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!

05/20/2012

Baptism Sunday

Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
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05/13/2012

Like Him, Like Me

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Speaker: 
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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Speaker: 
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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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
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'.

04/15/2012

Don’t Just Grow Old, Grow Up

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Speaker: 
Jason Guynes
Passage: 
James 1:1 (NIV) Read...
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Not everyone who grows old, grows up. As we start this series on the book of James that is what we will be addressing - spiritual maturity. How does the risen Jesus transform us? How does Jesus filter down & out into a practical life of faith? James addresses a few important doctrinal issues; God is holy (1:13), a giver of good gifts (v. 17), and the Father of His people (3:9). Sin infects human nature (1:14–15) and expresses itself in anger (v. 20), immorality (v. 21), discrimination (2:9–11), bitterness, and out of control passions (4:1–3). James is concerned with a faith which works itself out in a godly life. James is interested in the impact of faith on the life of the believer. For James it was not just "believing the right things." Or, adding to head knowledge alone which makes a true believer. He would say that kind of faith is worthless, only a faith that transforms our hearts leading to a godly life is useful.