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!

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.

04/06/2014

What Keeps Me from Being Generous?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 12:13-21 (NIV) Read...
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As we approach the end of our series on generosity, it's time to ask ourselves the tough questions. We've seen how generosity is at the core of God's gracious nature, how it challenges are ideas about fairness and justice. We've seen how Paul encouraged the early church in Corinth to sow generously towards the collection for the poor church in Jerusalem. We've learned so much about generosity but now it's time to examine what really keeps us from being generous. In Luke 12, Jesus tells a parable about a rich fool - not a fool because he was rich but a fool because his heart had become attached to his riches. He was a fool because money and greed were his idols. How do we relate to money and wealth? How much do we really need? What is it that eclipses Jesus in our hearts and causes us to reject God's invitation to participate in His generosity?

03/30/2014

How Can I Give like God?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV) Read...
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Last week we heard Paul encouraging the Corinthian church to finish what they had started. Just a year before, they were excited to give generously towards Paul's collection for the poor Christians in Jerusalem. Paul urges them to match their desire to give with their action in giving. Why? Because giving is the essence of grace. We join in the overflow of God's grace when we give generously. The result of godly generosity, or gracious giving, is such that God will keep the store increasing, we will mature in righteousness, that our good works will increase, that we will be blessed holistically. We will be more like Christ. In short, God will bless our socks off in more ways than one! Again, not that we will become rich and get what we think we need, but that we will get what we really need & ample amounts of it, materially & spiritually!

03/23/2014

Am I Generous?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (NIV) Read...
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For the past two weeks, we've explored God's abundant generosity. God is full of grace which He pours out on us through faith so that we are saved - brought to new life out of our spiritual death! God's generosity is so gracious that it challenges our definition of "fairness." This week we shift from looking at God and God's nature to examining ourselves: what will God's generosity mean for us and the way we live our lives? In 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul writes to the church to ask them to fulfill their commitment to being generous givers. He asks for money! Not for himself, but for the poor church in Jerusalem. The question Paul raises for us today is, "In light of Jesus' generosity towards me, am I liberal in generosity towards the needs of the local church in its kingdom work?" What we find is the same as what the church found back then: giving - participating in God's generosity - is a grace, an expression and sign of our sincerity and love of Christ and others!

03/16/2014

Is God Too Generous?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 20:1-16 (NIV) Read...
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God is a gracious giver: when we were spiritually dead, God gave us the gift of new life by grace through faith. But is God too generous? This week we look to the teaching of Jesus in the Parable of the Vineyard to get a better picture of what God's generosity look like. Jesus has just been approached by a rich young ruler who wants to know how he can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells him to be radically generous, but he refuses Jesus' invitation. The disciples see this encounter and wonder aloud to Jesus about what they will "get" from him in return for giving up everything to follow him. Jesus responds with the Parable of the Vineyard to describe what the kingdom of heaven is like. If God is like the landowner in the parable, we have to wonder: is God's generosity "fair"? Is it right for God to give so generously to those who don't "deserve" it?