God In Us
Jun 26 2016 • Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy, Seth McCoy
When Jesus’ physical body left the early church, he promised to send his spirit in his place. A spirit that, if we believed in it, would live in us. A spirit that, through us, would do even greater things than what Jesus did in his time here. A spirit that, working with us, would bring God’s Kingdom to this broken world and heal it. It is God’s Plan A for his Body. So what would happen if we lived like this was true, if we fully expected his Holy Spirit to be alive and active in us in our daily lives? We are excited to see what will happen.
Paul Eddy wrote a booklet to accompany this series titled The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts in the Local Church, and you can get it in PDF form here.
Sermons in this series:
One need not look very far to see examples of discord, hostility and disunity within humanity and even within creation. Culture wars, political wars, theological wars and military wars abound. What, we might ask, is the source of all this hostility? And, more importantly, what is the source of true peace, true unity, true harmony? Paul tells us in Ephesians that Jesus is the one true peace. Jesus IS our peace and the Holy Spirit is the unifier. A new president or policy or military leader or social activist will not bring peace. Only when people accept the one (Jesus) who IS peace, who IS harmony will true unity come.
Topics: Community, Holy Spirit, Peace
We wrapped up our summer God In Us sermon series with a Q&A night on Tuesday, August 30. It was hosted by Greg Boyd, our senior pastor, and Paul Eddy, our teaching pastor. It was a Q&A on the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.
Topics: Disciplines, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
Hope is a vital part of life. In this segment of our summer series on the Holy Spirit, Seth explores how the Holy Spirit fuels our hope by giving us a vision of God’s plan for the world and by empowering us to take action towards bringing that plan into reality.
Topics: Community, Holy Spirit, Hope
As we continue our summer series on the Holy Spirit, this week Seth explains the role of the Holy Spirit in producing fruit that serves as evidence of a follower’s life in the Kingdom. As a way of understanding the fruits described in Galatians 6, a description and function of the soul is first explored. We use our will not to grit our way into a Jesus looking life, but rather to surrender our life, in order to gain the life the God promises. Our job is to surrender. The Holy Spirit's job is to produce the fruit in us.
Topics: Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare
In this sermon Greg goes over the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. After explaining each gift, he addressed why he believes these gifts are still relevant and important for the church today. He ends with an encouragement to zealously seek after all gifts God has for you.
Topics: Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
This next sermon in our series, titled God in Us, focused on the meaning, biblical background and practical application of being filled with the Holy Spirit. This phrase has created much controversy in the church today while often creating more division than unity. The evidence in Scripture emphasizes that there is a difference between having the Holy Spirit as a follower of Jesus and the act of being filled with the Spirit, but that this filling of the Spirit looks more like the extravagant love of a married couple than any spiritual test.
Topics: Controversial Issues, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
This message is the fifth sermon in the series. It lays the foundation for identifying, understanding, and utilizing spiritual gifts.
Topics: Calling, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
In this fourth message of the God in Us series we explore what it means that the light of the world has taken up residence in us. Throughout scripture we see the theme of darkness and light battling back and forth. In Genesis we read of the Spirit hovering over the darkness and bringing order to the chaos, light to the darkness. In the gospel of John, Jesus calls himself the light of the world, and promises his followers will have the Holy Spirit in them if he goes away. So what does it mean to have the light of the world living inside us?
Topics: Holy Spirit, Judgment, Sin
God makes amazing promises over the kind of life we can live through the power of the Holy Spirit. This power will flow out of us like a river of living water. But we frequently experience a distance between the kind of full life that God promised and the kind of life we live now, don’t we? So how can the distance of this gap begin to close? Paul tells us, one of the key ways in which we can do this is through the practice of being transformed by the renewing of our mind. The primary place in which The Holy Spirit meets with us is in our minds, and we, through the power of the Spirit, can choose our thoughts, we can set our minds on things that are above.
Topics: Holy Spirit, Hope, Transformation
This second sermon in our God in Us series focused on the broad question of, “Who is the Spirit?” This message focuses on three characteristics of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God, The Holy Spirit is personal and the Holy Spirit is distinct in nature. Greg emphasized that the main role of the Spirit is to show us clearly the person of Jesus and help us to recognize God when we would have no other way of recognizing Him. The Holy Spirit is working to remove the veil in our mind and can do this through our imagination.
Topics: Holy Spirit, Imagination, Trinity
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