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!

01/06/2013

Ecclesiastes 1: Stages and Stories

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 (NIV) Read...
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From the very beginning of our existence, we humans have been tried to answer the question: "Why are we here? What is the meaning of the world and our lives in it?" This is the question at the heart of the book of Ecclesiastes. Koheleth - "the Teacher" - begins Ecclesiastes on a slightly sour note: "All is vanity!" What does he mean? Why does he begin with such a pessimistic message? Too often we find ourselves going through life without a sense of purpose or meaning. By forcing us to examine the meaninglessness of life, God opens our eyes to our purpose in Christ.

12/30/2012

Haggai: Kingdom Building

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Haggai 1:2 - 2:19 (NIV) Read...
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A remnant of the people of Israel has just been given permission to return to Israel from Babylonian captivity and rebuild the Temple. However, the work remains incomplete. When opposition arose, the people abandoned the work God had called them to join and decided to take care of themselves. They left God's house in ruins and built houses for themselves. But God will not let Israel live this way; God sends a prophet, Haggai, to awaken the hearts of the people and call them back to the work of building God's house. What happens? What does God say through Haggai? As we look back on 2012 and look ahead to 2013, Haggai's word to Israel comes to us as well: whose K(k)ingdom are we seeking? Just like the people of Israel, God has called us out of exile to join the work of the Kingdom. Let's listen to God's word through Haggai as we set out to enter and receive the Kingdom of God in 2013.

12/23/2012

Simeon's Song of Rebirth

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 2:25-35 (NIV) Read...
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When we take an in-depth look at the story of Jesus' birth, we discover a world very different from the "Christmas" that dominates our imaginations. This is no Thomas Kinkade painting, there are no fat cherubims relaxed on couches with harps, and there were no family gatherings with big dinners and gift giving. The world into which God became human was just as violent, bloody, and forlorn - if not more so - as the world we inhabit today. Jesus' birth was clouded by conspiracy, shame, and all kinds of cultural and political tension. In the midst of all of this, Simeon - a righteous prophet of old - waits faithfully for the coming Messiah. When he sees Mary and Joseph in the Temple with the baby Jesus, he can't help but sing a song of rebirth; spring is coming, redemption is here, God be praised!

12/16/2012

The Angelic Song: Joy to the (Humble) of the World

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Luke 2:8-20 (NIV) Read...
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Let's discover the meaning of the Angel's song that Christmas night, so commonly sung at Christmas time: "Joy to the World! The Lord has come, let earth receive her King!" This is an anthem of revolution to the Jewish nation in that Christmas day, which will change their world forever. But who receives such important news? Not a priest or well-known rabbi, but humble shepherds who were actually outcasts to their people. God is writing a story here differently than any of us would. Using people that are poor in the worldly sense, and also poor in spirit....not to mention a little rough around the edges too, probably. This song changes each of the players in this story with great joy, which will be for all the people! We'll examine it's affect on the Shepherds, Mary and Joesph, and the greater community.

12/09/2012

Zechariah's Redemption Song

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 1:67-79 (NIV) Read...
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After nine months spent contemplating in deafness and silence, Zechariah bursts out in song at the sight of his new born son, John the Baptist. What does he sing about? Redemption. Zechariah, the priest, knows his history well. He remembers how God's grace has been at work since the calling of Abram. He sees how God is faithful to His promises, how God is continuing to pour out His grace. He sees a revolution coming; one that is founded on God's promises of redemption and driven forward in time by God's grace. Do you know Zechariah's song? What does this revolution of redemption look like?

12/02/2012

Mary's Salvation Song

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) Read...
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If anyone in the gospel of Luke sings a Song of Revolution, it's Mary. Mary's song is filled with her hope of God's coming salvation. It's a hope that's been a long time coming. A hope for salvation that will turn her - and the whole world - upside down. God is coming with salvation and its bigger than anything we can imagine. Is your hope as big as Mary's?

11/25/2012

Seeing in Shadows

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 24:36-53 (NIV) Read...
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In times of separation, death, or uncertainty, the most important things come out. Wouldn’t it be nice if people could be consistent through life? To say, “I love you” to your loved ones daily. To encourage instead of degrade. That’d be nice. Many are consistent only in the negative, then scramble to make up for lost time. We opt for comfort instead of intimacy, the commonplace instead of risk in relationship. Jesus was consistent and when he stood with the Disciples just before he ascended in Luke 24:36-53, he said the most important thing.

11/18/2012

The Lord's Prayer

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Jason Guynes
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John 17:1-26 (NIV) Read...
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Prayer is a powerful and mysterious thing. It is not only talking with, but communing with the Father. It is experiencing his heart for us, the attributes of his name, and his heart for the world. Many times we approach prayer in such a shallow way, don’t we? Polls have been done on prayer in America by a number of publications like Newsweek for one. What they usually reveal is how self centered our prayers are; how we come to God with a litany of demands that he bless us with. Are we communing with the heart of God when we approach his throne with a litany of demands for our lives? The question for us today is how did Jesus pray? How does he model communing with the Father in his prayer? What was most important to him? How does he revolutionize prayer for us?

11/11/2012

All that We Are

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 15:11-28 (NIV) Read...
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As Americans, we love to boast about our accomplishments: "Look what I did! Look what I built!" However, our boasts only tell half the story: our society struggles with all sorts of brokenness and heartbreak. We don't like to tell this side of the story. We'd rather just push through it all and rely on our own strength. In the story of the Canaanite woman, we see a person who has come to the end of herself... and this is her greatest strength. In her hopelessness, she falls at the feet of the only ONE who is always ENOUGH. Are we ready to admit that all we are is not enough? Are we ready to surrender all of ourselves to Jesus?

11/04/2012

Caught in the Coconut

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 18:18-30 (NIV) Read...
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All of us want life don’t we, not physical life, we’ve got that, but LIFE; the meat and marrow of it all. This is a tragic story of spiritual suicide by a rich young ruler. A guy who had it all and would have qualified as probably one of the more religious people you would have known. He had everything going for him, but may just be the only person in Scripture that met Christ with a sincere question and walked away more destitute than he came. We learn here that the call of Christ is the call of revolution in the heart. The question for us is what’s holding us back? What idol is in the clutches of our hearts standing in the way of His lordship in our lives? We find that it has little to do with an outward action, or thing, and everything to do with the attitude or position of our heart towards him.