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!

11/24/2013

The Unanswered Question

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 4:1-11 (NIV) Read...
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What's the difference between being Christian and being a "good" person? Is there a difference? Aren't Christians supposed to be "good" people? As we hear the final chapter in Jonah's story, we're confronted with God's scandalous grace - even for, especially for, the "bad" people. Jonah is not happy with God's decision to be gracious and merciful to the people of Nineveh. They have repented from their evil ways, but Jonah still thinks they deserve punishment. Jonah's reaction to God's grace holds up a mirror on our own lives. Do we ever act like Jonah? Do we struggle with God's grace ourselves? Or do we struggle with extending it to others?

11/17/2013

Back to the Beginning

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 3:1-12 (NIV) Read...
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Today we find Jonah after he's hit his rock bottom in the belly of a fish. God is still calling him to take up the same mission as before - go to Nineveh, preach against it, and call for repentance. God's call for all our lives remains the same too: preach and embody the Kingdom of God - do the things Jesus did! What happens when Jonah obeys God and goes to Nineveh? The results may surprise you... and, what's more, its still happening today. Will we obey God's call for own repentance and then follow God on God's mission?

11/10/2013

Rock Bottom

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 3:2-10 (NIV) Read...
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Have you ever felt hopeless? In despair? Wandering aimlessly like there was no purpose in your life? Maybe you feel those things now. Jonah understands something of what you're feeling. Jonah hit rock bottom - he was thrown overboard into a raging ocean only to be swallowed by a fish! These moments in life come for all of us, moments when it seems like the worries and problems of our lives simply swallow us whole. When you're living in the belly of a fish, life is very difficult. Why does this happen to Job? Why does it happen to us? Is God still there even when we've sunken to the depths of despair? Even when we're running from God? Jonah's rock bottom story can give us hope to trust God through the most painful seasons of our lives.

11/03/2013

A Reluctant Prophet

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Jason Guynes
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Jonah 1:3-17 (NIV) Read...
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What happens to Jonah will most likely, at some point, happen to all of us: God will impose himself on our personal lives and choices; God will call us to deal with a certain personal issue; God will ask us to go to a certain people or place. The point is that following God means doing things we don't necessarily *want* to do and being people we don't really care to be. What do we do? We run: we move, or start a new job, or make new friends, or pick up a new hobby, or maybe we just get a new haircut. But, like Jonah, we forget that running is useless. What can God teach us from Jonah's reluctance to follow? Are we running from God only to find that all our problems and issues have not gone away? What do we do if that's the case?

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?