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!

06/02/2013

What Are You Hiding From?

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 3:8-10 (NIV) Read...
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It is true that we are made in God's image, but, as Adam and Eve show us, this image is damaged by our choice to be our own gods. Instead of reflecting the image of the one, true God, we follow in Adam and Eve's footsteps and believe the lie that we are worthy of our own worship. What are the consequences of this decision in our lives? How is our ability to relate to God, ourselves, and one another honestly, openly, and vulnerably affected? Are we still hiding in the bushes like Adam and Eve, crouched in the shadows of our shame? God is calling us to come out of these shadows as little children to restore our trust in Him and to bring healing to these broken places in ourselves. Are you ready to stop hiding?

05/26/2013

Behind the Apple

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) Read...
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God created humanity "in our image" - that is, in the image of God. These physical, material bodies in this physical, material world reflect something of God. They are good! What does this mean for us? Why has God made us this way and where do we get it wrong? This week we explore these questions as we begin a new sermon series, "Tales of God's Peeps," and search for truth and wisdom in the stories of individual God-seekers recorded in the Bible.

05/19/2013

Baptism Sunday: An Outward Sign, An Inward Reality

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Romans 6:3-8 (NIV) Read...
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Today we recognize and celebrate God's saving work in the lives of three of our own through the sacred act of baptism. What is baptism and what does it represent? Why is it important to us as Christ's followers? We explore these questions and more in this week's sermon.

05/12/2013

The Animate Wrap Up

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) Read...
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How important are our imaginations, really? Does what we think about and envision for ourselves really have that much impact on how we follow Jesus? Why do we need to practice what this Animate series has been teaching us about going to God in the inner sanctum of our imaginations and contemplating Him? Well, Socrates once said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." He's got a point. Do you know why you do what you do or are you just drug along by the next fad or argument? God calls us to think about our thinking and our Animate practices can help us respond to that call.

05/05/2013

Clever Disguises

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV) Read...
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This week we discover how our image of God - the one we contemplate in our imagination - is connected, not only to our image of ourselves, but to our image of others. Do we see God in others? The degree to which we believe a lie about God, we believe it about ourselves, and we believe it about others. Do we see how our ability to contemplate Jesus in Truth defines everything? Do we dare to believe what God says about himself!? Do we dare to believe what God says about ourselves? Do we dare to believe what God says about others?

04/28/2013

Forming Me

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 2:7 (NIV) Read...
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As we continue our Animate series and keep exploring how God works to transform us, we need to take some time to acknowledge that the image we see of ourselves is sometimes not even close to the same person God sees when He looks at us. We pick up false images of ourselves nearly everywhere we turn. We've been through hard times in the past that seem to have scarred us beyond repair. Its easy to get discouraged when what we are told to believe about ourselves seems so different from the person we see in the mirror. But, do we know that we are God's masterpiece? Do we know that God is forming us? What difference will it make for our transformation when we really experience how God has come close to us to get His hands dirty and be with us and for us and in us?

04/21/2013

Divine Residue: Community Sunday 2013

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV) Read...
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Today is Community Sunday; a time to join in worship with our Community Partners and celebrate the ways we've partnered together for the good of our community as we seek God's Kingdom in the Ardmore/Havertown area. We're so humbled to be walking alongside our partners and we are so grateful for how they are giving of themselves for our community. It's truly a joy for us to be in partnership with them! As we recognize them and celebrate our connections, its good to reflect on what it is we mean when we say "the Kingdom of God." Is the Kingdom any different from doing good works? What's unique about the Kingdom we talk about and give our lives to? How do we know that our lives are being lived for the Kingdom of God?

04/14/2013

Holding Up Your Body

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NIV) Read...
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For the past two weeks we've been talking about the power of images and our ability to use our imaginations to make God's truth a reality in our lives. What is the most important "image" in our lives? Our image of God. The way we imagine God has everything to do with whether or not we live out our faith in real ways in our day to day lives. Who is Jesus to you? What image comes to mind when you think of Jesus? Most importantly, where did that image come from? Let's examine our images of God and hold up those images to the way we see God in Scripture. Images are powerful and this is the one image we need to see most clearly.

04/07/2013

Flesh and Blood

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
John 1:14 (NIV) Read...
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We find a remarkable statement right out of the gate in John's Gospel: the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). This brief phrase captures the idea of incarnation, God becoming flesh and blood, which stands at the center of our Christian faith. But, do we really take this foundational truth seriously in the way we engage with God? We tend to focus our faith on knowing the right "words", the right beliefs, the right information, but does this focus honor God's work in the incarnation? When we take the incarnation seriously, we hear God's call to be more fully human: to take all this information in our minds and make it real in our daily lives. God wants to transform us entirely, our hearts and minds and everything else. What will it mean for us to know and follow God with our whole selves - our flesh and blood?

03/31/2013

Contemplate

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 3:14-18 (NIV) Read...
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Christ is risen! The tomb is empty and death has been defeated! In Jesus, God has made a way for us to know Him and experience Him - not just in our heads but also in our hearts. Too often, we make following Jesus either all about "knowing" all the right ideas, or all about "doing" all the right things, but we need both! We are whole persons with intellect and emotion. How do we live in a way that honors God using our whole selves? Is there a way for us to combine our heads and our hearts? Yes! There is a way; we just have to be willing to use our imaginations.