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!

02/03/2013

Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression and Hope

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 (NIV) Read...
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In chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes, Koheleth once again presents us with the truth of the world that we would rather ignore: oppression. The oppressive sin Koheleth sees is nearly debilitating; caught up in his emotions, he even says that it would have been better to not have been born! What do we do in the face of oppression and injustice? Where does this injustice begin? Koheleth points us, once again, in a direction we'd like to avoid: back to ourselves. He reminds us of our envy, our striving after our own gain, which can destroy our relationships and, ultimately, lead to injustice. How do we stand in the face of oppression in the world and in the face of our inner struggles with sin? Will we be people of hope?

01/27/2013

Ecclesiastes 3: Happiness and Goodness

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 3:12 (NIV) Read...
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Is happiness a priority or goal in your life? In verse 12 of chapter 3, we find an intriguing statement from the usually somber writer of Ecclesiastes: "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live." Be happy. Do good. It sounds like happiness should be our goal, but what is real happiness all about? How can I experience it? There are so many different definitions of happiness, and so many hard circumstances in life. Being happy and doing good seem too simplistic... but maybe there is something we need to learn about happiness from the wisdom of Ecclesiastes.

01/20/2013

Ecclesiastes 3: Seasons & Times

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 (NIV) Read...
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The seasons come and the seasons go; everything in life just seems to come at us, to happen to us without our permission. What does this tell us about wisdom? Our seasons can teach us. They can stretch us and they can leave us with uncertainty. Sometimes our seasons are painful. Life comes and life goes, so what are we to do? In Ecclesiastes 3, Koheleth tells us that God has "set eternity in our hearts," even though it seems like nothing in life lasts; it comes and it goes. Let's listen close to what God is teaching us about wisdom in the midst of our seasons.

01/13/2013

Ecclesiastes 2: Things & Thrills

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 (NIV) Read...
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Why is it that we always seem to want to strike out in search of something new? As Americans, it's almost as if we're wired to want to do it "My Way" or just not do it at all. We throw off the wisdom of the past and re-define ourselves... only to end up right back where we started. Koheleth, the Teacher, takes us on a similar journery as he continues to explore the meaning of life in the second chapter of Ecclesiastes. He tells of what happened when he decided to "test his pleasure" - it was meaningless. All his hard work and striving? You guessed it; meaningless too. His search for wisdom, for virtue? No surprise here - vanity, meaningless, nothing new. Will we listen to his teaching or will we continue searching for our own way? If we do listen, what does that mean for our lives?

01/06/2013

Ecclesiastes 1: Stages and Stories

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 (NIV) Read...
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From the very beginning of our existence, we humans have been tried to answer the question: "Why are we here? What is the meaning of the world and our lives in it?" This is the question at the heart of the book of Ecclesiastes. Koheleth - "the Teacher" - begins Ecclesiastes on a slightly sour note: "All is vanity!" What does he mean? Why does he begin with such a pessimistic message? Too often we find ourselves going through life without a sense of purpose or meaning. By forcing us to examine the meaninglessness of life, God opens our eyes to our purpose in Christ.

12/30/2012

Haggai: Kingdom Building

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Haggai 1:2 - 2:19 (NIV) Read...
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A remnant of the people of Israel has just been given permission to return to Israel from Babylonian captivity and rebuild the Temple. However, the work remains incomplete. When opposition arose, the people abandoned the work God had called them to join and decided to take care of themselves. They left God's house in ruins and built houses for themselves. But God will not let Israel live this way; God sends a prophet, Haggai, to awaken the hearts of the people and call them back to the work of building God's house. What happens? What does God say through Haggai? As we look back on 2012 and look ahead to 2013, Haggai's word to Israel comes to us as well: whose K(k)ingdom are we seeking? Just like the people of Israel, God has called us out of exile to join the work of the Kingdom. Let's listen to God's word through Haggai as we set out to enter and receive the Kingdom of God in 2013.

12/23/2012

Simeon's Song of Rebirth

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 2:25-35 (NIV) Read...
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When we take an in-depth look at the story of Jesus' birth, we discover a world very different from the "Christmas" that dominates our imaginations. This is no Thomas Kinkade painting, there are no fat cherubims relaxed on couches with harps, and there were no family gatherings with big dinners and gift giving. The world into which God became human was just as violent, bloody, and forlorn - if not more so - as the world we inhabit today. Jesus' birth was clouded by conspiracy, shame, and all kinds of cultural and political tension. In the midst of all of this, Simeon - a righteous prophet of old - waits faithfully for the coming Messiah. When he sees Mary and Joseph in the Temple with the baby Jesus, he can't help but sing a song of rebirth; spring is coming, redemption is here, God be praised!

12/16/2012

The Angelic Song: Joy to the (Humble) of the World

Passage: 
Luke 2:8-20 (NIV) Read...
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Let's discover the meaning of the Angel's song that Christmas night, so commonly sung at Christmas time: "Joy to the World! The Lord has come, let earth receive her King!" This is an anthem of revolution to the Jewish nation in that Christmas day, which will change their world forever. But who receives such important news? Not a priest or well-known rabbi, but humble shepherds who were actually outcasts to their people. God is writing a story here differently than any of us would. Using people that are poor in the worldly sense, and also poor in spirit....not to mention a little rough around the edges too, probably. This song changes each of the players in this story with great joy, which will be for all the people! We'll examine it's affect on the Shepherds, Mary and Joesph, and the greater community.

12/09/2012

Zechariah's Redemption Song

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
Luke 1:67-79 (NIV) Read...
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After nine months spent contemplating in deafness and silence, Zechariah bursts out in song at the sight of his new born son, John the Baptist. What does he sing about? Redemption. Zechariah, the priest, knows his history well. He remembers how God's grace has been at work since the calling of Abram. He sees how God is faithful to His promises, how God is continuing to pour out His grace. He sees a revolution coming; one that is founded on God's promises of redemption and driven forward in time by God's grace. Do you know Zechariah's song? What does this revolution of redemption look like?

12/02/2012

Mary's Salvation Song

Speaker: 
Joe Davis
Passage: 
Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) Read...
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If anyone in the gospel of Luke sings a Song of Revolution, it's Mary. Mary's song is filled with her hope of God's coming salvation. It's a hope that's been a long time coming. A hope for salvation that will turn her - and the whole world - upside down. God is coming with salvation and its bigger than anything we can imagine. Is your hope as big as Mary's?