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!

01/25/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

The Importance of Unity, the Nature of Faith

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 2:1-10 (NIV) Read...
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In part three of our Galatians series, we spend some time in Chapter 2, verses 1-10. In this section, Paul describes that watershed moment in the early church’s development, when the leadership chose to champion faith in Jesus over membership in a cultural or religious sect. In a Holy Spirit-led moment of clarity, they realized that they had been viewing an adherence to Jewish customs and laws as integral to Faith in Christ and had been wrongly forcing non-Jews to erase their heritage and the traditions of their culture. With Paul’s leadership, they came to understand that salvation comes through Faith in Jesus alone, not through following a certain currant moral code (since moral codes change if not based on something greater than cultural or social norms). We apply this to our own lives, understanding the ways we can misunderstand our role as followers of Christ and turn it into followers of a denomination, followers of social justice, followers of a certain political system, etc.

01/11/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

How People Change

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 1:11-24 (NIV) Read...
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In this 3rd part of our Galatians series, we discuss the age old problem of how difficult it is for people to change: people stay the same despite all their New Year's resolutions or their pursuit of the latest health fad or self help strategy. However, in Galatians chapter 1:11-24, Paul describes his conversion to a completely different world-view than the one he held dear all his life and how it came through divine intervention. Whether or not our stories are dramatic as Paul's, accepting Christ into our lives creates a dramatic, life-altering change if we are willing to accept the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to examine whether we have allowed ourselves to be radically changed.

01/04/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Living in Grace

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 1:6-10 (NIV) Read...
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Continuing our new Galatians series inspired by Tim Keller's Galatians study, Jason digs deeper into the first chapter of this epistle and Paul's motivation for writing it: In verses 6-10, Paul expresses his concern at the way the church in Galatia had strayed from a reliance on their relationship with Christ to a reliance on following rules and regulations. In this sermon, we examine the way we can easily start viewing our relationship with Christ as a series of pluses or minuses in a spiritual bank account rather than a discipled relationship with a Person.

12/28/2014
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Introduction to Galatians

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 1:1-5 (NIV) Read...
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In this new sermon series, Jason walks us step by step through the book of Galatians, learning how each verse supports and elaborates on the over-all message that Paul was trying to get across when he wrote this book. Paul recognized the importance of being rooted in truth and in Galatians he is urging them (and all believers) to understand that by accepting Christ, they are accepting a narrative for their lives. Paul's teaching in Galatians focuses on centering ourselves in God's word and in his world-view and values and outlines 6 reasons why Christians need the Gospel at all times.

12/14/2014

Loving God with Our Minds

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Jason Guynes
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In this final chapter of our missions series, we walk through the ramifications of what we've been learning--that life is not solely about us. We examine the process of creation, noting how much of God's work in creating the world had very little to do with us. Many of us live as though the world has been created for our benefit, but if we study the amazing world God created, we can easily recognize that we are only a part of God's creation. Learning to embrace our role as stewards of God's creation and recognizing the mystery and majesty of the "big picture" gives us freedom and peace.

12/07/2014

Distortions in Cat Theology

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Jason Guynes
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Continuing in our humorous use of the analogy "cats vs. dogs," we continue to look at the parallels in our lives between God-centered and Me-centered attitudes and actions. Although this analogy may seem light-hearted, the examination of whether we view the world through Cat or Dog-colored lenses can create a sobering wake up call for all believers and hones in on an understanding of the core truth of our existence. Understanding the root distortions common to many Christian's thoughts and practices helps us recognize our misconceptions and exchange them for the reality of why we were created in the first place: to glorify God and join in His work.

11/30/2014

Selfish in the Church

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Jason Guynes
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In this second part of our series, "Cat and Dog Theology," we discuss the fundamental differences between the way God-focused and self-focused christians worship. By examining the common thought-patterns we often bring to Christian practices such as prayer, study, meditation, cooperate worship, confession and discipleship, we identify a far too often self-focused attitude at the root of these seemingly God-focused activities. We learn how to effectively root out these misconceptions and enjoy a richer relationship with God and a greater effectiveness for good in our world.

11/23/2014

Thinking Outside the Box

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Jason Guynes
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In this first sermon in our 4th sermon mini-series, Jason outlines the two ways most Christians view the world and their role in it: many of us unconsciously view ourselves as the center of God's plan, as His main motivation and focus--but that viewpoint actually should be flipped. Understanding how we often spend our time focusing on our concerns rather than viewing ourselves as a part of a larger story may radically change the way we live our lives. Using the humorous contrast between cats and dogs sheds some light on these contrasting world-views and helps us see more clearly what our focus has been/should be.

11/16/2014

Four Ways to Be Involved

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Jason Guynes
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In this last installment of the missions series, "The Missing Half," we focus on the four ways we can become people of God whose lives don't have a "missing half." Jason outlines the four ways we can prayerfully involve ourselves in God's heart for reaching the world through becoming a sender, a welcomer, a mobilizer, and/or a "go-er." We learn the how and why of each of these four action steps and come to understand that all believers should be involved in at least one of these on a daily basis.

11/09/2014

Am I Called to Missions?

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Jason Guynes
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In this 3rd part of our series on missions, The Missing Half, we continue to look at the scriptural case for the high priority of Missions in God's plan for each of us and the fact that we often only focus on the half of scripture that has personal application. We've been learning that God's invitation to the kingdom is not just for us and those we deem worthy, but for the nations and any and every individual. This week we focus on the fact that "missions" is an essential part of every Christian's calling, not just those who have the vocation of missionary. Starting with the two loaves and fishes stories in the gospel, we are presented with more evidence that Jesus' outreach wasn't to his people-group alone, but also to the gentiles. In the same way, his final charge to the disciples (and thus to us!) was to be witnesses to their community AND to "the ends of the earth," thereby emphasizing the collective, not just individual, nature of the their calling.