The Eucharist and Open Table - Mike Erre

Mike addresses a passage that is often misunderstood: 1 Corinthians 11:27-30. Churches today use it to tell us to get “cleaned up” before participating in Communion. However, this interpretation leaves out the cultural context. In the early church, people gathered in houses to share a supper, and Communion was part of it. In the Greek culture of that time, people ate according to their social status, creating a division between the rich and the poor. This division is what Paul calls “unworthy.” In the verses that follow, Paul urges Corinthians to examine themselves and discern “the body of Christ.” This is a call to consider how their actions affect other members of their community, the body of Christ. The body here is often interpreted to be referring to the Communion elements. If we look at 1 Corinthians 12:21-26, it becomes clear that Paul is talking about the body of the church. Each part of the body is equally important, so there should be no division! The passage is not about who takes Communion, but how we should take it, and the reason why we practice open table at Vox Community.

Storytelling from Sherman and Theresa Pollard

Sherman and Theresa, two VOX Podcast listeners from LA, share their journey of the past years and an exciting adventure they are about to embark on. Disillusioned and frustrated by the church, they began listening to the Vox Podcast and started hosting a gathering of local listeners. While this brought healing and growth, they were also struggling with some health issues, as well as exhaustion with daily life. After much prayer, they have decided to give up their cherished life and live on the road for a year, fully depending on God.

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Posted on June 4, 2017 and filed under teaching.

The Purpose of the Bible - Bonnie Lewis

Bonnie targets the appropriate way to apply the Word of God to those who are hurting. She cites how the Pharisees were renowned for their scriptural knowledge, yet they often poorly applied the scripture. With good intentions, Christians can fall into this mode when responding to the hurts of others with Cliché responses such as “All things work together for good,” “Everything happens for a reason”, “God helps those who help themselves”, “God needed another angel”, etcetera. Bonnie stresses how God’s word should always be carefully used in a way that brings peace, refuge, and healing. This requires us to take responsibility and become “People of Text”, who research verses in biblical context and by cross-referencing. Digger deeper into the meaning of select verses allows us the opportunity to powerfully transform lives.

Storytelling by Sada Arcade

Sada Arcade shares how she dealt with despair in her life. The eating disorder, bulimia, entered her life at age 14. She left a Russian faith-based church that encouraged her family to sever ties with her. She suffered in an abusive marriage. After a period of spiritual wandering, she eventually restored family relationships, remarried, and had a child. Later, Sada had an enlightening moment with God’s Word, and she gained control of her bulimia. After a few years of controlling the problem, she found herself falling back into the bulimia cycle. 13 years later, the struggle continues, but Sada has learned that you don’t have to be completely healed to share the good news of Christ, and God ultimately reigns.

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Posted on May 28, 2017 and filed under teaching.

Salt and Light - Mike Erre

Mike explores Jesus’s teaching about being the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16) and explains what it meant to His Jewish followers, and what it means to us today. To Jesus’s Jewish followers well-versed in Jewish scripture, salt was a picture of covenant. By calling His followers salt and light, He asks them to be a picture of the fulfillment of the covenant to Israel and to the world. He gives them an identity and a vocation that are inseparable. This call to be a living representation of the covenant has been passed on to us today. We believe it, but we don’t live like it’s true. Instead we treat it as an activity we can engage in instead of a whole posture of living. Jesus calls us to be salt and light where we are—to be different from the world yet connected to it—in order to influence it. Are we reflecting the covenant?

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Posted on May 21, 2017 and filed under teaching.

The Beatitudes - Mike Erre

This week, Mike kicked off a new series of teachings, which will collectively outline the blueprint for the revolution that Jesus embodied. Because the Beatitudes were both foundational to this revolution and widely misunderstood, Mike clarified their meaning. As background, the Beatitudes are a famous part of the Sermon on the Mount; they can be found in Matthew 5 and proclaim that the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in hear, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted are all blessed. While many see these categories as personal characteristics that need to be developed, that view ignores cultural context. N.T. Wright's translation of the Beatitudes is more accurate; it states simply that there is "wonderful news" for those who were meek, merciful, etc., because God would bless them. This view stands in stark contrast to our American values, which celebrate strength, wealth, and success. God does not value these things, but instead blesses the opposite: those of us who do good without recognition, the humble, the grieving, those who await God's remedy of injustice. In short, Jesus' revolution begins with those on the bottom of the American "ladder."

Storytelling by Kali Echaves

Kali Echaves shares with us how she found God’s grace as she was fighting anxiety, depression and physical health issues. Her anxiety had become so severe that she felt hunted by God; she couldn’t even read the Bible, sing praise songs, or go to church. As she was going through a painful process of therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes, all she could do was to pray to God for His mercy. One day, she realized that God sees her and meets with her exactly where she is.

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Posted on May 14, 2017 and filed under teaching.

Suffer With Me - Ronny Roa

Ronny Roa joins us this weekend and offers an emphatic teaching on how the Bible presents the posture of suffering and pain.  While the church should be the safest place to talk about anything, often many folks are afraid to express that for whatever reason God is not answering prayer and they feel left high and dry.  Ronny shows us how Jesus shared suffering with his apostles and encourages us to offer ourselves to each other to carry the weight of our struggles.  

Story by Bria Madrid

Bria shares about her journey as a young Christian, pushed outside the box of the expectation of a "good" Christian life.  She shares her tension with making friends at a Christian college, involvement in drug use as a late teen and her wrestle with relationships and sexual activity.

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Posted on May 7, 2017 and filed under teaching.

Naked and Unashamed - Bonnie Lewis

This week, Bonnie Lewis walks us through the practice of burnt offering described in Leviticus 1—specifically, the custom of skinning the sacrificial animals. The skinning, unique to the Israelites’ offering, carries significance because it represents being discovered by God while naked. In Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve sinned and found themselves naked, God did not just expel them from the garden; He provided a garment for them and clothed them. In the New Testament, Jesus uses this imagery and language from the offering in the tabernacle when he teaches us to not worry about clothes because he will provide us with what we need. The key is, unlike in the Old Testament, in which the Israelites were commanded to bring offerings to make atonement for sin, Jesus shows us a new covenant where there are no more sacrifices to be made. Jesus saw us beautiful while we were still sinners and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice.

Posted on April 30, 2017 and filed under teaching.

After the Resurrection - Mike Erre

Mike’s teaching today illustrated that there is room for all of us in God’s kingdom…those who fail, those who are full of doubt and even those of us who miss the point God is trying to make in our lives. The basis of his teaching was in the book of John, chapter 20, where it gives an account of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, especially centering on His follower’s various weaknesses at that time. Mike talked about how these devotees were grieving, doubting and even leaving the city. Even though these eyewitnesses had actually walked and talked with Him, they were still in process regarding their faith. Still, Jesus served them and treated them with love, not rebuking them for their fears, doubts, or wherever they were in their process. The point is that sometimes our own journey with God also gives way to a lack of faith and understanding, but He is there to love and comfort us no matter where we are.

Posted on April 23, 2017 and filed under teaching.

Palm Sunday

While Pilate was arriving on the coast with his army, Jesus rode in to the city on a donkey in the east. This story is filled with subversion, desperation, and expectation. To best consider the symbolism of Palm Sunday we MUST consider the political context of the Jewish and Roman tension.

Posted on April 9, 2017 and filed under teaching.

Evidence for the Resurrection

In this Vox Community message, Mike Erre provides Bible an external evidence to support the reality of Christ's resurrection. He presents numerous facts upon which many secular scholars and Christian scholars agree. He advances the evidence with additional supportive points. Rebuttal is provided for some alternative perspectives/theories held by some resurrection skeptics. Then, through personal application of this resurrection message, we find that the resurrection provides us immense hope for now, and later.

Questions from our Q&A:
1. “How do we follow the command to honor the elderly as we would our parents, when parents may have been highly abusive or estranged?”
2. “What steps are being taken by VOX to equip us to be missional?”
3. “What resources are there to reach friends who are atheist or agnostic?”

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Posted on April 2, 2017 and filed under teaching.

The Church Must Captivate the Generations - VOX Core Convictions

In a culture obsessed with youthfulness, we've watched the recent era of the church follow suite. When we observe the early jewish culture, to grow old was seen as victory and achievement. Also, the elderly was expected to pass on wisdom. In addition, the youth honored the elderly, and was given permission to fail and seek wisdom. At VOX, our hope is that we would be contrary to our cultures obsession with youth, and turn two generations opposed to each other toward love, grace, and unity for the sake of generations to follow.

Story by Nate Carson

Nate offers a word piece that shows us his journey though Christian life and questioning it all.

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Posted on March 26, 2017 and filed under teaching.