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!

12/29/2013

Under the Drain Spout

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Read...
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In Romans 15:13 -- our signature verse for the 2013-2014 year -- we find a two dimensional calling; its simultaneously active and passive. We <em>passively</em> receive God's joy and peace as we <em>actively</em> trust in God. As a result, our lives "overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." What does it look like to actively trust in God in our everyday lives such that we are filled with the Holy Spirit? What kind of "rhythms" do we need to follow in order to prepare ourselves to receive God's joy and peace and become "overflowers" of hope? As we bring 2013 to an end and begin a new year, we'll be exploring several different "rhythms" that put us in a position to be filled with God's life. It's the difference between putting a bucket in a field and hoping it catches some rain and putting it underneath a rain spout where it's sure to be filled to overflowing.

After learning about these rhythms on Sunday mornings, we invite you to begin practicing on your own or with a friend. We'll provide the instructions for you to download each week. You can find a download link for those just underneath the sermon slides download link shown to the right.

12/22/2013

Love

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 2:1-40 (NIV) Read...
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If there's one character in the Christmas story who is overlooked the most, it's Joseph - the father of Jesus. When we think of Jesus' "father," we usually think of God since Jesus is the Son of God. But, Jesus had a human father too! Joseph can be hard to miss amid all the focus on Mary, the angels, the shepherds, and the wise men, but he plays a crucial role in the story. When we focus in on Joseph, we discover a model for the jealous, caring love of God that does whatever is necessary to know us and save us. <a href="http://www.sixeight.org">THIS IS A TEST</a>

12/15/2013

Joy: Sorrow and Presence

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 2:8-20 (NIV) Read...
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When the angels appeared in the dark night sky to announce Jesus' birth, who did they visit first? The shepherds: the lowliest of the low, the marginalized, the ignored, the forgotten. What was the angel's message? "Glad tidings of great... JOY!" Like peace and hope, joy is something we always associate with the Advent season. But what is joy? How is joy different from happiness? How can we be "shepherds" in the world and still know the joy of Jesus' birth today?

12/08/2013

Peace

Speaker: 
Rich Andrews
Passage: 
Luke 1:26-56 (NIV) Read...
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In the book of Isaiah, we find one of the most well-known prophecies concerning the Messiah to come: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Jesus Christ is this Messiah - the Prince of Peace - which Isaiah foretold hundreds of years before his birth. Because Jesus is the Prince of Peace, peace is a central theme in the Advent season. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, peace can be the last thing on our minds. Even during the rest of the year, peace can be hard to come by, much less a defining feature of our lives. How can we know the Prince of Peace in a real way this Advent season? Is there a way for us to experience the peace of Christ in our everyday lives?

12/01/2013

Hope

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 2:1-12 (NIV) Read...
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Our Advent series begins with the story of the Magi, the "Three Wise Men" (how do you know there were 3?), from the East. They have seen the star over Bethlehem and have come in search of the new king whose birth the star proclaims. They bring precious gifts to this baby: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What's really going on in this story? Is it more than just a show of respect to the Son of God being born as a human? What can these men of the East teach us about hope?

11/24/2013

The Unanswered Question

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 4:1-11 (NIV) Read...
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What's the difference between being Christian and being a "good" person? Is there a difference? Aren't Christians supposed to be "good" people? As we hear the final chapter in Jonah's story, we're confronted with God's scandalous grace - even for, especially for, the "bad" people. Jonah is not happy with God's decision to be gracious and merciful to the people of Nineveh. They have repented from their evil ways, but Jonah still thinks they deserve punishment. Jonah's reaction to God's grace holds up a mirror on our own lives. Do we ever act like Jonah? Do we struggle with God's grace ourselves? Or do we struggle with extending it to others?

11/17/2013

Back to the Beginning

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Jonah 3:1-12 (NIV) Read...
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Today we find Jonah after he's hit his rock bottom in the belly of a fish. God is still calling him to take up the same mission as before - go to Nineveh, preach against it, and call for repentance. God's call for all our lives remains the same too: preach and embody the Kingdom of God - do the things Jesus did! What happens when Jonah obeys God and goes to Nineveh? The results may surprise you... and, what's more, its still happening today. Will we obey God's call for own repentance and then follow God on God's mission?

11/10/2013

Rock Bottom

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Jonah 3:2-10 (NIV) Read...
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Have you ever felt hopeless? In despair? Wandering aimlessly like there was no purpose in your life? Maybe you feel those things now. Jonah understands something of what you're feeling. Jonah hit rock bottom - he was thrown overboard into a raging ocean only to be swallowed by a fish! These moments in life come for all of us, moments when it seems like the worries and problems of our lives simply swallow us whole. When you're living in the belly of a fish, life is very difficult. Why does this happen to Job? Why does it happen to us? Is God still there even when we've sunken to the depths of despair? Even when we're running from God? Jonah's rock bottom story can give us hope to trust God through the most painful seasons of our lives.

11/03/2013

A Reluctant Prophet

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Jonah 1:3-17 (NIV) Read...
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What happens to Jonah will most likely, at some point, happen to all of us: God will impose himself on our personal lives and choices; God will call us to deal with a certain personal issue; God will ask us to go to a certain people or place. The point is that following God means doing things we don't necessarily *want* to do and being people we don't really care to be. What do we do? We run: we move, or start a new job, or make new friends, or pick up a new hobby, or maybe we just get a new haircut. But, like Jonah, we forget that running is useless. What can God teach us from Jonah's reluctance to follow? Are we running from God only to find that all our problems and issues have not gone away? What do we do if that's the case?

10/27/2013

Lovin on the Enemy

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Jonah 1:1-2 (NIV) Read...
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Today we begin a new series on short, yet powerful book of Jonah. It may be entitled Jonah, but it’s really about the character of God. Jonah’s story serves as a narrative to enlighten us on who God is; it serves as a picture of his heart and sovereignty over people. It shows us something of his burning holiness, something of his powerful and detailed ordering of events and something of his tender mercy. None of which is stated as cold fact, as if from a theology textbook. Rather God’s image emerges as the story unravels. We begin with a close look at "the enemy" to whom God sends Jonah: the Assyrians whose capitol city was Nineveh. Who are these people? Why would God send Jonah to preach repentance to the enemy of God's people? What might this tell us about God and ourselves?