1995 Sermons

The God of New Beginnings01/01/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Throughout the Bible we can see the importance placed on making resolutions. Thoughtfully considered vows have an important role to play in the Christian's life.

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God Has Given us the City01/15/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Nothing is more damaging to the purposes of God than the evil divisions that Christians and churches so often resign themselves to.

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Learning How to Walk01/22/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Here is a profound truth: All the things that motivate us to free ourselves from others, we receive when we become prisoners to God in Christ!

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The Humble Walk01/29/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Humility is the power of having something great, but not displaying it for your own sake. God, in infinite humility, had the power it took to come under us in order to lift us up and transform us!

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Meek is not Weak02/05/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible says that Christians are to be meek. Greg revealed the true meaning of this powerful word that Paul uses in his letter to the Ephesians.

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Getting Unity Into Community02/12/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The world will judge the church by what it sees, so when we fight amongst ourselves we ruin our witness for Christ.

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Dividing Up the Plunder03/05/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When we forget that we live in the midst of a battlefield, our faith becomes merely religion. When we recognize that there is an enemy who seeks to kill and destroy, our faith becomes the weapon of God’s victory! Salvation through Christ is not only for our personal sins; it is the power of God to defeat the enemy as well!

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How to Build the Church03/12/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Church, it's time to GROW UP! Pastors should not be doing all the work! Rather, they are to be preparing all Christians for ministry so that the whole Body of Christ may be built up.

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Speaking the Truth in Love04/02/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God calls the church to be a place that is safe for wounded people. It is here that healing can be found and a new life begun!

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The Rock that Rolled04/16/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Not everything that we believe is of equal importance. Greg addressed what the Bible considers to be of first importance! That is, the resurrection of Christ. All people seek meaning in their lives, but many fail to recognize the centrality and necessity of Christ’s resurrection to that search.

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Oklahoma City04/23/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We often feel paralyzed by the reality of radical evil in the world. Christians and non-Christians each have their own standard cliche responses, but they do not really help the situation. God knows radical evil and suffering better than any of us. What’s more, God’s power and presence are there to give us peace and victory when we suffer unspeakable evils in our lives. Listen to Greg 's response to the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Escaping Your Dormant05/07/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Christians are to be transformed into the likeness of Christ by the renewing of our minds! We often act on our personal feelings about something rather than the truth of God. Our feelings are very difficult to change but it CAN happen!

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Checking our Vital Signs05/28/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • One of the most convincing arguments against Christian faith is the corruption within the Church. There are reasons supporting this argument but also powerful responses to it!

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Homosexuality in the Bible06/04/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible says that homosexuality is sin, but that doesn't justify any prejudice or judgment. We are called to extend love, grace, and acceptance to all sinners without compromising the truth.

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With a Little Help from my Friends06/11/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • This faith wasn't discouraged by obstacles. These people were determined even though it meant stepping out of their comfort zone.

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Are we in the Last Days?06/18/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many sincere Christians have professed they had the key to unlock the mysteries of the book of Revelations, and as a result we have myriad interpretations. We must be tentative in embracing these explainations

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Worship: Putting the Creator First06/25/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Worship has nothing to do with your mood or any other circumstances of your life. It is about a choice to put God first even in the face of adversity.

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What's the Deal with Speaking in Tongues?07/02/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Speaking in tongues is a very controversial subject that calls for a balanced study.

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This Present Darkness07/09/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Some Christians are confused about exactly what demons can do and what Christians can do about it.

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Taking the Sin out of Sex, Part 207/23/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked, especially by young people, is whether or not sex is a sin.

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Money and the Body of Christ07/30/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Most churches still teach that you should give 10% of your income as an offering. Is this justified?

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Releasing the Other Half08/06/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • What is the biblical role of women in the church? Many churches teach that leadership positions should only be held by men, but is this really God's design?

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From Terrorizing Tyrant to Crucified Companion08/27/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that marriage partners are to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. But the church has often taught something very different.

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Divorce and Remarriage, Part 109/03/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We all believe that God has a plan for our lives. But often we are not obedient to God’s calling. Does divorce or some other tragic failure in our lives make us “second class Christians?”

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Divorce and Remarriage, Part 209/10/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Churches have often been unwelcoming to people who have been divorced. We need to examine more closely what the Bible does teach about divorce.

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Faith Comes by Hearing09/17/95

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Like Father Like Son09/24/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As Christians, we are called to be imitators of Christ. There is an infinite difference between being merely an admirer and becoming an imitator!

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Perverse Love10/01/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Love of God is truly the purpose of creation. For this reason, how “real” life seems to us will depend on to what extent we participate in the Love of God.

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Unholy Laughter10/08/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible has a high call for us to consider when it comes to how we use words and communication with each other. We are to do all things for the building up of others.

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Holy Exposure10/15/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We cannot live both in truth and falsehood. We cannot serve two masters. Christians, let’s stop pretending everything is okay and get honest with what is real in our lives so the power of God can continue to transform us!

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Working on Your Life Script10/22/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As we find new direction for our lives in Christ, we inevitably will need to sacrifice things in our lives that are not compatible with where God is taking us.

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How Much Time Do You Have?10/29/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Ephesians 5:14 says, "Wake up O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light!"

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God Intoxication11/19/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We know that all believers have the Holy Spirit within them. What then does the Bible mean when it speaks of a “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”?

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Songs, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs11/26/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • It is very difficult to feel truly “thankful” in a capitalist economy. We are conditioned to NEVER be satisfied with what we have. We need to come against this lie.

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Godly Leadership, Godly Submission12/03/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • A central theme of the Gospel insists that, in the Church, there are to be NO claims to preference or power on the basis of race, gender, class or any other arbitrary distinctions.

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The Glorious Bride12/10/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The value that you place on something is directly proportionate to how much you are willing to sacrifice for it. Christ shows how much he values his bride, the Church, by how much he was willing to give for it.

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The Beauty of the Bride12/17/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If we want to be changed dramatically by our relationship with God, we must begin to see ourselves the way that God sees us. In Christ, we are holy, beautiful and spotless!

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Consummation of the Marriage: the Christmas Story12/24/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God took on what was rightfully ours (sin, pain, death) so that we could take on what is God’s (holiness, mercy, and love). THIS is the meaning of Christmas.

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Bragging on God12/31/95

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • It is important to reflect on the faithfulness of God and give thanks. Be blessed by the testimonies given here.

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