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Addicted To Serving – Lift Up RVA edition Beyond A Sermon #056

We took this week’s episode of Beyond A Sermon on the road to visit Quioccasin Middle School, a project site for this year’s Lift Up RVA to Build A Better Richmond. WEAG is helping Henrico County Public Schools with classroom painting, food pantry stocking, landscaping, outdoor furniture upkeep and more. Pastor Shane answers questions about Sunday’s sermon on breaking addiction with a clear connection to serving and appropriately fixing our priorities on Jesus and our community. For more about Lift Up RVA,…
Breaking Bad Addiction

Breaking Bad Addiction – Broken & Beautiful pt 8

Bad addictions can break us. But, we can also break bad addiction. With a new fix, a new plan, and a new life, freedom is possible. Watch as Pastor Shane presents a powerful message on the subject of addiction. It’s week eight of the Broken & Beautiful series. So far, we’ve learned how to receive healing from depression, brokenness, shame, family dysfunction, bitterness, anxiety, and money. addiction stats Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction…

Controlling Money – Broken & Beautiful pt7

Got money? Or does money have you? Gotta have it. Yet, yet money can easily have us. Just as there are two sides to every coin, there are two opposing perspectives to dealing with money. Watch as Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman delivers a message on the subject of finances to align our thinking and habits with Jesus. Shane also challenges us to pursue two 3-month challenges…Challenge 1: Keep track of your spending for the summer. A little over 2 months.…
Surviving Anxiety Attack!

Surviving Anxiety Attack! – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #054

In episode 54 of Beyond A Sermon, WEAG’s weekly Live Q&A program, we deep dive into the brokenness that comes from anxiety, panic, and worry. Is there a solution? What is it? Can these attacks be overcome? Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about dealing with anxiety attacks. Missed the sermon? Watch it here: https://youtu.be/yfFhHzIVyCo Have a question for Shane? Text it live during the show or anytime after to 804-480-4072 (no calls please). Questions Asked What is an…
Anxiety Attack!

Anxiety Attack! – Broken & Beautiful pt6

“Don’t worry. Be happy.” If only it were as easy as singing a song to be free of anxiety. Reality is that panic, worry, anxiety frequently invade our minds with unanswerable questions of, “What if ?” and, “What about ?” Whether you experience a sudden wave of panic or suffer from long-term anxiousness, there is a solution to survive and thrive. Watch as Pastor Shane delivers a practical message on surviving an anxiety attack. STATS: Anxiety and Depression Association of…

I HAVE DECIDED! – Baptized & beautiful

Why get baptized? What does it mean? Is it an act of obedience or something bigger and more important than that? Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers these questions and more about baptism as twenty-two individuals are celebrated for declaring, “I HAVE DECIDED!” Watch or listen as stories are shared from people just like you who decided to follow Jesus’ example. Girls, boys, women, and men of different ethnicities, cultures and spanning three generations publicly profess Jesus Christ to be their…
Beyond A Sermon Q&A #53 - How To Forgive

How To Forgive – Beyond A Sermon Q&A #053

How do you forgive people who have wronged you? Maybe even hurt you? How can you find freedom from the pain and bitterness? It seems impossible, but there is a way. In episode 53 of Beyond A Sermon, WEAG’s weekly Live Q&A program, we deep dive into the effects of bitterness that damages relationships and the healing that delivers freedom. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about forgiving others in really tough situations. Missed the sermon? Watch it here:…
From Bitterness to Forgiveness

Find Freedom from Bitterness with forgiveness – Broken & Beautiful pt5

“Don’t be mad, get Glad.” – remember that TV ad? Loading up your spirit with the waste of bitterness will break you. Fortunately, you can find joy and freedom in forgiveness. Doing so is rarely easy, but it’s possible in any situation. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman shares how in this impactful message for everyone. Shane addresses specific scenarios and relationships you are sure to identify with. If you have questions for Shane about today’s message, comment below or text them…
Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #052 - Surviving Family Dysfunction

Surviving Family Dysfunction – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #052

In episode 52 of Beyond A Sermon, WEAG’s weekly Live Q&A program, we deep dive into the dysfunction that can plague families and the healing that is available to us all. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about surviving family dysfunction and finding healing in the process. We’re all part of a family, maybe many …and, in different forms. They may seem dysfunctional at times. The family is under attack. It has been since the creation of the first…

Dysfunctional families – broken & beautiful pt4

Family dysfunction can be any condition that interferes with healthy family functioning. Most families have some periods of time where functioning is impaired by stressful circumstances, such as a death in the family or a parent’s serious illness. What we might call broken God calls beautiful. To God, the family is beautiful! He created families, starting with His son, Jesus Christ. And, God’s only son bore the burden of our mistakes, shame, and brokenness to bring us back into His…

How To Conquer Shame – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #51

Guest speaker Sue Schlesman is interviewed by Dr. Dave DeMasters with viewer questions about how to conquer shame. Sue and Dave dig deeper into Sue’s message from two days prior delivered as part three of WEAG’s Broken & Beautiful series. Watch, comment on, and share this exploration of what it takes to become free from the debilitating effects of shame.

Freedom From Shame – Broken & Beautiful pt3

Shame is a perversion of our desperate need for God. Shame says, “I am bad.” I’m unworthy. I must hide. Something about myself will make people reject me. It affects us physically, spiritually, and relationally. Fortunately, Jesus took our shame so we wouldn’t have to live in it. His power can overcome shame in our lives! Watch, comment on, and share this Mother’s Day message from guest speaker, author and teacher Sue Schlesman. It is relevant to all … moms,…

Not Me! It Can’t! They Won’t! – Brokenness: Broken & Beautiful pt2 | Scott Hanson

I object!How often have you thought those very words?Not me … I’m not qualified.It can’t … There’s no way this will work.They Won’t … People are not even going to listen. Guest speaker and missionary to Africa since 1994, Scott Hanson, delivers a powerful message challenging these common objections. He shares incredible stories of God using broken people to accomplish the impossible and transform brokenness into beauty. Watch, be inspired, comment and share. If you have questions for Scott, use…

Living With Depression – Beyond A Sermon Q&A #050 – Broken & Beautiful pt1

Shane answers viewer questions about the sermon, “Depression” part one of the Broken & Beautiful series. Questions asked in this episode include… Is it a sin against God to be discouraged, depressed or thinking of just giving up? How do I stop the depressing thoughts that swirl in my mind? I love Jesus. Why isn’t that enough to make it all ok? Where do I turn if I just can’t get the victory? What about medication as a Christian? Should…
Depression - Broken & Beautiful pt1

Depression – Broken & Beautiful pt1

Depression. It affects 322 million people. One of them might be you or someone close to you. It’s a real struggle that can’t be “swept under the rug” with happy thoughts. Fortunately, there’s no need to hide it, no need to run from it, no need to be embarrassed, to retreat from community, nor to think any less of yourself. Depression is a disease that God understands and wants to help you with. Not necessarily by escaping from it with…

Free to Doubt – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #49 – Something Happened pt2

Shane answers viewer questions about the sermon, “I Doubt It!” Part two of the Something Happened series was an Easter Sunday message in which Shane shared the story of the Apostle Thomas, characterized as Doubting Thomas, and how his doubt proves to be a model for our ability to believe! Questions asked in this episode include… If Jesus’ resurrection is proven, why don’t more people believe in God? How can believers help our lost, uninterested loved ones turn their apathy…
I Doubt It. Do you, too? - Something Happened pt 2 - Easter Sunday | Shane Schlesman

I Doubt It – Something Happened pt 2 – Easter Sunday

Do you doubt Jesus?Great! You’re in good company.So did the Apostle Thomas (yeah, that one).We have/do, too. All of us.And, that’s okay! Believing is doubting and Jesus invites you on a journey to believe. In fact, all of His followers struggled with their belief. Jesus doesn’t need your blind faith! He needs faith that is built on Him! And, doubting is not unbelief. Rather, doubting is living! Jesus is present even when you don’t see a door to enter! Jesus…

Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #48 – Something Happened pt 1 – PEACE

PEACE! The kind that is everlasting. Peace in the midst of turmoil. Peace that surpasses all explanation. In episode 48 of Beyond A Sermon, we deep dive into the peace that Jesus is and came to offer for the taking. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about how such peace is obtained, how to depend on such peace, and how to apply true peace to the challenges and trials of everyday life. Questions include… What is the peace that…

Something Happened pt1 – Peace – Palm Sunday 2019

God brings you confidence with his peace to guard your heart and confidence grows into courage. He prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies so you can look them in the eye with confidence and present to them your courage in the midst of your trial, in the eyes of your enemy, and on the brink of disaster.
Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #047 - WEAG 3.0 pt3 - LAUNCH

LAUNCHing WEAG 3.0 – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A Interview

When and How Will WEAG 3.0 Launch?! Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about Sunday’s message in which Shane shared how WEAG 3.0 will LAUNCH! WEAG and Richmond will never be the same. When will this happen? How can you be a part? This is part three of a 3-part series as we move into the Easter season further and faster than ever before. Shane takes us beyond the sermon to dig deeper into what the LAUNCH of WEAG 3.0…

LAUNCH WEAG 3.0

It’s time to LAUNCH WEAG 3.0!Grab a stone and hop on board. We’re moving forward in the direction God has provided.Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman invites all to answer the call, commit to a new future, and consecrate yourself completely to being used by God. #sermon #WEAG30 #expand #leverage #launch #community #RVA #Richmond #Virginia #leadership #relationships #vision #campus #tour #weag

How Will WEAG 3.0 Happen? – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #046 – LEVERAGE All God has Given

How Will WEAG 3.0 Happen?! Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers viewer questions about Sunday’s message in which he shared how the vision of WEAG 3.0 will become a reality as we LEVERAGE all that God has blessed us with for all that God has called us to do.  Watch as Shane leads us beyond the sermon and to dig deeper into what WEAG 3.0 will mean for the community, the greater Richmond area, and the world beyond. WATCH THE SERMON
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LEVERAGE All that God has Given

God has uniquely positioned WEAG to enter a season of expansion. He has gone before us to prepare the way and has now called WEAG’s leadership and community to move forward. We are to LEVERAGE all that God has blessed us with for all that God has called us to in EXPANDing His work in us and through us around Richmond, VA. In part two of three, Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman begins to unveil how that will take place. Shane…

What IS WEAG 3.0? – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #045

Pastors Shane Schlesman and Dave DeMasters discuss Sunday’s message in which Shane introduced the vision of WEAG 3.0. This first of a 3-part series is about the move of God to EXPAND in us and through us. Watch as they answer viewer questions and go beyond the sermon and dig deeper into what WEAG 3.0 will mean for the community, the greater Richmond area, and the world beyond.
The Move of God to EXPAND - WEAG 3.0 pt 1 | Shane Schlesman

The Move of God to EXPAND – WEAG 3.0 pt1

God has uniquely positioned WEAG to enter a season of expansion. Not unlike the transition in Israel’s history between Moses and Joshua. Every transition has its challenges and at the same time, its opportunities. We don’t want to be a church that ever gets comfortable. We never want to be stagnant and settled. We will always be moving forward. When we make it about us we are ready to settle. Keep it about others and there will always be work…
Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #044

Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #044 – Leaders Among Us

Pastors Jeremy Woltz, John Kelly, Lisa Eggert, and Jamal Jones answer questions about leadership development at WEAG. They share stories of how leaders before them have impacted their lives and their work for God. And, they celebrate the work of the Lord in impacting kids, students, young adults, and small groups through the armies of amazing volunteers that they lead. The Questions Jeremy – What brought you to WEAG? What is one of your earliest memories of someone at WEAG…
Jeremy Woltz Lessons from Timothy Living Legacy 11

Live a Legacy of Leadership – Lessons From Timothy

Young Adults & Small Groups Pastor Jeremy Woltz challenges us with Lessons From Timothy.  Jeremy identifies three takeaways from the apostle Timothy’s life of leadership lessons that he learned and espoused. In this concluding message of the Living Legacy series, WEAG’s Millennial pastors give thanks to the leadership of many before them as they accept the baton to continue WEAG’s legacy into another fifty years of transforming lives around the world. Pastors Jeremy, John, Jamal, and Lisa will all participate…
Throughout All Generations - Living Legacy 10 Sermon - John Hershman

Throughout All Generations

Former Senior Pastor, John Hershman, delivers today’s message in recognition of WEAG’s 50th birthday. John reflects on the joys of ministry over many decades, including the call to take the helm at WEAG, the miracle of embracing a mission-focus in unfavorable circumstances, and how God continually uses his Church as “fresh bread” to transform lives everywhere. John also addresses the current challenges that WEAG is facing and gives praise for the leadership and community that will surely witness even greater…

The Power of A Single Seed

Special guest, bestselling author, and Pastor Mark Batterson, delivers a WEAG 50th Birthday Celebration message on Thu., March 7, 2019. Mark refers to the incredibly small size, yet enormous durability and potential of a single seed, as representative of the breadth of impact God has had over 50 years, around the world, through the ministries and community of WEAG. This video is just Mark’s introduction and sermon. For the entire service, watch this one: https://youtu.be/qDGSwQtJD7s In the entire service video,…

Because You Say So – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #43

Founding Pastor Dr. Bob Rhoden answers viewer questions about his recent sermon, Because You Say So. Watch or listen and get to know Dr. Rhoden more as he shares stories of his upbringing following the early death of his parents, his encounter with Jesus at age sixteen, and the call just ten years later to move to Richmond and help lead a brand new church in unfavorable circumstances. Below are just some of the questions Dr. Rhoden responds to. If…

Because You Say So

As the WEAG community celebrates 50 years of transforming lives for Christ, Founding Pastor Dr. Bob Rhoden delivers a message of jubilee for all God has done, thankfulness for all who have been a part, and excitement for what lies ahead. Dr. Rhoden uses WEAG’s history to highlight five takeaways from Jesus’ initial interactions with Peter and the other first disciples as recorded in Luke 5:1-11. He shares how the even despite unfavorable circumstances, we will be astonished at the…
Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #042

We Are Family – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #42

Shane answers tough questions about the latest sermon, We Are Family, while also reiterating that WEAG is a family that has your back when you invite others into our house. Watch episode #042 of Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A as Shane tackles these questions… Why should ALL WEAGers embrace being a family of love in which grace is extended and love is lived? What will that mean for them? What do you mean when you say, WEAG will have your back…
Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman

We Are Family

WHAT MAKES THE CHURCH APPEALING? We are family: a house of love and truth.Neither of which are in conflict with the other nor necessitate a delicate balancing act. Rather, both may be lived and extended in fullness when we allow God to work in and through every relationship we have with both Christians and those who are far from God. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman continues to explore what it means to be a Living Legacy as he delivers part eight…

Many Fields Few Workers – Beyond A Sermon Live Q&A #41

Are you ready to be a worker for God? To venture into the fields of harvest at home or abroad? As a church family, Pastor Shane unveiled a new Mission and Vision as WEAG celebrates fifty years of transforming lives around the world. In this week’s interview to “deep-dive” into the sermon, Many Fields But Few Workers, Shane addresses these questions about being a worker every day… Why was it necessary to kick-off WEAG 3.0 with a new Mission and…

So Many Fields and So Few Workers

Living legacy series part seven | Shane Schlesman Whether or not you have a green thumb, you are able to sow spiritual every day in whatever field you find yourself. God’s work is available to you to be a part in. In this seventh segment of the Living Legacy series, Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman unveils five ‘rules’ for transforming the lives God leads you in contact with. Through personal examples and the insights of John Maxwell, Shane challenges us to…

What’s Your Plan?

How do you plan to change the world?To make a mark? To transform lives?To share the love of Christ as He first loved you? In this second week of Missions Emphasis, Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman explores the principle, promise, and plan of God for our lives to be our brother’s keeper. #sermon #missions #transformation #love #God #promise #hope #trip #project #care #compassion #international #travel #construction #medical #impact #together #community #outreach #series #richmond #virginia #rva #weag #weagtv

Make It Personal

The world is suffering. There are people who are poor, hungry, alone, rejected, mistreated, and hopeless. Jesus loved them so much He stepped onto the mission field and stepped into the “game” that is our lives to save us. Are you willing to get in the game? To step onto the field of play? To make personal the welfare of another? This year, would you be willing to cross your street, jump in a car or board a plane to…

From Generation to Generation

The world attempts to stereotype and generalize but Jesus sees you! He sees who you are He has called you to a work that is perfectly suited to your age, your skills, and your faith. He knows your name. It is a name that only Jesus can give.

Tension in the Transfer

Generations can easily be at odds with one another. Stereotypes, misunderstandings and each generation’s specific challenges create tension as influence and leadership are transferred from one generation to the next. How do we overcome these barriers of transfer? How is God’s multi-generational church intended to demonstrate acceptance and love to one another? Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman explores the relationship between King David and his son, Solomon, to examine how current generations of Builders, Boomers, Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Z can all…

Honor the Race Before You

Part two of WEAG’s Living Legacy series will challenge you to fulfill God’s purpose in your life by honoring the faith in God that the Legends and Heroes of faith before you demonstrated. In Part one, Pastor Shane delivered a message of staying in your lane in fulfilling your purpose by shedding burdens and staying focused on Christ. Shane continues with the analogy of the race you are a part of as being like a relay. It is essential that…