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When God Fills His Temple

• Greg Boyd

In this first sermon of our Throughline series, Greg reflects on our history as a church, and reaffirms our central theme of Love: our first and last and only job here on earth is to do all things in love. Just as love provides purpose to a marriage, it provides our mission as a church, as well as to us as individuals as part of the body of Christ.

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Greg begins by recalling his wedding to Shelley. They were both young and had no real idea what they were getting into. They didn’t just jump into a finished relationship, they grew into it. But it was all guided by the love that they share. Love has been the compass that provided direction through the uncertainty and the glue that held them together in their new life together.

Similarly, love has been the throughline of this church. We have likewise grown in this mission of love. Just as how central love is in a marriage, love is our first and only mission as a church and of us as people. We are called to mimic God, and God is Love. Therefore, it is our central, most important job to love all people just as God loves us.

Like the rain and the sun, God does not choose who to love, it shines down unconditionally on ALL living things. This is what it means to say that God IS love. This is who we are called to be as followers. We are called to say no to judgement or violence or greed or fear, and say yes only to love ALL people and all living things. As disciples of Christ, love must motivate our every thought, action and decision.

The criteria of how we are doing as a church is not how big we grow or how slick our program looks or how big the offering is. Our central mission and the single defining criteria of whether we are succeeding as a church is whether our members (you!) are learning to grow and live and act in self-sacrificial love for others, and let that love drive all that you do. This is how God fills his temple.

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Topics: God's Will, Identity in Christ, Love

Sermon Series: Throughline

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Focus Scripture:

  • 1 John 4:8

    8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

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13 thoughts on “When God Fills His Temple

    Craig says: Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 5:15 am

    What has happened to posting the videos online? Either WH is not posting the the two weeks for some reason, or not showing for Apple/Safari users! Also, “WHATCH ON THE BLOG” does not appear compatible with Apple/Safari.

    Connor Unger says: Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Hi Craig,

    We’ve been upgrading our equipment to high definition, but have hit a few bumps in the transition, mainly with the videos. We’ll be going back and getting them all up online, hopefully by early next week.

    In the meantime, in Safari, you can watch last week’s video by going to the Sermon Downloads page, right-clicking “High Quality MP4,” and downloading it to your computer. You’ll be able to watch this week’s video in the same way by tomorrow morning.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for bearing with us as we figure out these tech glitches!


    Steve says: Thursday September 17, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Still not able to watch the latest sermon. No “watch on blog” or no “High Quality MP4 ” available yet ?

    Connor Unger says: Thursday September 17, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Hi Steve, we were a little optimistic in our timeline, sorry about that! We’ll have the videos up as soon as we can.


    Steve says: Friday September 18, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Thank You Conner !

    Paul Erwin says: Friday September 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Looking forward to that video
    Sorry you are having difficulties
    We are praying for a smooth transition

    Matt Clark says: Friday September 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Connor just wanted to say that’s great news! I mirror these videos on my YouTube channel called In Christ, and many of these sermons have thousands of views but the quality has definitely been outdated and fallen behind the video quality of most out there, so glad to hear the quality will be increased. I was just getting to the point of sending a request to help support a possible upgrade.

    kevin says: Monday September 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

    For a sermon, the High Quality MP4 has always been very good; i only care about hd when watching movies, yeah? Greg is only preaching every third sunday, to my dismay; when i do see him, i will not care about video being so glorious that we can see every little hair that’s not on his head……hope getting hd isn’t costing the church any money

    Steve says: Tuesday September 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Never did get to see this sermon. Audio is available but no Video !

    kevin says: Friday September 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Should i resign myself to just listen to the audio or should i hold out and wait for the video to appear?

    Rudi says: Sunday September 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

    We would love to see this video, hope it will be uploaded soon! Thanks, Rudi

    Connor Unger says: Monday September 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Hey folks – the video is up! And it’s embedded! We apologize that it took so long, but thanks for sticking it out with us. There will be some bumps-ups in quality over the next several weeks as we keep making adjustments, but for now we’ve found a happy-medium so we can get these videos online.

    Thanks again!



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