Sermons from 2019

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…
Finding Space When Life Is Full

Finding Space When Life Is Full

The Innkeeper in the nativity story was faced with a dilemma the night Mary and Joseph came to his door. He didn’t have enough room in his home but he did have a stable. His perspective can help us see that any space given to God can change our world. 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…
God's Plan Is Worth The Wait

God's Plan Is Worth The Wait

See the Christmas story from the perspective of Simeon. He’s a less mentioned character who can help us see that God’s story is worth waiting for. 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! About WEAGWhat you’ll find at WEAG is a diverse, vibrant church community in Richmond VA…

How Trust Outweighs Questions

Mary’s perspective can show us that sometimes God will ask us to do things outside of our comfort zone. Even in the midst of pain and hardship, trust needs to outweigh our questions. 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! About WEAGWhat you’ll find at WEAG is a…
We Are All Dirty Shepherds

We Are All Dirty Shepherds

When we look at the story of the Shepherds at Christmas time we can see God breaking through religious tradition. God broke through this tradition to show that everyone can experience His love and grace. God with the Shepherds means no one is too unclean to stand in the presence of God. God was with the Shepherds then and God is with you now. The time is NOW to invite your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students and others 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…
You Are Called to be a Superhero

You Are Called to be a Superhero

NOTE: Due to copyright license restrictions, the movie clip cited during the sermon will not be shown. Your calling is somehow encoded in you… in the essence of who you really are. And it is deeper than a little gift of song or way with words. It is a calling that impacts humanity at a META-LEVEL — bringing transformation and hope. About WEAG What you’ll find at WEAG is a diverse, vibrant church community in Richmond VA and online of…
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…
Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You Are – At The Movies with The Lion King

NOTE: Due to copyright, the movie clips cited in this video are excluded from replay. We’re At The Movies again, this time with The Lion King. Don’t let the roaring lion of Satan rob you of who you really are created in God’s image! Return to the everlasting king, Jesus Christ, and embrace your true identity as a child of God, an heir of His Kingdom, and a powerful agent against the forces of evil.Remember who you are…who you were…
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…
Find Your Group - Small Groups Sunday

Find Your Group

YOU’RE INVITED!As a community of people just LIKE you, WEAG likely has a group FOR you. Small Groups Pastor Jeremy Woltz will share a message of how to find your group in the Family of God. Life wasn’t meant to go it alone. Be a part of something bigger. Be a part of the WEAG family. 98 small groups are available to choose from at https://groups.weag.church. New groups are launching right now. And, more groups are to come…even online. All…
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…
In The Lead - Leading Through Crisis

Leading Through Crisis – In The Lead pt3

As a leader how do you do make your team feel safe? Your spouse? Your family? Your employees? Those around you? When the team gets shaken are you able to reassure them that they will weather the storm? Following a brief series intro by Lead Pastor Shane Schlesman, Community Life Pastor Rodney Green delivers the third installment of the In The Lead series. Rodney continues with a look at Nehemiah’s challenge to his people to build a wall of protection…
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…
Accept The Challenge To Lead - Chuck Balsamo

Accept The Challenge – In the Lead pt1

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to Accept The Challenge of being the leader that God wants you to be. Do you accept? Learn more about your mission from Guest Speaker, Author, Business Leader and Pastor Chuck Balsamo. He will challenge you to embrace your full potential in a new future of influence in God’s strength. About WEAG – West End Assembly of God What you’ll find at WEAG is a diverse, vibrant church community in Richmond…
Re-Discover Joy! | Tony Robinson

Re-Discover Joy! – Joyride pt5

Re-discover joy by knowing and trusting God regardless of your circumstances. Overcome the Joy Jammers of fear, selfishness, bitterness, sin/guilt, and isolation. Pastor Tony Robinson delivers a personal message of struggle and outlines six steps to rediscover joy regardless of your past and life circumstances. Invite your friends along for this final stretch of our summer Joyride journey. Simply share the link to this sermon. Invite your friends along for this final stretch of our summer Joyride journey. Simply share…
Good Enough Sermon Joyride pt4

Think You’re Not Good Enough? – Joyride pt4

So, you think you’re not good enough? You’ve messed up too much? Well, it’s true that you cannot behave your way into heaven. But, the flaming wreckage of your past does not mean you are not good enough for God. Watch, be inspired and share as Pastor Jeremy Woltz relates an unbelievable story of something quite bad he did as a teenager and not feeling good enough to live in joy afterwords. Jeremy will explain from Philippians 3 how unconditional…
Do Something Humiliating - Joyride part 3 sermon

Do Something Humiliating – Joyride pt3

Humiliation Sometimes Precedes Joy Do something humiliating. Wait…what?! Why do that you are likely wondering. We all have one thing that both can bring joy and humiliation.Maybe the reason some of us are not experiencing the joy we want is due to not seeing the humiliations in our lives the way that Jesus would. Watch as Pastor Jamal Jones shares stories of experiencing joy from humility, including a couple of misadventures on his skateboard. Jamal continues the next leg of…
Experience Joy Together Sunday July 7 2019 Service

Joyride Together – A Journey to Joy pt2

Experience joy Together What makes the best joyride experience?A bright, sunny day along the beach? A windy drive through crisp, cool autumn mountain air?Cruising under the lights and sights of city skyscrapers?Regardless of the setting, the best joyrides always have one thing in common … experiencing joy together with friends! Joyrides are better together Living in joy is the same. It’s a team activity. Join us for a Joyride as Pastor Lisa Eggert navigates our journey through the book of…
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…

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…
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