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!

08/11/2013

I AM Peace... and Baal is Not

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Judges 6:25-27 (NIV) Read...
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In our first sermon on Gideon last week, we saw how Gideon had a hard time hearing God's call, but when he did finally hear it he stopped and worshipped. He built an altar to God and named it "The Lord is Peace." The first, foundational step towards peace is to worship the God who is Peace. But as we continue looking at Gideon's life, we find that Gideon's life was a bit more complicated: he belonged to a family of idol worshippers. If Gideon is going to worship God and respond faithfully to his call to be judge and work for the peace of God's people, he has a second step to take. It's a step we need to take as well and, as we find out, it can a very costly and difficult step; one that we have to continue making throughout our lives. If God is Peace, then Baal - and all our false gods - are not.

08/04/2013

I AM Peace

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Judges 6:11-24 (NIV) Read...
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This week our "Peeps" series leads us to the story of Gideon. Gideon's story is told in the book of Judges which describes a strange, somewhat chaotic time in the life of God's people. The nation of Israel is in a time of transition, of twilight, and without a solid figure to lead them in God's ways like Moses and Joshua had done. A series of Judges are raised up to help lead Israel and deliver them from their enemies but they all fall short in some way. Gideon is one of these judges. What does Gideon do when God's calls him to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Midianites? First anger and bitterness, then excuses and doubts, followed by questions and further uncertainty. Sounds like you and me sometimes doesn't it? There is good news though and we hear it in God's response to Gideon. Maybe you are in a place similar to Gideon, in transition, in twilight, asking "why?" - in God's response to Gideon we find a very important message for all of us, no matter where we find ourselves today.

07/28/2013

A Reluctant Leader

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Acts 7:20-36 (NIV) Read...
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Moses is known as one of the great leaders of God's people in Old Testament. He led the nation of Israel out of Egypt, met with God on the mountain and received the Ten Commandments and the law, and journeyed with God and the people for 40 years through the wilderness as Israel made its way to the Promised Land. Instead of exploring Moses as a great leader, this week we look at how Moses became the leader he was. Moses had a very interesting story; an unlikely path to being God's chosen man for delivering Israel. When we look at how his life unfolds, we discover that Moses was shaped into a somebody in God's story through his experience as a nobody. Maybe there is more to being a "nobody" than we think?

07/21/2013

Jacob's Ladder

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 28:10-22 (NIV) Read...
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This week we come to Israel's third patriarch - Jacbo, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. When we find Jacob in Genesis 28, he is not doing so well. His life up to this point has been marked by deceit; its even part of his name! Now he is on the run from his older brother Esau, unsure of the future, and without any indication that God is really *still* with him after all that he's done. We can identify with Jacob because we've probably all been in similar situations - alone, confused, and not sure of what's next. Sometimes we put ourselves in these situations but other times life just seems to happen to us. At Jacob's place of loneliness, despair, and uncertainty, God "shows up." What can we learn about God from this experience? What can we learn from Jacob's response? In this story we witness a God who keeps His promises, who is present, and who provides.

07/14/2013

A Ram in the Thicket

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Hebrews 1:17-19 (NIV) Read...
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For the past two weeks we've heard all about Abraham's faith, but what about his son - the promised son - Isaac? Did Isaac follow in his father's footsteps? In Genesis 22, we find yet another story of Abraham's faith, but Isaac plays an important role in this story too. It's usually Abraham who receives all the attention in this story but what do we learn when we examine it from Isaac's perspective? As we walk through this story, God is teaching us about the nature of our faith: how it grows, the cost it requires, and its foundation in God's own faithfulness. Even as a young adult, Isaac has something to teach us about faith.

07/07/2013

Blessed to be a Blessing

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV) Read...
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This week we continue to learn from the life of Abraham - the father of our faith. In Genesis 12, God calls Abram (before his name was changed to "Abraham") to be a blessing to all *nations*. This may sound straightforward, but when we explore the meaning of "nations" further and take a good look at the world we're living in, we hear a distinct, possibly unsettling, and definitely life-changing call from God on our lives. As Abraham's children, God calls us to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of God to all nations. This may take a variety of forms, but our end goal as the Church, as humankind, is one and same: to worship God in spirit and truth.

06/30/2013

The Faithful Father

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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The story of Abraham is found in Genesis, but comes up all throughout Scripture; it’s a story of faith. He’s an important figure. In Hebrews 11:1 the writer defines faith as ‘confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,’ and holds Abraham up as a model of such faith. Romans 4:18-25 refers to Genesis 15 where Abraham, at an old age & without a son, had been given a promise that he would be the father of many nations. And against all hope he was assured and confident of this future promise. As a result, he’s referred to as the father of our faith, a father of many nations, and as God’s friend. Understanding the promises given to Abraham and our role in his continuing story is one of the most foundational lessons we can learn.

06/23/2013

Todd and Anna Morrison: Searching for God's Heart in Southeast Asia

Speaker: 
Todd and Anna Morrison
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We're blessed this week to hear from Todd and Anna Morrison - a missionary couple we've been prayerfully supporting over the past few years. They've served in Malaysia and are currently working with Daughters of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We'll get to hear about the work Todd has done on behalf of labor and sex trafficking victims in Malaysia and how Anna is experiencing God's work of transformation in and among victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia. Their challenge for us is simple: seek God's heart right here, right now as a church body and give yourselves to faithfully serving God and each other in love.

06/16/2013

Awake: God, Your God, and My God

Speaker: 
Michael Thomas
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How do we *know* God? Is it all about the knowledge, the facts, the information in our "minds" or is it more about the intimacy, the feelings, the emotions in our "hearts"? What is God's role? In this week's sermon, Mike Thomas shares a synthesized version of the messages he presented on our recent Men's Retreat. God is calling us, even desiring for us, to know Him and be known by Him, to come AWAKE in our relationship with Him, within ourselves, and with others. Listen as Mike sheds light on how this process works and how he sees it happening within our own church body.

06/09/2013

Double Rainbow

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 6:0 (NIV) Read...
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We've looked at the lives of Adam and Eve the past two weeks - how God created them in His own image and how that image was cracked and broken by sin. This week, we trace the story of Adam and Eve's descendants and we begin to see the consequences of their broken images of God, themselves, and each other. The story turns dark; violence and evil spreads through the world to the extent that God actually regrets His good work of creation. But there is always hope in the midst of our darkness. This time, hope is found in the person of Noah. Do we believe that one person can really make all that much difference in the world? What is the source of our hope? Is God present with us in the evil we experience? Through Noah, God reveals the wonderful truth about hope and how we can live in a world that is often turned against us.