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!

12/07/2014

Distortions in Cat Theology

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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Continuing in our humorous use of the analogy "cats vs. dogs," we continue to look at the parallels in our lives between God-centered and Me-centered attitudes and actions. Although this analogy may seem light-hearted, the examination of whether we view the world through Cat or Dog-colored lenses can create a sobering wake up call for all believers and hones in on an understanding of the core truth of our existence. Understanding the root distortions common to many Christian's thoughts and practices helps us recognize our misconceptions and exchange them for the reality of why we were created in the first place: to glorify God and join in His work.

11/30/2014

Selfish in the Church

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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In this second part of our series, "Cat and Dog Theology," we discuss the fundamental differences between the way God-focused and self-focused christians worship. By examining the common thought-patterns we often bring to Christian practices such as prayer, study, meditation, cooperate worship, confession and discipleship, we identify a far too often self-focused attitude at the root of these seemingly God-focused activities. We learn how to effectively root out these misconceptions and enjoy a richer relationship with God and a greater effectiveness for good in our world.

11/23/2014

Thinking Outside the Box

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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In this first sermon in our 4th sermon mini-series, Jason outlines the two ways most Christians view the world and their role in it: many of us unconsciously view ourselves as the center of God's plan, as His main motivation and focus--but that viewpoint actually should be flipped. Understanding how we often spend our time focusing on our concerns rather than viewing ourselves as a part of a larger story may radically change the way we live our lives. Using the humorous contrast between cats and dogs sheds some light on these contrasting world-views and helps us see more clearly what our focus has been/should be.

11/16/2014

Four Ways to Be Involved

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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In this last installment of the missions series, "The Missing Half," we focus on the four ways we can become people of God whose lives don't have a "missing half." Jason outlines the four ways we can prayerfully involve ourselves in God's heart for reaching the world through becoming a sender, a welcomer, a mobilizer, and/or a "go-er." We learn the how and why of each of these four action steps and come to understand that all believers should be involved in at least one of these on a daily basis.

11/09/2014

Am I Called to Missions?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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In this 3rd part of our series on missions, The Missing Half, we continue to look at the scriptural case for the high priority of Missions in God's plan for each of us and the fact that we often only focus on the half of scripture that has personal application. We've been learning that God's invitation to the kingdom is not just for us and those we deem worthy, but for the nations and any and every individual. This week we focus on the fact that "missions" is an essential part of every Christian's calling, not just those who have the vocation of missionary. Starting with the two loaves and fishes stories in the gospel, we are presented with more evidence that Jesus' outreach wasn't to his people-group alone, but also to the gentiles. In the same way, his final charge to the disciples (and thus to us!) was to be witnesses to their community AND to "the ends of the earth," thereby emphasizing the collective, not just individual, nature of the their calling.

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.