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!

10/27/2013

Lovin on the Enemy

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 1:1-2 (NIV) Read...
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Today we begin a new series on short, yet powerful book of Jonah. It may be entitled Jonah, but it’s really about the character of God. Jonah’s story serves as a narrative to enlighten us on who God is; it serves as a picture of his heart and sovereignty over people. It shows us something of his burning holiness, something of his powerful and detailed ordering of events and something of his tender mercy. None of which is stated as cold fact, as if from a theology textbook. Rather God’s image emerges as the story unravels. We begin with a close look at "the enemy" to whom God sends Jonah: the Assyrians whose capitol city was Nineveh. Who are these people? Why would God send Jonah to preach repentance to the enemy of God's people? What might this tell us about God and ourselves?

10/20/2013

Baptism

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Jason Guynes
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Romans 6:3-8 (NIV) Read...
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What better way to end our Overflow series than with a baptism? The act of baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality. Baptism is about being dyed in the color of Christ: being made right before God, becoming a part of Christ's body, and giving yourself to a life of overflow! We're especially excited this week as Erin Das comes to be baptized before her and her husband Nishant leave for a 3 year mission assignment in Bangladesh. Keep listening after the sermon to hear her testimony and a little more about what they'll be doing in Bangladesh!

10/13/2013

Bold $ Unapologetic

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Jason Guynes
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Overflow is all about being filled so that we bless others. We give all of ourselves because God has given all for us. But, when we say give "all" of ourselves, do we really mean that? What is included in "all"? If we give "all" of ourselves, what does that imply? These questions point us to the idea of ownership: we belong to God entirely. This has implications for every thing we think, feel, and do. However, there's still one area of our lives that we like to keep control: our money. What do our finances have to do with overflow? Is money a spiritual issue? Does our money belong to us?

10/06/2013

Harvest Time

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Jason Guynes
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Acts 2:1-13 (NIV) Read...
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In our Overflow sermon last week, we focused on the Source of our spiritual fountain: the person of the Holy Spirit. We looked at some of the ways the Spirit works in our lives and in the church, but there is so much more to learn! In Acts 2, we find the story of Pentecost when the promised Holy Spirit was poured out after Jesus ascended into heaven. Everything changed on that day! What does the Pentecost mean? Why was it a significant day for Jesus' disciples? What does it mean for us as we seek to overflow into the lives of others?

09/29/2013

The Fountain

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Jason Guynes
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John 7:37-38 (NIV) Read...
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In John 7, Jesus is attending a large, crowded Jewish feast at the Temple in Jerusalem. He stands up and shouts: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, living water will flow from within them." Why does he say this during the festival? How would this announcement have been understood by the people who heard it? What does it mean for us today? In a way similar to his encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, Jesus talks about the idea of "Living Water," but what does he mean by this? It's not a "what" but a "who": the Holy Spirit. Have we forgotten about the Spirit? How do we experience the Spirit on a daily basis? The Spirit is the fountain of God's living water; we'll die of thirst without it.

09/22/2013

Free Flowing

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Jason Guynes
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John 4:1-26 (NIV) Read...
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When we are filled by "living water" welling up inside of us, overflow becomes a natural process! How do we know this? We see it demonstrated in a story about Jesus who meets a Samaritan woman... at a water well! Jesus knew her need and offered to satisfy it, eternally! When she believed, the living water began to flow and it naturally poured out of her into her community. This is the same Jesus we know today. Are we overflowing? Have we given our lives to the one who makes streams of living water flow from within us so that we never thirst again?

09/15/2013

Taste & See

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Jason Guynes
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Psalms 34:8 (NIV) Read...
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When we do the same things over and over again, its easy to overlook their value, goodness, and even their beauty. The ordinary is just not exciting - its ordinary! Is this how we feel about God? Have we grown so familiar that we've forgotten God's goodness and majesty? Maybe it's time for us to examine what's been filling up our lives. Do we choose to fill ourselves with the things of God? Do we contemplate God's Word? Have we made the effort to "taste and see that the Lord is good"?

09/08/2013

Are you S.A.D.?

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Jason Guynes
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Romans 15:13 (NIV) Read...
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When a child has trouble being away from its parents or caregivers, sometimes this child develops what's known as Separation Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D.). They seem to be unable to function normally apart from the person with whom they have developed a close emotional bond. We almost expect that most children will have some anxiety when they're away from those they love, but do we have the same expectations for adults? If you're all grown up, you're expected to not struggle with things like S.A.D.; adults are independent, autonomous, and have learned how to rely on themselves, right? As we begin our new church year and kick off a new series based on Romans 15:13, we need to take a look at these assumptions and ask how they may be affecting the way we relate to God and to each other. Can we be filled with joy and peace so much that we overflow with hope apart if we're separated from God or from each other?

09/01/2013

And Peter

Speaker: 
Michael Thomas
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Mark 16:6-7 (NIV) Read...
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When Jesus' resurrection was announced to the women who went to visit his tomb, the angel told them to "go, tell his disciples and Peter" that Jesus is alive. Why would the angel single out Peter? Was he not a disciple like the rest? The special designation Peter received has a long story behind it. As we follow Peter's story, we find out how Jesus believed in Peter even when Peter doubted himself and succumbed to fear. We also find that Peter acts on instinct and sometimes his words get ahead of his thoughts, but Jesus refuses to give up on him. Peter's story is one that we can all relate to at some point. Listen and learn how Jesus speaks to us through the life of Peter.

08/25/2013

Abigail: Who's the Hero?

Speaker: 
Deb Fooskas
Passage: 
1 Samuel 25:2-42 (NIV) Read...
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This week our "Peeps" series brings us to the story of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. Abigail is a woman in a tough spot - she's married to a man whose name means "fool"! As we come to find out, this guy really lives up to that name when he encounters the not-yet-king David. Abigail is intelligent and beautiful, crafty even, and she ends up as one of David's wives at the end of the story. But, is she a hero? Can we learn anything from her dealings with David and her husband? Maybe David is the hero? After all, he is a powerful man already anointed by God to be king who is leading an army of guerilla fighters... sounds like a hero, right? As it turns out, there is something we can learn from Abigail, her husband, and David; we learn what *not* to do as we approach our King, the son of David.