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!

10/07/2012

Good Sex(uality)

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
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
Passage: 
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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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
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?

09/16/2012

The Unmistakable Lightness of Being

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) Read...
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It is easy to slip into a works based righteousness, and when doing that we become incensed with the world around us and begin to place those standards on others. At that time our message becomes about what people are doing, or not doing, instead of about Jesus; it becomes focused on behavior instead of God’s love for them. Our message, although sincere, can easily slip into a judgment on people and a means to avoid looking at our own sin. The Pharisees taught that righteousness was external behavior; obeying rules and regulations. But Jesus taught in the Beatitudes that Christian character flowed from within a person; from the heart as seen in vv 3-10 of Chapter 5, verses which outline what Christian character should look like. If a person lived by these principles they would certainly be bringing a revolution of love to the world.

09/09/2012

12 Unlikely Men

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 6:12-26 (NIV) Read...
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Who and how would you choose followers to start a revolution? Christ chose his disciple leaders after much prayer; twelve men that were from the world’s standards an unlikely choice for success. He prayed for them, built into them, modeled his teachings in front of them, provided opportunity for them, challenged them, and let them know what was in store for them – which, by the way, was not a great way to win and influence people, “Hey, you wanna give up your life for me?”. The church needs Christ-like disciples as its leaders; leaders that will walk us forward challenging us while living like Christ. Disciples that have said, “Yes, I will follow you Jesus wherever it takes me.” Don’t we need someone that is following Jesus, and inviting us to do the same; a disciple maker? Don’t we need living examples of Jesus? Don’t we want our leadership to model Him? Or, are we content with the status quo? Are we content to seek those things which satiate our desires for the short term?

09/02/2012

Dare to Care to Like Jesus

Speaker: 
Dr. Steady Moono
Passage: 
Luke 18:18-30 (NIV) Read...
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Dr. Steady Moono challenges us to lives of radical love and compassion - just as Jesus called the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and give his money to the poor.

08/26/2012

Rejoicing in the Hope of God's Glory

Speaker: 
Curt Thompson
Passage: 
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV) Read...
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Curt Thompson, neurologist and author of "Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships," preaches on how we can bring our "hope in the glory of God" to life through everyday practices.

08/19/2012

The Kingdom Beyond Borders

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Joshua 10:1-15 (NIV) Read...
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Joshua and Israel have just been tricked into a peace treaty with the Gibeonites. This was a major blunder. They are trying their best to devote themselves to Yahweh by obeying the commandments, taking the Promised Land, and eradicating the inhabitants of the land. With the Gibeonite peace treaty, they have failed in every way possible. All the "border walls" that were put in place to keep them separate from the Canaanites had been crossed. Suddenly, the Gibeonites cry out to Israel to save them from attack - how will Joshua respond? Will the "border walls" be crossed in order to save the Gibeonites?

08/12/2012

Get Close to Jesus

Speaker: 
James Cordrey
Passage: 
John 2:13-17 (NIV) Read...
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James Cordrey explores Jesus clearing out the temple in John 2 and invites us to get close to Him - the source of true life.

08/05/2012

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 5:19-20 (NIV) Read...
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In the book of James we have a classic example of discipleship in 5 chapters. James is walking through life with these people, using real life struggles to point them back to Jesus. He is saying: "Watch me as I do it, and now go do it on your own." He is being his brother/sisters keeper leading them back to Jesus every step of the way. He is on the phone with us over the centuries saying, “Whoa! You are driving against traffic, turn around!” And as he gets us turned around, he urges us to scan the freeway and find someone else to help. James caps off this 5 chapter letter to these people reminding us that you are in fact your brother/sisters keeper. He has spent 5 chapters on that very idea. What does that mean?