The sermons listed on this page are presented each week at the Vineyard Church of Federal Way. Our pastors Dr. Gary Georgeson, and Jared Paxton, are powerful, bible-based teachers who bring God's truth to life each week with down-to-earth dialogue, inspiring illustrations, practical applications and even a little humor. Listen and be transformed by the Word of God.
In this message, Pastor Jared continues "The Upside-Down Life" series with Matt. 5:4 "God blessed those who mourn, for they will be comforted." In the “Upside Down Life”, Jesus is talking about mourning as something different, mourning that changes us from the inside out, mourning that leads to blessing and to comfort.
09.09.18 This message is the first in a NEW sermon series based on the Beatitudes titled, "The Upside Down Life: How Following God Means Living Life Upside Down". Not sure what that means?Throughout this series, we will discover Jesus’ surprising but clear directions for having a blessed life (and who doesn't want that!).
09.02.18 Everyone faces storms in life that can be painful or difficult. Occasionally a big storm comes at us that destroys everything we have built. In this message, Pastor Gary speaks on the parable of the two builders (Matt 7). In this simple parable is the secret to 'Building an Unbreakable Life'.
Jesus Mission of Mercy
08.26.18 - In this message, Pastor Gary shares some profound truths about Jesus' mission to the world. In Luke 4:14-30, Jesus announces this mission to his hometown crowd, and gets a surprising reaction. What is your reaction to Jesus’ mission? As you listen you’ll have a chance to contemplate this question.
08.19.18 - What would you do if you found a priceless treasure in a field? In this message, Pastor Gary shares about a man who discovers a treasure, what he does in response, and why he does it.
08.12.18 Today we welcomed our friend and ordained Vineyard pastor, Rick McDaniel, as our guest speaker. Rick is a retired pastor of several Vineyard Churches, continues to support the Vineyard NW Region with leadership and training, and currently works as a Vineyard Spiritual Director.
08.05.18 In this message, Pastor Gary preaches out of 1 John 4:16 and Luke 7 as he helps us discover anew how to understand and respond to God’s love. Falling in love with God and then living a life of love is foundational to our faith. Listen today and open your heart to God’s Word and His invitation.
07.29.18 - In this message, Pastor Jared wraps up our sermon series through the book of Job. Repentance and forgiveness are today’s themes as we will look at how God restores Job from all his sufferings and allows him to experience freedom and renewed blessing in his life.
07.22.18 - The story of Job can be hard to read. Job endures incredible suffering, more than most of us will endure in a lifetime. In this message, we will discover the final outcome of Job’s suffering. What was it good for? Does it have any value? Does the suffering in your life right now have value? What would the greatest possible outcome be of the suffering you are experiencing right now? Keep this question (and the answer you came up with) in mind as you listen to this message. You may be surprised by the outcome of Job’s suffering. And. God may show you something about what He is doing in your life as well
07.15.18 - Throughout the book of Job, we see him in anguish and frustration as he questions God, accusing Him of striking him with affliction and not caring about his suffering. Can you relate to Job’s frustration and hurt at God’s seeming lack of care? Do you ever lashed out at God when your prayers go unanswered? In this message, Pastor Gary will reveal what the Lord says when he finally speaks to Job. Job is hoping for a clear answer to the “why” of his suffering. But God’s surprising response takes Job in a whole new direction.
Listen and discover how the Lord’s answer to Job can help you face your struggles with more peace and trust in your Almighty God.
We all want to encourage our loved ones when they are suffering. But it can be easy to say or do the wrong thing. In this message, as Pastor Gary continues through the book of Job (ch 4-7), we see how Job's well-meaning friends try to help him in the midst of his painful circumstances. We’ve all been there – on both sides of suffering. Let’s learn from God’s Word how to truly support one another.
07.01.18 - In this message, we continue in in the book of Job, as Pastor Jared explores chapter 3. In the safety of his friends, Job gets real and his honesty about his struggles is something we can all relate to. What we see is that his view of God directly influences his response to his pain. How do you respond to God when under stress? This is the theme of this powerful message.
Faith Tested by Suffering
o6.24.18 - In this message, Pastor Gary kicks off a new Sermon Series titled “Life Lessons from the Book of Job”. Chapters 1 & 2 tell the story of the many devastating losses that God allows Job to experience in his life. Job’s response to these losses is astonishing, especially to those around him. But, more importantly, his reaction can teach us about our own trust in God during difficult times.
06.17.18 - An important part of the Christian life is deeply seeking a father/child relationship with the Lord. But how do we do this ? On this Fathers’ Day, Pastor Gary looks at moments from the life of Jesus, which teach us how we can respond to, and pursue, our Father in Heaven.
06.03.18 - A few of the apostle Paul's statements, when taken out of context, have caused some to mistakenly regard him as a misogynist ("a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women"). Paul speaks to this issue in Romans 16, which is the chapter that Pastor Gary focuses on in this message.
So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.(Romans 15:17)
05.27.18 - Have you ever been so excited about something that everything you say is encouraging, or inspiring to others? In this message, Pastor Jared will look at why Paul wrote the letter to the Romans, and how his message can encourage us, inspire us, and empower us towards our mission.
05.20.18 - Pastor Gary continues with our series on Romans, this week addressing Romans chapter 14. The issue at hand in Romans 14 is the matter of personal convictions. Individual Christians will often disagree over matters of what a believe is at liberty to do. Should Christians worry about what they eat? Is drinking alcohol a sin? What about dancing or R-rated movies? Paul gives us God's perspective on these and other "touchy subjects" in this insightful chapter.
Jesus calls her “a woman of great faith”. She’s a mother. Her child is in trouble. She is desperate as she cries out, “Lord, help me!”. In this message, Pastor Gary will tell the story of this mother, which we find in Matthew, chapter 15. Her story is an encouragement to every mother who prays desperate prayers and longs to see God’s miraculous answers.
God & Government
05.06.18 - Does God care about how you respond to authority? In this message, Pastor Gary look sat Romans 13 and reveals what God says about how Christians should view the government and our leaders. In our current political climate, this message is more applicable than ever!
04.29.18 - All of us have difficult relationships. All of us feel mistreated or hurt by others at times. In this message, Pastor Gary will unpack this surprising truth: It’s okay to get back at your enemies. Really? Is that what the bible says? Listen and find out.
04.22.18 - Loving the way Jesus calls us to love, while dealing with our sin and evil thoughts and desires, is a REAL challenge. In this message, Pastor Jared will continue our journey through the book of Romans, and help us discover how to love authentically and combat the evils we face.
04.16.18 - In this message, Pastor Gary helps us discover that not only has God poured out His grace on us, but He has also given us unique spiritual gifts. There is nothing more thrilling, more joyful, more meaningful, more fulfilling than to use the unique gifts given to you for God’s purposes in His kingdom. Listen and get a clearer picture of the unique gifts given to you, and how you can use your gifts in the eternal unfolding of God’s glory.
04.08.18 - This message continues with our series through the Book of Romans. Pastor Gary teaches from Chapter 12, which is the major turning point of this letter. Previously, Paul has taught us why we need a Savior and how to accept Him. In this talk, we will learn, on a practical level, how to live out our salvation and worship God with our daily lives.
04.01.18 - We all can experience disappointments in life that cause us to get off track. In this Easter message, Pastor Gary leads us through the story of two followers of Jesus who had lost all hope after He died on the cross. But, Jesus had a surprising plan that day to turn them around. Let God speak to you through the words and actions of Jesus, who gave His life for you.
03.25.18 - When you imagine a King coming to town, how do you picture it? Today, Pastor Jared will take a look at John chapter 12, the narrative of Jesus, our King, entering Jerusalem. There are two different stories at work here. Listen and decide which one you would like to be a part of.
03.18.18 - This message, by Pastor Gary, addresses something we all face in life – Suffering. Why do God's children suffer? What do we do when answers to prayer don't come? Romans Chapter 8, one of the most profound chapters in the Bible, has answers to these questions. Listen today for the Lord’s Word to you about His wonderful purpose and glorious promise in suffering.
03.11.18 - Have you ever tried to change something about yourself, like a bad habit or unhealthy behavior? It’s difficult to do, isn't it? In this message, Pastor Gary continues our series through the book of Romans, using Romans 8 to help you rediscover the unique Gift that God gives Christians. How does this precious Gift work? Listen and find out how can you use it to get free and stay free of your old nature!
03.04.18 - Believe it or not, freedom is not being free to do what you want. True freedom is much different and much more fulfilling. In this message from Romans, chapter 6, the Apostle Paul reveals the secret to a life of true freedom. Listen and out how the choices you make every day can either hinder or enable you to walk in true freedom in your life.
02.25.18 - In this message, Pastor Gary continues with the sermon series through the book of Romans. Open your bible to Romans, chapter 5, and listen as Paul reflects on the incredible joy that is ours because of our salvation through Jesus Christ. Open your heart and let the Holy Spirit bring this truth alive for you today.
What Makes You Right With God?
02.18.18 - Romans 4 tells us that Abraham discovered what made him right with God. Was it his good deeds or something else? In this message, Pastor Jared will answer the question, “What Makes You Right with God?” and journey with you by looking at the importance of faith in your life.
02.11.18 - In the last message, in Romans 1:18-3:20, we heard the Bad News: We are completely, and totally lost, and unable to do anything about it. In this message, from Romans 3:21-31, we hear the Good News: God has paid the price and miraculously rescued us from the destruction ahead. Listen with an open heart as Pastor Gary describes what Jesus has done for us to make us Righteous!
02.04.18 - In this message, Pastor Gary continues in our series on Romans by looking at Romans 1:18 – Romans 2. In these passages, Paul communicates some pretty bad news; bad news that is true for each of us. This harsh truth is very hard to face, but it holds HOPE for us. Let’s go on this journey with Paul and see where God’s unsettling message takes us. Buckle up. It’s a wild ride.
01.28.18 - Today we start a new sermon series based the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. Pastor Gary will introduce this book and its central message of salvation that is offered to us by the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book is a masterpiece. Today we begin the journey to discover its depths.
01.21.18 Do you ever struggle to believe God's future promises, especially when your life situation seems to point to just the opposite? In this message, from Jeremiah 32, Pastor Gary shares about living by faith when you feel trapped in difficult and even impossible circumstances. Listen with an open heart and be ready to discover how God works in your life to build your "Field of Dreams".
01.14.18 - Have you ever felt the struggle to keep silent when you felt God’s Spirit urging you to speak up? In this powerful message, Assistant Pastor Jared continues our series from the book of Jeremiah with a story from chapter 20 about the prophet’s own inner struggle to hold back. He describes a fire in his heart that burns to get out. Be inspired today by Jeremiah to be a bearer of God’s message to those around you!
01.07.18 - Pastor Gary Georgeson - In this message, we return to our series in the book of Jeremiah and look at God’s promise of a New Covenant – a Covenant that completely transforms our relationship with Him. God put it all on the line so you could personally know and love Him forever! Let God’s Word prepare your heart for receiving Communion today, as your response to this message.
12.31.17 - On this New Year’s Eve Sunday, it is the perfect opportunity for us to stop and consider what God says about ‘Time.’ There is an important Biblical reason why the passage of time always seems to surprise us. Listen to this message by Pastor Gary Georgeson and find out ‘Why Time Flies.’ It will help you prepare your heart for a truly Happy New Year!
12.24.17 - In thie fourth Advent sermon, Pastor Gary Georgeson shares about the Peace with God that Jesus offers us, followed by the journey of peace that we partake throughout our lives. The Prince of Peace has come. Will you receive Him?
12.17.17 - In this third message of Advent, Pastor Gary Georgeson shares an animated and illustrated, original poem followed by a message to help you to "feel the Joy" - a true JOY that is like no other. This Joy is for you today and the Lord is here to impart this Joy to all who will receive it.
12.10.17 - In this second message of Advent, Pastor Jared Paxton will focus on the truth of John 3:16, and bring the Christmas story alive by highlighting the moments when characters in the story encounter the transforming LOVE of God. You are encouraged to listen with your heart and be open to the Lord encountering you with His ever-present, transforming love.
Jesus Christ Our HOPE
12.03.17 - ‘Hope’ is traditionally the theme of the first Sunday in Advent, the Christian 4-week celebration of Jesus’ coming! In this message, your are encouraged to answer this question: What Hope has God given me for my life today? In addition, Pastor Gary Georgeson shares from the Bible on how Jesus transforms our lives with sure and lasting Hope.
11.26.17 - In this message, from Jeremiah 17, Pastor Gary Georgeson shares a profound lesson about trusting in God, using the simple comparison of two trees. Both children and adults can learn from this valuable message. It is simple, but when applied, this truth will change your life.
11.19.17 Are you getting knocked around and pressed upon from all sides? Do ever feel your life direction is totally up to you, and that God is far away from the things that you really face? This bible message tells us that just the opposite is true. God is intimately at work forming His vision of your life and calling, through every challenge and opportunity you face. Open your heart and mind to God’s voice, as Pastor Gary Georgeson shares this message, the 2nd message in the ‘Jeremiah the Prophet’ series.
The Calling of Jeremiah
11.12.17 - “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5) God spoke these words into the heart of Jeremiah and they forever changed his world. The saga of Jeremiah’s calling has all the twists and turns, intrigue and drama of a Hollywood movie. It’s a story you will not forget; a story you can relate to. You may even see yourself in this story. Pastor Jared Paxton shares this first message in the sermon series on "The Life of Jeremiah." Enjoy.
11.05.17 - Life is difficult, right? Life has the ability to overwhelm us, and leave us frustrated or discouraged. However, the Bible teaches an amazing secret about “a continuous feast” that God offers that will sustain us in joy every single day of our lives. In this message, Pastor Gary Georgeson will share this amazing secret.
10.29.17 - In this inspiring message, Dr. Rose Madrid-Swetman shares about her life journey, which has been filled with great difficulty, sorrow and illness as well as healing and triumph. Her message is one of hope in the faithfulness of the Lord, even in the midst of life's challenges and suffering.
10.22.17 - This is the 7th and final sermon in our “Everyone Gets to Play” Fall Series. As part of this message, Pastor Jared will be answering the question, “What is the future of the Vineyard Church of Federal Way?” If the answer to this question is important to you, then listen up as Jared shares openly and passionately about God’s plan for what lies ahead for us
10.15.17 - Across the globe, The Vineyard is known for its expression of intimate, powerful, and values-rich worship music. But in order to fully experience true worship as God intends it, it is important for each of us to answer the question, “Why do I worship?” In this message, Pastor Gary will address this question and help each of us to embrace the answer, so that we can more fully experience Christ’s reality in worship – healed by His love, refreshed by His presence, and empowered by His Spirit.
10.08.17 - In Scripture, we see that God has a special place in His heart for the poor. Reminding us of the call to care for the impoverished among us, Jesus spoke words that challenge us today: …”Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me.” In this message, Pastor Gary will share how the Vineyard movement, and specifically our church, responds to this call. You will also learn how each of us can be the hands and feel of Jesus to those most in need.
10.01.17 - In this fourth message of the "Everyone Gets to Play" sermon series, Pastor Gary Georgeson gives us a picture of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and explains what it really means to walk in the Spirit. This message and it's truths are critical to the Christian faith. Listen, learn, be empowered.
09.24.17 - Have you read the bible and wondered, "When do I get to do this stuff, the amazing "God" stuff of the bible?" In the Vineyard we believe that's what we get to do, no matter what season of life you might be in. We call this "Everyone gets to play". In this message, Pastor Jared Paxton teachs out of John 14 and reveals how you can "get into the game" in God's playground. Everyone Gets to Play, which means YOU.
09.17.17 - What do you think of when Jesus says, "The Kingdom of God"? Do you think of The Church? Heaven? Christianity? When Jesus announced the coming of God's Kingdom, He had something specific - and absolutely amazing - in mind! Listen and here what Jesus came to do, and calls you to do - above everything else. This second message in the "Everyone Get's To Play" series will inspire you, challenge you, and might even change your life!
09.10.17 - In this message, the Lord will take you on a journey to discover where the Vineyard has come from and where we are going. Listen and hear the story of the people who sparked the flame that led to...supernatural healings, authentic encounters with God, new intimacy in worship, and a spirit-filled revival that has impacted the Christian Church around the world to this day. Let's find out where we come from and who we are as a body of believers. Let's uncover the unique qualities that God placed in the Vineyard (our DNA) from the start. And, let's learn from our rich heritage as we seek to be the people and church that God has called us to be.
09.03.17 - On the night before he was crucified, Jesus exhorted his disciples: "A new commandment I give to you: Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34). "As I have loved you"....This begs the question: How did Jesus actually love us? In this message, Pastor Gary unpacks this question as he helps us to understand and live out this “wonderfully impossible” invitation.
08.27.17 - Pastor Jared Paxton - In this message Pastor Jared Paxton shares about God’s view of diversity, which can be very different from our own. Listen and discover God’s heart for our divided world and learn how you can convey His heart in your own life, relationships and circumstances.
08.20.17 - Pastor Gary Georgeson - The ugly bigotry and violence in Charlottesville, the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, the escalation of threats from North Korea are all extremely unsettling. As Christians, we can feel powerless…captive to social and political events unfolding around us. Do you ever feel like a stranger in a strange land? A refugee in a Godless culture? I do. We can be tempted to despair or denial on one hand, or easy spiritual platitudes on the other.
How should we as God’s people understand our calling in today’s culture? What is our message to be in this hour? What is our action together to be toward our nation and our world?
This message, from the book of Jeremiah, will encourage and inspire you to live out the Lord’s purposes today.
08.13.17 Listen as Pastor Gary shares the final message in the Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion from the Song of Soloman series. This series has opened our eyes to God’s plan for our most intimate relationships. In this message, we will learn how they can last for a lifetime and be a light to the world!
08.06.17 Pastor Gary continues the six-week series on the Song of Solomon, Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion. In this message, we learn from a young married couple the keys to keeping passion and attraction alive and growing well beyond the honeymoon.
07.30.17 This is the 4th message in the six-week series on the Song of Solomon, "Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion". In this message, Pastor Gary Georgeson helps us learn from a young married couple how to deal with the anxieties, fears, and conflicts that come with genuine intimacy. Listen and let the Lord lead you to a deeper depth of unity in your marriage and other close relationships.
07.23.17 In this 3rd message, Pastor Jared continues the six-week series on the Song of Solomon titled Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion. Are you doing relationships your way or God’s way? Pastor Jared will have you consider this question as he describes the blessings God intends for your relationship and the beauty in “waiting”.
07.16.17 In this 2nd message, Pastor Gary continues the six-week series on the Song of Solomon titled Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion. In this sermon, you will learn about things that are not obvious that undermine our relationships.
07.09.17 With this message, Pastor Gary begins a 6 week series on the Song of Solomon titled Sacred Sex: Lessons in Love, Intimacy and Passion. As we open the book, we find a young couple, still getting to know each other and very attracted to one another. As we read about their relationship, we will look at the power and gift of sexual attraction, why it’s important to look beyond it, and what specific qualities to look for in a mate.
07.02.17 Guest Speaker Pastor Rick McDaniel
06.24.17 In this message, Pastor Gary brings a prophetic word from Isaiah 43, where God reveals He is doing something new in us! Whether you realize it or not, you may be in a spiritual transition from old to new. What can you do to make sure you don't get 'stuck in transition'? Listen and find out!
06.18.17 If your father is alive on this Fathers’ Day, then you’ve likely sought the perfect gift for him. If you father has passed away, perhaps you wonder if he received what he needed most from you. What is the most valuable gift a father can receive? What is it that every father truly needs from his children. In this message, Pastor Gary reflects on these questions and reveals what the bible says about honoring and valuing our fathers.
06.11,.17 From the day of Pentecost and the struggles the first church encountered, to Paul and his many missionary journeys, God’s “unstoppable mission” continues. In this message, Pastor Jared Paxton recaps all of these adventures and concludes our series on the book of Acts. However, the story does not stop here. It continues on in you and me as we look to Him for the “unstoppable” mission He has for each of our lives.
06.0417 How important is Jesus’ mission in your life? What do you do when your calling is threatened by the forces of evil? In this message, Pastor Gary continues our teaching series in the Book of Acts with the story of Paul’s encounter with a deadly viper and the lesson of how to protect your calling.
05.28.17 We have storms in life that can cause us great anxiety and lead us into despair. This message, from Acts 27, is about Paul’s journey aboard a ship that encounters a devastating storm. Paul’s reaction, and that of his shipmates, will teach us how to survive our own storms in life, and how to find hope and peace in the midst of them.
05.21.17 - This "Celebration Sunday", all four of our pastors share short messages about “living the called life”, what this means in their lives and how they strive to walk out this calling in our church. Listen and be encouraged as they share from their hearts. And, open your heart to what the Lord may be saying to you about the life you are living, the calling you have and how your life is affecting those around us.
05.14.17 - In this message, Pastor Gary Georgeson brings us the moving story of Hannah from the Bible book of 1st Samuel. When we first meet her, Hannah is a hurting woman with a deep passion for God's gift of motherhood. Her prayers and commitment to the Lord are inspiring and enlightening for every mother --and grandmother--today! Celebrate Mother's Day by opening your heart to God's Word on the sacred calling of motherhood.
5.07.17 - In this message, from Acts 23-26, Paul meets two couples who have everything the world has to give, however their lives are broken and they are in desperate need of Jesus. The problem is, they will have to change their lifestyles. What they do at the moment of decision is a powerful lesson to us all.
04.30.17 - In this message, from Acts 21-23, we find Paul in Jerusalem, having been severely beaten by a rioting crowd. Before being dragged off to jail, Paul asks to address the crowd. What he says is an example of the most powerful and authentic form of evangelism available to us today. We can learn from Paul’s example AND the powerful testimnony of Laurie Hoggard, a member of our own congregation, about what God has done in her life.
04.23.17 In this message, Pastor Cindy will explore what God has for each of us from Acts chapter 20, in which Paul expresses, “… I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
04.15.17 - What is the life of your dreams? What does it look like? Is it stree-free, happy, filled with success and...what? In this powerful Easter message, Pastor Gary looks at the elusive “life of our dreams” and compare it to the life that Jesus offers us, something He calls “life eternal”. You may just find that the path to the life of your dreams is right before you. Will you follow it?
04.09.17 - This powerful message by Pastor Gary is about the amazing things Jesus said and did that first Palm Sunday. Listen as Jesus tells us why He had to die and why, actually, we do too!
04.02.17 - In this message, Pastor Jared continues our series “Mission Unstoppable” through the book of Acts. In Acts 19, Paul prays for 12 Christians to be baptized the Holy Spirit and “they spoke in languages they had not known before. They also prophesied.”(Acts 19:6) Listen as Jared unravels this compelling story and helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
03.19.17 - This morning, Pastor Gary continues our series “Mission Unstoppable” through the book of Acts. He is preaching out of Acts Chapter 17, which is Paul’s famous sermon on Mars Hill. Paul’s message can easily be applied to our own lives as it tells us how we can be a light for Jesus in a culture that does not know God.
3.12.17 - In this message, Pastor Cindy Jury continues our series “Mission Unstoppable” through the book of Acts. She is preaching out of Acts 17, where we find two groups of people who respond very differently to the hearing of God’s Word. Which group are you?
03.05.17 - In this message, Pastor Gary continues the series “Mission Unstoppable” through the book of Acts. The end of Acts 15 tells the story of Paul and Barnabas, two Christian leaders who have a serious disagreement. Relationship clashes are a part of life and we can learn a lot as we discover how these two Christian leaders react in this challenge. You may even find yourself taking sides!
Religion of Works or Relationship of Grace - Pastor Gary Georgeson
02.26.17 - Open your bible to Acts 15 and ready your heart for a message on what God wants from you as you come into His family. Whether you are a “seeker”, new to God’s family or you have been His child for decades you will benefit from this insightful message