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!

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.

03/24/2013

Ecclesiastes 12: Simple or Simplistic?

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (NIV) Read...
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This week marks the end of our journey through Ecclesiastes. We've learned so much from Koheleth along the way about what it means to be a wise person. As Ecclesiastes draws to a close, the author claims to sum up all that Koheleth has written in these 6 words: fear God and keep his commandments. It seems so simple... or is it simplistic? Does this summary teaching really do justice to all Koheleth has said? Is it a simplistic gloss over all the tough questions we've heard in Ecclesiastes? Or, is it a simple, profound truth to direct our lives?

03/17/2013

Ecclesiastes 9: Wisdom and Power

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 (NIV) Read...
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As we approach the end of our Meaning(less) series on the wisdom of Koheleth in Ecclesiastes, we once again find that wisdom surprises us. When the situations of our lives seem hopeless or when we feel weak, wisdom comes. But, is wisdom always heeded? Do we always notice it? Are we looking for it in the right places? Listen as we reflect on Koheleth's story about the nature of wisdom in the unexpected places.

03/10/2013

Ecclesiastes 9: Dogs and Lions

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 (NIV) Read...
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Join us as we continue explore the wisdom of Koheleth in Ecclesiastes 9. We discover in this world that we have little control and our "morality" does not always lead to "good things." How do we live wisely in light of our condition? What difference does the resurrection of Christ make for us?

03/03/2013

Ecclesiastes 7: Names & Sorrows

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 (NIV) Read...
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What does your name say about you? All our names have a certain "meaning" that we may or may not know. Some names have lots of history behind them or family tradition. But, have you ever thought about how your name's meaning changes as you live your life? For example, you may have never heard of a little Albanian girl named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, but, your mind probably fills with all sorts of thoughts, images, and memories when you hear the name "Mother Teresa." The meaning of her name certainly changed over the course of her life - for the good!. In Ecclesiastes 7, Koheleth is asking us to consider this same kind of change. What kind of life forms a good name, one that is "better than precious ointment," one that will allow us to say with Koheleth that "the day of death than the day of one's birth"? How are our "names" formed? What role do the hard times play? These are some of the questions Koheleth helps us to answer as we explore Ecclesiates 7.

02/24/2013

Ecclesiastes 5 & 6: Money & Meaning

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 5:0 - 6:0 (NIV) Read...
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In chapters 5 and 6, Koheleth returns to highlight a theme he's already discussed: the relationship between meaning and wealth. We've already learned that wealth does not lead to happiness and that wisdom tells us to invest our lives in relationships instead. However, Koheleth's emphasis on this theme invites us to consider this very important question: if we don't find our meaning and happiness in our wealth, what it is for? What *should* we do with our wealth? As we take time to revisit this question, we discover that money is a spiritual issue. We have so many resources to give - our wealth, our education, our time, our talents, our gifts - but are we investing all of these things, all of ourselves, in the Kingdom of God?

02/17/2013

Ecclesiastes 5: Wordy & Foolish

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 5:1-15 (NIV) Read...
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If you had a one-on-one chat with the President of the United States, what would you say? Would you try to be friendly and nonchalant, like you were hanging out with a pal you hadn't seen in a long time? Would you be formal and maybe bring a notecard with a very carefully worded question? As we consider approaching God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, in public worship and personal devotion, would we respond any differently than with the President? God is our friend, the One who sticks closer than a brother or sister, who is closer than our own breath, but God is God. Koheleth helps us navigate this tension between friendship and reverence as we approach God. Do we sometimes talk too much? Have we learned to listen to God and wait on the Spirit? These are the questions Koheleth helps us address in Ecclesiastes 5.

02/10/2013

Ecclesiastes 4: Twos & Threes

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV) Read...
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In last week's sermon on Ecclesiastes 4:1-8, our eyes were opened to the injustice and oppression in our world. We spoke of how these sinful realities create loneliness and alienation in our lives and the lives of others. Mother Teresa captured this reality well: "Loneliness is the leprosy of modern society. And no one wants anybody to know they’re a leper." Koheleth points us to the only way out of this mess: friendship. We all want friends, but do we value our friendships? What do they really mean in our lives? What does it take to be a friend? We explore these questions and many more as we continue to sit and listen for the wisdom of God through the teaching of Koheleth.

02/03/2013

Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression and Hope

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 (NIV) Read...
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In chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes, Koheleth once again presents us with the truth of the world that we would rather ignore: oppression. The oppressive sin Koheleth sees is nearly debilitating; caught up in his emotions, he even says that it would have been better to not have been born! What do we do in the face of oppression and injustice? Where does this injustice begin? Koheleth points us, once again, in a direction we'd like to avoid: back to ourselves. He reminds us of our envy, our striving after our own gain, which can destroy our relationships and, ultimately, lead to injustice. How do we stand in the face of oppression in the world and in the face of our inner struggles with sin? Will we be people of hope?

01/27/2013

Ecclesiastes 3: Happiness and Goodness

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 3:12 (NIV) Read...
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Is happiness a priority or goal in your life? In verse 12 of chapter 3, we find an intriguing statement from the usually somber writer of Ecclesiastes: "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live." Be happy. Do good. It sounds like happiness should be our goal, but what is real happiness all about? How can I experience it? There are so many different definitions of happiness, and so many hard circumstances in life. Being happy and doing good seem too simplistic... but maybe there is something we need to learn about happiness from the wisdom of Ecclesiastes.