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!

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?

07/29/2012

Camel’s Knees

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 5:13-18 (NIV) Read...
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Most of the time we choose to grumble before we choose to pray. Our prayers sound more like bargaining rather than faithful reliance on God. We live duplicitous lives
praising God in one breath, acting as if He is not real in the other. They say James had camel's knees, calloused from reliance on God in prayer. Our knees are soft and fleshy, they hurt when we kneel. We have our stories, but wish we had more. Maybe we really don’t believe that God is alive and active? Again James is saying rely on God in faith. You have an active God, alive and willing to engage.

07/22/2012

Patience & Values

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 5:7-12 (NIV) Read...
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James continues to drive his listeners to the understanding of how to live a life of faith that is rooted in God’s grace and His promises to us as community. And, he does this by telling us what patience is and giving examples. James is urging us to think long into the future; to patience in a life of faith & integrity. What does that look like?

07/15/2012

Lessons from Deborah and Jael

Speaker: 
Rachel Sutliff
Passage: 
Judges 4:1-24 (NIV) Read...
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07/08/2012

‘General’ Obedience

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 4:13-17 (NIV) Read...
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James' message to us is that we war with each other, with ourselves, and with God. The only answer to this is submission, drawing near, and humility before God; to bring deeds & faith together reflecting a heart for God. Submission is a military term. If a private starts to think he can make the calls of a general the war is hamstrung, but if he knows his place the general can map out a path of victory. We are too often the private saying we know better than the general; and we become a part of the problem, rather than the solution. Lot moved into Sodom and brought trouble to his family. David committed adultery and brought trouble to his family and kingdom. Jonah disobeyed God and almost sent a shipload of sailors to a watery grave. In each case, there was a wrong attitude toward the will of God. We need to understand the will of our general in the battle of life. And when we do so we become the peacemaker. Yet too often we regard the will of God as something dangerous or distasteful. However, the whole council of Scripture proclaims the opposite, that to be outside of the will of God is the dangerous and uncomfortable place to be. You have heard people say, “I would love to give my life to the Lord, but I’m afraid he will ask me to do something dangerous”. Yet, Scripture teaches that the best place for you to be is in God’s will. James outlines three attitudes we take towards God’s will: we can ignore, disobey, or just obey. What are we choosing to do?

07/01/2012

Submission & Slander

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 4:7-12 (NIV) Read...
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Spiritual formation, walking away from our sin, takes intentionality and effort, but God’s promise is that he will meet us in that process if we submit to him. We need to look at our lives as if we were looking into a diamond. Where are we not living out of God’s Grace? The Puritans used to say that it is not enough to say I have sinned, but we need to look at the many facets of our transgression, as if looking at a diamond. To understand deeply the effects it has not only on us but on everything around us. We need to gaze into its many cuts and reflections. We need to realize that when I sin, even privately, even just in my inner attitude and thoughts, it deeply affects me, and my relationship with God and others. In other words we need to show proper respect and attention to the power of our own fallen hearts.

06/24/2012

Choices

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 4:1-6 (NIV) Read...
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We have been discussing conflict - which we all eventually have. Six:Eight will have it and that is not necessarily a bad thing. In all my years of church I have been impressed with the fact that we endeavor to deal with conflict. We have the best of intentions. We may argue tactics, strategy, and philosophy of ministry, but everyone wants the Body of Christ to grow. We have the same goal in mind, but how that looks in practice is sometimes different. How do we grow towards Christ together as a community of faith?

06/17/2012

Peacemaker or Divider?

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Jason Guynes
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Wisdom is valuable & takes intentionality. The Christian life is simple but not easy. Communal life brings friction. Loving others is simple but not easy in practice, we don’t always do well. You can have everything in the world, but if your relationships are in disarray then life is miserable. Getting along with others is important. James says in verse 18, "Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." If I am the smartest man on earth, have degrees, wealth, and anything I want, but I can’t get along with others - life really is not much good.

06/10/2012

Apples on an Orange Tree?

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 3:1-12 (NIV) Read...
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We live in a paradox, in tension. A tension which lies somewhere between God’s grace and power in my life and being just a robot. That tension of what I want to do, and what I should do. That is why a parent can say to their child, “I know I did it, but you are not allowed" - because there is a right and wrong. And, we do not always do what is right, but we know what it is. The danger in not fully understanding grace is that you can live in cheap grace. You can over spiritualize things and think that you are saved by grace and allow yourself to rest on your laurels, "God will take care of it, I don’t need to concern myself." But there needs to be intentionality in our spiritual formation; we need to think with our brain and act with our tongue and hands.