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!

04/28/2013

Forming Me

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Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Genesis 2:7 (NIV) Read...
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As we continue our Animate series and keep exploring how God works to transform us, we need to take some time to acknowledge that the image we see of ourselves is sometimes not even close to the same person God sees when He looks at us. We pick up false images of ourselves nearly everywhere we turn. We've been through hard times in the past that seem to have scarred us beyond repair. Its easy to get discouraged when what we are told to believe about ourselves seems so different from the person we see in the mirror. But, do we know that we are God's masterpiece? Do we know that God is forming us? What difference will it make for our transformation when we really experience how God has come close to us to get His hands dirty and be with us and for us and in us?

04/21/2013

Divine Residue: Community Sunday 2013

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV) Read...
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Today is Community Sunday; a time to join in worship with our Community Partners and celebrate the ways we've partnered together for the good of our community as we seek God's Kingdom in the Ardmore/Havertown area. We're so humbled to be walking alongside our partners and we are so grateful for how they are giving of themselves for our community. It's truly a joy for us to be in partnership with them! As we recognize them and celebrate our connections, its good to reflect on what it is we mean when we say "the Kingdom of God." Is the Kingdom any different from doing good works? What's unique about the Kingdom we talk about and give our lives to? How do we know that our lives are being lived for the Kingdom of God?

04/14/2013

Holding Up Your Body

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NIV) Read...
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For the past two weeks we've been talking about the power of images and our ability to use our imaginations to make God's truth a reality in our lives. What is the most important "image" in our lives? Our image of God. The way we imagine God has everything to do with whether or not we live out our faith in real ways in our day to day lives. Who is Jesus to you? What image comes to mind when you think of Jesus? Most importantly, where did that image come from? Let's examine our images of God and hold up those images to the way we see God in Scripture. Images are powerful and this is the one image we need to see most clearly.

04/07/2013

Flesh and Blood

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
John 1:14 (NIV) Read...
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We find a remarkable statement right out of the gate in John's Gospel: the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). This brief phrase captures the idea of incarnation, God becoming flesh and blood, which stands at the center of our Christian faith. But, do we really take this foundational truth seriously in the way we engage with God? We tend to focus our faith on knowing the right "words", the right beliefs, the right information, but does this focus honor God's work in the incarnation? When we take the incarnation seriously, we hear God's call to be more fully human: to take all this information in our minds and make it real in our daily lives. God wants to transform us entirely, our hearts and minds and everything else. What will it mean for us to know and follow God with our whole selves - our flesh and blood?

03/31/2013

Contemplate

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
2 Corinthians 3:14-18 (NIV) Read...
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Christ is risen! The tomb is empty and death has been defeated! In Jesus, God has made a way for us to know Him and experience Him - not just in our heads but also in our hearts. Too often, we make following Jesus either all about "knowing" all the right ideas, or all about "doing" all the right things, but we need both! We are whole persons with intellect and emotion. How do we live in a way that honors God using our whole selves? Is there a way for us to combine our heads and our hearts? Yes! There is a way; we just have to be willing to use our imaginations.

03/24/2013

Ecclesiastes 12: Simple or Simplistic?

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (NIV) Read...
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This week marks the end of our journey through Ecclesiastes. We've learned so much from Koheleth along the way about what it means to be a wise person. As Ecclesiastes draws to a close, the author claims to sum up all that Koheleth has written in these 6 words: fear God and keep his commandments. It seems so simple... or is it simplistic? Does this summary teaching really do justice to all Koheleth has said? Is it a simplistic gloss over all the tough questions we've heard in Ecclesiastes? Or, is it a simple, profound truth to direct our lives?

03/17/2013

Ecclesiastes 9: Wisdom and Power

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 (NIV) Read...
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As we approach the end of our Meaning(less) series on the wisdom of Koheleth in Ecclesiastes, we once again find that wisdom surprises us. When the situations of our lives seem hopeless or when we feel weak, wisdom comes. But, is wisdom always heeded? Do we always notice it? Are we looking for it in the right places? Listen as we reflect on Koheleth's story about the nature of wisdom in the unexpected places.

03/10/2013

Ecclesiastes 9: Dogs and Lions

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 (NIV) Read...
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Join us as we continue explore the wisdom of Koheleth in Ecclesiastes 9. We discover in this world that we have little control and our "morality" does not always lead to "good things." How do we live wisely in light of our condition? What difference does the resurrection of Christ make for us?

03/03/2013

Ecclesiastes 7: Names & Sorrows

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 (NIV) Read...
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What does your name say about you? All our names have a certain "meaning" that we may or may not know. Some names have lots of history behind them or family tradition. But, have you ever thought about how your name's meaning changes as you live your life? For example, you may have never heard of a little Albanian girl named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, but, your mind probably fills with all sorts of thoughts, images, and memories when you hear the name "Mother Teresa." The meaning of her name certainly changed over the course of her life - for the good!. In Ecclesiastes 7, Koheleth is asking us to consider this same kind of change. What kind of life forms a good name, one that is "better than precious ointment," one that will allow us to say with Koheleth that "the day of death than the day of one's birth"? How are our "names" formed? What role do the hard times play? These are some of the questions Koheleth helps us to answer as we explore Ecclesiates 7.

02/24/2013

Ecclesiastes 5 & 6: Money & Meaning

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 5:0 - 6:0 (NIV) Read...
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In chapters 5 and 6, Koheleth returns to highlight a theme he's already discussed: the relationship between meaning and wealth. We've already learned that wealth does not lead to happiness and that wisdom tells us to invest our lives in relationships instead. However, Koheleth's emphasis on this theme invites us to consider this very important question: if we don't find our meaning and happiness in our wealth, what it is for? What *should* we do with our wealth? As we take time to revisit this question, we discover that money is a spiritual issue. We have so many resources to give - our wealth, our education, our time, our talents, our gifts - but are we investing all of these things, all of ourselves, in the Kingdom of God?