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!

06/15/2014

Joseph 10

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:41-54 (NIV) Read...
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This week, we find ourselves in Genesis 42 but this is not where we stay. As we read through the story, we start to think about the consciences of Joseph's brothers and how their "inner voices" led them down the paths they have walked. This story teaches a great deal about right and wrong and where we learn the difference. Today's sermon showed us that and used other parts of scripture to back it up.

06/08/2014

Joseph 8

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:45-57 (NIV) Read...
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This week we again saw how God's sovereignty and providence is always working. Asenath, Joseph's wife, was the daughter of the priest of On and came from a deeply Pagan background. Yet, Joseph married her and she can be seen as the foreshadowing of the Bride of Christ and the image of the Church because of the ways that God's sovereignty and providence was able to work through her.

06/01/2014

Joseph 7

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:1-44 (NIV) Read...
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When we left Joseph last week in Genesis 40, he was languishing in prison falsely accused and forgotten by Pharaoh's wine taster - the only person he had asked to help him. But by the end of chapter 41, Joseph is putting on Pharaoh's signet ring as he steps into the role of Pharaoh's right-hand man. Joseph literally went from rags to riches. How did this happen? It all goes back to dreams. Joseph is summoned from prison to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. The interpretation is dire: Egypt will experience 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. But Joseph knows just what to do. His life has been all about ups and downs. God has shaped him throughout these experiences into just the right person he needed to be to step into this important role. Joseph waits on God and God never forgets Joseph. Wherever we find ourselves today, we can follow Joseph's example and trust in God's unfailing love.

05/25/2014

Joseph 6

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Genesis 40:1 - 41:1 (NIV) Read...
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We are forgetful people. In some way or another, we all forget about others, and, some more than others, we're all forgotten. Being forgotten is a deadening experience. What does it mean for us to remember those who are easy to forget? This morning we find Joseph in a desperate place - the most desperate of his life. Up until now, his life has been getting increasingly difficult but he keeps landing on his feet. In Genesis 40, this is no longer the case: Joseph is forgotten in prison. What is God doing? Maybe it seems like not enough? God is being loyal to Joseph, giving him interpretations to the dreams of his fellow prisoners. But his fellow prisoners forget him. God does not forget us, but others often do. But, who do we forget? God remembers us. Who are we being called to remember? What does that look like?

05/18/2014

Joseph 5

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 39:7-23 (NIV) Read...
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Last week we found out that Joseph is bought as a slave into the house of Potiphar, the captain of the Egyptian pharaoh's army and a very powerful man. God remains faithfully present with Joseph and Joseph is promoted to the head of the household. It seems like Joseph has bounced back even though he's been betrayed and sold into slavery. You might even say he's made his way to the top. But then temptation strikes: Potiphar's wife desires Joseph and tries over and over again to seduce him. What do we do with temptation? How do we handle it? Can we say no? Joseph is faithful and resists this temptation, but its not enough. Potiphar's wife lies about him and gets Joseph thrown into prison. But God's not done with Joseph. Even when we're not faithful and give in to temptation, God is not done with us. God is always working redemption.

05/11/2014

Joseph 4

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 37:36 - 39:6 (NIV) Read...
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We all have our bad days; some are worse than others. We get sick, we have accidents - life happens and its not always good. Joseph knows how we feel. His brothers have just sold him into slavery. He's a victim of what we now know as the global phenomenon of human trafficking. What is God doing in situations like these? Is God present on our bad days? Does God cause these things to happen to Joseph or to us? When our suffering is more than we can bear, who is God?

05/04/2014

Joseph 3

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 37:12-25 (NIV) Read...
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We all go through times in our lives when we feel like our only option is giving up. All hope seems to be lost. We feel lost and alone. Joseph knows how we feel. This week we see what happens when the jealousy of Joseph's brothers becomes too much for them to bear. They lash out against him; throwing him into a cistern and then selling him as a slave to a caravan of traders. Joseph's future seemed so bright, but now there is just darkness. But God is there. There is still so much more to Joseph's story. Don't give up hope yet. God will make a way. Walk in faith as God leads you out of darkness into marvelous light.

04/27/2014

Joseph 2

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 37:1-11 (NIV) Read...
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Joseph goes through some very trying ordeals & could’ve wavered in his belief that God was with him. Think about all those times in life when you’ve felt you couldn't see God working. What we find in Joseph's story today is that God’s providence is working itself out, even when it doesn’t seem to be working itself out. In our passage from Joseph's story today, Joseph comes across as a bit... arrogant, a tattle-tell, Daddy's favorite son. But is that all that's going on? Or is this God working for this whole family preparing Joseph to save his brothers in the future? Joseph was given a vision from God that would guide the rest of his life. By sharing it, he may have caused his brothers to sell him into slavery, but even then God was working.

04/20/2014

Joseph 1 plus Baptism

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 30:22-24 (NIV) Read...
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This week we begin a new sermon series on the life of Joseph. Joseph's story holds a central place in the pages of Scripture. It provides a narrative link between the origin of God's people Israel in the person of Abraham and God's liberation of that same people from slavery in Egypt many generations later. Joseph is also a pre-cursor to Christ. In his story, we can see reflections and shadows of what God would do in and through Jesus Christ. Joseph’s story is filled with jealousy, betrayal & temptation. It is also filled with salvation, as well as, the faithfulness, provision & promises of God. It’s filled with forgiveness & love. It's appropriate for us to begin telling Joseph's story today, on Easter Sunday, because in Joseph, we see the Gospel - we see both Good Friday & Easter.

We're also celebrating the act of baptism today with three of our own! Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. When we are baptized, we act in obedience to Christ's command and publicly announce our identity in Him. It shows that we have been adopted into God's family and are participants in the Body of Christ, the church. As we are lowered into the water, we are symbolically united with Christ's death on the cross for the sin of the world; as we are raised out of the water, we are symbolically united with Christ's resurrection from the dead so that we can walk in newness of life. Baptism is the best way to celebrate Easter!

04/13/2014

Don't Worry

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV) Read...
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In this final sermon of our 40 Days of Generosity series, we need to talk about the thing that competes with Jesus as Lord in our lives: money and, specifically, our worry over money and things it buys. Worry over money and possessions diverts us from being kingdom minded people. We end up unproductive in the ministry God would have us be focused on. The time & devotion we could expend on loving Jesus and others closer to him is instead spent worshiping money at the alter of our worry. When we live in fear & worry it prompts us to careless & dangerous things. But, when we can rest in the assurance of God’s fatherly love & care undergirding life, we can live in confidence to work towards things which are fruitful & lasting; his kingdom & righteousness. Money is not worthy of the status of master, it must take its place under Christ. Live for the kingdom under the assurance of Jesus.