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!

11/02/2014

God's Love for Internationals

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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After establishing last week that we need to read the Bible with more than just a focus on our own blessing or enrichment, we turn to what the second half of our focus should be: on being a blessing to the nations. We discuss how often the ancient Israelites focused on the fact that they were God's chosen people and forgot that he had chosen them to bear his name to be a witness and to bring enlightenment to the people around them. Jason highlights passages in the scriptures that evidence God's heart for internationals and his concern and care that they be included in His kingdom. In turn, we apply these passages to our own lives and the communities where we have been placed, considering who we might have overlooked unconsciously viewed as unworthy of the kingdom.

10/26/2014

Missing God's Will

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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When we study the Bible, we are often taught, either by our culture or even our teachers, to view the scriptures exclusively through the lens of our personal experience, especially when reading about promises or blessings God spoke to his people. In this teaching, Jason walks us through the scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to help us learn the bigger picture behind most of these popular verses. We realize that, although we are an important part of God's story and his scriptures speak life into our personal lives, we can't see ourselves as the only story or read scripture applied to our own personal life situations alone--to do so leaves out half of the story!

10/19/2014

You, the Great Commission Person

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV) Read...
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In this last sermon in the first Missions series we are studying, we move from understanding our role as ambassadors in God's kingdom to learning who exactly we should be reaching out to. Jason takes us through multiple sections of the Bible to show us how Jesus' focus was not just on his community but also on the people groups outside of his local ministry. We often think of Jesus' ministry being exclusively to his fellow Jews, but scripture shows that he was actually building a foundation for his message to be taken to the ends of the earth through his disciples.

10/12/2014

The Great Commission Church

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 22:16-18 (NIV) Read...
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We often think of the Great Commission as being a term that Jesus gave us in the New Testement to help us understand our role in bringing His message of hope to the world. But this week we learn that His Great Commission actually began at the very beginning of His story: starting with God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22, we continue through the Bible highlighting all the times God has communicated His Great Commission to His people, helping us to understand this key element of our purpose in life!

10/05/2014

Pursuing His Greatest Glory for our Greatest Joy

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 11:1-4 (NIV) Read...
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This week we are continuing to expand on the principle we learned last week, that the Bible is not two separate testaments but one unified book with a unified message. This week we learn that our greatest fulfillment and happiness in life are inextricably linked to furthering God’s greatest glory and that one way his greatest glory is revealed is through unifying that which is diverse. We also are reminded that diversity was created to bring God glory, but separation stands in the way of that fulfillment. Starting with the story of the Tower of Babel, we learn about the separation of mankind and understand our role in the unified missional message of the old and new testaments.

09/28/2014

Understanding the Bible and Your Role In It

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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Jason kicks off our new sermon series on Missions by establishing the context and purpose of missions: first, by learning that the term "missions" means God's heart for the nations, and secondly understanding that the Bible is an actual story with a beginning, middle and conclusion. Jason walks us through this story and helps us understand the connection between old and new testament and the theme of God's heart for the nations that runs through them both.

09/21/2014

House of Figs

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Mark 11:12-20 (NIV) Read...
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In the second part of this two part series on prayer, Jason continues his teaching by referencing Mark 11:12-18 and the story of Jesus clearing out the temple. He elaborates on the ways our effectiveness in prayer can be affected both positively and negatively by the state of our inward life, contrasting between two houses where our hearts can dwell: The House of Prayer and The House of Figs.

09/14/2014

Protection and Power

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Romans 12:12 (NIV) Read...
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In this two part series, we learn about the reality that there is an enemy in this world. In part one, "Survival, Sickness, Sin, Satan & Sabotage," we learn that acknowledging that we are in a battle is the first step to overcoming. We discuss how prayer is a vital element in our defense, as well as the power that the Holy Spirit has put at our disposal when we join our prayers as a community.

09/07/2014

Joseph 21

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 48:0 (NIV) Read...
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Beginning with a reading of Rudyard Kipling's famous poem, "If," Jason closes our series on Joseph by showing the connection between God's promised destiny for the ancients and his calling for us today. Just like the qualities outlined in Kipling's verses, Genesis 48 describes Israel's list of requirements and promises for his children and demonstrates how the qualities to strive for in the pursuit of God's calling have impact, not just on our personal lives, but on the community around us and the generations after us.

08/31/2014

Joseph 20

Speaker: 
Joshua Goeke
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Joshua Geoke, Pastor of Compassion Vineyard Philadelphia, shares insights from Genesis chapter 20 as part of our ongoing series on Joseph. As a guest speaker, Pastor Geoke brings his unique perspective to the challenging topic of slavery and how he has grappled with understanding the existence of injustice while showing the nature of Jesus as our deliverer and redeemer.