1999 Sermons

State of the Union Address01/10/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • At the beginning of each year, Greg reviews the vision of Woodland Hills Church. Though he spoke directly to WHC, all churches can benefit from a clear presentation of what the Bible says the church is supposed to be doing.

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Living the Covenant01/17/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The word “covenant” is rarely used today, but in ancient times it was a common social structure that all respected. Most people understand what a contract is, but few today understand the word “covenant.” The Bible assumes that we know about covenants and intend to keep them. Greg taught on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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Covenant and Corporate Solidarity01/24/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • A contract is a legal agreement: “I’ll give you this if you give me that.” A covenant is very different. It is about the relationship. People in covenant identify deeply with each other. Greg continued this teaching on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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Intimacy (Into Me See)02/07/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many of our relationships with others seem to lack understanding, integrity and a sense of common vision. This sermon offered some insight into why this is the case. Greg continued this teaching on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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New Testament Covenant Vow02/14/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • One of the very few remaining covenants that we honor today is marriage. In this covenant we make promises to each other and mesh our identity with that of our spouse. The relationship God wants with you is of the same sort. God has made promises to you and offers us the opportunity to be identified with him in Christ. Greg continued this teaching on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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Cutting the New Covenant02/21/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the Old Testament, an animal was sacrificed as a sign of the seriousness of a covenant. In the New Testament, God’s own Son is sacrificed instead of us even though we are the ones who have been unfaithful in our relationship with God. Greg continued his teaching on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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Celebration and Witness02/28/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Covenants always have people who bear witness to them. These witnesses hold the people involved accountable and support the covenant. As Christians we are both participants in our own covenant with God and witnesses to the covenants of other believers as well. Greg continued his teaching on understanding and living in biblical covenant.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part 103/07/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches us to empty ourselves of the thoughts and concerns of this world for a very important reason. We are to be filled with God’s spirit—the Holy Spirit—instead. Greg discussed what the Bible means when it speaks of a “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”

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The Joy of Death03/28/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches us that no one can serve two masters. We will despise one and serve the other.
    The Christian message is that we must die in order to live. We must set aside our own way of doing life and take up Christ’s way. Greg described what it means to stop serving ourselves and start serving God with our whole lives.

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Healing Power of the Resurrection04/04/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The apostle Paul leverages EVERYTHING—the whole truth of the Gospel—on the truth of the resurrection of Christ. Greg discussed the importance of the resurrection for bringing healing to a hurting world.

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It's Not God's fault04/25/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When tragedy strikes, people of faith often ask “WHY did God do or even allow this!?” Greg argued that this is the wrong question and challenged the assumptions that lead us to ask, “Why, God?”

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Evil and Chaos05/02/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When dealing with evil in the world, we have a choice to make. Will we ask the question “WHY” and seek to find out who is to blame? Or will we ask the question “HOW” and seek to cooperate with God in bringing good out of every evil situation? Greg addressed the problem of evil and chaos in the world.

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Evil and the 8 Second Interval05/09/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We all know that the world is a very complicated place. We long for simplicity and clear answers to our questions, especially when bad things happen to us or those we love. Greg warned against giving simple answers to the question, “Why?”

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Variables in the Effectiveness of Prayer05/15/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that our prayers are powerful and effective. But sometimes we wonder why we don’t see the results we expected. Greg described some of the reasons we might not get what we expected.

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Substance of Things Hoped For05/23/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Faith is much more than merely believing something! Even the devil believes that Jesus is God, but that is clearly not faith! Greg described the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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Faith Versus Mere Belief06/06/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Everyone has faith in something. But do your beliefs line up with your faith? Greg described the difference between faith and belief.

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Bondage Faith Versus Freedom Faith07/04/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The world does not need more information—it needs TRANSformation! Faith is what God gives us for our transformation from the inside out. Greg continued to describe the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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Faith in the Balance07/11/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many heroes of faith named in Hebrews 11 did not receive the promises God gave them during their own earthly lifetimes. We too, must understand that faith is ultimately concerned with the next life more than this present age. Greg continued to describe the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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For God's Sake, Love God07/25/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Christians should consider whether they would continue to serve and love God even if they were not blessed in this life for doing so. What if we were punished for our faith in this life? Would we love God openly then? Greg continued to describe the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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How Can We Win the War?08/08/99

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Our Only Distinctive: Jesus Christ08/15/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Sometimes Christianity is judged on the basis of what Christians do. This is a serious mistake! It is Christ that makes Christianity unique, not Christians. Greg continued to describe the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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The Faith of Noah08/29/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The only explanation for why Noah built the ark is because his faith enabled him to expect the unexpected. Any rational person operating on common knowledge, would have though he was crazy! Noah’s faith caused him to expect the unexpected, but that is not all. It motivated ACTION. He actually went ahead and built an Ark even though it did not seem reasonable to the natural mind. Greg continued to describe the role of faith in the life of the believer.

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Let's Dig Up Some Dirt09/05/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • All sin separates us from God in the same way. We all are united to God through grace alone. Greg reminded us that the church is to be a place where forgiveness is offered freely and God’s grace abounds!

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Only One Thing Is Needed09/11/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Capitalism works by convincing people that they need things that they don’t already have. Greg addressed this issue and suggested what we can do for our spiritual health AND for a more just society.

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The Lord's Loving Discipline10/03/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Rarely do we hear sermons about God disciplining us today, but God promises to do this. Greg considered what it means that God uses suffering to discipline us.

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The Unchanging Rock in Heraclitus River10/24/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When you feel shaken by the chaos of life, remember the new identity you have in Christ. Greg spoke a word of hope for the world, the hope that trusts in the coming Kingdom of God.

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Love Like a Dog, Hug Like a Bunny10/31/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • God’s persistent love for humanity is the central theme of the Bible. Greg showed many ways we can recognize the undying love of God.

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Tearing Down the Walls11/14/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Christ is the great reconciler! By Christ’s life, death and resurrection, all the walls that divide people from each other and people from God must be brought down. Greg called the church to get serious about tearing down walls!

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Honey, Want to Buy a House?11/21/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As Christians, we often think about the very few things that we disagree about, rather than focus on the many things we have in common. Greg challenged the church to tear this wall down, along with many others.

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Voodoo American Style11/28/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We have all heard that “to whom much is given, much is required.” Greg called us to take this text more seriously as we consider our own blessings in a global context.

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Biblical Principles of Stewardship12/05/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • It may surprise you to know that greed is actually the sin spoken of most frequently in the Bible. We rarely hear this from the pulpit because we are all so guilty of this in America. Greg addressed this serious spiritual problem that we face as Americans and discussed how stewardship is one aspect of discipleship that many Christians struggle with.

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Doing 1 Chronicles 2912/12/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Did you know that King David had to lead a fundraising campaign in order to build a temple for the Lord? Greg showed us what we can learn from this for our own church building projects today.

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The Three Tenses: Past, Present and Future12/26/99

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • When we are thinking clearly, the Christian life is one of gratitude. We remember the good things that God has done, we are grateful for the faithfulness of God today, and we trust in the fulfillment of promises God has made about the future. Greg described healthy ways to think about the past, present and future.

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