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!

Beyond the Series: Transformed by Grace

Beyond the Series: Transformed by Grace

God’s grace invites us into God’s family and enables us to live differently. It changes us from the inside out.

I was 14 years old when I received the gospel. I grew from a very insecure high school boy into a purposeful young man in college because of God’s grace. Many years later, that grace carried me to where I am today to fulfill the calling that God has placed in my heart.

God’s grace transforms and dramatically changes our lives. When we begin to recognize who Jesus is and begin to trust in Him, a transformation begins.

Before I met Christ, I seemed very kind and cooperative, but all of that was actually driven by insecurity. And that’s the first thing that God dealt in my heart. He assured me that I am His child: He approves of me, and He is pleased with me. His grace made me realize that I do not have to work for the approval of other people nor fear failure. A lot of people today, even those who are very successful, struggle with these things because these are issues of identity that only God can heal. Nothing and no one in this world can make us secure nor heal our hearts.

When we begin to understand that we do not need to perform in order to gain approval or be liked by people, we start to stand up for what is right. And we also learn to forgive. When we do not understand God’s grace, it would be hard for us to forgive other people or ourselves. But God’s grace is able to forgive and heal us from our past, no matter how painful or big our sins are. His grace also enables us to love unconditionally. We don’t easily judge people, and we become more loving and accepting of everyone around us.

God’s transformational grace allowed me to pursue Him in a deeper way and have a greater sense of purpose. I began to take on life with new vigor after I received Christ. I went to college with extra inspiration and by His grace, strived to live a life that’s pleasing to Him. I approached relationships with loyalty knowing how loyal God has been to me in spite of my flaws. He brought me to that road of intensive transformation.

Now, I have a family of my own, but, I’m still very amazed at how much God has changed my life. And His grace didn’t stop with me. It transformed not just my heart but even the lives of those around me—my family and friends. It is my prayer that their lives will also be used by God to affect those around them.

God’s grace isn’t just about personal transformation; it’s about being personal witnesses of His grace. When God transforms our hearts, we become salt and light to those around us. And when we allow Him to use us, we get to advance His kingdom and help transform a portion of the world that sets off a series of things that affect other people and place a greater sense of purpose in their lives.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

 

Pastor Jon Naron serves as the director of Victory Provincial Churches, overseeing over 100 churches beyond Metro Manila, and is a member of the Every Nation Philippines Executive Team. Prior to that, he served as the senior pastor of Victory Imus. He is married to Let and has four children: Gabrielle, Kristianna, Albert, and Allyana.

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

#TaalRelief: A Volunteer Story

#TaalRelief: A Volunteer Story

The Taal Volcano eruption has left thousands of families in Batangas and nearby provinces displaced, distraught, and disheartened. But as the volcano’s strong internal unrest continues, an outpouring of help and support overflows from different individuals and volunteer groups—in spite of challenging situations.

Volunteering is not easy. It requires physical effort and a great deal of emotional strength. It takes a lot of resolve and courage to actually go out there and help affected families find hope and see God’s hand at work in the midst of pain and suffering.

But it takes an even greater strength from God to help and do what we can—even while facing loss ourselves.

Morris, one of our volunteers from Victory Lemery, has been going out of his way since last week to bring relief goods to affected families in Bauan and other nearby towns. But unknown to many, Morris himself is facing a heartbreaking tragedy.

Morris’s and his wife’s families in Bauan and Taal have also been affected by the calamity. But more than the devastating effects of the eruption, it was the recent passing of his wife that really took a toll on him and broke his heart. He has been silently dealing with the pain while taking part in our relief efforts in Batangas.

An old photo of Morris with his late wife and two daughters.

Morris’s wife, Katherine, passed away a few days before Taal’s eruption; she was buried a day before it all happened. Though mourning and still in pain, Morris braves the heartache knowing that God’s grace will always be sufficient.

Morris is now left with his two daughters and a two-month-old son. While still grappling with the loss of his wife, Morris believes that it shouldn’t stop him from reaching out. He is in faith that God will continue enabling him to help those who also lost a big part of their lives.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

As we monitor the situation in Taal, may we be inspired and encouraged to be God’s hands and feet no matter our circumstances. Let us rely on His grace and peace to calm our hearts as we continue to be in faith and believe for the best.

 

Like Morris and the rest of the volunteers from our South Luzon churches, you can also help affected communities in Batangas. Visit victory.org.ph/taalrelief to know more.

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!