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Good Heavens!

May 05 2024 • Dan Kent, Emily Morrison, Greg Boyd, Pierre Fulford, Shawna Boren

A scene change occurs in Revelation chapter 4, when John is moved “in the Spirit” from the earthly plane into the heavenly realm. Here he sees the wonders of God’s throne room where worship occurs day and night and where God governs the world as the slain lamb. This series takes us behind the scenes to the dwelling place of God and the source of all goodness.

Sermons in this series:

The Lamb at the Center

• Greg Boyd

In this sermon, Greg Boyd introduces chapter 5 of Revelation where we read about the vision of the slain lamb. This lamb unveils the nature of God’s character in a surprising way, as typically God is depicted as having lion-like character, but instead the slain lamb shows us what God is really like, how God works in the world and how God has conquered evil.

Topics: Imagination, Love, Non-Violence

The Heart of Worship

• Dan Kent

The twenty-four elders fall before the Lord in perpetual worship, giving us a radical image of life in the presence of God. In this sermon, Dan Kent explores the meaning of worship by showing us that the key is our allegiance to God demonstrated by the choices that we make in laying down our crowns before him.

Topics: Heaven, Worship

The Imperishable Treasure

• Greg Boyd

God is the only eternal one. All else is temporary. However, it is human nature to put our trust in temporary things, to focus on things that will not last. Jesus invites us to treasure that which will not be destroyed. When we set our hearts on God’s kingdom and his righteousness, we will discover the only treasure that endures.

Topics: Discipleship, Hope, Worship

Dancing With God

• Greg Boyd

In Revelation 4, the 24 elders lay down their crowns and fall before God’s throne. This sermon explores how such acts are typically performed out of fear, but here it’s actually a reflection of the kind of love that they see in the life of Jesus, and a participation in the triune dance of God’s eternal being.

Topics: Presence of God, Trinity, Worship

Upgrade Your Umwelt

• Greg Boyd

In this sermon, Greg challenges us to upgrade our umwelt. He expands on what Emily introduced in the previous week, and provides three practical ways that we can increase our ability to see God and enter into the knowledge of his transcendent glory.

Topics: Imagination, Presence of God

Don’t be a Mantis Shrimp

• Emily Morrison

John was invited to enter a door to see into the throne room of God. This was not a physical seeing. It was a spiritual experience, where he saw into another dimension of reality. What does it mean to see into this other world, to experience God in this distinctly different way? This sermon, by Emily Morrison, encourages us to embrace the gift of seeing God in this radically different way.

Topics: Imagination, Presence of God

The Crystal Sea

• Greg Boyd

In John’s vision in Revelation 4, he sees a sea of glass, which represents peace. What does this vision of peace mean for life when we are surrounded by chaos, evil and the constant barrage of all that is not peaceful? This vision of peace came before the final victory of sin and death. This peace is our inheritance in the present. We only need to see it and embrace it as God’s gift to us.

Topics: Peace, Presence of God, Spiritual Warfare


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