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What does it mean to discover at Voyage?

If you have ever discovered something valuable you know the excitement of the hunt and the thrill of the moment when you find your “pot of gold”. Every time we open the Bible, God is waiting to show us some glorious new facet of his truth. It is exciting to watch and see what he will show us next! As God gives us understanding, we make joyful discoveries that result in a closer relationship with him.

What is the teaching like at Voyage?

For those who are new to the Bible, we will not talk over your head but will keep things at a fairly introductory level. If we ever use unfamiliar words or concepts we will carefully unpack them so that everyone understands what we are talking about. 

Rather than a monologue, our messages are semi-dialogical, more like a discussion than a sermon. People have the opportunity to answer some questions, ask questions of thier own and interject ideas right during the messages.

We promise not to water down the truths of the Bible to make them more palatable for people. Nor will we dress the Bible up with a lot of self-help or psychology. Our sole purpose is to allow God to enlightend and transform our minds through the simple and relevant truths of his word. We usually go verse-by-verse through books of the bible, so that God, rather than people, is setting the themes and emphases. When we do teach topically, we will always let the Bible be our foundation.

We will not add man-made laws to the good laws God has already given us in the Bible. We allow people a wide margin of freedom when it comes to areas not clearly addressed in scripture.

We believe that some things in the Bible are mysterious. While some people attempt to explain all the mysteries, we believe that some things (for example, "the Trinity" of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are meant to be accepted with a sense of awe and not fully comprehended. We will not give definitive answers where the Bible is unclear, but will rejoice in the knowledge that God has hidden some things for his glory and has revealed to us all that we need to know.

Why isn’t the Bible projected onto the screens at Voyage?

We do not project the Bible onto our screens because we want people to bring their personal Bibles, have them in hand and get comfortable with reading them. We hand out Bibles so that everyone who wishes can have a copy in hand. We also want people to examine the Scriptures in context to see if what we are teaching is true (see Acts 17:11). An unfortunate practice in our day is to project selected verses from the Bible onto a screen and use them out of context, sometimes distorting the truths of the Bible. Our hope is that hands-on use of the Bible in our Gatherings will spill over into the week as people read, study, memorize and meditate on God’s life-changing truths both individually and in LifeGroups.

Key 'discover' verses from the Bible:

“I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel (good news) I preach is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11,12

“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching...guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you, guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit.” 2 Timothy 1:13

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. she had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ’Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ’Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ’you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ ” Luke 10:38-42

“The god of this age (the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart, the commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes...they are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:8-11

“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word...the law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold...I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil...great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:16,72,162,165

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29