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!

07/20/2014

Joseph 14

Speaker: 
Michael Thomas
Passage: 
Genesis 44:1-34 (NIV) Read...
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This week, we learn about the importance of forgiveness. In the story of Joseph, forgiveness is key in order for relationships to be able to continue. Forgiveness is not an a one step process but it is a series of steps. While it is not always easy to forgive, it is central to the story of Joseph and the life of a Christian.

07/13/2014

Joseph 13

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 43:15-34 (NIV) Read...
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We pick up our story with Joseph preparing a meal for his brothers. Because of their guilt and fear, the brothers are worried that a trap is being set for them. Through this section of the story, we learn how you cannot have holiness where sin exists.

07/06/2014

Joseph 12

Speaker: 
Kara Goeke
Passage: 
Genesis 43:11-14 (NIV) Read...
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This week we encounter Israel's (aka Jacob) response to his son Judah concerning their return trip to Egypt which will include his youngest brother (and Jacob's new favorite son) Benjamin. Israel is understandably wary about sending his favorite son Benjamin on the journey back to Egypt. He's already lost one favorite son (or so he thinks!) and he's not feeling very well about risking another. We see these emotions on full display in Jacob's response. But, his response is not based on these emotions: he responds in faith trusting Judah and ultimately trusting God. While Jacob is not a great example for parenting, he does give us a great example of how to "feel our feelings" yet "act in faith." Feelings are good! They're God-given and we need to pay attention to and give voice to our feelings. But, like Jacob, we shouldn't let our feelings dictate our decisions - we need to let our faith lead the way.

06/29/2014

Joseph 11

Passage: 
Genesis 43:1-10 (NIV) Read...
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This week, we follow the story of Judah rather than Joseph. Judah was Joseph's brother who "saved" Joseph from death but suggests selling him into slavery. We look at his motives and then further examine his life after Joseph is gone. Judah left home and lives outside of the Promise Land, he marries a woman (Shua) and they have three sons. Through a long story of death and deceit, Judah learns the lesson of humility and he accepts/admits his sins. This brings about a great change in him that is seen later in his life when he vows to protect his brother Benjamin unlike his actions towards Joseph. This story is a testament to the way God is always working in His people because Jesus is from the line of Judah.

06/22/2014

Joseph 9

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:54 - 42:8 (NIV) Read...
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Last week. we learned how Joseph's wife was the image of the church. This week, we see that this series is a reminder of who Christ is and so the sermon this week shows how the story of Joseph was a foreshadowing of Christ. First, we see Joseph foreshadowing Christ in his Humiliation, followed by Exaltation and then in Salvation.

06/15/2014

Joseph 10

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:41-54 (NIV) Read...
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This week, we find ourselves in Genesis 42 but this is not where we stay. As we read through the story, we start to think about the consciences of Joseph's brothers and how their "inner voices" led them down the paths they have walked. This story teaches a great deal about right and wrong and where we learn the difference. Today's sermon showed us that and used other parts of scripture to back it up.

06/08/2014

Joseph 8

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:45-57 (NIV) Read...
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This week we again saw how God's sovereignty and providence is always working. Asenath, Joseph's wife, was the daughter of the priest of On and came from a deeply Pagan background. Yet, Joseph married her and she can be seen as the foreshadowing of the Bride of Christ and the image of the Church because of the ways that God's sovereignty and providence was able to work through her.

06/01/2014

Joseph 7

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 41:1-44 (NIV) Read...
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When we left Joseph last week in Genesis 40, he was languishing in prison falsely accused and forgotten by Pharaoh's wine taster - the only person he had asked to help him. But by the end of chapter 41, Joseph is putting on Pharaoh's signet ring as he steps into the role of Pharaoh's right-hand man. Joseph literally went from rags to riches. How did this happen? It all goes back to dreams. Joseph is summoned from prison to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. The interpretation is dire: Egypt will experience 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. But Joseph knows just what to do. His life has been all about ups and downs. God has shaped him throughout these experiences into just the right person he needed to be to step into this important role. Joseph waits on God and God never forgets Joseph. Wherever we find ourselves today, we can follow Joseph's example and trust in God's unfailing love.

05/25/2014

Joseph 6

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Genesis 40:1 - 41:1 (NIV) Read...
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We are forgetful people. In some way or another, we all forget about others, and, some more than others, we're all forgotten. Being forgotten is a deadening experience. What does it mean for us to remember those who are easy to forget? This morning we find Joseph in a desperate place - the most desperate of his life. Up until now, his life has been getting increasingly difficult but he keeps landing on his feet. In Genesis 40, this is no longer the case: Joseph is forgotten in prison. What is God doing? Maybe it seems like not enough? God is being loyal to Joseph, giving him interpretations to the dreams of his fellow prisoners. But his fellow prisoners forget him. God does not forget us, but others often do. But, who do we forget? God remembers us. Who are we being called to remember? What does that look like?

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.