravels a beautiful picture of our standing as children of God, that we are co-heirs with Christ, sharing in his suffering so we may also share in his glory. That we are made to hope, and not to simply endure the waiting seasons in life.

As God perfects his will in us, this is our conviction: Even when we may not see the pathway to our purpose, we don’t settle for less but hold on to his promises, knowing we have a father who loves us unconditionally. Knowing we’re made for more.

Jul 23, 2018
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Eye To Eye / VOUS CONFERENCE 2018
36:41

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

 

SESSION 2

 

DAWNCHERÉ WILKERSON

"EYE TO EYE"

Jul 19, 2018
Erwin McManus — Second Wind / VOUS CONFERENCE 2018
38:41

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

 

VOUS CONFERENCE SUNDAY

 

ERWIN MCMANUS

SECOND WIND

Jul 16, 2018
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: The Struggle is Real
46:41

When we accept Jesus into our life, we believe turning away from sin means never sinning again. And although justification is the gift of accepting Jesus, the gift of sanctification is a daily process.

In our continued collection of talks on The Book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. teaches on the idea that "The Struggle is Real." So often we struggle with consistency and fulfilling our commitments as well as second guessing our position in ministry because we focus on following the Law. The Law puts the magnifying glass on our sinful nature and in doing so points us to our need for a savior, Jesus. 

Because of the Law we are made constantly aware of our shameful condition, even to the point of feeling the need to leave the faith altogether. After all, why risk being called out as a hypocrite? But when we understand grace, it allows us to go through the process of becoming more Christlike. We can avoid the temptation of giving up on our faith. We only become hypocrites when we can’t admit that we continuously fight back guilt and shame. Yes, our struggle is real, but we will not let our internal struggle with sin disqualify us from the victorious life Jesus died for us to have.

And we must remember that it's better to focus on what we've been redeemed to and on getting back up after falling in our sin. We can trust that when God sees us, he sees the finished work of Jesus on the cross. And we will pursue a life of sanctification, not from a place of fear but from a place of love for our savior. 

Jul 16, 2018
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — VOUSTOPSY / VOUS Conference 2018
52:49

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

 

VOUSTOPSY

 

RICH WILKERSON JR

A LOOK INSIDE THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH

Jul 09, 2018
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: Eden to Gethsemane
45:04

No matter who you are, you've probably struggled with some form of guilt, condemnation, or shame. You may have looked at your situation and believed God was mad at you or you were being punished for your shortcomings. The good news is that God didn't save you to condemn you. In fact, it is quite the opposite story.

As we continue our collection of talks on The Book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr teaches us how through the blood of Jesus, we have been justified and are now in right standing with God. We have been credited with the righteousness of Christ, wiping away all our past, present, and future sins. Now, when God looks at us, he no longer sees our sinful humanity, he sees Jesus.

When God sent his only son to die for our sins, he demonstrated his scandalous, reckless love. On our worst day, Christ was at his best. Not one bit of our effort deserved His righteousness. While it may sound too good to be true, that's exactly what makes it grace. What was started in the Garden of Eden was finished in the Garden of Gethsemane. Where Adam took the fall, Jesus took a stand. We now have access to incredible blessings, having been justified through Christ. Our trust in Jesus' salvation shatters the bondage of shame, allowing us to walk in the freedom of righteousness.

Jul 09, 2018
DawnChere Wilkerson — The Book of Romans: A Freedom Story
39:12

Everyone loves a good story, whether it is one they're seeking or telling. Having people from all walks of life guarantees a unique narrative. But no matter our differences, there's one story that is the same for all of us: the story of freedom through Jesus Christ. Our life story was full of death and hopelessness because of our sin until Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross.

Because of that sacrifice, our guilt and punishment was eliminated and in return we received grace and salvation. In exchange for our guilt, he gave us gratitude and purpose in exchange of our punishment. We don't have to be stuck in the guilt and pain of yesterday when Jesus paid the price for guilt on calvary. When we carry guilt it’s like an alarm alerting us to what happened in the past. 

Our challenge is to listen to God and remove what is necessary to propel us forward. Sometimes we ignore that, decide to judge others and advise them on how to live their lives. But our responsibility is to focus on self-development.

God has a plan and purpose for our lives and springs forth destiny through our acceptance of His sacrifice. At Vous Church we celebrate stories of freedom from people who were once far from God that can now live in true independence.

Jul 02, 2018
Rich Wilkerson Jr. Interviews Brooke Ligertwood / VOUS Conference 2018
34:50

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

 

SESSION 3

 

RICH WILKERSON JR

INTERVIEWS

BROOKE LIGERTWOOD

Jul 01, 2018
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: Confidence From Clarity
48:33

Have you ever lacked confidence? In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes "I am not ashamed of the gospel." He always seemed so confident, yet this was a man who went through obstacle after obstacle. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and persecuted by so many. Despite the challenges, he was still able to profess “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Where did his radical confidence come from? If we go back to the start of his letter, we find Paul makes a bold declaration in Romans 1:1, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God.” 

In a new collection of talks based in the book of Romans, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. will explore Paul's self-proclaimed identity in a sermon titled "Confidence from Clarity." Without clarity, we lack the confidence to proclaim God's word.

There are three things we need to clearly define in our lives to walk in confidence. The first is to know who we serve. We should serve God but oftentimes we allow good earthly things to compete with God's position. The second is to know what we are called to do. We all have an occupation or vocation but we're called to proclaim the word of God in those positions. The third is to understand why you're set apart. Sometimes we think God is punishing us when He removes people or things from our lives but He sets us apart to speak to us and use us. Ultimately, the information we receive by having a relationship with God combined with applying it to our lives will result in a transformation.

Jun 25, 2018
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Down And Out / VOUS Conference 2018
44:31

VOUS CONFERENCE 2018

 

SESSION 1

 

RICH WILKERSON JR

"DOWN AND OUT"

Jun 22, 2018
Pastor Robert Madu - Get Out
35:32

What if the power in a miracle was in more than just the miracle itself, but also in the atmosphere? How many times have we called for a dead situation in our lives to get up? We may not consider that it's actually the people or things around us that have to be removed for us to find the healing we seek.

In a sermon titled "Get Out," Pastor Robert Madu breaks down the story of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood, two seemingly different situations on the surface, but at the core they were connected. Ultimately, they had the same mission - to seek intervention from Jesus. Both desperate, they stopped at nothing to get His attention and help.

Sometimes we may not receive what we asked for because we don't believe all that God is able to do, and as a result, our faith suffers. But if we attach our faith to God's power and authority, we can trust that He will come through.

Jun 18, 2018
Brooke Ligertwood — The Path of His Presence
30:19

God has given us access to his reality through the blood of Jesus Christ and there is a path to his presence and it is a path that is accessible to every one of us, and God has invited us to walk it.How do we walk in the path of the presence of God? Brooke Ligertwood teaches us that we can do so by finding ourselves continually in the word of God, filling our hearts with the truth that is found in scripture for our lives. As we worship God we discover more of who God is and more of who we are. We find a continual revelation of who Jesus is. A true encounter with God is transformative. When we step into the presence of God and have an encounter with him it changes the way we walk.

Jun 11, 2018
Losing Your Ship - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.
44:52

In a perfect world, we'd be able to control every aspect of our life. But in the end, would planning every detail and knowing the outcome of a situation really benefit us?

Oftentimes, the things we so desperately seach for to fulfull us, leave us empty and helpless. So we look for the next "thing" to complete our lives.
But when we decide to follow God, we have to stop seeking control and find the courage to allow God to do His will in our lives. In order to receive all that God has for us, we have to lose our thoughts on how our lives should play out and step out of our comfort zones.

The ship of life that we're on is sometimes the very thing that holds us back. In order to get to our destiny, we have to abandon the ship and trust in our Savior. It's in God we find the security, hope and love we seek and the sooner we let go of our "ships", the sooner we can walk in what God has called us to.

Jun 04, 2018
VOUS Values: Don't Pass on Passion
43:10
What does it mean to have passion and how do we know we're passionate about something?
Pastor Rich concludes our collection of talks "VOUS Values" with a sermon titled "Don't Pass on Passion."
 
Usually, when we're passionate about something, it pours out of us. It's something that we can't stop talking about. Something we have an undeniable enthusiasm for. But passion is more than mere enthusiasm, it's the driving force to making our dreams become a reality. 
 
In order to make those dreams come to fruition, we have to know where our passion is pointed. When life becomes difficult, it's often our passion that helps us to prevail - especially our passion for God. When we're able to confess our downfalls, it's our proclamation of who God is that makes all the difference.
May 28, 2018
VOUS Values: It's A Heart Thing
37:25

In our continued collection of talks on VOUS Values, Manouchka Charles explores our sixth value. To say that honor is our calling is great, but it’s another thing for us to act it out. Honor is not something we only do when we have a positive attitude and life is going great. It’s even more important to encourage others when we’re not feeling our best. When you’re a part of a team, you have the ability to create the culture and in order to do so, your habits have to match your intention.

So what are the habits that rule in your life? Do they reflect that of a person who honors others? Once you identify them, then you can decide whether they should be replaced or have a vision for them. Honoring others means not being stingy with your words. When we make honoring others a reality, we do it whether we think someone deserves it or not and we are not led by our emotions. Ultimately, when honor is our calling, we are truly honoring God in all that we do.

May 21, 2018
VOUS Values: Preparing The Way
43:22

 

At Vous Church, servant leadership is our identity and impacts every part of our lives.  On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms who exemplify servant leadership by giving their lives to serve. As we continue our collection of talks on Vous Values, Pastor DawnCheré delivers a powerful message entitled: Preparing the Way. She discusses the iconic servant leader John the Baptist and takes a closer look at his beloved mother Elizabeth who paved the way for her son. Elizabeth prepared John for his purpose by walking out her miraculous FAITH, being BRAVE, and showing HUMILITY.

Before he recognized Jesus, SHE recognized Jesus. Elizabeth even recognized Jesus in the womb of Mary! All along, Elizabeth was preparing the way for John to walk out his purpose. So how do you raise a world changer? You be a world changer yourself.  

May 14, 2018