The Village Church has blessed my life as a law student in New York City. I still remember the first service I attended in January 2011. Sam preached out of Leviticus, explaining how the Israelites’ burnt offerings foreshadowed Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Like those sacrifices, the Village Church’s worship has been a “sweet aroma pleasing to the LORD.” From that first sermon on, I could tell that Sam is truly a man after God’s own heart. He preaches Christ crucified from every page of the scripture. His passion for the word of God, combined with his sophisticated hermeneutical and cultural perspective, have enriched my own knowledge of the Bible. I will miss his teaching and his personal mentorship. I am grateful for the archive of sermons still online that I can draw from for the rest of my life.
I’ve struggled to understand why God has allowed the Village Church to end, but I trust that all things will work together for good according to his great mercy and justice. I pray for Sam and his family as they start a new chapter in their lives. They have truly blessed my life.