Victory Tabernacle | New to Victory
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We’re glad to have you here

How will I be recognized as a visitor?

If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you or ask you for money. Instead, we will greet you with the love the lord, shake your hand and make you feel welcomed. You will also have a chance to meet and connect with our Senior Pastors Sam and Donna Luke.

How should I dress?

When visiting a church you have never been to before, this question often comes up. A general rule of thumb is to dress with humility and decency. On any given Sunday at Victory, you will see anything from running shoes to heels, jeans to slacks and suits, open collars to shirt and tie or t-shirt. You get the picture. When a person dresses out of love for the Lord, the choice of dress, whether casual or more formal, is acceptable to God and us.

What about my kids?

During Sunday worship service:

  • For infants to children 3 years old, we offer Victory Tots in the Worship Center.
  • For ages 4-12, we offer Kids Quest in the Student Ministry Center.

During Wednesday night service:

What about offering?

When and how is offering collected? Am I expected to give if I am just visiting? How much should I give? These are all questions people often ask themselves when visiting a church. What we offer to God is based on a belief that all we have is a gift from God. When we give back to God it is therefore a form of worship. Offering are an expression of our love for God and as such no one will ever dictate what each person is to give. The offerings we collect goes directly to the work we do each day in spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ locally and internationally.

What’s worship like?

We praise God with a blend of contemporary worship music, hymns and dance. Our choir sings during the 10am worship service. We also have occasional special music by individuals in our church family or different choirs within the church, such as youth, children’s, etc.

How do I get plugged in?

We have over 70 ministries to get plugged into. We have a place for you!
Contact our office at 804-744-8881 and let us know what area you would like to get involved in.
Join us as we build His kingdom!

What about Sunday school?

We offer Sunday morning small group classes for all ages on Sunday mornings at 8:45 A.M.

What’s this baptism business?

Water Baptism

Biblical Ordinances

Water baptism is a New Testament ordinance. John the Baptist was the first to preach baptism, and Jesus Himself came to John to be baptized (Mark 1:1-10). During His earthly ministry, Jesus authorized His disciples to baptize (John 4:1, 2). When He was ready to ascend into Heaven after His resurrection, His last command was “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). This is the biblical formula for water baptism. In some cases we find the name of Jesus is mentioned in connection with water baptism. This is not to contradict the command of Christ but merely to show the distinction between the baptism of John and the baptism of Christ. It also shows the authority Jesus bestowed upon his disciples by authorizing them to perform the baptismal ceremony.

What is Water Baptism?

Water baptism is the act of immersing a person in water. Various biblical passages refer to participatent coming up out of the water. Regarding Jesus’s baptism it is written, “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:9-11). The Acts of the Apostles records, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water…and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water…” (Acts 8:36; 8:38, 39). John used the river of Jordan while Philip used “a certain water.” Only complete bodily immersion can be biblical water baptism; a few drops sprinkled from the hand or poured from a vessel is not sufficient.

Who is Eligble for Water Baptism?

Water baptism is intended for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Candidates for water baptism must testify and bear fruit of having been born again. Matthew 3:7-9 records that John refused to baptize some whose lives did not bear the marks of a repentant person. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Philip baptized his candidates after they had believed (Acts 8:12, 36, 37). It is recorded that Peter said, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you…” (Acts 2:38). Each of these references show that it is expected that an individual repent and believe prior to his or her baptism.

Why Should I Be Baptized?

Water baptism does not save a person from their sins – only the blood of Jesus Christ can do this. Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, “…we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7). Revelation 1:5 affirms the same thing, saying, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (See also Hebrews 9:13, 14, 22 and 1 John 1:7.)

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21). Although it cannot save humanity from sin, water baptism is necessary as an act of obedience to the command and practice of Christ. Water baptism answers to a good conscience toward God which is the result of the experience of justification by faith and the removal of sin’s guilt. It represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and signifies that the believer is “…buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so [the believer] also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). It is a public testimony that the person presenting himself for baptism has accepted a new life in Christ.

Who is Jesus?

He’s the Christ. The King who God himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love.

He’s also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being.

Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed storms. He raised the dead.

By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all want.

Why did Jesus come – to be rejected

But many people rejected Jesus. They thought they’d be happier making their own rules and living outside his kingdom. This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it sin.

It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in the kingdom.

God won’t let those who reject the King live with him. So we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.

Why did Jesus come – to be killed

People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing him to a cross. But his death wasn’t a mistake by God – it was a masterstroke.

On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell – so that we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take the punishment sin deserves.

Jesus was opening the way into his kingdom.

Why did Jesus come – to rise again

Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death. He had risen!

What does this mean for us?

So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news.

Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.

Living with Jesus as King isn’t easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever.

Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.

How about you?