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!

11/25/2012

Seeing in Shadows

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Jason Guynes
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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
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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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Jason Guynes
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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.

10/28/2012

Shameless Persistence

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Jason Guynes
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Luke 11:1-13 (NIV) Read...
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How many of us have prayed with the nagging feeling that it is really having no effect? How many of us have prayed about something for years not seeing an answer? How many of us doubt the very effectiveness of our prayers? How many of us have asked, “Where is God?” Is it possible that God seems to not move in our prayers to teach us to be less concerned about just our own lives and drive us to have a heart for the world as he does? Is it possible that more is going on in a situation that we are able to know and understand? Are we praying for God’s will to be done? Are we also praying that God would use us no matter how painful it may be? Are we comfortable in the unknown of spiritual battle? Prayer is an invitation into deeper relationship with God, to know his heart the world. Christ teaches that with shameless persistence in prayer we can experience a revolution in our lives and the lives of others.

10/21/2012

Lessons from a Hindu Yogi

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Jason Guynes
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Matthew 6:19-31 (NIV) Read...
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As it stands there are many things we worry about, the largest of which is money, or personal well being; self preservation, safety. What’s your treasure? Whatever your treasure is will define whether you worry or not. Many think that our biggest threats in America are terrorism, ideologies such as Islam, the New Age Movement, Global Warming, or Humanism. Moderns worry about Post-Modernism with its relativistic nature. Years ago Marxism haunted America. Interestingly enough, most of what we worried about in the past never came to fruition. Our greatest threat could possibly be our own self; our affluence. Our desire to create a safe haven, or heaven on earth, drives our hearts farther from God. Our faith becomes a thing of convenience, and not something that governs all aspects of our lives. It becomes a feel good thing to add to our sense of security instead of something that we are willing to suffer for. Suffering actually ends up becoming ‘wrong’ instead of expected for the Gospel; instead of something that brings about a greater Godly character ushering the Kingdom into a community. God’s revolution in our lives constantly disrupts our desires and calls us to something better.

10/14/2012

Debtor, Creditor, Prisoner

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Jason Guynes
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Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV) Read...
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C.S. Lewis observed. ‘Forgiveness is a beautiful word until you have something to forgive.’ As gracious as he is, Peter begins by asking for a ‘just’ measuring rod, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Peter thinks he is being generous using the number seven, yet it reveals his bondage to rule keeping; he will forgive to a point, but in the end his relationships are governed by the law. Christ said forget the rod, live by grace. God’s grace towards us should produce a life of grace towards others. Have you experienced God’s grace so deeply it makes a difference in your heart towards others? God’s grace is the revolution in our hearts which pours out to others.

10/07/2012

Good Sex(uality)

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Jason Guynes
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Ephesians 5:3-12 (NIV) Read...
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Our sexuality, or the appetite of it, is like a 90lbs jockey tying to control a 1200lbs horse. How do you control yourself, desires are so strong, and we are bombarded daily by imagery and ideas contrary to the biblical message. What does the story of God convey about our sexuality, marriage, fidelity and faithfulness? We will springboard from Ephesians and skip over Israel’s history to understand - this is a PG-13 sermon:) Bottom line is that the Gospel revolutionizes how we see sex and sexuality.

09/30/2012

Cultivating Deep Roots

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Jason Guynes
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Mark 4:1-20 (NIV) Read...
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In order for the Word to produce fruit in us we need to be fertile ground. The obvious question is not just, “Which ground am I?”. But rather, “How do I become fertile ground?”. You may feel hardened, shallow, or overcome with worry and ambition today - but that does not mean Jesus can’t change you. Jesus often leaves us
with open questions. He leaves us with the uneasiness of wrestling with our hearts without giving absolute clear direction. He dangles a carrot in front of the horse through parable. He doesn’t lean over to the disciples and say, “Don’t you worry, you’re in - I’m speaking to those other dolts out there”. He leaves us all wondering, where are my roots? Am I hardened, shallow, ambitious & worrisome, or fruitful? Am I the tree planted by the water, or a withered sapling on a rocky ledge?

09/23/2012

Spiritual Midwifery

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Jason Guynes
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John 3:1-17 (NIV) Read...
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What is a midwife? She is a person the mother has a relationship with; her job is more about checking in, asking questions, moving the pregnancy along, watching for problems, rather than giving answers. She builds up, lifts up, and provides some expertise and security throughout the pregnancy, not only the birth. As a matter of fact she may not even be a part of the birthing process. Who knows when a child will be born? My children came a few weeks early in some cases, totally surprising us. Others came late, and the midwife nurtures the process along; she is not in charge of the timing of the birth or the creation of that life at all. The text does not tell us that Nicodemus makes a confession of faith at this time. But we do see him standing up for Jesus in the ruling council in chapter 7, and also attending to the body of Christ at his burial in chapter 19. So, whatever is going on with him, there is a progression, a process of believing happening in his heart most likely. I think we live in wonderful times, postmodernism is a wide open opportunity to make the Church grow and become more like Christ if we can be learners again; if we can take the time to listen, to love, to be spiritual midwives actually living out our faith, not only in mind but in action. Are you a spiritual midwife, or a spiritual car salesman? Is God bringing revolution to you as he uses you to bring that to the world?