How Are You Living?

This week is the last week in which Venture is learning from 1 Peter in our sermon series. The context of 1 Peter has been to churches living in community with one another as they are being cancelled by the outside world.  Remarkably, most of what Peter has to say to the believers under pressure has very little to do …

Pastors in 1 Peter

Many people have commented over recent years that in the western world there is a crisis of understanding the nature of the church. It could also be said that wherever there is a crisis understanding the nature of the church that there is usually also a crisis in the understanding of the role of a pastor. While there are stories …

Dying to Old Habits

1 Peter 4:1-7 Last week’s sermon primarily concerned the atonement that is found in the death of Jesus. We found out that Jesus suffered and died for the purpose of taking away our sins in order to make us right with God. A life lived by faith in Christ has nothing to fear because we are reconciled to God and …

Responding to Atonement

1 Peter 3:18-22 Jonathan’s sermon for this week put the focus on the atonement of Christ. Atonement simply refers to how it is that Jesus brings peace between man and God. While the Bible has much to say about different aspects of the atonement of Christ, we cannot emaphasize other aspects at the expense of 1 Peter 3:18- that Christ …

Keys to Suffering Well

Suffering has been and will continue to be the major theme of 1 Peter. This fact alone should tell us that suffering should be expected in life in this world. The only variables to the suffering with which we are faced are the causes of suffering and the ways that we respond to it. Most suffering in the world is …

Paid Ministry Opportunities at Venture

Venture is expanding its Children and Student Ministry staffing to meet the growing needs of our church. We are looking for qualified people to join our team and provide leadership in these two areas. Both of these opportunities are currently part-time but could develop into more in the future. Lincolnton Campus Director of Children and Preschool  Job Summary – The Lincolnton …

Submission and Headship

1 Peter 3:7 Austin began his sermon on this passage with an in-depth and detailed explanation of the biblical concept of headship as it pertains to the husband and wife relationship. This is a very important discussion because we live in a day and culture where most people reject the idea of headship in almost every area of life, and …

Submissive and Subversive Leadership

American Christians are mostly accepting of women in practically every leadership role imaginable in our society. However, the two discussions that generate the most controversy within the American church in 2022 revolve around the ways that women ought to lead in the home and in the formal structure of the church. While I(Jonathan) would argue that there are very few …

Suffering Injustice

Perhaps the most American of all holidays is the Kostanza family’s celebration of Festivus on Seinfeld. If you remember Festivus, it begins with friends and family gathered around the table for the airing of grievances. This sketch became a favorite for many people because so many Americans can identify with a family celebration that is characterized by grievances. A lot …

Living as a Christian in a non-Christian World

The term Christian nationalism is very much in use in media discussions about American politicsthese days. While I find it impossible to discern what people mean by Christian nationalism inevery instance that it is used, the term has problems with both the Biblical and historical ideasof what it means to be a follower of Christ.Biblically speaking, a Christian is a …