1996 Sermons

Parenthood and Slavery01/07/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When people in authority use the Bible to strengthen their power, they misunderstand what it means to imitate Christ. Christ never used power to intimidate.

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Let Freedom Ring01/14/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Historically, the Bible has been used to support slavery; especially by people claiming to be Christians. How are we to understand passages which seem to suggest this?
    In Christ, we are all united. The many races of the world are to be reconciled to each other because we are all reconciled to God in Christ.

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The World in Between01/28/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible assumes that we are all caught up in a profound spiritual war. Most of the time, Christians in America don’t seem to be very aware of this reality.
    Rather than blaming blind people for being blind or beggars for being poor, Jesus understood that there are strong spiritual forces behind the evils of this world.

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On Earth as it is in Heaven02/04/96

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Putting on the Armor of God02/11/96

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Buckle Up for Safety02/25/96

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Belt of Truth03/03/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God chooses the weak things of the world to do mighty works through. The church an excellent example of this principle. Even so, God uses Paul to teach us to “be strong IN the LORD.”
    We are not commanded to wear a belt of religion or a belt of rationalization. Rather the belt of Truth is needed and it requires us to be brutally honest with our selves if we desire to be effective in ministry.

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Being Robed in His Rightousness03/10/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Do not let anyone accuse you with regard to your salvation. If you are a believer, you have been given the breastplate of righteousness which wards off attacks on the basis of God’s goodness in you.

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Follow the Pygmy03/31/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If God is for us, who can be against us? And we know that God is indeed for us. It is God’s strength in us, and not our own competence that makes us effective for the Kingdom of God!

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Fitted with the Shoes of Peace04/14/96

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Shield of Faith04/21/96

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Helmet of Salvation04/28/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Despair and hopelessness are issues that everyone struggles with. The good news is that this can be overcome if we are willing to take Paul’s advice and put on the Helmet of Salvation.

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The Sword of the Spirit. Part 105/12/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, the Word of Truth: these phrases refer first and foremost to Jesus Christ. We need to read the Bible and commune with Christ if we desire to see the Word of God bring forth fruit in our lives.

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The Sword of the Spirit. Part 205/19/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Spiritually speaking, all healing has to do with accepting what is true and confronting what is false.

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Moving Mountains with Prayer05/26/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Human beings were created with a responsibility for tending to things in both the physical and spiritual world. Prayer is the way we are to get things done in the spiritual world. Ultimately, nothing of Kingdom value happens without prayer.

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Problems with Prayer06/02/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We have all wondered at one time or another, how is it that God doesn’t seem to get what God wants from creation. The importance of prayer is related to this question in a way which might surprise you!
    All who pray eventually have to wonder; why does it seem as though our prayers are not being answered?

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Is Anyone on the Other End?06/09/96

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Unclogging the Drain06/16/96

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Quit Babbling07/21/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that the Kingdom of God will include uncountable multitudes from every nation of the world! The Church, which should be a “sneak peek” of heaven, must strive to reflect that goal.
    The Gospel is the power of God to reconcile sinners to the holy God! But that is not all! The Gospel is also the power of God to reunite the races of the world!

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Sin, Inquity, and Racism07/28/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Our American individualism often prevents us from understanding covenants between people and God in the Old Testament. Greg addresses one area, corporate sin and punishment, that challenges our modern sensibilities. Whole groups of people are sometimes punished for the sins of an individual. Is there justice in this? Greg discusses how a biblical understanding of covenant can help answer this question.

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Reuniting the Nations08/04/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • It’s time we got our priorities right! Rather than waste our energy on in house debates about denominations, we should be learning what it means to walk in the spirit and unite nations!

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Worship and Teaching Time08/11/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Perhaps nothing is more important than understanding the significance of God’s grace. Dr. Boyd highlights the argument presented by the Apostle Paul regarding sin and grace. Many people wonder what difference it makes if we sin again after we have become believers. Dr. Boyd considers this question in the light of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

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Empowered by Grace08/18/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Sometimes churches that claim to be “tough on sin” end up being the one’s with the most hidden problems! But Transformation must take place! Dr. Boyd continues exploring the problem of sin and the power of grace in Paul’s letter to the Romans.
    Do not let your feelings of failure win the day! Christians, God is the one who defines you and God has declared you to be righteous. Salvation has been granted to you SO that your life will be transformed by the new spirit living in you. Dr. Boyd concludes this message entitled Empowered By Grace.

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Do You Measure Up?09/01/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • How we pray reveals much about how we view God. Do we thank God that we are not so bad as the next person? Or are we like the tax collector, who, understanding his sin confessed it before God and was counted as righteous. Dr. Boyd discusses the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Many people think that they are not good enough to be Christians. This is a tragic thought. It is precisely because we are NOT good enough that Christ died for us and we are now free to be Christians. Dr. Boyd discusses Gal. 5 where Paul said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free.”

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The Radiant Savior09/08/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many people today believe that moral and religious convictions are all relative. Dr. Boyd exposes the many problems with giving up on God as the one true Absolute.
    In the Old Testament, God used prophets to speak the truth to God’s people. In the New Testament God used Jesus Christ to bring the truth. Christ is the one true absolute in the world.

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The Heir of All Creation09/15/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The many problems in the world cause some to wonder about the moral character of God. The greatest revelation of God’s character is found in Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh.

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Touched by an Angel. Part 109/22/96

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  • People are more interested in angels today than they used to be. This means that the church needs to respond with sound teaching on what angels are and what role they play in the grand scheme of things.

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Touched by an Angel. Part 209/29/96

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  • If you are curious about angels and demons and what they have to do with God’s good news for the world, this sermon is for you.
    Christians have authority over demonic forces. This means that we have nothing to fear, but outside of Christ, there is nothing that can be done to prevent spiritual attacks.

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Touched by an Angel. Part 310/06/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many people have argued that Jesus was actually an angel or some other type of being that is less than fully God. There is a sound Biblical defense against this claim. In the 1990’s people became increasingly interested in spiritual things of all sorts. As Christians this presents us with new opportunities as well as new obstacles to sharing our faith.

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How Shall We Escape?10/13/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Nothing in this world is truly neutral. Everything is either growing or it is dying. This law is true of our spiritual lives as well. Dr. Boyd addresses this problem and what to do about it as he continues this series on the Letter to the Hebrews.

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Glory and Excrement of the Universe10/20/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Our lives are often riddled with contradictions: we can be singing praises to God one minute and swearing the next. There is something about us humans that makes this possible. Dr. Boyd will discuss humans as beings created in God’s image as he continues this series on the Letter to the Hebrews.
    If God created us in God’s own image, what happened? Why do we fall so far short of God’s glory?

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Corruptio Optimma Passim10/27/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • There is something of a paradox at the heart of a human being. On the one hand, we are totally deprived sinners before a holy God, but yet our destiny is to reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God!
    It has been said that the corruption of the best is the worst. This is profoundly true of humanity which, though the crown of creation, is capable of the most destruction.

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Four Kingdom Principles11/03/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Kingdom of God is truly among us in one sense, for the forgiveness of sins has come and is available to all! But the Kingdom of God has yet to come in another sense, we await the Lord’s return when finally, peace will truly abound on earth.
    The Kingdom of God will come suddenly and God will salvage what can be saved. But there will be a final judgment that reveals the true status of our relationships with God.

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Radical Obedience11/10/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that Christ was perfected through his suffering. Christ suffered because of his radical obedience to the Father in this totally corrupt world. We live in this same world and are called to the same obedience.

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The Taste of Death11/17/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Perhaps the most universal fear is the fear of dying. We abhor the decay of our bodies as we age and we have anxiety about our death. It is amazing then to see that the Son of God came to Earth precisely to die and he did so willingly!
    In Christ, God takes our sin, death, and despair and in return God gives us Eternal Life, peace, joy and righteousness. To borrow a phrase from Martin Luther, this is indeed a “happy exchange”!

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What is Your Picture of God12/08/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The image that we have in our minds of God radically shapes how we think about God and more importantly, how we relate to God. What does your picture of God look like? The place where God is most fully revealed is in the person of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. When we grasp the truth about Christ, we can have confidence that we are drawing near to a true and accurate picture of God.

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The Real Christmas Story12/22/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The relationship of Christianity to the culture in which it is found has always been complex and strained. Perhaps no event illustrates this problem better than our national celebration of Christmas.
    When the radical message of Christ gets mixed in with civic religion, the result is a trivialization and Domestication of God.

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How Are We Doing?12/29/96

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • It is important periodically to step back and assess how things are going. More specifically, we need to make time for God to speak into our situations and reveal what improvements need to be made. Dr. Boyd took an opportunity to do this at Woodland Hills Church in St, Paul at the end of the year 1996.

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