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!

03/01/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

The Pastoral Heart

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Galatians 4:8-20 (NIV) Read...
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At first glance, Paul’s words to the Galatians seem intolerant to many people—after all, who is he to dictate what “flavor” of Christianity someone should pursue? This is a common misunderstanding in our post-modern church; we are so fond of avoiding absolutes and of making any sort of judgement about other’s beliefs in matters of faith. But Paul shows us the sloppy thinking that this is and how important it is to not sit back and say nothing when you see someone pursuing a harmful set of beliefs or actions. Caring is sharing, according to Paul, but sometimes what is shared can’t always be pleasant or what we want to hear. After all, we are following Christ’s example, a Person who spoke up sometimes almost rudely and often quite stridently about the black and the white matters at the core of our moral codes. This is what is called a Pastoral Heart, something that’s not just for pastor’s or leaders, but for anyone in a place of maturity who recognizes the responsibility we have to be committed to integrity, not just to what sounds good.

02/22/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Sons of God

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Galatians 3:26 - 4:7 (NIV) Read...
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This week, Jason draws on the classic pulp western plot line: a dusty, small town sheriff standing alone against an angry crowd of vigilantes, refusing to surrender his prisoner to their mob vengeance. In this well-worn theme, the sheriff always holds them off with squinty-eyed bravado, insisting that the evil man in his captivity be allowed to face legal justice in a court of law. In the same way, Paul’s teaching about what the purpose of biblical law is uses the analogy of a substitute—that the law was put into effect for our safekeeping against a world that wants to lynch us, holding that violence back until the judge comes to pronounce sentence. Jason says, “The law convicts; we’re guilty of transgression, every one of us. But as the law reveals that guilt in us, it also guides and protects us - it trains us up in righteousness. BUT, Paul says: “…the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” Rather, if we understand Jesus’ command to follow him and believe that he shares our burden’s with us, we follow in obedience to the Person rather out of fear of the law.

02/15/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Promises

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Galatians 3:15-25 (NIV) Read...
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As we examine further what living by law versus living by faith really means, we are directed to Abraham's example. Paul uses him as the basis of his teaching that we come to a right relationship with God not by following rules but by  something that the rules stood in for until we became mature enough to understand what they represented. Abraham is the answer to people who say only by following rules can we be true believers of God--he believed God before there were any rules about it. But he intuitively followed the law of morality that he learned from knowing God and being obedient to his words to him. As Jason says, "The question of freedom isn’t a life without morality or rules to live by, but rather, who gets to set those standards, and is there grace when they’re not achieved? The Christians answer is God in Christ to both questions -  philosophically & logically this is the only way it can be otherwise there will always be war & disunity - that is why we refer to God’s rule as the Kingdom of Peace - the world united in his standard, and under his grace."

02/08/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Foolishness and the Evil Eye

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 3:1-14 (NIV) Read...
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This week in Galatians, Jason focuses on the way Paul addresses the untrue and false teaching that had been going on in the Galatian church plant. The main focus of his letter to Galatia is to address some concerns that he has about the way they’ve gradually started following a religious fad rather than the truth that they learned from Christ—following foolish superstitions and religious traditions of certain rules and regulations. His argument up to this point has been experiential—the way the proof of the Gospel is revealed in our lives and in their recent history. But in this chapter, Paul brings forward the proof of scripture: as Jason says, “If we rely only on experience, then any guy who sees Jesus in the mold behind his refrigerator can be believed as having truth!” Both the Galatians and ourselves today can be wander into a harmful “truth" of our own making if we base our faith solely on our preferences rather than recognizing truth as a Person and as a standard that can’t be affected or changed. It’s easy to think that following rules will make you a good person, but only in right relation to God can a moral code do anything helpful in our lives and relationships.

02/01/2015
Galatians Sermon Series at Six:Eight Vineyard Church

Peer Pressure and Prejudice

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Jason Guynes
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Galatians 2:11-21 (NIV) Read...
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Part Four in our Galatians series continues in Chapter 2. We learn about the way that Peter, who was one of the most influential leaders of the early church, helped lead the early church into the revelation that Christ wasn’t just for their little group but for the whole world. However, although Peter was one of the first champions of allowing non-jews to be a part of their fellowship, he fell prey to peer pressure in later years and started pulling back from his open support of believers who didn’t follow the strict codes of his cultural traditions. Paul describes this incident to show us the way even the strongest believers can fall prey to glorifying the rules of men over the law written on our hearts when we accept Christ. When we say “I no longer live but Christ lives in me,” this is a radical statement of what it looks like to become a believer--and it means we must sacrifice our sacred cows and self-righteousness as well!

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
Passage: 
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.