1997 Sermons

Craving Perichoresis01/12/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • No one can fully comprehend the mystery of Jesus Christ. God became a human being so that we might become reconciled with God! Greg described some of the ways that the Bible communicates this profound truth.

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Focus on the Family01/19/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
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  • Since we know that ALL of us have fallen short of the glory of God, the church needs to recognize that there are NO second class Christians. It is God’s grace alone that enables us to strive for the goal set us. Greg discussed ways that God works for healing and growth in both your genetic and spiritual families.

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Don't Go Back to Moses01/26/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Sometimes people who have been saved by grace seem to want to go back to living as though they were still under the power of the Law. This is what produces “legalistic Christians.”

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Taking the Land of the Giants, Part 202/09/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many Christians are not aware that Jesus was actually unable to do miracles in his hometown. Mark chapter 6 alerts us to an important connection between faith and transformation. We have all heard it said that “faith without works is dead.” But perhaps it is still not clear how our faith and our actions are to be related to one another. Faith is not simply a belief of the mind, it is a passion of the heart that drives us forward in obedience.

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Warning: Do Not Harden Your Heart02/16/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible warns us against having our hearts hardened toward God. This warning goes out not only to non-believers but to Christians as well!

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Entering God's Rest02/23/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God intended us to rest periodically from our work. When we fail to do that, we lose perspective and forget who we are in Christ. When we lose perspective on what God is calling us to do, it makes sense to take time and rest in the Lord. Often God uses that opportunity to refresh the vision that God has for our lives. Greg discussed the command to rest as presented in the Letter to the Hebrews.

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The Division of Soul and Spirit03/09/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible has a lot to say about how the heart and mind of a believer can be transformed! Greg examined what this might mean as we think about our spiritual and emotional health.

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The Throne of Grace03/23/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Jesus suffered and was tempted in every way, and he understands our struggles. Because of Christ we can be confident that God knows us from the inside out. For this reason we can approach God as one who understands and will be gracious. Judgment does not produce transformation in a person’s life. Instead, God extends grace and forgiveness for our sin. Then God personally shows us the way to go.

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Who Do You Say I Am?03/30/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Jesus asked Peter a question that we all must answer: “Who do you say that I am?”

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Thy Will Be Done04/06/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that Christ was perfected through suffering. Christ’s obedience to God in this way has made possible our salvation even though we have disobeyed.

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Thy Kingdom Come04/13/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Missions and evangelism are not things that we add to our otherwise Christian lives. No, outreach grows naturally out of our being children of the King. We are to be prepared to engage with the world as the Lord leads us.

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No Pain, No Gain: Resisting Sin05/04/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In America, we rarely hear the message that as Christians we should expect to suffer for our faith. If Christ was perfected by his obedience and sufferings, why should we expect to be spared suffering ourselves?

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Motherhood of God05/11/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • One of the most common images of God in the Bible is that of God as our “heavenly Father.” It is important to note, however, that God is also portrayed as “Mother” and we as God’s children. Greg discussed how God used this image of “Mother” to heal some profound wounds from his own childhood.

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The Mustard Seed Got the Smoothie05/18/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that Christ was made perfect through suffering. As imitators of Christ we should expect that our lives will involve some suffering as well. Greg discussed self-sacrifice and other principles of Christian discipline.

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Dealing with Depression08/10/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Depression is often both a physical and spiritual problem. overcoming it requires addressing both of those needs as well as the support of a healthy community. Greg continued with some biblical suggestions for those who are wrestling with depression.

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The Devil and Community08/24/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The love of God in Christ is to be the foundation for Christian community. We are all supposed to be ONE in Christ. The enemy works directly against this by attempting to divide Christians from each other.
    The root meaning of the word truth is to “uncover or disclose.” Unity in the Body of Christ will depend upon our willingness participate in this kind of truth. This understanding of truth is the opposite of “shame” which hides and covers things up.

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Conquering Fear08/31/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • To be fearful of things in this world is to set yourself up for failure. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but neither has God promised that you will not suffer. It is because you WILL suffer that God HAS given you a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Greg offered some biblical advice on dealing with fear in your life.

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All You Need Is Love09/07/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We have all heard that of faith, hope and love, love is the greatest. But perhaps you have wondered why love is greater than faith and hope. Greg discussed how love is the true heartbeat of all reality.

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The Four Loves09/14/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the world of the New Testament, there were four different words for “Love.” Greg highlighted the importance of understanding the different forms of love and which types of love you should pursue in your various relationships.

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It's Time to Grow Up09/21/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Life does not allow things to stand still. Everything alive is either growing or it is dying. Life is not about simply maintaining or just getting by! Greg encouraged the church to check its pulse.

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Unfrozen09/28/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the Bible, the word “freedom” is often a synonym for salvation. It is for freedom that Christ has set you free! Greg talked about the power of the Gospel to release the captives and lift our heavy burdens.

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Repent10/05/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We all know that no one can truly serve two masters. We will be more loyal to one than the other. Repentance is the 180-degree turn we make when we commit to living for God instead of anything else.
    Repentance is not morbid self-condemnation; rather it is an intentional change of heart and mind, a decision to move in a completely new direction.

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The Unity of the Church10/19/97

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Church seems to have lost the vision for being united as one in Christ. We fight over points of disagreement rather than cooperating for the sake of lost souls. It seems we value our own sense of “correctness” more than the souls that could be won if we worked together. Greg called the church back to a united vision of the Body of Christ for the sake of the lost.

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