In addition to sermon audio and video files, many of our sermons have other resources available like extended summaries and study guides. Our archive dates back to 1992 and all resources are free to download and distribute. Most sermons are by our Senior Pastor, Greg Boyd.
When Lazarus was raised from the dead (John 11:1-46), he had new life, but the stench of death was also still with him. So it is with us. We have new life in Christ, but we may carry with us things from the time when we were dead in sin.
Revivals don't happen by accident. There is a spiritual law of cause and effect, just as there is a physical law of cause and effect. Prayer causes God's will to be done in the world. The cause is prayer, the effect is the Holy Spirit fighting for us against the kingdom of darkness.
Above all else, the early church desired to follow the Holy Spirit. They were lead by the Spirit to devote themselves to the Apostles' teachings.(Acts 2:42). They pledged themselves, submitted to, came under the word of God.
Often today, Christians attempt to witness to non-believers out of a sense of obligation and guilt. If the power of the Holy Spirit is not behind that witnessing, however, those attempts will be largely futile. As much of the church today is unhealthy, so also the church's attempts at witnessing are often unhealthy.
Since about the 4th century, the Christian church has adopted the pagan idea that the church is to be made up of a religious professional and his audience. The professional (called father, reverend, etc.) does the religious stuff whilst the congregation sits back and enjoys the show.
Our peace of mind must be based on God's passionate love for us, not on the state of the world around us. We must receive that unconditional peace (which only comes from God) before we can become peacemakers. We must experience the fact that the world can't give us peace, only Jesus can.
In our society there is a deepening divide between the races. Participation in hate groups is growing by leaps and bounds. One group elevates itself and puts down all others. From the beginning, God has hated racism.