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DawnCheré Wilkerson — Hello New World, Hello New Heart
2020 seems to be a reckoning year for issues of the heart. It presents yet another opportunity for God to search our hearts and see if they are divided, hard as stone, or completely open to him.
|Jun 28, 2020|
A Father’s Day conversation with Rich Wilkerson Jr., Dharius Daniels & Chad Veach
We celebrate dads when we honor, respect, and appreciate the investment they put into our lives.
|Jun 21, 2020|
Dr. Dharius Daniels - The Church Has Left The Building
In the powerful VOUS Conf Live Sunday message, “The Church Has Left the Building,” Pastor Dharius Daniels shows us that God created and equipped us with the spiritual gifts that will be needed for the problems that exist during the age we’re on Earth.
|Jun 14, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — What's The Use?
|Jun 07, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — I Know a Ghost
Having a helper is a good thing right? After all, two is better than one. But what happens when that helper is someone you cannot see? How do you know your helper will come through for you in a bind? The Holy Spirit counsels us to act according to the fruits of his spirit.
|May 31, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: You'll Live To Tell Your Story
Even though the apostle Paul faced affliction after affliction, the story he told himself was based on faith in God instead of resentment over his suffering.
|May 24, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: How To Ruin Happily Ever After
God has given us all the gift to create narratives with vivid imaginations. Imagination has been key in birthing resourcefulness throughout human history. But is it possible our ability to create stories might be a double-edged sword?
|May 17, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — The Story You Tell Yourself: The Soundtrack to Your Story
There’s power in a great soundtrack. They silence distractions, help set the scene, and are the unsung heroes of any story.
In “The Soundtrack of Your Story,” part of “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shows us how we can turn the soundtrack of our lives into worship for a God that listens.
What’s the soundtrack to your story?
|May 10, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: A Different Story
|May 03, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — The Story You Tell Yourself: Two Sides To Every Story
In every scenario we find ourselves, there's a push and pull. At once we are held taught and stretched by the events of daily life swirling around us. Our challenge is to remain flexible enough that we don’t snap but remain solid.
In “The Story You Tell Yourself: Two Sides to Every Story,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson invites us to strike a balance despite pressures because we have God-given ability to overcome.
Palm trees are fascinating. As they grow tall, top-heavy with leaves and fruit, they stand firm even as they face hurricane winds. The beautiful trees have a lesson in duality to share. We can be both solid and flexible to better endure the forces that come our way. Fragility doesn't need to lead to a complete break. Instead, we can stretch and remain rooted in the strength God has given us.
|Apr 26, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It
There’s nothing like being drawn into a good story. From superhero adventures to comedies, stories have a way of touching our hearts.
“The Story You Tell Yourself” collection kicks off with an enlightening talk by Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It.”
Compelling stories are composed of characters, settings, plots, conflicts, and resolutions. In our story called “Life” the author is also the hero who brings about the final resolution. When we understand the story of the gospel, we are able to securely fit our characters into the parts God has asked us to play.
|Apr 19, 2020|
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. - To Hell & Back - In Other News
Flipping through the channels, it’s no secret that as we turn to the news we get flooded with heavy stories. Yet within the sea of chaos, there is good news to be proclaimed.
In an Easter finale of the “To Hell & Back” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. stirs our faith with the talk “In Other News."
Reality is, bad reports will always be circulating, but we can choose to listen to the announcement of a resurrected savior. We as believers can stand remembering that although there is devastation, Jesus is alive and we can get through anything.
In a world driven by drama and trends, we can turn down the volume on fear and turn it up on the hopeful truths found in God’s word.
|Apr 12, 2020|
Pastor Rich and Pastor Dawncherè Wilkerson - VOUS Good Friday At Home
|Apr 11, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: What Are You Washing?
Have you ever been asked to serve in a capacity you just didn’t see fit? From washing feet to saving lives there was no act of service our savior would pass up in return for a relationship with us.
In an uplifting continuation of the “To Hell and Back” collection Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. calls us to check our heart in the message “What Are You Washing?”
Jesus made it plain that his commission was not to receive anything rather give everything he had, even his life. Although his days were numbered, Jesus left us with the practical truth that as we humbly are of service to others we will receive the abundance of his love.
|Apr 06, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: The Gratitude Effect
When was the last time you stood in appreciation of God’s modern-day blessings? From indoor plumbing to connective technology, we can’t deny his hand constantly showing up.
|Mar 30, 2020|
Dawncheré Wilkerson — To Hell and Back: Oh, How the Tables Have Turned
Just one encounter can flip what was once ordinary to extraordinary. Such a turn of events can change our identity and we’ll never leave the same.
Continuing the collection of talks, “To Hell & Back” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson stirs our faith in the message titled “Oh, How the Tables Have Turned.”
|Mar 23, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Flatten The Curve
The coronavirus has shifted daily reality and caused uncertainty. But we can choose peace over worry, faith over fear. God is never distant, he offers us abundant comfort.
|Mar 16, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: Your Burden is Your Blessing
An accomplishment unmet with resistance is no accomplishment at all. It is a truth we can forget while building a purpose-filled life, that greatness walks hand in hand with challenge.
|Mar 09, 2020|
Worship is More Than a Song — VOUS Conference 2019 Breakout with DOE & Mariah McManus
Song writing is story writing. A song from the heart has a way of revealing the truth of God’s love.
In the 2019 VOUS Conference breakout session “Worship is More Than a Song,” Grammy-award winner DOE Jones and Mosaic MSC lead singer Mariah McManus have a heart to heart with Manouchka Charles on the beauty of worship.
When we think worship, it’s all about God. While some are particularly blessed with the ability to present God’s story through song, we must remember it is important for us all to represent his image in the best possible way.
|Mar 05, 2020|
Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson — Asking For A Friend: Q&A Part 1 — Dating, Sex and Singleness
|Mar 02, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Dawncheré Wilkerson - Asking For A Friend - 4 Questions Every Couple Should Answer
Life is full of choices from choosing our Crew to choosing our spouse. We can feel out of control yet we might have more power than we think.
|Feb 24, 2020|
VOUS CONFERENCE 2019 — VOUS TEAM: It's Not Babysitting, It's Leadership Development
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There is a lot packed in the saying, “children are the future.” After all, a child’s nurturing has the potential to shape their mindset long into adulthood.
|Feb 20, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Asking For A Friend - 4 Secrets of a Secure Woman
Beauty is culturally praised but it does not equate to security. Secure individuals have an unshakable sense of who they are. Their confidence enables them to build strong connections.
During the message, “4 Secrets to a Secure Woman,” from the collection of talks “Asking for a Friend,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows us four truths women should lean into to lead happy and healthy relationships.
|Feb 17, 2020|
Craig Groeschel — Team Conference 2019: All Systems Go
Goals do not determine success, systems do. There are systems to everything we do, and they are a direct result of what we've created or simply tolerated.
|Feb 15, 2020|
Dawncheré Wilkerson - Asking For A Friend - Where's The Action?
|Feb 10, 2020|
Jason Kennedy and Carl Lentz — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Making Your Faith Attractive
We become culture carriers for the sake of sharing the message of Christ. But exactly how do we effectively share the gospel with love?
|Feb 06, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Sunday Service Bayfront Miami: Come Home
|Feb 03, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Team Leaders Meeting: Becoming A Leader
The inevitable process of growing happens to every person, whether they want it to or not. As Christians, each and every one of us is called to grow in the direction of leadership. A question to ask ourselves is not “Am I growing?” but “What direction am I growing in?”
At the first Team Leaders Meeting of the year, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. breaks down the topic ”Becoming a Leader” through the study of the greatest leader in the world, Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived a life of unity, selflessness, humility and obedience. When we choose to follow the example of Jesus we can impact the world around us for the better, becoming the leader God created us to be.
|Jan 30, 2020|
Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson — Becoming: Think It Through
When we have to make a decision about a change in our lives, we want to make sure we weigh every option before making it final. It is easy to just make a choice based on what we feel in the moment, but not reflecting on the long term effects isn’t the best.
In “Becoming: Think It Through,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shares an insightful message about our thought process and how it can be transformed by the help of the Holy Spirit.
As we become who God has called us to be, it will take more than just having the right intentions. We have to think it through and not make quick responses with our temporary emotions.
Our walk with God is not based a pattern, but a personal relationship. For us to have the right thinking, we have to look at our lives through his eyes and replace lies from the enemy for his promises. It requires us to slow down and think it through.
|Jan 27, 2020|
Becoming: A Guided Prayer Journey — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
The only thing more important than who we are today, is who we are becoming tomorrow.
As we close out our collection entitled "Becoming" Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr walks us through a guided prayer journey that reminds us who we are in Christ as we align ourselves with Him.
|Jan 24, 2020|
VOUS Team — VOUS Conference: It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It
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Whether you are a photographer, writer, designer, or creator of any sort, the way your message is communicated is just as important as the content it carries.
|Jan 23, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: Work Your Weakness
Often times weakness is seen as failure, yet God would disagree. In fact, God gravitates towards our shortcomings.
|Jan 20, 2020|
VOUS Conference 2019: Building A Healthy Organization — VOUS Team
The grass isn't greener on the other side is a familiar piece of advice. But knowing the grass is greener where you water it is true wisdom.
VOUS Staff Adrian Molina, Chris Lopez, and Nick Del Vento engage in candid conversation in their “Building A Healthy Organization” VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
A key to laying a strong foundation for any organization is establishing values. Values help shape who we are and who we always want to be. Making good use of programs, data, and platforms to keep everyone coordinated is also important.
To maintain a group's progress, go back to the beginning. Remembering what it took to establish a community and how it arrived at its current form, is always impactful. Creating an ecosystem in which encouragement, remembrance, and values are constant helps to promote a healthy and growing organization.
|Jan 16, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: Its a Phase
A new year universally symbolizes a time of transformation from one chapter of life to another. Just as our lives continuously develop, our walk with God can be viewed similarly.
|Jan 13, 2020|
VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Why You Should Stop Trying To Change Your City — VOUS Team
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The Great Commission tells us to go out into all the world and make disciples. This world-changing endeavor has a clear starting point in the city God has placed us.
During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout "Why You Should Stop Trying to Change Your City," Manouchka Charles invites servant leaders Benny Salas and Joke Dada in a conversation on how VOUS Church makes its mark in the community through VOUS Care and our monthly I Love My City Projects.
How does the local church steward the city when there are so many souls to reach? While we may not reach everybody, when we do something, we will reach somebody. Our greatest resource is our availability, our willingness to be engaged and take part in the work God is already doing.
Outreach is an opportunity for people to encounter God. So no matter how your outreach is programmed, be it with service projects or classes, always take the approach that when you serve the city, God will change it.
|Jan 10, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: How Did “That” Become “This”?
We can’t help but grow. It is human nature. Yet the growth curve can slope upward or slump downward depending on how we cultivate the minute areas of our lives.
In “How Did ‘That’ Become ‘This,’” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. alerts us to pay close attention to our small habits as we follow Jesus because they are seeds that grow.
Making progress toward our purpose can be accompanied by the reward of more challenges. The idea should fortify us because only when we push against elements can we gain strength.
To guard against accidental ruin, ask "Who am I becoming?" We can follow the example of John the Baptist and prepare the way for greatness by choosing to take small but consistent steps of obedience to God.
When our growth seems slow, let’s remember to speak the faithful promises of God. Because he handles the outcome.
|Jan 06, 2020|
Oneka McClellan - Yeah, I'm Scrappy
At times we can view our gifts, talents, or even our experiences as nothing. We end up discounting something in our life only to realize later it had much more value than we believed.
During the “Yeah, I’m Scrappy” talk, Oneka McClellan reassures us nothing is wasted in God’s hands. What we may see as a scrappy life, God can make whole.
Throughout the Bible we see how God uses what seems insignificant for his glory. Each of us are special. God has created us each beautifully and uniquely. Regardless of what we may feel and no matter our circumstance, we were all created with purpose.
Whatever our scraps may be, as long as we turn them over to him, God’s power will redeem and restore them. Nothing is wasted, God is faithful to transform scraps to success.
|Jan 02, 2020|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — 2019 Best Moments - Sabbath Sunday
Flashing back through the past 12 months, we can’t but rejoice at all that God has done.
To wrap up the year, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reflects on the Best Moments of 2019 at VOUS.
No matter what you have faced this past year, know God is for you, and so are we. As we move forward building God’s kingdom brick by brick, we’ll continue to rely on our community of believers to accomplish more than we ever could alone.
2019 is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we’re through. Our best days are ahead of us. We can’t wait to kick off the New Decade with you!
|Dec 29, 2019|
DawnCherè Wilkerson- Christmas At VOUS
|Dec 25, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — I Don't Feel Favored
Hopefully, you're feeling blessed and highly favored in the knowledge of Lord this Christmas season. But putting the Christianese aside, what about when you don't feel so blessed?
In the talk “I Don’t Feel Favored,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explores the meaning of favor to reveal it is not a feeling but a fact.
The promises of God tend to come packaged with problems. Take Mary, a virgin destined to birth a son. In a culture that likely wouldn't have taken the news gladly, she could have felt anything but favored. Yet her obedience through the trial, and for the sake of the promise, made it so her same spirit of obedience passed to her son who would face the ultimate test.
As Christ-followers, we must follow our beliefs and not our feelings. When we face troubles we can overcome and stand in favor knowing everything will be worked out for good. After all, we have the presence of someone bigger than any challenge—the Holy Spirit, our greatest present.
|Dec 23, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: You Can't Do It Without A Team
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At VOUS, servant leadership is our identity. The more we understand leading means serving, the more we resemble Jesus. To lead with excellence means to serve first and lean on the talents of others.
Steering the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session “You Can’t Do It Without a Team,” VOUS Staff Dakota Duron, John David Robertson, and Jamila Pereira speak on the servant leadership culture at VOUS.
A key element to having a healthy team is a willingness to learn from one another. Taking the approach that no one person has all the answers allows room for creativity and growth. But keep in mind that process and structure anchor a team’s efforts.
Once established, clear directives allow evaluation to be put to good use. Measuring results, much like checking vitals, tells of where a team is and signals at where it can go. In our ever-evolving servant leadership journey, we should strive for healthy collaboration. Together we have potential to go much farther and be effective in all we do for God's kingdom.
|Dec 19, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers: Built to Last
We serve a God who never stops working. He is constantly seeking and redeeming the lost. As his people, we are empowered to join his work through our generosity.
With God’s help, Nehemiah was able to do much more than rebuild a wall. He restores the soul of a nation and increases their faith. Nehemiah’s story is a lesson teaching us we must assume responsibility, create accountability, and live for legacy.
|Dec 16, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Sunday Service: No Turning Back
"If you surrender your life and declare, 'There is no turning back— the cross before me the world behind me.' You're going to find a peace that surpasses all understanding."
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|Dec 12, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers- The Opposition of a Vision
Working toward a goal only to get halfway is a symptom of distraction by resistance. We can start off excited but the minute we face criticism we pull away from our calling.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares the message “The Opposition of a Vision,” from the “Bricklayers” collection. In it, he motivates us to remain committed to God’s vision placed on our hearts.
Progress is understanding a failed plan does not equate to a failed vision. There are opportunities to pray first, and if need be, pivot our way through the trial so the dream can be realized.
As we step out in faith, giving praise the whole way through, we can be confident that the same God who has supported us in the past will certainly do so again.
|Dec 09, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. & Judah Smith — VOUS Conference 2019: Communicating for Change
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What makes a great communicator? Most can agree that the greatest communicators can simplify complexity, captivate an audience, and make a short moment memorable.
During the “Communicating for a Change” breakout session at VOUS Conference 2019, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. interviews Judah Smith to deepen understandings on effective communication in our modern day.
Describing his sermon writing process, Judah Smith makes it clear that everyone is individual and not all processes will look the same. He shares communication methods, how to employ them, and how to effectively get a point across.
While different processes exist, every communicator needs to understand their unique communication style, who their audience is and how the two combine in creating a relatable, understandable, memorable, and life-changing message.
|Dec 05, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers: Collaboration Creates Multiplication
Every great human accomplishment through history required a multitude of people to execute. Think of everyone involved in the first Moon landing, creating the Internet, or building the Great Wall of China. One goal, multiple people.
Reflecting on Nehemiah’s story, we see he was able to accomplish the impossible, rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem in just 52 days. But he was not alone. Through a partnership with God, the feat was made possible by Nehemiah’s clear vision and collaboration with those around him.
Collaboration is exactly what God had in mind when he created us. Gaining perspective that two are better than one, will help us realize we can do more together than we ever could alone.
|Dec 02, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr, Carl Lentz, Judah Smith, Chad Veach & Mike Todd — Life Lessons (Part Two)
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What do you get when you have pastors Rich Wilkerson Jr., Judah Smith, Mike Todd, Carl Lentz, and Chad Veach on stage together? Major drumming skills, impromptu worship, nonstop laughs, and a very honest conversation about leading at home, church, and on the road.
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During Session 6 of VOUS Conference 2019, these pastors opened up about important topics that affect them not only as pastors and leaders but as husbands and fathers too.
In sharing on putting family first, not seeking validation from others, and overcoming the lack of motivation to preach, these men of faith pull back the curtain on the human realities they face and the pressures that come along with their titles.
|Nov 30, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers- Waiting is Working
It can be easy to have vision for our lives, but difficult to wait for it to come to pass. To many of us, a season of waiting seems more like a burden instead of a time of growth.
Continuing in the collection of talks “Bricklayers,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us that there’s purpose in the process in a message called “Waiting is Working.”
In studying the book of Nehemiah, he proves to be a great example of what it looks like to be active during the wait. Establishing a plan to rebuild the city of Judah, Nehemiah demonstrated patience and used his time to pray to God.
We must first take time to hear from God, for at the right moment he will bring the vision to pass. Taking immediate action can lead to the birth of a premature vision, causing us to lose faith.
Being patient requires work from us. Trusting in God’s timing and praying for an opportunity and favor from him allows our sight to be in line with his and our strength to be renewed. Through it all we can remain confident that while we wait, he is working on our behalf.
|Nov 25, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Don't Practice On People
At VOUS Church, people are our heart. It is our prime purpose to bring people who are far from God, close to him. To do so, we need a high level of preparation that will enable us to create a distraction-free and fun experience for all who walk through our doors.
Zeroing in on what it takes to shape a Sunday service, VOUS Staff Chris Lopez, Samuel Gualtieri, and Pilar Irarrazabal share "Don't Practice On People" in their VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
To get ready for Sunday, deliverables need to start rolling in from Monday. And while room for flexibility is important, a well thought out service plan is the main priority. Ideas can flourish through the contribution of gifted and dedicated servant leaders. Plus, helpful technologies can keep communication flowing so there's less guesswork leading up services.
To see growth and development in the areas of creative, production, and operations it will take a lot of strategic behind-the-scenes work. But as we do our part to work out the kinks, God will take care of the rest and produce an outstanding outcome on Sunday.
|Nov 22, 2019|
Earl McClellan — Bricklayers: Blessed With the Burden to Build
The work of building God’s kingdom is a work of bringing the broken home. It is seeking those who are lost, so they can proudly say they are found.
Pastor Earl McClellan shares the story of Nehemiah in the talk, ”Bricklayers: Blessed With the Burden to Build.” Through Nehemiah’s example, we can see how we are to play a part of God’s great construction project and build his Church.
God is looking for people who will work for his kingdom wholeheartedly. There will be distractions that get in the way and try to get us off the project. But as bricklayers we can stand firm knowing God will maximize all of our efforts.
|Nov 18, 2019|
Restless: A Guided Prayer Journey — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Are you tired? Feeling Restless?
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|Nov 16, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Team Leaders Meeting: 4 Realms Of Influence
No one has done a better job of leadership than Jesus. And it is upon every follower of Jesus to do their best to lead as he did. To be effective, knowing the contexts in which we're called to make an imprint is critical.
In this foundational talk on leadership, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows VOUS Team Leaders how to recognize and operate in the "Four Realms of Influence."
Jesus didn’t waste a moment, he made an impact on lives wherever he went. The same must be true for us. We can be of influence whether we're hanging out in the city, crowd, church, or with our core group of friends. Each realm takes a unique strategy and intentionality on our part to manage the spiritual and practical needs within.
Every leader's goal should be to move people from their outer to their inner sphere of influence. Because at every stage more miracles happen. Leadership, when properly stewarded, will take people to a place they never intended but when they arrive, they're thankful.
|Nov 14, 2019|
VOUS Staff — Restless: Practice What You Preach
More than any other generation, information is at our fingertips. While living in the Information Age makes it a challenge, turning rest into a discipline is not out of reach.
Concluding the “Restless” collection of talks, Manouchka Charles, Luke Barry, and Adrian Molina give us pointers on building restful habits in “Practice What You Preach.”
Typically, we know what brings us peace but feelings often get in the way. But we can fend off their fickle effects if practical steps are applied. By paying particular attention to our schedule, environment, checklists, and work we actively choose rest. Add in Jesus' example of reading, resting, and retreating, a spiritual system we should run on repeat, and we'll truly enjoy God's rest.
Ultimately, we must believe Jesus will continue showing us how to live rested. But we must also be willing students of the Master. Let us practice what we have come to know about rest, trusting that God will take care of the rest.
|Nov 11, 2019|
Manouchka Charles — Hearing God's Voice: Conversations with God
When we want to prepare for an exam, we study by reading and maybe mixing in a few flashcards. But when we want to prepare for life, what do we do?
In the talk “Hearing God’s Voice: Conversations with God,” Manouchka Charles answers the question by showing us the Bible is our manual for living well.
More than just a book, the Bible is God-breathed word. It serves the purpose of instructing, correcting, training, and transforming us into who God created us to be. The problem is at times we fail to understand how good the Bible can be for us.
The answer is to stand on the truth that the Word comes from a loving Father who desires the best for us. By knowing God's love, our conviction of the Bible's benefits will never falter. We won't just read it once in a while, but continuously. Because it contains all we need, for all we are called, for all of our lives.
|Nov 07, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: How To Sleep In Your Storm
Imagine God handling life's surprises the way some of us do—with panic! We probably wouldn't turn to him much. Thankfully, God doesn’t struggle with our circumstances. When it seems to us he’s sleeping, he’s bringing peace to the chaos.
In the “Restless” talk "How to Sleep in Your Storm,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains that practicing rest during our storms will help us get through them.
We may feel that resting will cause us to miss out on solving problems and reaching goals. But that is far from the truth. Jesus took his time and was intentional about being alone with the Father and still, he accomplished more than anyone ever could. We can follow his example in every season.
Slowing down, participating in solitude, and honoring the Sabbath are all vital to finding rest in the hectic moments. No matter what's thrown our way, God's promises to us in the stillness are sure in the storm.
|Nov 04, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: Closed on Sunday
Finding validation from all we accomplish and obtain can lead to a continuous cycle of striving. Eventually, that mode of operation keeps us from what we need—moments of rest.
In the “Restless” collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. draws our attention to why rest is important, how God established it since the beginning of creation, and what taking a Sabbath really looks like in the message “Closed on Sunday.”
God did not intend for us to live a life solely dedicated to the grind of responsibilities and commitments. We should have a cadence of work and rest, creating a healthy balance between the two.
Though we may have forgotten the last time we made room in our schedules to be restored, God reminds us to find soul refreshment and live in rhythm of resting in him.
|Oct 28, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: How to Turn a Crowd Into a Community
The church isn't a place, it's a people. In seeking to equip and empower people, we have to remember there's a difference between a church _with_ small groups and a church _of_ small groups.
Members of the VOUS Church staff, Michelle and Adrian Molina and Kyle Graham, get into the nitty-gritty of "How to Turn a Crowd Into a Community" during their VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
Crews are the small groups of VOUS Church. It is where community culture gets developed by design. Crews draw support through leadership structure, resources, and systems.
Each element of Crew, be it a building block, the seasonal calendar, or embedded moments to honor up, down, and all around, is there to make it better. Because, in the end, our godly goal is to foster healthy relationships and transform lives.
|Oct 24, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
We can get so caught up in distractions that we lose rest, and it's impulsive desires that are to blame. Our worldly wants put us in a constant and overwhelming search for more.
Kicking off the “Restless” collection with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains we can exchange the burdens of our wants for what Jesus offers.
Jesus tells us to come, take what is his, learn from him, and find the true source of our desire in him. It is an invitation we must accept if we hope to enjoy the benefits. When we say yes and focus on God and his promises, only then can we fully rest in the work he has already done.
|Oct 21, 2019|
Ben Courson — VOUS Conference 2019: Are You OK?
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Suicide has become a leading cause of death in America. As alarming as that fact is, we don't have to settle for it. We can instead choose life and aspire for a better tomorrow.
In his poetic style, Ben Courson shares how this generation can move from mope to hope during the “Are You OK?” VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session. He challenges us to think about what we think about and inspires us to know that even if we are not OK that it’s OK because by the power of God eventually, we will be.
In life, to thrive, we ought to know hope is a journey and joy is a choice. We must fight for what we don’t feel. When we hear the word of God, we can reject being defined by failures, be relieved from depression, and enjoy Christ's freedom.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, if you or someone you know needs help, 1-800-273-8255.
|Oct 18, 2019|
Craig Groeschel — TEAM CONF 2019 Sunday: Becoming an Influencer
What is an influencer? Going by society’s current definition, we’d be led to believe an influencer is a person with a large social media following. Yet, while a social platform may be good, it is simply a tool and shouldn't be mistaken for the real influence God wants for us.
In an inspiring message, “How to Become an Influencer,” Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church shifts our perspective on the impact we Christ-followers can have on the lives of others.
God is not looking for platforms to use but people. Individuals who are willing to take any and every moment to share the grace and love of Christ. Whether a conversation, a word of encouragement, or a gesture, every action is a seed that can be planted into the right soil for harvest.
Thankfully there are plenty of opportunities to partner with God to create life-giving experiences for those around us. And we don’t have to have it all together to be of influence, we just have to be willing. We’re all influencers.
|Oct 14, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hillsong Germany: Live to Lead
When leaders lead, people follow, and God gets the glory. It is a sequence we're all designed for, and yet great things don’t just happen. It starts with a willing leader equipped with the right tools.
In his talk with Hillsong Germany, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares what there is to know and do when it comes to leadership in “Life to Lead.”
Vision anchors a leader’s path. Energy toward an activity will show little progress if there is no direction. And it is a leader’s vision that rallies a team around a cause. The team amplifies a leader’s work for a more resounding the impact.
But it is not enough to have a vision and team, leaders must approach their endeavors with the right attitude and determination. A proper system in place will ensure that attitude and determination are always in check.
A leader can't lead in a vacuum, we all have our part to play. So long as we apply these tools of leadership effectively, we will gain many wins for God's kingdom.
|Oct 11, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — VOUS Conference 2019: Sisterhood of Strength
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Having strength alone on the mountaintop may seem easy but journeying on through the valley makes us realize we should be surrounded. Surrounded by people who speak hope into our circumstances.
In the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session “Sisterhood of Strength,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson inspires women to be intentional, engaged, and encouraged. None of us are exempt from the pain that exists in life and that is why we should never walk alone.
In community, we find authentic relationships that breathe strength into our lives. We are called to speak up and speak out and stay in proximity to the pain of the women in our community, remaining relatable and vulnerable.
God is instructing women to raise the banner of freedom and stand united. The way we win is as sisters celebrating and speaking life over each other because together, we are better.
|Oct 11, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hearing God’s Voice: Don’t Waste Your Pain
What if the very thing that challenges us the most, is the exact thing that God uses to speak to our heart? Few people choose to embrace pain and many of us choose to avoid it altogether. Experiencing pain is difficult, however, when we try to avoid it, we can miss out on what God is trying to do through us.
|Oct 07, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Hearing God's Voice: Enough Said
Have you ever been on a quest for something that in reality had been there all along? Sometimes we are looking for a whisper from God when in actuality the Bible has always allowed his voice to be clear.
In a continuation of the collection of talks “Hearing God’s Voice,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson speaks to our hearts in a message titled “Enough Said.”
When we are looking to hear from God we can start by trusting in what the Bible says. God’s word is clear and accessible, however, we must be willing to meditate on it.
Trusting God and his word becomes easier when we make an effort to understand and apply it to our daily lives. We are called to value God’s word and recognize that it is more than enough. Enough to speak and guide us through life. It is our instruction manual, written by the author of life. We can reach for our Bibles with confidence that God’s voice is closer than we think.
|Sep 30, 2019|
Chad Veach — VOUS Conference 2019: Confessions of a Church Planter
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Guess what? The secret’s out, church planting is fun!
Pastor Chad Veach, the lead pastor of ZOE Church, gives a healthy dose of positive encouragement to builders of the local church in his VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session ”Confessions of a Church Planter.”
Church planters need to know that the planting will be much easier than expected. And that is because Jesus is behind every good thing they will come across. God will produce the miracles, provide the resources, and prepare the people for the local church since it is his own and he is responsible.
So, count on success, church planters. Step out in faith and boldly obey the call to build knowing that God backs your unique assignment in bringing the broken home.
|Sep 26, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hearing God's Voice - Waiting on the Call
It is a fundamental truth that God wants to speak to us all. His word is alive and active and is waiting for our response to the call.
As we dive deeper into the collection of talks “Hearing God’s Voice,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches the priceless value of “Waiting on the Call.”
God has a specific purpose for each of our lives and he uses various methods to get the message across. While we wait on the next steps of our calling, God uses people and circumstances as guides along our path. When we follow leadership, learn contentment, align with God, and listen to what he says, we take the opportunity to become obedient believers.
It takes open ears and a spirit of obedience to position us to gain all God has for us and fulfill our purpose here on earth.
|Sep 23, 2019|
Carl Lentz — VOUS Conference 2019: I Am Getting Better
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Everything we intend to refine in our lives requires patience and commitment, and the same applies to our spiritual walk.
Closing out VOUS Conference, Pastor Carl Lentz shares a message entitled “I Am Getting Better.” He details how we can improve in every aspect of our lives through a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
As with most things that we aim to improve, we must first know the position of what we’re working towards. The Holy Spirit’s role in our lives is to execute the intentions God has declared over us while giving us direct access to heaven. Where we lack in our human nature, the Holy Spirit intercedes and compensates for our shortcomings while preventing disruptions in God’s plan for us. The presence of the Holy Spirit lessens life’s pressures by reminding us of our purpose when the voices telling us otherwise get too loud.
God sent the Holy Spirit to highlight the truth that is within us. Aligning with this truth allows us to find peace, experience joy, and live a life that is strong in faith and aligned with God’s will.
|Sep 19, 2019|
Dawncheré Wilkerson — Hearing God's Voice: When Life is Too Loud
We’re all seeking to know why we’re here and to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts. The confidence to know God and his voice is exactly what's needed. But that can be a challenge when life has become one big sound machine.
As part of the "Hearing God's Voice" collection of talks, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson gives us the reasons why we ought to turn down the volume and the tools to do so in "When Life is Too Loud."
Our adaptation to noise blocks out God's ever-present whisper. However, we can choose to linger in relationship with God daily. Prioritizing our emotion, effort, and energy on God will open us up to the truth that we are loved and that he is the answer to all our needs.
Learning to listen to God is a life-long pursuit that is worth every moment. And at every turn, he is willing to be found. Just imagine, if God can breathe the universe into existence, what he can whisper into our once hardened hearts?
|Sep 16, 2019|
Mike Todd — VOUS Conference 2019: The Problem... Just Found An Answer
Does the idea of being marked or set apart by God invoke feelings of excitement? Fear? A mix of both? You're pumped about the responsibility but anxious about the chance of messing up.
At VOUS Conference 2019, Pastor Mike Todd illuminates the idea that “The Problem Just Found An Answer.” He clears the confusion around what it means to be chosen by God.
We're put into various circumstances so we can step up to the plate. God wants to see that we are faithful to serve at every level. To be an answer to a problem, no matter the cost to our pride. That's the way we wear our mark of being set apart by God.
It takes work to embrace our place of being the solution. But God doesn't make mistakes on who he has chosen to do the work. He knows we're capable of making a difference through our story, talents, and blessings, but only if we're willing to step into a serving role. When we follow God's guideline and trust the process, we help our way up to promotion. There's no way we can fail.
|Sep 11, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Vision Sunday: Brick by Brick
When looking at a structure, we only see the completed product. But if we take a look at the interior, we’d see the interconnected bricks that give a building its form.
God is the master craftsmen whose handiwork is evident in the linking of our lives, much like that of connected bricks. In an epic Vision Sunday and 4-Year-Anniversary message, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. lays out the plan God has envisioned for VOUS Church, "Brick by Brick."
We're all bricks coming together for a bigger purpose, telling a greater story. Our construction points to Jesus, the cornerstone who builds us up as servant leaders and tests the work of our hands, all while protecting us, his Church.
As living stones in partnership with God, our calling is to add more bricks, to find those in need of hope and tell them the good news that Jesus is the answer. By unifying with acts of service and giving toward the vision, we'll bravely accomplish God's mighty will.
|Sep 09, 2019|
Mark Pettus — VOUS Conference 2019: The Future of The Church
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The workers are few, but there’s a harvest full of people waiting to get closer to God. In his talk "The Future of the Church," Highlands College President Mark Pettus helps us see that our harvest field is in Generation Z.
Will the Church heed the call and choose to see what Jesus himself sees — the great potential of for young people? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be out front, breaking through the confusion and answering the key questions of this generation. There is a lot in store for the Church, it’s our move to take on the great opportunity of our time.
|Sep 05, 2019|
Judah Smith — VOUS Conference 2019: I Was Wrong
Today, we've gotten so used to "agreeing to disagree" that it seems completely acceptable for no one to be 100% right or wrong. That it's just a matter of opinion. But if we can be honest, there are times when we're wrong, and admitting it helps us to grow spiritually and relationally.
For VOUS Conference 2019, Pastor Judah Smith’s “I Was Wrong” hit straight to the heart of the matter—there are certain things we say or do that we shouldn’t allow to exist in a gray zone. Whether by mistake or intention, we've all made errors.
Some of our wrongdoings can include misjudging someone based on the first impression, not following through with our word, or failing a friend. And we've all missed the mark set by God, having had the wrong understanding of him and what he wants from us.
Yet, whatever the area of failure, being able to admit our offenses will push us closer to the destiny God has for us. Just as the Bible tells us, by humbling ourselves and admitting our mistakes, we'll be exalted before God.
|Sep 05, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. with Mike Todd & Chad Veach — VOUS Conference 2019: Scared But Prepared
Stepping out to lead can be a scary thing. And that's OK, so long as fear doesn't hinder our progress in leadership.
During VOUS Conference 2019, pastors Rich Wilkerson Jr., Chad Veach, and Mike Todd collaborated on the message "Scared but Prepared."
Fear of being stuck in place, fear of an uncertain destination, or fear of missing out are few compelling reasons leaders take a step back. Yet, when we listen to God’s promises we can rest in the fact that he has already gone before us.
As we develop as leaders our trust in God must turn to action. Focus on the craft and make it even stronger through practice. Seek out mentorship and never neglect the impact our example can have on others. Those are key ways to beat back the fear that would keep us in the shadows.
Leadership is God’s will for our lives. He prompts us to walk by faith, not by sight. So let's prepare by living as though we are already in the place we want to be. As we value our role God will maximize our efforts, elevating us in due time. And that will far outweigh the fear.
|Sep 03, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — VOUS Girl: She Knows
With innovation around just about every corner, knowledge has become one of the most accessible commodities. However, there are still things we do not know. There are moments of uncertainty where we can’t find any answers.
In this VOUS Girl message, "She Knows," Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminds us that in times of fear and doubt, the Lord gives us strength and endurance. And contrary to popular thought, God's power isn’t always shown by our sudden breakthrough, but by our ability to stand firm.
As did Moses, David, and Isaiah, we can remember that God is our strength and our song, even in moments of weakness. He is with us every step and time after time he is our salvation. Whether in our doubts, in our mistakes, or in our thinking we're not enough, God meets us where we are. But he doesn't leave us there.
We need only to be still and hold on to God's loving presence. When a winning strategy isn't clear, a VOUS Girl knows one thing for sure—he is God. And with him, no journey is impossible to walk.
|Sep 01, 2019|
DawnCheré — VOUS Conference 2019: Living The Dream
Have you ever wanted something so bad and when you got it, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be? Many times how we dream things will happen and how they play out is very different. But even when it's uncomfortable, we need to let the scene play out before we give up.
Pastor DanwCheré Wilkerson challenged us during VOUS Conference 2019, with her message, "Living the Dream."
Sometimes we are disappointed by our reality. It can even seem worthless to dream and believe in those dreams. But we need to come to terms with the fact that living the dream is a lot different from dreaming the dream. God gave us the ability to dream and imagine the impossible, but it is when we center our lives and dreams around Jesus that we experience his promises in ways we couldn't even imagine.
As we walk out our identity in Christ, we realize that we have been living the dream all along.
|Aug 27, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Anytime Anxiety Comes
Anxiety is one of the many struggles that plague our lives. Though it may not seem obvious, anxiety can stem from a lack of prayer and consistent communication with God.
In a message titled “Anytime Anxiety Comes,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. encourages us to use prayer as our main tool in combating anxiety.
There are many examples in the Bible where we see how our triumphs will be the direct result of our prayers. Even a simple and straightforward prayer can make all the difference, take the prayer of Jabez for instance.
We must remember that when we become crippled or overwhelmed by emotional stressors, going to God in prayer will be like an umbrella in the rain. Making you feel safe and protected while you face the challenges of the day.
|Aug 26, 2019|
Lecrae — Surviving Life’s Deserts and Storms
"Why is this happening to me?" is a question we can find ourselves asking amid tough situations. We try to run away from the storms, believing that hiding will make them cease. Instead of avoiding our problems or striving to solve them with our own effort, we can go to God to find out what we should learn from them.
Delivering a powerful message to kick off our 21 days of prayer and fasting, Grammy award-winning artist and renowned communicator Lecrae encourages us to run to God during chaos in “Surviving Life’s Deserts and Storms.”
Like Jonah the prophet, we will encounter various storms. Whether they're caused by self-infliction, the broken world we live in, or God's hand serving as a wake-up call, we should never view what must we go through as punishment.
God allows the obstacles to prepare us for the future, to align us with the blessings he has for us. While it’s easy to believe we’re alone in hard times, God is never far away. He is always right by our side. Walking with us through trials and challenges, God is ready to step in as our deliverer.
|Aug 19, 2019|
Dakota Duron — Hebrews: Unshakeable Kingdom
|Aug 12, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hebrews: You Are Surrounded
When we’re frustrated with our circumstances, we may become discouraged in our faith. We can be triggered by simple distractions that hinder us from our destiny. These are all challenges that tempt us to quit, run back, and just give up completely.
In the fifth week of the collection of talks “Not Going Back” from a study of the book of Hebrews, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reminds us of what great faith looks like in his message titled “You Are Surrounded.”
The journey of faith will require us to persevere, and we must always consider our reward, Jesus, who has provided the ultimate sacrifice for us to live by faith through his grace.
Remember that no matter what, we are never alone, and when we surrender, we are surrounded with love and strength. We can look to those who have already crossed the finish line, providing us with valuable examples on how to stay encouraged, push through, and run until the end. We must not back down, but remember God has given us everything we need to keep going.
|Aug 05, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hebrews: Once and For All
In our day-to-day, it is easy to get consumed with ourselves and the many avenues by which our worldly troubles affect us. Viewed through the lens of the law, our sins and imperfections are on full display, almost to the point of distraction. Our faith journey can become burdensome if we turn to the law looking for forgiveness.
In “Once and for All,” a talk from our Book of Hebrews study “Not Going Back,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. tells us to shift our focus from ourselves to Jesus, the perfect one who paid the ultimate price.
The enemy tries to keep us in bondage by pointing out that we can never measure up. It is a constant assault that seeks to prevent us from moving forward in true freedom.
But remembering Jesus is the fulfillment of the law gives us what we need to withstand those old tactics. Staying fixed on the new mercy and grace of Jesus sets in us the truth that our sins—past, present, and future—have been forgiven once and for all.
|Jul 29, 2019|
Luke Barry — Hebrews: I’m Not Letting Go
Everyone wants a better life, but what do we mean by better? Usually, we define better as being whatever's most convenient to us. But that's not what God has in mind.
Diving deeper into our study of the book of Hebrews, Luke Barry shares the message ”Not Letting Go,” the third talk in the “Not Going Back” collection.
Christianity isn't exactly known to make life easy or comfortable. So, why be a Christian if it appears not to fit our definition of better? The decision to live a life set apart doesn't come from a place of convenience, but of conviction.
The events of the Bible aren't metaphors to be applied to life, rather they're moments that happened in order to change our lives. The most pivotal of all being the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. The anchor of our faith.
History cannot be rewritten. It reveals "his story," the truth of Jesus. We must hold on to that truth. While Jesus did all that was needed to be done for us, he didn’t do everything that needed to be done by us. The better life we desire requires us to stand firm in faith and belief of God’s promises.
|Jul 22, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — VOUS Conference 2019: No One Else Is Coming
What if the hope of the Gospel was on the shoulders of a singular people? What if no one else was coming to deliver the Gospel? We are that hope. We are that people.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. kicks off VOUS Conference 2019 by laying the groundwork to this year’s theme, "No One Else is Coming." In it, he speaks on Jesus’ final prayer before the cross for believers to come together as the body of Christ.
As Christ followers, we need to bring the broken home. To complete our mission we need unity but comparison, competition, criticism, and character flaws hinder us.
The Church needs a new narrative. One that speaks of a community helping those with problems, loving beyond mistakes, and caring without judgment. The Church where people can belong before they believe and behave.
We cannot wait for others to spread the good news because no one else is coming. Let us rise to the challenge, showing the world that Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, but rather to love and save us.
|Jul 19, 2019|
A Conversation on Mental Illness and Suicide with DawnCheré Wilkerson and Kayla Stoecklein
In a powerful conversation on life, loss, and mental health, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson interviews special guest Kayla Stoecklein.
Kayla openly shares her story of redemption and hope in the midst of tragedy, the death by suicide of her husband Pastor Andrew Stoecklein. Andrew who, with a deep love for family and a passion for ministry, did not seem a likely candidate for such a heartbreaking end will always be remembered by Kayla for the way he lived and not the way he died.
Kayla serves notice to us all that we shouldn’t allow our secrets to be our downfall, that if we’re struggling, to let someone know. We’re loved and valued by God and he has a great plan for our lives. Through any trial we may face, God’s got it.
If you or anyone you know are dealing with suicidal thoughts, don’t ignore it. Call the suicide prevention hotline at any time: 1-800-273-8255
|Jul 17, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hebrews: I’m Still Not Over It
There are times when we face resistance and situations that we are entirely over. Ready to throw the towel in on our troubles, we can often find ourselves ready to quit the faith journey altogether. In these times, we are challenged to not go back to our old ways of relying on ourselves.
Entering the second installment of our collection of talks from the book of Hebrews, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. implores us to stand firm and not waver in the purpose that God has called us for in “I’m Still Not Over It.”
When it comes to walking in our purpose, we should remain encouraged to see the process through. Since our calling is connected to people, it’s important for us to share the responsibilities with others and stay committed to where God has placed us.
Fixing our minds on Jesus, he renovates our perspectives and transforms our thoughts. Staying in his presence helps us to not get over who he is, but instead to lean completely into him regardless of the hardships as we continue on the journey of faith.
|Jul 15, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hebrews: Superiority Complex
As with anything in life, our faith will be challenged. When doubts come our way, we can either set our eyes on Jesus or return to our old crutches.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares the message “Superiority Complex” a kick off to the "Not Going Back” collection of talks centered on the Book of Hebrews.
We all have a slight superiority complex. It shows up when we don’t recognize God as greater than other influences in our lives. When we don’t place God first. The problem with that is, if we don’t place him in the right order, our lives will be out of order.
To set God first, we must hear his voice, see his example, and be pleasing him. These tasks can seem overwhelming, but we should remember our faith is quite simple. Everything begins and ends with Jesus.
By listening to Jesus’ words, looking to how Jesus led his life, and loving Jesus we confirm there’s nothing that can replace God being superior in our lives. Once we get our priorities right there’s no going back to lesser, unsatisfying distractions. Jesus is all we need.
|Jul 08, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Single and Secure
|Jul 01, 2019|
Taylor Wilkerson — Get Your Joy Back
Sometimes we forget emotions are fleeting and aren’t the best tools to live by. However, we can build our lives on a foundation of consistent joy.
Pastor Taylor Wilkerson of Trinity Church Harlem speaks on the theme of joy in an inspirational message titled “Get Your Joy Back.”
The Bible tells us to rejoice in the Lord always, but how can we be joyful in the midst of chaos life throws at us? We’ll begin to see purpose behind our pain when we understand that God equips us for the journey we’re on. It’s trust in his power to change our circumstances.
When we get discouraged, the prescription to a heavy heart is praise. Turning our focus away from our problems and toward our God in praise, unlocks our capacity to remain joyful in the face of obstacles.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. When we translate our trust into praise, the Holy Spirit restores our joy.
|Jun 24, 2019|
Chad Veach — Conference Sunday: The Place I Crave
|Jun 17, 2019|
Manouchka Charles — 7 Rules for Self Discovery: Joie De Vivre
How would you define joy? Many would define joy as a feeling of gladness or happiness, however, joy signifies something much deeper.
Manouchka Charles encourages us to seek the joy of God with a powerful close to our collection of talks “7 Rules for Self Discovery” based on A.W. Tozer’s 7th rule, “what we laugh at.” Through the French saying “Joie de Vivre” which translates to “Joy of Living,” Manouchka explains that laughter is subjective, joy is objective.
God wants us to find joy not only through the good times, but by being rooted in him, trusting he is always faithful. In order to find true joy we must understand God is our source of joy, choosing to stay connected to him and not just around things that reflect him. Knowing God is our satisfaction means intentionally seeking a place and time to connect with him. Realizing that God is our strength also helps us to find joy in him. Many of us try to be strong in our own power, but in reality are unknowingly walking around broken.
Joy is not situational it is supernatural. It can only come from one true source–God. You’ll find that as you continue to seek God, he will manifest true joy in your life by turning your circumstances into contentment.
|Jun 10, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — 7 Rules For Self Discovery: Check Your Circle
Take a look around. Who is it that you see? Are you surrounded by people who will lift you up or drag you down? The company you keep is a reflective mirror on both who you are now and who you are yet to be.
“Check Your Circle” is the advice Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. gives us in this talk of the “7 Rules for Self Discovery” collection. He illustrates how A.W. Tozer’s 6th rule, the company you keep, is emphasized in the Bible, time and again. Relationships play a major part in soul discovery and the direction of our lives.
Like oxen in a field, depending on who we’re yoked with can make the difference between going in a straight line or going in circles. When it comes to friendship, we can learn a few things from the example of the paralyzed man. His apparent good choice in friends led to his healing, forgiveness of sin, and soul restoration. They led him to Jesus, and because of their faith, he received both physical and spiritual restoration. Sometimes it takes the faithfulness of others to lead us to our fullest potential, and that’s the ultimate marker of the best relationship that any of us can have.
|Jun 03, 2019|
Adrian Molina — 7 Rules for Self Discovery: Find Your Focus
At some point, we all try to figure out our purpose on earth, the reason why we’re here. So we analyze the different expressions of ourselves to better understand our preferences. Along this journey to soul discovery, we also need to pay special attention to the subject of our admiration.
Our collection, "7 Rules for Self Discovery," continues as Adrian Molina speaks on the topic “Find Your Focus.” In this talk, we explore the fifth rule from A.W. Tozer, who do you admire?
Who we look at, what we study, and how we behave are three areas to observe that can help us determine the aim of our admiration. They are all indicators of what we’re focused on.
Zeroing in on what we hold in high esteem can show us what direction we're headed and who we'll become. For sure, we would want all we hold dear to lead us back to Jesus. With our focus fixed on God, he'll develop us into the person we want to be, so we can walk the life he's planned for us.
|May 27, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — 7 Rules for Self Discovery: Wait Till I Get My Money Right
Foundations are important to any structure. Whether a physical building or the building of our lives, a solid base is needed for growth. Foundational work is essential to soul discovery.
Continuing in the collection of talks “7 Rules for Self Discovery,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. speaks on the topic “Wait Till I Get My Money Right.”
One of the building blocks to better understanding ourselves is to determine how we spend money-the fourth of A.W. Tozer’s rules. Many times we choose to not practice generosity until we have a certain amount of money. We withhold our finances from God, trusting in our ability to do more with it. However, it’s about getting our heart right first, not attaining more money.
Where our money is spent shows what we are interested in and where our heart is invested. But God never intended for us to hold on to what he originally gave to us. To unlock the promises of tomorrow, we must release what we have received from God, focus on the eternal and believe that an abundance is waiting on the other side of our obedience.
|May 20, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson and Christine Caine — 7 Rules For Self Discovery: What You Think About The Most
In a Mother’s Day special, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson continues the “7 Rules for Self-Discovery” collection, exploring the idea of what we think about the most while interviewing guest Christine Caine, evangelist, co-founder of A21 and founder of Propel Women, on how her walk with Christ influences her journey throughout her life and with her family. Christine shares with us how our thoughts can lead us astray from God’s path.
Like a train, our thoughts lead us to a destination - either positive or negative. The beauty is, we have the choice on which train we enter. If the train of thought is negative and not in line with God's word, we should let it pass us by. Instead of gravitating towards anxiety and doubt, we should cling to the promises of God, let him lead us to a fulfilling life and step into all that God has called us to.
|May 13, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — 7 Rules for Self Discovery: Waste or Create
Self-discovery is really soul discovery. Self-searching leads to self-awareness. The truth is, God wants to have a relationship with our true self. Not just our projected self. On the journey to self-discovery, it only makes sense that we’re led to evaluate our interests. How do we identify those interests? Examine what we spend our time on. With hours set aside each week for sleep and work, it's our free time, or what we do with it, that determines who we are.
In “Waste or Create” the second part in the “7 Rules to Self-Discovery” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. reveals that while free time is free, it doesn't make it cheap. We're encouraged to infuse our leisure time with value.
Three filters that can help guide our use of free time are rest, improvement, and passion. When we pause to recharge it shows we trust God is in control. Bettering ourselves is not one- dimensional but accounts for physical, mental and relational health. And when we put energy toward the thing we'd do even if we didn’t get paid for it, that's where we find passion.
We must learn to leverage our time because as life progresses, our time decreases. Maximizing our spare time and creating value around it, will prevent us from wasting it and help us to leave a legacy.
|May 06, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — 7 Rules for Self Discovery: Most Wanted
Sometimes life can feel like driving on a fast-paced highway where we've no choice but to make sudden turns along the way. There's so much we want for ourselves that it’s often hard to know which road to take. While time doesn’t slow down as we navigate our many wants, it’s crucial to determine their source, because desires lead us to our life's destination.
Opening a new collection of talks, “7 Rules for Self Discovery,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson speaks on the subject “Most Wanted.”
It’s normal to hope for success. And on the surface, striving for achievement may seem to be enough, but we must dig deep to find the motivation behind our wants. To do so, we can reflect on areas such as our work, words, and worship, all are signals that can show us whether satisfaction in God is what propels us.
Taking inventory is a first and necessary step to true self-discovery. Psalm 37:3-7 invites us to trust in God to find the answers to our wants. As we soul search with hearts fixed on God, we'll find that his promise to give us the desires of our hearts, was a promise to place his very own desires inside us all along.
|Apr 29, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — BC/AD: The Story's Not Over
At times we can feel disappointed by the challenges we face. During those moments, it can be hard to imagine what the future may hold for us, or how we will ever recover from defeat.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. encourages us, when the unexpected appears, to recall the miracle of Jesus’ life and purpose with “The Story’s Not Over,” the last of our “BC/AD: The Rest is History” collection of talks.
Celebrating Easter brings the story of Jesus’ victory to the forefront. Though to his disciples all may have seemed lost at his crucifixion, we know the story didn't end there. As foretold throughout the Old Testament, Jesus brought salvation to the world when he defeated sin and the grave. His resurrection gave his followers the power to push onward with the good news.
The same idea holds true for our lives today. While difficult situations may threaten to cause us to feel discouraged and delayed, our hope is that God isn’t through with us yet. There’s still more to tell. God gives us exactly we need so that his story of redemption can be told in our lives.
|Apr 22, 2019|
Adrian Molina — BC/AD: Only After
The heart of prophecy is to reveal Jesus to us. Through these revelations, we're reminded that Jesus is just as present in our past as he will be in our future.
As part of our collection, “BC/AD: The Rest is History,” Adrian Molina shares his message “Only After.” He showed that Zechariah’s prophecy of the Messiah’s peace, foretold hundreds of years before Jesus ever walked the earth, connected to the very first Palm Sunday where Jesus rode on a donkey in triumph.
Today, Palm Sunday hasn’t lost its significance because we continue to celebrate our prophesied victory through Jesus. Because they're attached to Jesus, prophecies from the past have become promises of the future. Prophetic promises of hope, peace, love, and life all belong to Jesus. We can take comfort because when we attach to Jesus, those promises are then attached to us.
Prophesy reminds us that the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow holds our destiny in his hands. We need only to trust him and watch to see his promises fulfilled in our lives.
|Apr 15, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — BC/AD: Wrestling With God
Through life’s highs and lows, it could be easy to feel the pressure that comes with the decisions we've made. At times, a fight that leaves us downright exhausted is wondering if we'll ever come to terms with our past.
Continuing with our collection, "BC/AD: The Rest is History," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr.’s latest talk, “Wrestling With God,” uses Jacob's story in Genesis 32 to encourage us to take our burdens from the past to God. We can seek him with confidence as we face difficult situations because he's capable of restoring and healing our own story.
In times of desperation, we often reflect on previous mistakes and wonder if there was a different path we could have taken. Similar to Jacob, we may even find ourselves wrestling with God and wanting to fix our past before moving forward in his purpose.
However, it's in brokenness that God shines his power through our lives. God does not want a match with us, he wants a moment with us. And while times of uncertainty may not be enjoyable, they're necessary because they lead to greater blessings than we can imagine.
Scars from the past are part of our testimony, serving as a reminder of God's redemption, and a hopeful future. God positions us to receive his blessings and grace. All he wants us to do is recognize our weakness and surrender.
|Apr 08, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — BC/AD: The Job Titles of Jesus
When studying the life of Jesus, it’s easy to overlook the glimpses of who He is in the Old Testament. After all, Jesus is never directly named. As we enter the second week of our collection of talks titled “BC/AD: The Rest is History” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains the different Job Titles of Jesus.
Titles describe what our roles are. They describe our tasks and outline expectations. Jesus had many titles. He came as the messiah to be the answer to the chasm between us and God due to sin. The Old Testament reveals many titles of who Jesus was, is, and always will be. From coming and bearing the title of the suffering servant to the Alpha and the Omega, and even the title of the great “I Am”, Jesus fulfills all these titles and roles. The Job Titles of Jesus create our testimonies, strengthen our relationship with Him, and give us a deeper understanding on who He calls us to be.
|Apr 01, 2019|
Erwin McManus — The Way of the Warrior
Sometimes we get it in our minds that if we could only get that one major victory, we’d be at peace. Our faith would be on cruise control because we’d need only to look to our spectacular success for comfort. Nothing we’d face could shake us. But even the prophet Elijah ran away and isolated himself after a heroic display.
With his latest book of the same title, Pastor Erwin McManus shared the message, “The Way of the Warrior.” He pointed out that our internal battle with anxiety, fear, doubt or any mental illness can be detrimental to our external reality and our fight for peace. Our challenge is to resist the urge to follow the path our negative thought patterns would lead us down.
If Elijah's story tells us anything, it's that we're not exempt from experiencing insecurity, even after our wins. Yes, it's possible to struggle with inner peace, but it doesn't have to be a sign of weakness. In our darkest moments, the God of Peace whispers that he will fight the battle for us, we only need to trust him. Once we do, we're free to boldly share the state of our minds in community and get the restoration needed. With that comes hope for a new and much better day ahead.
|Mar 25, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — BC/AD: The Rest is History - Before I Forget
Unless you've recently stumbled across a box of Polaroid pictures, or scrolled down to the beginning of your Instagram page, there may be some memories you've forgotten. When we don't reflect on the past, we have a tendency to lose our sense of gratitude.
|Mar 18, 2019|
Chris Hodges - The 2 Question Test
Test-taking can be overwhelming for many of us. There are too many options and too little time. Sometimes the topics we've crammed for don't end up being tested. But when there's an open book test or the questions are revealed beforehand, what relief! More likely than not, it means a passing grade.
In this powerful message, “The 2-Question Test,” Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands preps us on what to expect for the ultimate final exam on the day we face God.
When we stand in eternity, we'll answer for what we did with the gift of Jesus' sacrifice and the resources we were given. Our response to just two questions will make the difference between eternal glory with God or not. It will determine the weight of our reward in heaven.
For the most important test of our lives, the stakes are surely high. But the questions we'll face give us a clue on how we should live daily. It's our relationship to God and his will for our world that are essential to getting the answers right. The choices we make today have monumental consequences for our eternity.
|Mar 11, 2019|
Mike Todd - Make or Break: Sex Can Make or Break Your Relationship
The message many of us probably got from church on sex was just to not have it. Unfortunately, that left behind the often unanswered question of What happens if we've already tested the waters?
|Mar 04, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Make Or Break: Watch Your Mouth
“Watch your mouth.” Growing up, we've likely heard this phrase spoken by adults. But have we ever truly taken the advice?
|Feb 25, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Make or Break: Break Up or Break Down
For a rose bush to flourish, it requires pruning. Removing parts that inhibit growth allows the bush to reach its fullest potential. John 15:1 says we're the vine and God cuts off weak branches so that we may be more fruitful. You can’t produce if you are not pruned.
Continuing the “Make or Break” series with the talk, “Break Up or Breakdown," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. shows that it’s time for some personal pruning for our relationships to flourish.
Sometimes we make the mistake of breaking off the wrong things. We hurry to quit the person rather than the thought patterns that got us into our mess in the first place. But we ought to break up with the fairytales. The fantasy of “love at first sight” or “happily ever after.”
If we want successful relationships, we should skip mystical thinking and odd superstitions. We must get a clear sense of when feelings are in the way and we start to treat love like a trend rather than a commitment. And while failures are disappointing, they don't mean we should give up on relationships for good.
Love is a decision. If you want your relationships to begin anew, you may need to break up with the thinking that breaks them down.
|Feb 18, 2019|
Rich & DawnCherè Wilkerson — Make or Break: The Other Side
“There are two sides to every story.” Sound familiar? In our relationships with family, friends, or coworkers, it may be hard to see the other's perspective, but for them to work we must see their side of the story. Humility tells us it's best we seek to understand before we seek to be understood.
Launching “Make or Break,” a new collection of talks on why some relationships last and others don't, Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson share “The Other Side.”
When we hold onto the reigns of our past we're led to our defaults. We tend to go back to where we've felt the most comfortable, even though it's not our calling. Peter experienced this when he went back to fishing after denying Jesus three times. Fortunately, Peter got to share his heart with Jesus. And like that, their relationship saw restoration. This example proves we should also lend others the chance to speak, to build empathy for them despite feeling betrayed.
Instead of fighting for ourselves, we should fight for the relationship. It may be challenging to shift perspectives, but when we get over ourselves not only can we make our relationships whole, we can make them holy
|Feb 11, 2019|
Jamila Pereira — Book Of Esther: Party With A Purpose
When the weight of life becomes heavy, we forget to step back and reflect on the good things God has done. Sometimes it’s easier to complain than it is to be grateful. On the final week of the collection of talks, “For Such a Time as This,” Jamila Pereira speaks on the subject, “Party with a Purpose.” Jamila reminds us that the victories God has granted should cause us to celebrate constantly. Esther’s story also reflects our need to be grateful and not to remain silent.
|Feb 04, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Book Of Esther: It’s Time For A Turnaround
From childhood, puzzles have been part of our lives. As we grow, we encounter complex puzzles, with more pieces. If we step back and observe, the puzzle of life is the most challenging. With over 7 billion pieces we call humanity, trying to fit together, life can seem overwhelming and unsolvable. But, God sees the bigger picture and is ready to solve it through us.
Continuing the collection of talks on the Book of Esther, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. shares the message titled “It’s Time for a Turnaround”.
When we read the events in Esther’s life, we get to see God’s way of putting together pieces that may not make sense on their own. We learn he has a “slow-fast” timing. He takes time developing situations in our lives to then turn things around, moving suddenly when the timing is right.
God uses complexity of our lives to create a breakthrough. In the context of his providence all the pieces fit. No matter where we are in our journey, we can be sure the Lord has a larger vision for us that goes beyond what we can see at the moment. We are here for such a time as this.
|Jan 28, 2019|
Dawncheré Wilkerson — Book Of Esther: Fast Forward
One could argue we live in a quick fix culture as we’re flooded with ads of quick fixes for our credit, our diets, and even our looks. But, what if we flip the script on what society expects on quick fixes for our lives and do a “fast” fix?
As we continue our study of the Book of Esther, Pastor Dawncheré Wilkerson brought a message titled Fast Forward. A fast is not a quick fix, it is not a diet, or a formality we do once a year, and it is not meant to fast forward through tough seasons of our lives. Pastor DawnCheré shared that a fast is to prepare our hearts to fasten to the heart of God. In Esther’s case, a heart of courage to go before the king for the deliverance of her people.
A few things happen when we fast and seek God’s heart: We get a perspective fix – it shifts how we feel about our problems to faith in God’s word. Our priorities also get a fix, where we put first things first – our time in the presence of God. And, we get a pace fix – we can get comfortable in our familiar pace until it’s interrupted by a fast to hit a reset for God’s purpose.
|Jan 21, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Book Of Esther: Timing Is Everything
Time is a valuable commodity that is shared by individuals of all walks of life. If you stop and talk to different people, most will say something similar - they’re busy. Everyone gets 168 hours a week to divide among their priorities, so what does your “busy” really consist of? Two non-negotiables are sleep and work, both consuming an average of 56 hours a week. But there’s another 56 hours that remain - are you spending that time or wasting it? It’s the perfect opportunity to spend that remaining time working on your passions.
|Jan 14, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - When Opportunity Knocks
God has opportunities for us in 2019, and when he knocks at our door, it’s best we answer.
In this collection titled, ”For Such a Time as This,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. introduces the book of Esther in his talk, “When Opportunity Knocks.” The book tells a true Cinderella story of a woman who followed a God opportunity, going from orphan in exile to queen in the world’s most powerful kingdom.
Sometimes we can miss God opportunities because they often present themselves as obstacles. Rather than taking the challenges on, we get stuck complaining. Or we may suffer from a lack of preparation. In either case we lose sight of the opportunity. Yet, if we patiently prepare for our purpose, living like God’s already doing what we’ve been waiting on, we are better positioned to recognize and act on opportunities.
Although problems come our way, God’s providence makes it possible for his perfect will to happen. Esther may have started off with little but her faithfulness made way for God to bestow her the honor of saving so many. Her opportunity prepared her for greater. And it is the same with us. Though we may not understand it, God uses our struggle to propel us into opportunities bigger than ourselves.
|Jan 07, 2019|
Rich & DawnCherè Wilkerson — 2018 Year In Review
Happy VOUS year! Nearing 2018's end, we mark the lessons learned, challenges faced, and blessings received. Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson reflect on this past year, with the "2018 Year in Review" video, to show us how far we’ve come as a church community.
2018 was a year of expansion for the VOUS Church family. We all celebrated as Pastor DawnCheré preached with "a baby in one hand and a Bible in the other"—our pastors' first child, Wyatt Wesley Wilkerson, was born. Also, we grew as our Sunday services spread across two locations, JDD and iTech. With space made, more people were able to hear the word of God and apply practical lessons to their lives.
The year contained many impactful talks, from the "God Dream," "VOUS Values," "Love Lies,” "Are You OK?", "Worth Dying For" collections and more, that will stay with us forever. Viewing the talk highlights here, we're able to remember how they made us feel and see how much we've matured since putting the lesson into practice. There's no doubt the messages to come will be life-changing.
As we welcome 2019, remember God is on the move and is ready to help us achieve more than we’ve dreamed. Let’s aim high and never stop working towards our goals. The best is yet to come!
|Dec 31, 2018|
Rich & DawnCheré Wilkerson - Scared, But Gifted
Christmas is a time of joy and coming together with the people we love. The wonder of this season is reflected in the carols that fill the air sharing the Christmas story of a father’s love that he gave his only son, in the form of a baby. These carols bring comfort to those who hear them but the irony of the Christmas story is that the first one was anything but comfort.
Imagine a teenage girl bringing the Son of God in a less-than-ideal environment—a stable’s manger. And, next to her, was her husband, who despite the culture’s custom, married her because of a promise that whom she carried was God’s gift of salvation. Many of the characters surrounding this Christmas story had to move beyond being scared from the appearance of an angel telling them of an out-of-the-norm promise of how they play a part in God’s mission for humanity with one assurance: To not be afraid.
Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson, in their message "Scared but Gifted," reflect how that Christmas story of 2,000 years ago from Luke 2 impacts our lives today. That God has given each of us gifts, but we might see them as insignificant because they come in the form of seeds requiring us to steward even when we are scared. Not only that, those gifts are wrapped in unexpected covers – packaging deemed problematic that will take a process to unwrap for the gifts to manifest. But those gifts, as with any harvest, manifest in time. Our part in the process of managing God’s gifts, and working out the packaging they come in, is to trust in God’s timing for them being fully fleshed out.
|Dec 24, 2018|
Sadie Robertson - Keep Running
Have you ever felt as though you are running alone through the journey of life, as people watch from the sidelines? We often worry the race may be over and we’ve somehow been disqualified, with our reputation ruined. In this message titled “Keep Running,” Sadie Robertson reminds us we were chosen by God to keep pushing forward because our reputation has nothing on our redemption.
|Dec 17, 2018|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Walk This Way / VOUS Girl
|Dec 10, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Worth Dying For: No Regrets
|Dec 10, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Worth Dying For: Get Your Confidence Back
When we aren't living out our purpose, it's usually because we are lacking confidence. We make excuses about why we’re not doing what you should be doing. Our inner voice says, “I can’t do that, I’m way too old” or “Wow, they’re great at that. I could never do it the way they do, so I’m just going to step away.” Whatever the excuse may be, lost confidence is evident. What’s left in its place is insecurity, cynicism or arrogance, traits that will hinder our progress and growth.
|Dec 03, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Worth Dying For: Never Retire
Many of us are so wrapped up in work giving us validation that if we were to stop working, we’d lose a sense of we are. It’s the reason why some who retire find themselves at a loss for motivation and are more often depressed, bored and uninspired-even though retirement promised excitement and freedom. But what if we viewed work differently, the way God intended? Our understanding of work would be placed within the larger context of our purpose and retirement would be the last thing on our minds.
|Nov 26, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. with Mike Todd - The Whole Story
Mike Todd shares his story with Rich Wilkerson Jr.
|Nov 23, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Worth Dying For: Is There Not A Cause
|Nov 19, 2018|
Mike Todd – Planted and Undervalued
Every human wants to be seen. We have a desire to know the significance of who we are, what we do and who we do life with, in short, that we matter. Sometimes, we feed that desire to be seen by watching others perfected highlight reels and coming up short, even with the progress we’ve made in our lives. This only leads to a cycle of frustration of feeling underpaid, under pressure and undervalued.
We welcomed a special guest at VOUS in Pastor Mike Todd, who reminded us that God specializes in small things first. He showed us what a mature Christian looks like from Psalm 1 in his message titled Planted and Undervalued. Though God likened us to a tree, he doesn’t plant us as such, but as a seed. And, there’s a process between the seed being sown and the tree fully formed in bearing fruit.
Pastor Mike challenged us to shift our perspective about difficult seasons where we feel buried with our gifts instead of planted, as we develop not only our gifts but our character. That we dig deep during those times to not allow our pain of not being seen to prevent us from producing and when we produce, doing so for purpose and not for approval.
He shared Leah’s story from Genesis 29, a woman neither valued by her father nor her husband. Though God blessed her with the ability to conceive, she couldn't see the blessing of each of the first three children but focused on her misery, waiting for her husband’s validation until the fourth – Judah. Then Leah praised God even without the change in family’s attitude towards her. The same should be said of us – that we turn our pain into praise knowing we’re producing for an audience of one.
|Nov 12, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Are You OK?: Hacks to Happiness
Did you know 10% of what happens to you is directly related to 90% of how you react? Having the right reactions lead to happiness and the wrong reactions lead to anxiety and worry.
|Nov 05, 2018|
Luke Barry - Are You OK?: Fowlers and Flowers
If you’ve ever asked someone for advice on a problem you were worried about, the last thing you’d want to hear from them is “Don’t worry.” With a response like that you might be offended. In the least, you’d hope they could show a little sympathy and start worrying along with you. But Jesus gives us this very same, seemingly flippant, answer to the worries we may have in life. Whether the worry comes from a sense of insecurity or a need for control, he tells us to just stop worrying.
In his “Are You Ok?” talk, Luke Barry shares Jesus’ words on worry in The Sermon on the Mount. On the mountainside, Jesus spoke to a crowd and zeroed in on the essence of their worry – food, fashion and the future – things that, if we are honest, consume us today. He asked the crowd a series of searching questions that allowed them to understand the why behind their worries and compelled them to turn toward the source that would set them free.
The strange thing about worry, though we put so much energy towards it, is that it doesn't have the ability to get us what we want or need in life. While worry has nothing good to add to our lives, it has the very real capability of taking away from our lives. Our minds waste away, thinking of things that probably won’t happen at all, and we miss out on the joy of the moment in front of us.
Jesus’ directive to not to worry is not a call to take the easy road in life and be concerned with nothing. No, he wants us to see life as something far more precious than the troubles he knew we’d face. Instead, our energy should be redirected on seeking first his kingdom and righteousness. With our priorities straightened, he promises to take care of all the rest.
|Oct 29, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - Are You OK?: The Suicide Deception
Sometimes on the outside damage can’t be seen, but on the inside turmoil is taking place. We tend to hide the signs of mental illness until it’s too late. When this damage progresses, unseen by others, it prevents us from being able to receive blessings in our lives and destroys us from the inside out.
Pastor Rich tackles the crippling issue mental illness by opening the collection of talks “Are You Ok?” with “The Suicide Deception”. In it, he explains that depression, anxiety, and fear are common psychological challenges many of us face in life but the state of our mental health doesn’t have to lead to our downfall.
If we are dealing with mental illness it's not because we aren’t spiritual enough. Being unwell in mental health is not a sin, is not a weakness, and is not our identity.
It’s OK to not be OK, it’s just not OK to not tell anyone. At VOUS, we know that God wants us all to have life more abundantly and we are a family that helps each other through the highs and lows of life.
The suicide deception is a lie, and the only way to counteract a lie is with the truth. The truth is when we focus on faith and community it leads us running to life. We’ve got to fight with faith, and sometimes the only way to fight back and exercise faith is to get up after being knocked down. To choose life and discover purpose we have to get up.
Mental illness unchecked has real repercussions - depression in 2018 is the leading cause of suicide. Suicide is the number one killer of people ages 15 - 24. Realize that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you need to talk to someone, at 1-800-273-8255.
|Oct 22, 2018|
Micahn Carter - Pick It Up
There’s an “it” that gnaws at each one of us - that issue that bothers us, but better to stay comfortable by relegating it to the back of our minds, something to be dealt with on another day and another time. It could be an open secret in a marriage, a purpose we’ve found excuses for not being realized or perhaps, we’ve chosen to step over the rubble of what’s left of a life once carved out than dealing with it head-on.
We had a special guest at VOUS in Pastor Micahn Carter who asked us of our “it,” why we haven’t dealt with it, and charged us in his message to Pick It Up. He shared from the Book of Nehemiah and how Nehemiah lived comfortably in the king’s palace until receiving the message about the walls of Jerusalem in ruins.
Pastor Micahn showed us that though the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins for 120 years, they were rebuilt in 52 days when Nehemiah acted with a step of taking the first brick. The unique thing about Nehemiah’s story can be likened to our lives: God uses what’s already there – what’s in us rather than from an outside source. That we don’t need something new to rebuild what’s left of our lives if we’re willing to give it to him, just as it is. Then we can see the value he’s placed in us as he makes us strong at the broken places.
|Oct 15, 2018|
Rich and Dawncherè Wilkerson - Love Lies: Trapped in Offense
On a daily basis, there are opportunities to get offended. Whether it’s in the checkout line or office, or the way someone says something to us, there doesn’t fail to be something to trip us up. The question is, what to do with offense when it comes our way.
|Oct 08, 2018|
Rich and Dawncherè Wilkerson - Love Lies: How to Handle Heartbreak
|Oct 01, 2018|
Dawncherè Wilkerson - Love Lies: In My Feelings
How many times have you sat in a room full of people, yet because of the content of the conversation, you felt completely alone? The feeling of loneliness is not unique to a sad few, it's a human condition, affecting relationships all around the world. Loneliness has such a disruptive effect that it has repercussions for our health, negatively affecting our bodies on a cellular level.
|Sep 24, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — Love Lies: Big Little Lies
We’ve heard many songs of falling in love and having a fairy-tale ending. But what if many of those songs, in nod to another hit, have been telling us sweet little lies. The truth is, falling has to do with stumbling that can lead to broken pieces. And to that fairy-tale ending, life proves more complicated with its detours, to find ourselves in the destructive wake of what we once called “love.”
Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. delved into that concept of when falling in love falls apart by kicking off a collection of talks on Love Lies, with a message titled Big Little Lies. He took us on a journey of King David’s family from 2 Samuel 13, specifically with his children Amnon and Tamar and the lie of how Amnon “loved” Tamar but quickly turned to hatred after a horrific act.
The message was a mirror to how we see our relationships. Do we see them as one thing that becomes so familiar that we forget the multi-faceted nature of those individuals and their intended purpose to sharpen us as we give to it?
One of the lies we tell ourselves in relationships is thinking lust is equivalent to love. Lust is using someone as an instrument for our satisfaction. Lust is about taking something while love is about giving something. Love is an intentional decision – to look past convenience to commitment, past feelings to faith. And that, is the truth about love.
|Sep 17, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — Put Your Foot Down
Stand firm. The message of continuing to carry out the mission even when obstacles arise. But HOW do you stand firm? What does that look like in our daily lives? In his message titled "Put Your Foot Down," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. tells us how to set a firm foundation. When we don't have stable, equal footing in life, that which isn't not difficult, becomes dangerous.
|Sep 10, 2018|
Vision Sunday: Rich Wilkerson, Jr. - "Stand Firm"
With the 3-year anniversary of VOUS Church approaching, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. laid out the vision of the church in this next year, with the day appropriately called "Vision Sunday."
|Sep 03, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. - The Hannah Hotline
Have you ever tried calling into a radio station repeatedly but couldn't get through? As followers of Christ, there's a hotline we can use and never have to worry about a busy signal or hearing a dial tone - our calls always go through to God.
With a message titled "The Hannah Hotline," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. explores the importance of prayer in our lives. In the Bible, Hannah presented a great example of using prayer as the hotline to God. Frustrated with her reality of being barren, Hannah brought her disappointments to God through intimate communication.
When we experience difficulty it's easy to complain about our circumstance and look to things around us as a way to cope. We have to learn to tune out the noise of the world and remain in God's presence because an occasional praise is no match for consistent prayer.
Through Hannah's story, we learn three components of her prayers that we can apply to our lives. First, Hannah prayed from her heart. She embraced the hurt and bitterness she felt, brought that to God and was able to take on God's lens of her life. With prayer, Hannah never tried to impress others. So much so, Eli believed she was drunk in public. But from her situation, we learn that when you're desperate for God, you're not concerned with how you look - only God's attention matters. Finally, Hannah's prayers demonstrate how our prayers should be attached to God's glory. Why do we want the thing we're requesting? And how will God be glorified in you receiving it?
The more we pray, God will either answer our prayers or reorder our priorities. When we are vulnerable, have the right posture and keep God at the center of our wants and desires, we can always count on God picking up our calls.
|Aug 27, 2018|
Lecrae - Joy Through Sacrifice
We live in a culture that encourages us to bury failure and pain. It’s a social media society where escape into the latest, shiny thing along with a desperation for likes and followers is the norm. Pitfalls such as depression and trauma need to be avoided at all costs, even though we’ve all been there at one point or another. But what if the very things we run away from, the raw hurt and pain, could produce in our lives true purpose and identity?
|Aug 20, 2018|
Adrian Molina — Book Of Romans: The Law of Love
|Aug 13, 2018|
Chad Veach — When Life Doesn't Work Out / VOUS Conference 2018
VOUS CONFERENCE 2018
WHEN LIFE DOESN'T WORK OUT
|Aug 07, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Book of Romans: 3 Words We Love to Forget
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
|Jul 30, 2018|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — The Book of Romans: Made for More
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
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"EYE TO EYE"
|Jul 19, 2018|
Erwin McManus — Second Wind / VOUS CONFERENCE 2018
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VOUS CONFERENCE SUNDAY
|Jul 16, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: The Struggle is Real
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.
|Jul 16, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — VOUSTOPSY / VOUS Conference 2018
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A LOOK INSIDE THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH
|Jul 09, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: Eden to Gethsemane
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
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.
|Jul 02, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. Interviews Brooke Ligertwood / VOUS Conference 2018
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|Jul 01, 2018|
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. — The Book of Romans: Confidence From Clarity
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
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|Jun 22, 2018|
Pastor Robert Madu - Get Out
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
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.
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?
|Jun 04, 2018|
VOUS Values: Don't Pass on Passion
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
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
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|
VOUS Values: From Obligation to Opportunity
Have you ever had to do something that you really didn’t want to do? Maybe it was a chore or an assignment at work. Obligation rarely creates passionate, productive, exciting results. And the truth is, if we’re not careful, we can approach the majority of our lives from the posture of feeling obligated.
Continuing our collection of talks, "VOUS Values," Pastor Rich expands upon our 4th value, Generosity Is Our Privilege. He reveals that the act of giving can often be viewed as an obligation instead of the opportunity that it actually is.
Generosity becomes an opportunity when we discover the privilege it is to give. By activating generosity, we take the power away from greed in our lives and give God access to more of our hearts.
|May 07, 2018|
VOUS Values: Louder Than Words
What do you think of when you hear the term, "excellence"? Maybe you are reminded of attention to details and the work ethic of a person. Yet, excellence has much more to do with your spiritual development than you might think.
This week Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson continued our collection of talks, "VOUS Values," with a sermon titled "Louder Than Words."
Being excellent in whatever we do is something we should all strive towards, knowing that God doesn't want perfection but our complete devotion to pursuing his best for our lives. In the Bible, Daniel demonstrates what it means to strive towards excellence. In order to produce excellence, we must pay close attention to details, embrace all tasks whether big or small and stay true to our unique purpose.
|Apr 30, 2018|
VOUS Values: Let's Not Make It Difficult
Have you ever had the desire to do something, but because of your perception of a situation, you felt defeated before you began?
Oftentimes, people desire to connect with a church and have a relationship with God but believe they don’t belong or deserve to have that experience.
In the second week of the collection of talks “VOUS Values”, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. explores the message of people are our heart through a sermon titled “Let’s Not Make It Difficult.”
We as believers of Christ have to do a better job of spreading the true message of Jesus and show that we are FOR people. None of us are perfect, we all have problems and Jesus is the ultimate answer.
Jesus died for all of our sins so that we could have a relationship with Him. With that as the foundation, we can get planted into a church community, not just on Sunday but all throughout the week and truly walk out our faith walk.
|Apr 23, 2018|
VOUS Values: It's Not Complicated
The purpose of VOUS Church is to share the hope of Jesus. Jesus is our message. We are Jesus people, not religious people. Methods will come and go, yet our message will remain the same.
Our relationship with Jesus has to be the foundation of our lives and we must choose to accept his truth by first accepting the grace he freely gives and not basing our perception of the truth on our feelings, friends or fantasies.
|Apr 16, 2018|
Pastor Earl McClellan: What Did You Call Me?
How many of us get turned down and give up at the first try? We want to be first in line or we won’t go for it at all. We want the blessing, but we’re unwilling to wait our turn. In this message, Pastor Earl McClellan shared a story that challenged him, and should challenge all of us. It’s the story of Mark 4 and of the woman from Syrian Phoenicia who begs Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter. When Jesus rejects her, instead of walking away, she insists and it is her faith that eventually moves Jesus to act in her favor. Do you believe that even a crumb of his blessing, his glory, his mercy, his grace is enough to fill our every need?
|Apr 09, 2018|
Friend of Sinners: Welcome to the Neighborhood
Chances are, most of us have heard someone in church talk about “loving thy neighbor.” But what constitutes a neighbor? Is it the ones who offer up a spare cup of sugar, or are quick to invite us over for dinner? Does it include the neighbors we don’t like as much, that maybe compete with us for the most manicured lawn, or are the first ones to put an end to a good party? As we conclude our collection of talks, “Friend of Sinners,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us Jesus’ definition of a neighbor in a sermon titled, “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” By studying the parable of the good Samaritan, we can take a look at our own lives in comparison to the Priest, Levite, and the Samaritan, and determine whether we’re actually being the “good neighbors” that Jesus calls us to be.
|Apr 02, 2018|
Friend of Sinners: Lost and Found
In the continued collection of talks "Friend of Sinners", Pastor Rich Wilkerson dives in the parable of the lost son outlined in Luke 15 in a sermon titled "Lost and Found."
At the start of our faith walk, we are all Jesus' lost children that he welcomes home with open arms. No matter how broken, beat down or confused we are, God only concerns himself with building a relationship with us more than what people would say about Him.
Through building that relationship with God, we have to be intentional with letting Him use us, otherwise, what good is it to be valuable and not used? It is because of this encounter, we learn that when we find something that matters to us, we celebrate it. When we're lost, God pursues us and celebrates our homecoming.
|Mar 26, 2018|
Friend of Sinners: More Than Pants
Have you ever over-estimated someone? Many times in life, people fall short of our expectations, leaving us disappointed, and even jaded. When people let us down, our natural tendency is to start under-estimating people, and expecting less from them. As we continue our collection of talks on “Friend of Sinners,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us how to perceive Jesus in a sermon titled, “More Than Pants.” Our perception of people tends to dictate how we receive from them, and if we don’t perceive Jesus as Lord, we don’t experience the fullness of our relationship with Him. The gospel message is one of grace, and it’s important to remember that Jesus is not just a supplement to our daily lives, He’s our savior. Whatever need we have, Jesus is the answer.
|Mar 19, 2018|
Friend of Sinners: Missed Message
Have you ever missed the message? Like, maybe you misread the date of an event, or misunderstood what someone meant over text message? Sometimes when we miss the message, it’s not big deal. But when it comes to the message of Jesus, it’s imperative that we understand the full picture. As we continue our collection of talks on “Friend of Sinners: Missed Message,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminds us that when we miss the message of Jesus, we can end up somewhere we never intended to go. When we realize that the gospel message is simple and profound, we learn that grace is for everyone, and we start to include others, even those we might consider the worst, along on the journey to life with Jesus.
|Mar 12, 2018|
Friend of Sinners: Fast Pass
Have you ever felt like someone received something they didn't deserve? Maybe high praise, a gift or promotion and you think "that's not fair." Sometimes it feels like those who aren't believers get a shortcut or "fast pass" to God's blessings in life while we try to live Christ-like and get nothing in return.
|Mar 05, 2018|
Love that Lasts: The Relationship Formula
We all love a good story. Our childhoods are filled with fairytales and fables that fuel our imaginations, and give us a sense of wonder. But when we expect those fairytales to become our reality as adults, we can run into some major disappointments. As we continue with our collection of talks, “Love That Lasts,” Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson team up to deliver a sermon called The Relationship Formula and show us how we can build lasting relationships with faith in God, hope for the future, and love for one another.
|Feb 26, 2018|
Love that Lasts: How To Be Complete
Love - it’s a topic that carries a lot of weight in our culture, especially around holidays like Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to be loved, and rightfully so; it’s how we were created by a loving God. Love is part of who we are, and there’s nothing wrong with desiring to love and be loved, but before we can fully give ourselves to someone else in a loving way, we have to consider the first step - being complete in Christ. This Sunday, Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson started a two-week series on love called “Love that Lasts: How To Be Complete.” They remind us that if we don’t allow God to fix the holes in our life, we’ll never be able to give anything to anyone else. No matter how hard we try, no one else will ever be able to fix those holes for us; it has to come from completion in Christ. Before we project unrealistic standards onto someone else, we have to take time to allow God to remove certain things from our lives, repair the brokenness we may have, and refill us daily with Himself. These are the steps that prepare us for relationship, and help us to become secure, healthy individuals that create secure, healthy relationships.
|Feb 19, 2018|
Brian Houston: Dig Deeper
What does it mean to “dig deeper?” What makes us even want to dig deeper? When our lives are going well and we have wealth, or health, or successes, we usually don’t see any reason to want more.
|Feb 12, 2018|
God Dream: Dream Team
Every dream needs a team; a group of people who can help you develop the dreams in your heart. As we continue our collection of talks titled, God Dream, Dakota Duron of VOUS Church gives us some guidance on who we want on our team. There are three types of key people we need in our lives that will help us hold on to hope to achieve the God dream in our hearts; people who are FOR us, that PREPARE us, and ultimately people that PROMOTE us. Find out more about how to get the right people in your life to help bring your God dreams to pass.
|Feb 05, 2018|
God Dream: Righteous Revenge
One of the best feelings in the world is when we hold our miracle; whether it’s a baby we’ve been praying for, a new job, or success in any way, when the God dreams in our hearts come to pass, it’s a great feeling.
But sometimes, the greatest test of our dreams actually manifests a once dream has come to pass. In a sermon titled “Righteous Revenge,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us how to ensure that we don’t forget the real reason for our God dream - others.
Are we motivated by the desire to prove everyone wrong, or can we recognize that our God dream is always going to be bigger than us, and will never be just about us? When we remember who we are, and realize why we’re motivated, then we can pass the test of righteous revenge, and give God the full glory He deserves for the realization of our dreams.
|Jan 29, 2018|
God Dream: Incubation Through Isolation
We all have a God dream, or a vision for our life’s purpose. Many times, before our dream can be trusted, it must be tested. In a sermon titled “Incubation Through Isolation,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. of VOUS Church reminds us that one test we may go through is the test of isolation.
Much like a film photograph needs to be developed, or a baby in its mother’s womb needs to grow, often times, God keeps us in an isolated and controlled environment so that we can be prepared for all that our dreams entail. Even though it may seem tough, when we remember that isolation is only temporary, it’s an invitation to go deeper with God, and it leads to elevation, we can take advantage of every season to fully prepare us and propel us into all God has for our lives.
|Jan 22, 2018|
God Dream: Don't Take The Bait
We all have hopes and dreams for our future. Our lives are a series of decisions that can either propel us forward or hold us back from them.
God dreams sometimes take time to come to pass, but no matter how different our present may be from our dream, we need to learn to not give in to the bait of sin or bad decisions that can trap us, and stop our future from being all that God has envisioned for us.
This week, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. continues our collection of talks, God Dream, with a sermon titled, “Don’t Take The Bait.” As we look into Joseph’s life at a point where he had to overcome temptation, we realize that in order to see God’s vision for our life come true, we have to learn not to give in to the appetite of the flesh. From Joseph’s example, we learn to realize the cost of temporary satisfaction. We can resist the urge to give into temptation by understanding that a little bit of pain now will produce a much greater reward in the future. As we wait for our dreams to come true, we know that we are going to have to make difficult decisions, but those decisions in full context create a more permanent satisfaction as we experience God’s dream for our life come to pass.
|Jan 15, 2018|
God Dream: There's More To "No"
If you’ve ever had an encounter with God, you know that it can change your life forever. It doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 107, God has a plan for your life. When God places a dream in your heart, it can be the word that propels you into your destiny. God gives us a dream for tomorrow to help us face the pain of today, so that we don’t settle for what we see directly in front of us. A lot of us are prepared for the potential of our lives to do something great, but we’re not always prepared for the price.
If we expect to live lives of significance, we can certainly expect to face rejection. In a sermon titled “There’s More To No,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. starts his collection of talks on the life of Joseph by reminding us that our dreams must face the test of rejection. Although it’s easy to get discouraged when we face rejection, it’s important to realize that rejection is often God’s direction in our lives, pointing us toward His dreams for us. By surrounding ourselves with the right people, and remembering that rejection creates resilience, we can keep moving forward in the face of NO, and realize the God dreams for our lives.
|Jan 08, 2018|
VOUS Year’s Eve: Highlights from 2017
The best is yet to come. It’s a phrase that we say often and whole heartedly believe at VOUS Church, in particular when it comes to approaching a new year. As 2017 comes to an end and 2018 is upon us, we’re expectant and excited for all of the new opportunities, experiences, and promises that God has in store for each and every one of us. While looking ahead is important, sometimes, it’s also important to look behind and celebrate the wins and the blessings God’s given us so far. That’s exactly what we did at VOUS Church this New Years Eve, as we took a look at some of the most profound sermons and moments of 2017. From our study of Jonah at the start of the year, to a little flub confusing Jonah for David as a murderer, to some incredible words from our “guests,” who may as well be family, we have had some incredible moments as a church this year. Take a look back with us as we celebrate the wins, and look expectantly towards the future.
|Jan 01, 2018|
Christmas Eve - God With Us
Have ever been in a situation where you needed God? Maybe you found yourself in some kind of trouble, or felt lonely, or just had one of those days where the only thing you could say was, “God help me.” This Christmas Eve, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reminds us of the greatest news of the Christmas story - God is with us. There’s not a moment that passes where God is not present with each and every one of us, even when we don’t notice Him. The story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew chapter 1 assure us that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. By believing that Jesus is God and recognizing His presence with us, we can experience the power of the Holy Spirit this Christmas, and in every season of our lives.
|Dec 25, 2017|
One More Night With The Frogs
In the story of Moses, as the Egyptians are being pelted with plagues, Moses comes before the Pharoah and offers him a chance to rid his people of the frogs that have infested their land. Pharoah, upon being given the choice of when to act on the offer simply answers, "Tomorrow."
Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. leads us to see that frogs actually represent unwanted and often toxic issues in our own lives, and shows us that when we are presented with the opportunity to change, we often have the same response of, "Tomorrow."
We are challenged to take a hard look at ourselves and make changes now rather than later. Don't put another delay on something you can change today. Don't spend one more night with the frogs.
|Dec 18, 2017|
Terrance Wilson — Separated, Sent, Scared, Shocked
Often, when we find ourselves stuck in life, we tend to look to our ability, what we’re equipped with, to find the way out. As pastor Terrance Wilson of Trinity Church reminds us, it’s not in our ability but in God’s ability where the answer is found. Maybe it’s a matter of perspective we need to gain, instead of thinking that our circumstance is a curse, it could be an assignment we are called to overcome.
|Dec 11, 2017|
VOUS Basel: Conversation with Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and Brant Cryder
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. sits down with Brant Cryder of Yves Saint Laurent to talk about the role of faith in business, fashion, and his number one church pet peeve.
|Dec 07, 2017|
Miracle In Motion: Living for Legacy
Everybody wants to matter. We all want to believe that what we do with our time on earth will leave an impact after we’re gone. We build businesses, name children after ourselves, and sow our time into charitable organizations, all in the hopes of creating a legacy.
This Sunday in a message titled “Living for Legacy,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. of VOUS Church illustrates another way that we can be part of building a legacy - generosity. As we close our series of talks around the idea of Miracle In Motion, we learn how legacy transfers our blessing from generation to generation. When we make an internal investment into God’s kingdom, we make an immediate investment that not only affects our lives, but the lives of others, and perhaps others we’ll never know on this side of eternity. When you remember that you can’t take it with you, and ask yourself if you control your money or if your money controls you, you learn that prosperity has a purpose. Find out how that purpose can be part of God’s eternal legacy today.
|Dec 04, 2017|
Miracle In Motion: The Art of Bothering God
Have you ever met someone who just, really annoyed you? We can all admit that at some point or another, someone has annoyed us so much, that we’ve reacted. Whether it was giving in to a child who wouldn’t stop asking for candy, or agreed to do something just to get someone off your back, when something or someone bothers you enough, you’re pushed toward action. God is the same way. This week, in a sermon titled “The Art of Bothering God,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. challenges us to begin to get a little bothered, and begin to bother God. Luke 18 tells the story of a woman who pestered an unjust judge to the point that he finally gave in to her requests. If an unjust judge was moved to action on her behalf, how much more will a just and loving God be moved to action on our behalf when we continue to persist? God is never truly bothered by us. Persistent prayer honors God, and when we refuse to give up, no matter how long we’ve been waiting, God will give us an answer. Persistence produces miracles, and when we learn that sometimes “no” is just part of the process, we can learn to bother God enough to see miraculous changes in our lives and in the world around us.
|Nov 27, 2017|
DawnCheré Wilkerson - The Path to Freedom / VOUS Girl
Home is always a journey and the path to freedom becomes closer with each step. What is freedom? There are some acts of so-called freedom that actually destroy freedom. They hide in darkness, whispering lies that limit our sight and inhibit our hearts. Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminds us that true freedom comes when we allow God to remove our record, our regret, and our resistance.
|Nov 23, 2017|
Miracle In Motion: Consider The Raven
Has anyone ever surprised you? Some people love surprises, thrilled with the idea of waiting for Christmas Day to open each present, full of excitement and anticipation. Others are the type that will raid the Christmas closet and open every present early, unable to wait for a surprise. God loves surprising people, though, and no matter how often you may try to sneak a peek under the wrapping paper of our lives, God will continue to throw surprises our way.
This week, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. preached a sermon titled “Consider The Raven,” where we learn that even in the midst of life’s surprises we can learn to trust God more than we trust ourselves. Worry produces nothing fruitful in our lives. In fact, worry can wreck our miracles because it distracts us from being present in the here and now.
Jesus gives us the antidote for worry, which is to consider. Consideration of our situation allows us to move away from worry, and move towards a place of practical faith where we can sow, reap and steward in ways that produce miracles and faith in our lives. Find out how to live a life free of worry, and full of worship today.
|Nov 20, 2017|
Interview with DawnCheré Wilkerson & Julia Veach
DawnCheré Wilkerson sits down with Julia Veach to talk about motherhood, pain, and perfection.
|Nov 17, 2017|
Miracle In Motion: What If?
What if we learned to value the small things in life? What if we understood the value of being a manager and not just an owner? What if we championed the mini tasks in God's plan? In a sermon titled "What If”, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. reminds us that understanding the small tasks God gives us leads us to the big miracles in life. Once you can do something small for God, you can do something big for God! Being trustworthy in the little things plants the seeds for God's blessing in our purpose. God already owns our purpose; we’re just managing it for him, and realizing this leads us to bigger opportunities and greater trust in God. Find out more about what happens when we learn to give up control and follow God’s lead.
|Nov 13, 2017|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — The Grateful Road / VOUS Girl
Home is always a journey. From earth to eternity, the path of purpose leads us onward. Pastor DawnCheré reminds us that no matter your past, present or future mistakes, the love of God and the community of believers he has placed around us are a constant encouragement to just keep walking.
|Nov 10, 2017|
Chad Veach — The Mess in the Middle
It's one thing to have a great start, or a great ending— but in the middle is where life gets messy. Pastor Chad Veach from ZOE Church, LA reminds us that when we go through a mess, we can rely on God to get our vision, our strength, and our faith back.
|Nov 06, 2017|
Dakota Duron — Yes Man
So maybe you’re a little frustrated. You may be struggling to land that job, make more sales, buy that new home. Maybe you’re struggling in business or having marital issues. You are not alone. Peter dealt with the same frustrations when Jesus told him to cast his net at a certain spot, only to see no results at all in the beginning. However, Peter decided to say YES to Jesus despite how things appeared and suddenly there was a shift. Peter decided to say yes to being empty, yes to being full, and yes to more.
|Oct 30, 2017|
The cross has become a widely recognized staple of our culture. From tattoos to jewelry to fashion, crosses can be found almost anywhere. But when you wear a cross around your neck, or draw it on a t-shirt, do you really know what it represents? The cross is more than just a fashion statement; it’s a God declaration.
In this week’s sermon titled “Posterized,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explores all of the statements that Jesus made final on the cross.
When Jesus died for you and me, he put an end to sin, shame, the power of our “self,” and most importantly, He put an end to Satan. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your life, whether you’ve been good or bad, right or wrong, or even done unthinkable things, when you accept Jesus as your Savior, the cross becomes a declaration of your victory through Jesus. The cross doesn’t just make you right with God eternally; it makes you right with God immediately. Tune in to hear more about how the power of the cross can change your life today.
|Oct 23, 2017|
Levi Lusko — Through the Eyes of a Lion
Have you ever noticed something obvious that after seeing, you realize was there the whole time? Often times we miss things because of the way we are looking at them. Pastor Levi Lusko of Fresh Life Church delivers a powerful message reminding us that the lens we see life through really matters, and even through our own pain we can see God use our situations for good. So what does it mean to know that God can bring good out of our painful experiences? Do we feel hurt because of the experience or do we praise God for the hope he gives us? We’re assured that there is no conflict between these two thoughts and, in fact, God is comfortable with the tension between the two. Hurting with hope still hurts and we are allowed to feel that. Yet, we can hurt with hope and run towards God at the same time.
|Oct 16, 2017|
Church: It’s A Group Project — Together We Can
God has a plan for each and every one of us. But when God gives us a vision of His plans, we learn that those plans are rarely just for us. God’s plans always extend to the world around us, and our role in that plan pertains to the way He wants to use us on a higher level. However, we can’t outwork the plans of God for our lives alone; we need community. In the final sermon of the series Church: it’s a Group Project, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reminds us that rebuilding can be harder than building because you have to go back and face the ruins. By uniting together and preparing to stand against your opposition, we can rebuild the wall, reject the opposition, and protect our position. What seems impossible alone is possible with God as we come together and work towards a common goal.
|Oct 09, 2017|
Church: It’s A Group Project — Divided We Fall
Have you ever pushed yourself too hard at the gym, and your body pushed back? Maybe your face turned red, or you had to sit and drink water before you could continue. In moments like that, there's a disagreement between what your head says and what your body can do. The same can be said of the head of the church, Jesus, and His body, the Church, when His will and our actions don't align.
In this week's continuation of our collection of talks entitled, Church: It’s A Group Project, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explores what happens when the body of Christ is divided against the head of the church, Jesus. Through looking at the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, we learn that nothing is impossible for a group of people who are united.
The easiest way to create division is through lack of communication. At VOUS Church, our mission is for our communication to thrive, so that we are united in bringing God's plans on Earth to fruition, and being part of pushing the church, God's body, forward.
|Oct 02, 2017|
Church: It’s A Group Project — United We Stand
If someone were to walk into your apartment, they’d instantly learn a lot about your personality; are you messy or clean? Do you play any instruments? Is your home welcoming and comfortable, or do you tend to spend more time alone? The characteristics and objects within someone’s home tells you instantly about their character, and the same is true of God. In Exodus 25:8-9, God lays out the plans for His tabernacle, or place of dwelling. Through studying the details of God’s dwelling place, we learn about the nature of God.
This Sunday at VOUS Church in Miami, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. partnered with Pastor Judah Smith of City Church, Seattle and Pastor Chad Veach of ZOE Church, LA for a national collection of talks titled, “Church: It’s a Group Project.” Throughout this collection, we’ll learn about how to find the unique role we all play in the church, and how to bring those roles together to glorify God as one united body.
This week, by studying the detailed layout of the Old Testament Tabernacle, we learn that God is holy, and God is merciful. Thank God that through Jesus Christ, we have constant access to God’s presence and his mercy, and together with the church, we can be a part of representing God’s house here on earth. While the devil isn’t afraid of a big church, he is afraid of a united church. As we gather around this collection of talks as a nation-wide church, we really believe that we can come together and change the world. Together, we can do this! United we stand.
|Sep 25, 2017|
Through The Storm
Do you ever go somewhere and find that you can't wait to tell somewhere where you went? For example, you say something like "I went TO Miami," or "I went TO the mall." The truth of the matter is, when you only mention the destination, you're missing a major part of the story - what it actually took to GET there. Whenever you go to somewhere, you always have to go through something.
In today's sermon from Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., we learn that whenever God's about to take you to a place, He's gotta take you through some things, even some storms. This rings true in Miami, especially on the heels of Hurricane Irma, a storm that left devastation in much of the southern U.S. and the Caribbean.
Often times, however, the "storms" we're going through are just a "passing through" period in between two miracles.
God always prepares us for the storms he takes us through, and He's always with us in the midst of them, even if we can't always see Him; He always sees us. God uses the storms in our lives to remind us that He's in control, to give us fresh revelation of His character, and to give us the perfect platform for audacious responses.
No matter where we're going or what storms we're going through, when we faithfully and patiently serve God through every season, we can trust that our miracles are just on the other side of the storm! Keep pushing through!
|Sep 18, 2017|
Two Year Anniversary: We Can Do This
Life is full of challenges. Sometimes, it feels like as soon as we climb one mountain to victory, another mountain pops up and we have to go back to climbing. It can be discouraging and even exhausting to face opposition, especially if we don't feel like we're big enough to fight the battles we face.
As VOUS Church celebrated its two year birthday, our pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson came together around the idea, "We can do it!" Evaluating where we are is important, and realizing where we've come from is even more important. This perspective helps us plan for the future and step into to God destinies over our lives.
Evaluation is pointless, however, if we can't see clearly. What we see determines what we speak, and what we speak determines where we go. If we view our opposition incorrectly, we will always move backwards, never forwards.
In order to evaluate ourselves properly we must look at our circumstances with a positive and God ordained outlook. This outlook will determine how we see ourselves, how we see our problems, and how we see God. If we have these outlooks aligned with the word and vision of God, then we will always overcome our obstacles, because God is always victorious!
|Sep 04, 2017|
Vision Sunday: Miracle In Motion
Many times, God's miracles are not visible or measurable at first. On Vision Sunday at VOUS Church, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. identified five materials present in miracles from Mark 2:1-12. The first is the paralytic, or the problem that needs to be solved. Problems are a prerequisite for a miracle and are a platform for God to show off in our lives. The second material is men. Our biggest ability in the story God is writing is our availability. The third is the house. Every miracle in motion will face real rejection, but obstacles are opportunities in disguise. The fourth is the critic. During every move of God in the Bible, there are always critics on the fringe. The fifth is our Savior, who always delivers the miracle we need right on time.
|Aug 28, 2017|
How To Pray Like Jesus
Have you ever caught yourself mid-prayer wondering if you’re even doing it right? Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. teaches us that there's so much more to prayer than simply talking to God. There's a certain approach we must take in order to show God the honor that he deserves. We must learn to praise before we petition.
In Luke 11, Jesus demonstrates that in order to pray effectively we should first connect with God relationally and declare his greatness.
Next we must submit our will and recognize that his plans are so much higher than anything we could ever imagine. We must also recognize that while in pursuit of his will, we need to become completely dependent on him.
To grow dependent on him means that we acknowledge our need for his grace, and we must also extend this same grace to others.
Only after all of this, may we present our requests to God, and petition our desires.
|Aug 21, 2017|
Erwin McManus - The Pursuit of Greatness
Ambition and faith are two words that are often considered juxtaposed in the Christian community. We're never discouraged to love too hard, or to forgive too much. But, for one reason or another, being too ambitious can carry a negative connotation. There's this narrative that being ambitious, or having the desire to be great, is something that contradicts the blueprint that Jesus established for our lives. The contrary is true. Jesus was the most ambitious man that ever walked the earth. He came to earth to save a humanity that, in many ways, didn't even want to be saved.
This models exactly how we are to channel our ambition, in a selfless manner that places emphasis on serving others. Jesus instructs us that in order to live a life of greatness, we must first recognize the sacrifice it entails. In or order to be great according to kingdom standards, we must first serve others.
|Aug 14, 2017|