Sermons by Shane Schlesman

Why Is There Suffering? - Asking for a Friend pt 5

“Why Is There Suffering?” – Asking for a Friend pt 5

“Why is there suffering?” “Why does God allow suffering?” Timeless questions that you likely have thought more than once. Certainly, you know a friend who has asked these very questions. Fortunately, there is a point to suffering, an end to suffering, and most importantly, a God who cares about our suffering and even shared in it with us. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman wraps up the 5-part Asking for a Friend sermon series with one of the most challenging why questions…
God Created Community - Asking for a Friend 4

God Created Community – Asking for a Friend pt 4

In a time of keeping others safe by social distancing, Pastor Shane explores the question of just how important being in a community is to us as individuals and to God’s plan for our lives. If you had the chance to ask Jesus your one question… what would it be? Take this journey with us as we seek answers to our tough questions. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith,…
Can Jesus Really Satisfy Me? - Asking for a Friend

Can Jesus Really Satisfy Me? – Asking for a Friend pt 3

In this Mother’s Day tag-team sermon, Sue and Shane Schlesman take a fresh look at the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. In this story, it is revealed just how much Jesus really knows us, our past, our present circumstances, and our future potential. The woman at the well came to realize that Jesus was all she truly needed in life to be fully satisfied. How about you? Let’s ask the question. If you had the…
The Heart of the Question - Asking for a Friend pt 1

The Heart Behind the Question – Asking for a Friend pt 1

If you had the chance to ask Jesus your one question… what would it be? Take this journey with us as we seek answers to our tough questions. In this first installment of the series, Asking For A Friend, Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman answers questions live questions from viewers as he addresses the heart behind the questions we have of Jesus. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions,…
Follow Me - Jesus Said pt 4

Follow Me – Jesus Said pt 4

Jesus desires to be your friend. He desires to come into your life and get to know you. He’s not going to barge his way in. He stands at the door of your heart, your mind, your spirit and knocks. It is up to you to invite him in. Follow Him Jesus will then ask you to follow him for he offers life abundantly, hope that surpasses all understanding, love that forgives every single wrong, and eternal life in the…
Do You Believe This?

Do You Believe This? – Jesus Said pt 3

It’s Easter Sunday! Christ is risen! He is alive! Jesus said many things throughout his life. Some of Jesus’ statements were controversial, intriguing, and even at times confusing, but what if Jesus Said something that could change our lives forever? Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be…
If You Had Only Known

If Only You Had Known – Jesus Said pt 2

Jesus said many things throughout his life. Some of Jesus’ statements were controversial, intriguing, and even at times confusing, but what if Jesus Said something that could change our lives forever? Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you. Join us at https://watch.weag.online If…
Move From Survival To Sent

From Survival to Sent – Jesus Said pt 1

Jesus said many things throughout his life. Some of Jesus’ statements were controversial, intriguing, and even at times confusing, but what if Jesus Said something that could change our lives forever? Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you. Join us at https://watch.weag.online If…
From Crisis To Courage - Time of Your Life pt 5

From Crisis To Courage – Time of Your Life pt 5

Every season of life has new challenges and new opportunities. Sometimes, the season is one of crisis. We can have courage through such a season. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman shares how as he addresses an online-only audience during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Join the conversation and discover how you can thrive in every season of life gaining all that God has for you. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith,…
Peace in a Season of Crisis

Peace in a Season of Crisis – Time of Your Life pt. 4

Every season of life has new challenges and new opportunities. Join the conversation and discover how you can thrive in every season of life gaining all that God has for you. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you. Join us at https://watch.weag.online If…
#blessed - Time of Your Life pt1

#blessed – Time of Your Life pt1

Every season of life has new challenges and new opportunities. Join the conversation and discover how you can thrive in every season of life gaining all that God has for you. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you. Join us live on Sunday…
Making God's Mission Personal

The Mission: Making God’s Mission Personal

When God truly transforms your life you always have something to share. That something is what God is doing in you that everyone can see and that everyone needs. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you. Join us Sundays and throughout the week…
It's Personal - In Spirit

In Spirit – It's personal

Jesus may have left the earth physically, but he sent something even better in return. How has the Holy Spirit personally ministered to you and worked through you to share the love of Christ with others? Join in the discussion about this series at https://weag.church/itspersonal/ Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope…
Together In Groups - It's Personal

Together In Groups – It's Personal

God created you for a specific reason with purposeful intention. Our relationship with Jesus is more than a thought or saying… It’s personal. What does God personally have in store for you? Join in the discussion about this series at https://weag.church/itspersonal/ Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to…
What's Your Lure? It's Personal pt2

What's Your Lure? – It's Personal pt2

Jesus is knocking at the door of our hearts waiting to be invited in. At the same time, there are lures placed in our lives to keep us distracted from inviting Jesus in. Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to be a home for you.
It's Personal wk1 - Knock Knock

It's Personal – Knock Knock

It can become easy to talk about faith from a general sense, but what does your faith look like personally? Jesus knocks at the door of your heart and is waiting to personally change your life to be better than you could ever imagine. You can start by taking the January Challenge… Fast something (give something up that you regularly do or eat) Pray something (pray for something specific that you would like to see God change in you for…
Finishing Well

Finishing Well

We have all been created by God with a purpose and plan in mind. Even though life has its battles, God has a perfect finish in mind. Not only is God’s plan great, His plan is personalized with you in mind! Here at WEAG everyone belongs and is welcome. This is a place where you can explore faith, ask questions, and see who God truly is. Through positive community, engaging music, and applicable encouragement, we hope you find WEAG to…
A Life Given To All Or Nothing

A Life Given To All Or Nothing

Giving away parts of our lives or possessions in our lives can be difficult for all of us. We’re taught to think happiness, fulfillment, freedom, and joy are found in “things”, but truly these feelings are found when we’re willing to give our entire lives to God. The time is NOW to invite your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students and others to be a part of the excitement and growth happening at WEAG. All are welcome as we draw…
A Life Given In Humility

A Life Given IN Humility

With pride being one of the hardest emotions to battle we need an answer before the fall that’s sure to follow it. Recognizing the power of humility is the key to overcoming pride. Not only does humility keep us from prideful falls, but it also brings us closer to God than anything else. About WEAGWhat you’ll find at WEAG is a diverse, vibrant church community in Richmond VA and online of people just like you. We’ve got real struggles and…
Turn Your Wishes Into Worship

Turn Your Wishes Into Worship – At the Movies with Aladdin

NOTE: Due to copyright license restrictions, the movie clips cited during the sermon will not be shown. Got wishes? Then make them known to God. He wants to hear from you.Just be sure to understand that God isn’t a genie in a lamp. He’s not about to give you everything you want, when you want it, how you want it. But, he still wants to hear it. So, how does this prayer thing really work then? How do we pray…
Tension in the Transition - At The Movies 2019

Tension in the Transition – At The Movies with Toy Story 4

NOTE: Due to copyright license restrictions, the movie clips cited during the sermon will not be shown. Life’s transitions can sure be scary, challenging, overwhelming, even confusing. When we choose to not fight the transition but find opportunities to grow through it, we emerge transformed. In Toy Story 4, Woody found many changes in his circumstances challenged what he thought he most needed. Woody’s willingness to fight his fears and find a new focus on the transitional needs of others…
Don't Let Regret Be Your Endgame

Don’t Let Regret Be Your Endgame: Life Lessons From The Avengers

Your endgame need not be one of regret and despair. Jesus has already won the endgame for you and everyone. He hung on “the gauntlet” of the cross and “snapped his fingers” with a declaration of “It is finished!” to defeat Satan and every pain, loss and regret you would experience. Make Jesus your Endgame! The time is NOW to invite your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students and others to be a part of the excitement and growth happening…
WEAG 3.0 Here We Go - In Unity

Here We Go … IN UNITY! – WEAG 3.0

God has formed WEAG for a time as this and will fill it to function in His will with the love of Jesus Christ for all who enter. The time is NOW to invite your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students and others to be a part of the excitement and growth happening at WEAG. All are welcome as we draw closer to Christ’s love and grace! ALERT: Service times are moving to 9am & 11am ET starting Sunday, October…
WEAG 3.0 Here We Go - Make A Difference

You CAN Make A Difference – WEAG 3.0 Here We Go!

Time to Make A Difference!It’s really simple – See a need, meet a need. Join the work that is necessary! Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman helps us identify as committed contributors to the work and priorities of God versus being consumers of His blessings.The future of WEAG 3.0 is lifting off and you are invited to be a part of the journey. About WEAG What you’ll find at WEAG is a diverse, vibrant church community in Richmond VA and online of…
WEAG 3.0 Here We Go!

WEAG 3.0 Here We Go!

It’s GO time!The future of WEAG 3.0 is lifting off with a 3-part, vision-launch series. Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman reconnects us with the WEAG 3.0 vision unveiled in March 2019 and how it will now start unfolding over the next few weeks and beyond. In this part one of three, Shane reiterates that WEAG’s mission is not about just getting bigger, but “For every person to experience transformation through Jesus Christ.” Shane points out how personal our role in that…
Live To Build Others Up

Live To Build Others Up

Community. It’s built by you. As you take part in Everyday Living to lift up others you create a place where everybody knows your name. Online Campus Pastor John Kelly will share a message of how community doesn’t require a whole lot from us but does depend on our active participation. It’s something we can LIVE for. And, just when you think your service to others is about them, you find you benefit just as much and sometimes even more.…
In The Lead - Join God's Crew

Join God’s Crew – In The Lead pt4

You are never alone to fight your battles when you join God’s crew to do His work. Even if the enemy lurks within sight and flings harmful jabs your way that make it tough to stand strong in your own strength, God’s got your back! Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman shares the successes of God’s crew as told in the book of Nehemiah leading 41 teams to build a massive wall to protect their homes from onlooking, savage threats. Shane explains…
While You Wait on God - Shane Schlesman

While You Wait On God – In The Lead pt2

What should you do while you wait on God?Nothing? Anything? Something specific? Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman shares the story of Nehemiah as an illustration of five actions you can take while you wait. Waiting. It’s never welcomed and rarely enjoyable. We’re an impatient species. Fast food. Instant rice. Microwave popcorn. One-click checkout. Express Lanes. Binge-watching.We want everything NOW! Many of us, maybe you too, are not much different when it comes to our relationship with God.You may pray with an…
Unconditional Joy

Unconditional Joy | Joyride pt1 – A Journey to Joy

It’s summer! Time for some fun.And, what better fun than a joyride … to live in joy … all the time, no matter what.Easy? No. Possible? You bet. Joy is not the same as happiness. Being happy is a momentary, external feeling that can disappear in a heartbeat. But, living in joy, that’s steadfast. So, hop on in and ride with us. Feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and the warmth that comes from freedom…
Controlling Money - Beyond A Sermon Q&A #55

Controlling Money – Beyond A Sermon Q&A #55

Pastor Shane answers questions about Sunday’s sermon, Controlling Money, on the trouble with money and how we must control it with God’s help or money will control us. Links & financial resources in this episode https://go.weag.church/BBmoney — sermon & related resources https://go.weag.church/youtube — WEAG’s YouTube channel https://weag.tv — live streams and scheduled broadcasts https://mint.com — Mint.com website and mobile app to budget and effortlessly stay on top of bills. http://wally.me/ — Wally free mobile app to control your money seamlessly.…

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…
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