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!

09/01/2013

And Peter

Speaker: 
Michael Thomas
Passage: 
Mark 16:6-7 (NIV) Read...
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When Jesus' resurrection was announced to the women who went to visit his tomb, the angel told them to "go, tell his disciples and Peter" that Jesus is alive. Why would the angel single out Peter? Was he not a disciple like the rest? The special designation Peter received has a long story behind it. As we follow Peter's story, we find out how Jesus believed in Peter even when Peter doubted himself and succumbed to fear. We also find that Peter acts on instinct and sometimes his words get ahead of his thoughts, but Jesus refuses to give up on him. Peter's story is one that we can all relate to at some point. Listen and learn how Jesus speaks to us through the life of Peter.

08/25/2013

Abigail: Who's the Hero?

Speaker: 
Deb Fooskas
Passage: 
1 Samuel 25:2-42 (NIV) Read...
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This week our "Peeps" series brings us to the story of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. Abigail is a woman in a tough spot - she's married to a man whose name means "fool"! As we come to find out, this guy really lives up to that name when he encounters the not-yet-king David. Abigail is intelligent and beautiful, crafty even, and she ends up as one of David's wives at the end of the story. But, is she a hero? Can we learn anything from her dealings with David and her husband? Maybe David is the hero? After all, he is a powerful man already anointed by God to be king who is leading an army of guerilla fighters... sounds like a hero, right? As it turns out, there is something we can learn from Abigail, her husband, and David; we learn what *not* to do as we approach our King, the son of David.

08/18/2013

Esther

Speaker: 
James Cordrey
Passage: 
Esther 4:12-16 (NIV) Read...
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The story of Esther reads like a modern-day Hollywood drama or maybe a Shakespearean epic. The characters are rich, the plot is dynamic, and the scope of the story reaches across the Persian empire. The narrative is densely packed into 10 chapters and we could learn many things from Esther's life, or from her uncle Mordecai, or from the foreign king and his advisor Haman. However, as we look closely at just four verse - Esther 4:12-16 - we find a very important truth worth remembering. It's all about how we make decisions in our world today, about how we are to act as God's people, like Esther, while living in a place, like the court of the foreign king of Persia, that does not understand who we are or where our allegiance lies. Listen as we explore Esther's life and discover how we can be "shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" in our lives today.

08/11/2013

I AM Peace... and Baal is Not

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Judges 6:25-27 (NIV) Read...
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In our first sermon on Gideon last week, we saw how Gideon had a hard time hearing God's call, but when he did finally hear it he stopped and worshipped. He built an altar to God and named it "The Lord is Peace." The first, foundational step towards peace is to worship the God who is Peace. But as we continue looking at Gideon's life, we find that Gideon's life was a bit more complicated: he belonged to a family of idol worshippers. If Gideon is going to worship God and respond faithfully to his call to be judge and work for the peace of God's people, he has a second step to take. It's a step we need to take as well and, as we find out, it can a very costly and difficult step; one that we have to continue making throughout our lives. If God is Peace, then Baal - and all our false gods - are not.

08/04/2013

I AM Peace

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Judges 6:11-24 (NIV) Read...
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This week our "Peeps" series leads us to the story of Gideon. Gideon's story is told in the book of Judges which describes a strange, somewhat chaotic time in the life of God's people. The nation of Israel is in a time of transition, of twilight, and without a solid figure to lead them in God's ways like Moses and Joshua had done. A series of Judges are raised up to help lead Israel and deliver them from their enemies but they all fall short in some way. Gideon is one of these judges. What does Gideon do when God's calls him to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Midianites? First anger and bitterness, then excuses and doubts, followed by questions and further uncertainty. Sounds like you and me sometimes doesn't it? There is good news though and we hear it in God's response to Gideon. Maybe you are in a place similar to Gideon, in transition, in twilight, asking "why?" - in God's response to Gideon we find a very important message for all of us, no matter where we find ourselves today.

07/28/2013

A Reluctant Leader

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Acts 7:20-36 (NIV) Read...
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Moses is known as one of the great leaders of God's people in Old Testament. He led the nation of Israel out of Egypt, met with God on the mountain and received the Ten Commandments and the law, and journeyed with God and the people for 40 years through the wilderness as Israel made its way to the Promised Land. Instead of exploring Moses as a great leader, this week we look at how Moses became the leader he was. Moses had a very interesting story; an unlikely path to being God's chosen man for delivering Israel. When we look at how his life unfolds, we discover that Moses was shaped into a somebody in God's story through his experience as a nobody. Maybe there is more to being a "nobody" than we think?

07/21/2013

Jacob's Ladder

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 28:10-22 (NIV) Read...
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This week we come to Israel's third patriarch - Jacbo, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. When we find Jacob in Genesis 28, he is not doing so well. His life up to this point has been marked by deceit; its even part of his name! Now he is on the run from his older brother Esau, unsure of the future, and without any indication that God is really *still* with him after all that he's done. We can identify with Jacob because we've probably all been in similar situations - alone, confused, and not sure of what's next. Sometimes we put ourselves in these situations but other times life just seems to happen to us. At Jacob's place of loneliness, despair, and uncertainty, God "shows up." What can we learn about God from this experience? What can we learn from Jacob's response? In this story we witness a God who keeps His promises, who is present, and who provides.

07/14/2013

A Ram in the Thicket

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Hebrews 1:17-19 (NIV) Read...
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For the past two weeks we've heard all about Abraham's faith, but what about his son - the promised son - Isaac? Did Isaac follow in his father's footsteps? In Genesis 22, we find yet another story of Abraham's faith, but Isaac plays an important role in this story too. It's usually Abraham who receives all the attention in this story but what do we learn when we examine it from Isaac's perspective? As we walk through this story, God is teaching us about the nature of our faith: how it grows, the cost it requires, and its foundation in God's own faithfulness. Even as a young adult, Isaac has something to teach us about faith.

07/07/2013

Blessed to be a Blessing

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV) Read...
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This week we continue to learn from the life of Abraham - the father of our faith. In Genesis 12, God calls Abram (before his name was changed to "Abraham") to be a blessing to all *nations*. This may sound straightforward, but when we explore the meaning of "nations" further and take a good look at the world we're living in, we hear a distinct, possibly unsettling, and definitely life-changing call from God on our lives. As Abraham's children, God calls us to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of God to all nations. This may take a variety of forms, but our end goal as the Church, as humankind, is one and same: to worship God in spirit and truth.

06/30/2013

The Faithful Father

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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The story of Abraham is found in Genesis, but comes up all throughout Scripture; it’s a story of faith. He’s an important figure. In Hebrews 11:1 the writer defines faith as ‘confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,’ and holds Abraham up as a model of such faith. Romans 4:18-25 refers to Genesis 15 where Abraham, at an old age & without a son, had been given a promise that he would be the father of many nations. And against all hope he was assured and confident of this future promise. As a result, he’s referred to as the father of our faith, a father of many nations, and as God’s friend. Understanding the promises given to Abraham and our role in his continuing story is one of the most foundational lessons we can learn.