The Year of Amazing Grace

The Year of Amazing Grace

“God’s grace goes ahead of us, is with us, and will stay with us. God is and will always be in charge.” In this article, Bishop Juray Mora and his wife, Deah, share the reality of God’s grace in one of history’s most difficult years.

 

It is a fact that 2020 is unlike any other year. What is your most important realization this year?

Bishop Juray: For me, the truth of God’s character, grace, faithfulness, and even His promises are all discovered in a time of trials and testing. When you are in the middle of challenging situations, you discover that His words are true. During this chaotic and uncertain time, we all went back to seeking our peace in God. When this was just starting, the numbers all looked bad. It seemed like everything was just getting worse, and everywhere you look, people were fearful. It was at this time that we learned to go back to God to seek His presence and find our hope in Him.

Deah: There are actually so many realizations this year. I think God removed all the unnecessary things that we considered necessary. This year we went back to the basics and realized that the beauty of His promise is found in the simplicity of life. God is our fortress and His word is our foundation.

 

What are you most thankful for in 2020? How did your family cope with all the challenges and changes you experienced this year? How did all these change you as a person and as a family? 

Bishop Juray: I’m thankful for my time with my family. When our kids were young, we lived in the province and we did most things together. Life was simpler in the province. When we moved to Manila and as the kids grew older, their schedule started dominating our schedule. But because of this pandemic, we went back to doing things together as a family. We would have our prayer and devotional time together. We got to finish our conversations because no one was in a hurry to go anywhere else. This season really brought the importance of relationships to surface.

Deah: There was a period of adjustment. We have six children, and five of them still live with us at home. Being a big family confined in a limited space, it may sometimes feel like your personal space was invaded. Needless to say, quarrels erupted every now and then. This season exposed what God wanted to deal with in each of our hearts. It forced us to deal with them and run to God. He used this to draw us closer to Him. Because time was redirected to family, our relationships with one another also grew. My kids learned to adjust, tolerate, and be gracious with each other. They also expressed how thankful they were for our devotional time, which we get to do more regularly now. Even my son, who got married in January, also joins us online. It was fun to see the kids play online games, learn new skills, and do several things together. God really maximized this season and each of us experienced Him in a new and greater way.

 

We started 2020 with a declaration that we will see God’s amazing grace. Looking back, what new thing did you learn about God’s amazing grace? What is something new you learned or experienced about who God is?

Bishop Juray: We saw how God’s grace had gone ahead of us. From the start of the year, my family experienced challenges one after the other. A day before the lockdown, God’s provision poured in. It was completely unexpected. My son, who just got married, left the country where they had their honeymoon a day before lockdown was declared. In the midst of this pandemic, we experienced the grace of God. His grace goes ahead of us, is with us, and will stay with us. The challenge is really on our end. Are we going to believe Him and His promises? My wife and I agreed that we will choose to be in faith and build our faith. We went back to God’s word and spent time in prayer all the more. I also told my family that we need to push back against fear. In these very uncertain times, we see fear all around us. As people of God we know that fear, other than fear of Him, will not produce anything good. We have to choose to trust God for what’s ahead and be in faith.

Deah: God showed me that He has been the same. He was just as in charge before the pandemic as He is now. God used this year to put me in situations where I can trust Him more. It’s just like being a bummer lamb before its shepherd. Bummer lambs are rejected lambs. Their mothers, for whatever reason, did not take care of them. The shepherds feed them through bottles. They form a special bond with their shepherds. This year taught me to depend on God the way a bummer lamb would depend on a shepherd in order to stay alive.

 

Some say that things will never really go back to how they were before. How can we continue to declare God’s unchanging love and amazing grace in a world that has just gone through major changes?

Bishop Juray: Change constantly happens in our lives. We can live through the changes as long as our values stay the same. These values will dictate what we will treasure and what we will, in turn, protect. No matter what happens around us, if we can keep strong relationships with our friends, family, and God, we would be able to adjust by the grace of God. That is something we can keep on declaring. We can speak about God’s supernatural power. As people of God, I hope that we would continue to declare the miracles we experienced this year, that this would be part of our “new normal.”

Deah: We declare what the word of God says, not what society says. We know that the word never changes, but the power of the word causes change. As believers, we can and should continue to declare that. In any situation, God’s word is the only true source of power and hope.

 

Bishop Juray serves in the Bishops Council of Victory. He has been married to Deah for almost 30 years. They are blessed with six children who are pursuing God’s plans and purposes for their lives.

Beyond the Series is a set of interviews on topics related to our sermon series.

 

 

In Time

In Time

In spite of everything we have been through in 2020, we are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ again. Our Christmas celebrations in our homes and churches are different and many of us are longing for better days in time. But in all this we have hope, because the Savior of the world came in time for us, bringing light and life to His people.

Join us in the next three weeks as we look at the coming of Jesus through the gospel of John. More than a baby in a manger, Jesus is Lord—Creator and pre-eminent—and the source of all life and light for us in these troubled times. Here is the schedule of our Christmas series:

  • Week 1: Jesus, the Logos (December 6)
  • Week 2: Jesus, the Life (December 13)
  • Week 3: Jesus, the Light (December 20)

Following health and safety protocols, we have resumed some worship services onsite while continuing to meet online. You may join us by checking schedules here.

May we be a witness of Christ’s light and love to our families and communities this Christmas, in order that all may believe. See you at any of our services!

We are resuming our onsite worship services in Metro Manila!

We are resuming our onsite worship services in Metro Manila!

For the past months, we have been unable to gather together in one place due to the ongoing global pandemic. As a church, this has been very difficult for us because we were designed to be in community, and fellowship is essential to our faith. Thanks to technology, we did not have to give up meeting together; we met for worship services and Victory groups online.

Now, with current directives on gatherings and close coordination with local government units, we will resume onsite worship services at a limited capacity in specific locations in Metro Manila. Our online services will continue.

Updated as of December 3, 2020

  • For worship service schedules of Victory churches outside Metro Manila, please check our directory.
  • For more information, please visit your local church’s Facebook page.

Victory Alabang

Ongoing
3/F Festival Supermall
Sunday | 11 AM

Victory Alabang
Victory Alabang


Victory Antipolo

Ongoing
3/F Antipolo Triangle Mall
Sunday | 11 AM | 1 PM | 3 PM

Victory Antipolo


Victory Caloocan

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Caloocan


Victory Fort 

Ongoing
Every Nation Building
Saturday | 4 PM
Sunday | 10 AM | 2 PM | 6 PM

Victory Fort
Victory Fort
Victory Fort


Victory Greenhills 

Ongoing
4/F VMall Building, Greenhills Shopping Center
Sunday | 3 PM

Victory Greenhills


Victory Katipunan 

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Katipunan


Victory Las Piñas 

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Las Piñas
Victory Las Piñas


Victory Makati 

Ongoing
Basement 1 Alphaland Makati Place
Sunday | 10 AM

Victory Makati


Victory Malate

Ongoing
Cinema 4, SM Manila
Sunday | 10:30 AM | 2:30 PM

Victory Malate


Victory Mandaluyong

Ongoing
The Aster Business Centre, Mandala Park
Sunday | 5 PM

Victory Mandaluyong


Victory Metro East

Ongoing
4/F West Wing, Robinsons Metro East
Sunday | 9 AM | 11:30 AM | 2 PM | 4:30 PM

Victory Metro East
Victory Metro East


Victory Nova

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Nova


Victory Ortigas

Ongoing
4/F West Wing, Robinsons Galleria
Saturday | 5 PM
Sunday | 11 AM | 5 PM

Victory Ortigas
Victory Ortigas


Victory Parañaque

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Parañaque
Victory Parañaque


Victory Pasay

Ongoing
3/F DoubleDragon Center West
Sunday | 10 AM

Victory Pasay
Victory Pasay


Victory Pasig – Estancia

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Pasig-Estancia


Victory Pasig – Kapasigan

Schedules will be released soon

Victory Pasig-Kapasigan


Victory Quezon Avenue

Ongoing
Eton Centris
Sunday | 11 AM | 3 PM

Victory Quezon Avenue
Victory Quezon Avenue


Victory Santa Rosa 

Ongoing
The Monochrome, Nuvali 
Sunday | 8 AM | 10 AM


Robinsons Santa Rosa
Sunday | 10 AM | 2 PM

Victory Santa Rosa
Victory Santa Rosa


Victory U-Belt

Schedules will be released soon

Victory U-Belt


Here are some answers to questions you may have for our Metro Manila worship services.

 

When will onsite worship services resume in the Victory location I’m part of?

The schedules will be different per location, so please check your Victory location’s Facebook page for details.

 

Should I go to the physical worship service? 

For now, our onsite worship services will only be open to:

  • Individuals between the ages 18 to 65, 
  • Those who do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, nasal congestion, or loss of taste or smell) for the past 14 days, and
  • Those who are not considered as persons at risk (senior citizens, pregnant, or with pre-existing medical conditions).

Those who meet these conditions may register online before each service. As believers, we know that gathering together is essential to our faith. You may register to attend a service onsite. 

We will continue to do online worship services for those who do not meet these conditions. Kids Church will continue to be available online. Please visit your Victory location’s Facebook page for more information.

 

Are our facilities safe? What is our church doing to prepare for this?

Because we value everyone’s safety and support the government in the fight against COVID-19, we are following protocols and health guidelines. We regularly disinfect our facilities and will do so even between each service. We will also be asking everyone to register online before each service as a means of contact tracing.

When you arrive at our facility, you can expect that:

  • We’ll check your temperature.
  • Sanitation areas will be available upon entry.
  • There will be markers in the hallways. Please follow them.
  • Seating capacity will be limited, and we’ll observe physical distancing.
  • We also have contactless ways of giving through victory.org.ph/give.

 

Who can join the onsite worship service?

For now, our onsite worship services will only be open to:

  • Individuals between the ages 18 to 65, 
  • Those who do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, nasal congestion, or loss of taste or smell) for the past 14 days, and
  • Those who are not considered as persons at risk (senior citizens, pregnant, or with pre-existing medical conditions).

Those who meet these conditions may register online before each service. We will continue to do online worship services for those who do not meet these conditions. Kids Church will continue to be available online. Please visit your Victory location’s Facebook page for more information.

 

How can I join an onsite worship service?

Because we will be meeting at a limited capacity, we will be asking everyone to register online before each service. To know more and check schedules, you can send a message on your Victory location’s Facebook page. You may also contact your location’s hotline for registration questions and concerns. 

 

What do I need to do if I’ll be joining an onsite worship service?

Please register online before each service and take note of these health and safety reminders:

  • Maintain physical distancing. 
  • Wear a face mask and face shield at all times.
  • Avoid physical contact with others (e.g., shaking hands, hugging, beso-beso).
  • Practice proper respiratory etiquette. Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. 

 

What if I can’t attend a worship service onsite? Will it be online? 

We will continue online worship services, and you can join us there. Please visit your local church’s Facebook page for schedules. 

We look forward to seeing you online or onsite at our worship services! Let’s continue to pray for our nation and believe that we will all be able to meet again soon safely.

Add to Heart

Add to Heart

Even in the midst of a pandemic, we can trust God for provision and, in turn, give to honor Him. Giving is a matter of the heart. We give not because we have to, but because of God’s graciousness and faithfulness to us. This is our worship unto God. Like adding things to our cart, we have a choice about what we add to our hearts.

Join us in the next three weeks as we look at biblical attitudes when it comes to giving our tithes unto the Lord through different passages and stories in the Bible. Here is the schedule of our new series:

  • Week 1: The Only Person of Our Worship (November 15)
  • Week 2: The Main Purpose of Our Wealth (November 22)
  • Week 3: The True Proof of Our Offering (November 29)

We pray that this series will encourage you to continue to trust God and honor Him through your giving.

 

Due to the community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. You can join one of our online services on this list.

The Gospel Expressed

The Gospel Expressed

Since earlier this year, we have wanted to grow in our understanding of the gospel and develop a greater love for God’s word. That’s why we embarked on a twenty-two-week series on the book of Romans. In the first part of the series, we focused on The Gospel Explained, highlighting the power of the gospel and the greatness of the mercy of God toward His people. We also talked about The Mission Continues, focusing on the power and fulfillment of the gospel in the lives of individuals and nations.

For the next five weeks, we will be looking at how we can respond in view of God’s mercy. In the last five chapters of his letter to the Romans, Paul outlined how we can live out the gospel by serving and loving others, submitting to authority, and being united as a Church.

Here is the schedule of our series:

  • Week 18: Gifts of Grace (October 10)
  • Week 19: Love in Action (October 17)
  • Week 20: Christian Duties (October 24)
  • Week 21: Welcome Others (October 31)
  • Week 22: Unity of the Gospel (November 7)

Due to the restrictions on gatherings, our worship services are temporarily online. You can join one of our online services on this list.

We pray that this series will encourage you to seek God and grow in Christlikeness. Let us continue to honor God and make disciples wherever we may be!

The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues

Our calling and mission as a church has always been to honor God and make disciples in every campus and every nation. Even with the recent pandemic and restrictions on movement worldwide, we make God’s mission for us a priority. While the world may have seemingly stopped, the mission continues.

Join us in the next two weeks as we discover the power of the gospel to transform not just individuals but also nations. As we study the book of Romans, our prayer is that like Paul, we will seek to preach the gospel where Christ is not yet known.

Here is the schedule of our new series:

  • Week 1: The Gospel’s Power (September 27)
  • Week 2: The Gospel’s Fulfillment (October 4)

We pray that this series will encourage you to participate in what God is doing in the nations by praying, giving, and going. Together, let us bring the gospel to every nation!

 

Due to the community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. You can join one of our online services on this list.

Generationship

Generationship

As a church, we are called to reach the next generation—aka the future leaders of our society. This is why we value building relationships with them and setting them up for success. For the next two weeks, we will be looking at the lives of Saul and David, and how they viewed the next generation. While Saul disobeyed God, did not submit to His plans, and pursued his own interests, David served God’s purposes in his own generation (Acts 13:36) and paved the way for the next generations to succeed.

In studying their lives, we hope that we will intentionally set up the next generation to succeed in God’s purpose for their lives.

Here is the schedule of our new series:

  • Week 1: Saul and Jonathan (August 30)
  • Week 2: David and Solomon (September 6)

We pray that this series will encourage you to see our future with hope as we continue to make disciples and equip the next generation for God’s purposes in their lives!

 

Due to the community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. You can join one of our online services on this list.

Amazing Grace: Midyear Prayer and Fasting 2020

Amazing Grace: Midyear Prayer and Fasting 2020

Our need for God’s amazing grace is evident now more than ever. On July 7–9, we will come together as a church to seek God and persevere in prayer as we ask Him to heal our land.

Every year, we have been dedicating the first weeks of January and July to prayer, fasting, and consecration. To help us study God’s word during the midyear fast, we have uploaded our devotionals online. You may access them here. You may also check YouVersion and the Victory app. Our Morning Worship & Prayer videos on Victory’s Facebook page will continue to be available.

We hope that the above resources will help unite our church in praying and fasting together and in experiencing and discovering God’s amazing grace. Together, let us believe for God’s grace to change every life, family, and nation. We’re excited to encounter Him and His grace in new ways as we pray and fast as a church!

A Father’s Heart

A Father’s Heart

This weekend, we will honor the role of fathers and recognize their influence in our homes and society.

A Father’s Heart is a preaching message for Father’s Day based on Psalm 128. As we study this psalm, we hope that we will have a deeper understanding of God as our Father and be encouraged to walk in obedience to Him.

As we celebrate this Sunday, let us worship God, our Heavenly Father, and ask Him to show us how we can honor the fathers in our lives today.

See you at our online worship services this weekend!

 

Due to the enhanced community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. Visit this page to check the schedules of our online services or follow your local church on social media. 

Beauty in Strength

Beauty in Strength

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we want to commemorate and honor the role of mothers and recognize their godly influence in our homes and society.

In the Bible, a mother named Jochebed displayed courage, strength, and immense trust in God in the midst of a challenging time in history. She did not let fear overcome her faith. We will look more into her story this weekend to understand the beauty that God brings through mothers.

May Jochebed and the rest of the mothers inspire us to display beauty in strength as we overcome fear and respond in faith. See you at our online worship services this weekend!

 

Due to the enhanced community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. Visit this page to check the schedules of our online services or follow your local church on social media. 

Perspective Series

Perspective Series

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, how do we respond as Christians? From what perspective do we choose to view the things happening around us? Do our hearts mirror the unrest unfolding each day, or do we shift our perspective and look to God amid the crisis?

For three weeks, we will look at Psalm 23 and learn more about God’s promises of provision, protection, and peace. In spite of what’s happening, we can find comfort in God—our Shepherd—who guides us, restores us, and meets all our needs.

Here are the topics for each week:

  • Week 1: Provision
  • Week 2: Peace
  • Week 3: Protection
  • Week 4: Presence

As we walk through dark valleys and battle each day in this pandemic, we have a Shepherd who leads us and quiets our hearts. Let us shift our perspective and focus our eyes on God alone. There are green pastures and still waters ahead of us. Knowing that He is our Shepherd not just secures us, but empowers us to declare who He is so that others can seek Him, too.

Let us look to God and encourage others to find comfort in His promises of provision, protection, and peace. See you at our online worship services!

 

Due to the enhanced community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. Visit this page to check the schedules of our online services or follow your local church on social media. 

Join us on Sunday for Unite!

Join us on Sunday for Unite!

Unite is a preaching message based on UNITE714, a global movement calling churches to pray together in light of COVID-19. 

UNITE714’s mission is to unite churches across the globe in prayer “for a miraculous healing of our lands from the coronavirus and a spiritual awakening among the nations.” This is a response against the current crisis based on 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

On Sunday, April 19, we will come together in prayer and believe that God will move in our homes, cities, and nation.

Due to the enhanced community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. You can join one of our online services on this list.

Let’s continue to face this crisis with faith and hope that comes from the Lord. See you on Sunday!

Holy Week Devotional — A New Hope

Holy Week Devotional — A New Hope

In many contexts, Holy Week is traditionally a time for reflection on the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. And in this season where most of the world is reeling from a pandemic, as believers, we can take this time to be in God’s word like never before.

We have prepared a four-day devotional to help you understand and appreciate Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection. The English and Filipino versions of the devotional are available in the links below and the Resources tab on the Victory app.

Holy Week Devotional

We also encourage you to read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Let’s come before God and focus on His unchanging character and promises amidst the news and noise.

We pray that this will be a time where we will find new hope in Christ for our lives, our families, our communities, and our nation.

A New Hope Series

A New Hope Series

In a time of fear, uncertainty, and grief, we can find new hope in Jesus Christ. He is the hope of our salvation and our hope in every situation.

For the first two Sundays, we are looking at the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke. Then, on May 31, June 7, and June 14, we are going to learn about the Holy Spirit and how we are empowered to minister. The Holy Spirit enables us to live godly lives, heals our brokenness, and fills us with boldness to proclaim God’s Word.

Here are the topics for this series:

  • Week 1: April 5 (Palm Sunday)
  • Week 2: April 12 (Resurrection Sunday)
  • Week 3: May 31 (Pentecost Sunday)
  • Week 4: June 7 (Spirit-Empowered Prayer for Healing)
  • Week 5: June 14 (Spirit-Empowered Prayer for Boldness)

We pray that this series will encourage, strengthen, and give you new hope during this global crisis. May God keep you and your families safe!

 

Due to the enhanced community quarantine, our worship services are temporarily online. Visit this page to check the schedules of our online services or follow your local church on social media. 

The Gospel Explained Series

The Gospel Explained Series

Understanding the gospel and how it affects our lives will allow us to have a deeper appreciation of God’s love.

From March 8 to October 18, we will have a series spread over the year about the gospel, as explained in the book of Romans.

The book of Romans was written by the apostle Paul. He wrote it at a time when there was great persecution and conflict between Christians of Jewish origin and Christians who were Gentiles. Through the message of the gospel, Paul hoped to see the two walking in unity with each other.

As we dig deep into God’s word in the next 23 weeks, may we have a clearer understanding and appreciation of God’s love for us. May it also inspire us to walk in unity as we live lives pleasing to God.

Know more about the gospel in our new series! See you at our worship services across the Philippines!

Discipleship 2020: Empower

Discipleship 2020: Empower

Today, a total of 23,410 Victory group leaders and interns in over 50 locations across the Philippines gathered simultaneously for Discipleship 2020! This conference was the first time our provincial churches—from up north in Ilocos Norte to down south in General Santos—participated in the event at the same time as Victory in Metro Manila. 

Since 2017, our discipleship conferences have been about each part of the discipleship journey: Engage, Establish, Equip—and now, Empower. We believe that our discipleship journey can’t end with equipping believers to minister­­­­­. As followers of Christ, we are empowered to make disciples.

To further reinforce the message of this year’s discipleship conference, Pastor Steve Murrell talked about how Saul (eventually Paul) was immediately empowered to make disciples and preach the gospel. He taught us that we don’t have to wait long before we start leading others to Christ. 

When Pastor Steve and Dr. Rice Broocks came here in the Philippines in 1984, they did the same thing to over 150 Filipino youth in the heart of the University Belt. They preached the gospel to them, established biblical foundations in their lives, equipped them to do the work of the ministry, and empowered them to lead. They didn’t wait for years before empowering them to preach the gospel and make disciples. They didn’t look at what they lacked or didn’t know at that time. Instead, they allowed them to grow in strength by empowering them. We plan to continue doing this as a church.

Our recently concluded conference is a great reminder that discipleship is about doing just that: having progress in the right direction, not perfection. Once we learn to empower others in making disciples, we will be amazed at what God can do in and through us and in the lives of the people we empower to lead.

Let us continue to do what we are called to do as a church, and through empowered leaders, see our nation transformed by the gospel!

On a Journey Series

On a Journey Series

Discipleship is about following Jesus and going on a journey with Him and other people. It’s about relationships.

In this series, we will look at the life of Jesus, who—throughout His lifetime—exhibited a posture of following God, fishing for people, and walking with others. He is the perfect example of discipleship.

Here are the topics for each week:

  • Week 1: Be One
  • Week 2: Make One
  • Week 3: Walk with One

May this series help us understand discipleship and encourage us to have a growth-filled journey with God and the people around us.

Let’s go on a journey together! See you at our worship services across the Philippines!

Amazing Grace Series

Amazing Grace Series

There is no better way to start the year than to come to God and reflect on His grace. As we look forward to what God will do in and through us this year, let us remember His goodness and grace through our new series, Amazing Grace.

God’s grace affects every area of our lives, including our behavior and our relationship with Him. As we seek God, may we be expectant of the amazing things that He will do in and through us this year.

Below are the topics for our upcoming sermon series:

  • Week 1: Justifying Grace
  • Week 2: Sufficient Grace
  • Week 3: Sanctifying Grace
  • Week 4: Enriching Grace
  • Week 5: Inviting Grace

Through this series, may we all have a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s amazing and life-transforming grace.

See you at our worship services in Metro Manila or at any of our churches across the Philippines!