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!

06/24/2012

Choices

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Jason Guynes
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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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Jason Guynes
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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.

06/03/2012

Favorites

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Speaker: 
James Cordrey
Passage: 
James 2:14-26 (NIV) Read...
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The reason James uses strong language to describe favoritism as "evil" is because it's the opposite of God's Kingdom. God's Kingdom is Upside Down.…the first are last…the weak are strong…the leaders serve…if you seek to save your life you will lose it…the king came to the earth humbly as a baby…Jesus conquered by giving his life…and so on…

05/27/2012

Faithing

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Jason Guynes
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James 2:1-13 (NIV) Read...
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In the 1800’s there was a tightrope walker named BLONDIN. A story is recounted of Blondin crossing over the Niagara Falls on a tightrope, which he reportedly did several times. At one of these times he turned to his audience and asked them, “How many believe I can walk across this tightrope over the Falls pushing a wheelbarrow?” They were sure he could. Then he asked, “How many believe I can push a wheelbarrow
across the tightrope with a man sitting in it?” Again, a loud encouraging cheer. Blondin then pointed to one of the most enthusiastic men in the audience, and said, “Okay, you get in the wheelbarrow.” The man declined with a nervous laugh. There is often a great difference between belief, or the faith we SAY we have, and the action of faith we really have. I believe in Jesus, but do I exhibit faith in Jesus? We are going to coin a new verb today. You understand faith as a noun this morning, but hopefully you will see it more as a verb today: Faithing.

05/20/2012

Baptism Sunday

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Jason Guynes
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05/13/2012

Like Him, Like Me

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Jason Guynes
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James 1:19-27 (NIV) Read...
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Are you becoming like Christ, or are you making Christ like you? James is writing to Christians who are scattered and under persecution. His concern is for their hearts not to be robbed of joy and filled with damaging anger. His concern is for their understanding of their stance with a holy, gracious, and unchanging god; how they need to emulate him in heart and life even in suffering. He reminds them that they are servants of a gracious king – his hope is for the name of Christ to be glorified in the lives of his subjects.

05/06/2012

What’d you call me?

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 1:19-27 (NIV) Read...
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True religion affects the inner person leading to holiness in the outward life. So, the question is the same Jesus asked his followers, ‘Why do you call me
Lord but do not do as I say?’ James is an inward exercise of looking at the heart forcing us to think about what is ‘true religion’. And by religion we do not mean, the outward ritualistic trappings of ‘Church’, but a heart connection to Christ and how that affects behavior in obedience to God's Grace. It seems dichotomous to say that law brings freedom. To us, law means restriction. But we will see that law does actually bring freedom. Remember, God is holy, gracious, and unchanging. How are we to live in obedience to him as Lord?

04/29/2012

Temptation or Imitation?

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Jason Guynes
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James 1:13-18 (NIV) Read...
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We are to imitate Jesus in life. But will we choose imitation or temptation? Trials produce perseverance, leading to a maturity and completeness in Christ; lacking
nothing. So, trials = testing = perseverance = maturity & completeness = the crown of life. In that process God showers us with wisdom, not finding fault with any of his
children.

04/22/2012

Prometheus & Zeus

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Jason Guynes
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Prometheus, in Greek mythology was a Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind. As his punishment, Zeus had Prometheus chained to a rock where everyday an eagle would arrive and peck at his body and eat his liver. And, since Prometheus was immortal, every night his liver would grow back. Zeus's intention was to leave him there for ever in a perpetual state of endless, senseless suffering. God is not sadistic calling us to senseless, endless suffering. Rubber meets the road in life & faith with James. The question is; how shall we live as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ? Calling us to peer into the darkness, and answer in faith. Because we serve a gracious God who 'comes down' to bring us 'up'.