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!

07/08/2012

‘General’ Obedience

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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
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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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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?