Sermons

Below are past sermons listed by title, series, speaker & passage. There is also a brief description of each for your convenience. Sermons are posted by the end of the day on the Wednesday following each Sunday. We provide audio & written files along with a pdf of the slides used. Each sermon is color coded in the text to correspond to slide changes. Enjoy!

12/23/2012

Simeon's Song of Rebirth

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 2:25-35 (NIV) Read...
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When we take an in-depth look at the story of Jesus' birth, we discover a world very different from the "Christmas" that dominates our imaginations. This is no Thomas Kinkade painting, there are no fat cherubims relaxed on couches with harps, and there were no family gatherings with big dinners and gift giving. The world into which God became human was just as violent, bloody, and forlorn - if not more so - as the world we inhabit today. Jesus' birth was clouded by conspiracy, shame, and all kinds of cultural and political tension. In the midst of all of this, Simeon - a righteous prophet of old - waits faithfully for the coming Messiah. When he sees Mary and Joseph in the Temple with the baby Jesus, he can't help but sing a song of rebirth; spring is coming, redemption is here, God be praised!

12/16/2012

The Angelic Song: Joy to the (Humble) of the World

Passage: 
Luke 2:8-20 (NIV) Read...
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Let's discover the meaning of the Angel's song that Christmas night, so commonly sung at Christmas time: "Joy to the World! The Lord has come, let earth receive her King!" This is an anthem of revolution to the Jewish nation in that Christmas day, which will change their world forever. But who receives such important news? Not a priest or well-known rabbi, but humble shepherds who were actually outcasts to their people. God is writing a story here differently than any of us would. Using people that are poor in the worldly sense, and also poor in spirit....not to mention a little rough around the edges too, probably. This song changes each of the players in this story with great joy, which will be for all the people! We'll examine it's affect on the Shepherds, Mary and Joesph, and the greater community.

12/09/2012

Zechariah's Redemption Song

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 1:67-79 (NIV) Read...
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After nine months spent contemplating in deafness and silence, Zechariah bursts out in song at the sight of his new born son, John the Baptist. What does he sing about? Redemption. Zechariah, the priest, knows his history well. He remembers how God's grace has been at work since the calling of Abram. He sees how God is faithful to His promises, how God is continuing to pour out His grace. He sees a revolution coming; one that is founded on God's promises of redemption and driven forward in time by God's grace. Do you know Zechariah's song? What does this revolution of redemption look like?

12/02/2012

Mary's Salvation Song

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) Read...
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If anyone in the gospel of Luke sings a Song of Revolution, it's Mary. Mary's song is filled with her hope of God's coming salvation. It's a hope that's been a long time coming. A hope for salvation that will turn her - and the whole world - upside down. God is coming with salvation and its bigger than anything we can imagine. Is your hope as big as Mary's?