Nov 28 2010 • Bruxy Cavey, Greg Boyd, Seth McCoy
When Jesus was born in the middle of the Roman Empire, part of God’s plan was to undermine the authority and agenda of the kingdom of the world and replace it with the Kingdom of God. The original idea of Christmas was to be subversive, but at this time of year the values of the world are far more pervasive than the values of Jesus! As followers of the subversive Kingdom of God, how should we celebrate Christmas?
Sermons in this series:
The Devil has historically used a 1-2 punch to fight God. He usually starts by trying to snuff out the Kingdom of God, and if that doesn’t work, he tries to normalize the Kingdom of God. This normalization leads to a watered-down and mundane version of the Kingdom. God calls us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
Topics: Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God, Satan
Christmas is a time of nostalgia when family and friends get together. Cute and serene can be words to describe this time, but Christmas and the birth of Jesus was anything but serene. The birth of Jesus was an act of war against the Empire of this world.
Topics: Conflict, Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare
Our culture is run by an empire built on the foundation of greed, selfishness, and consumerism. Jesus came to this world to subvert any empire other than the Kingdom of God. Jesus taught us the true meaning of freedom, peace, justice, and love, and He wants us to use these to subvert the empire.
Topics: Greed, Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare
There is a lot of suffering in this world and many reasons for it. God wants us to know that suffering is going to happen, and that you should walk toward suffering with the right understanding of who Jesus is in the midst of suffering.
Topics: Disciplines, Fear, Pain & Suffering, Presence of God, Sacrifice, Spiritual Warfare
Jesus was born a subversive King. He was born to show the world the true Kingdom and the True God, and in so doing, showed the world how the Roman kingdom was false. In the spirit of Jesus’ subversive intention, Greg shows us a way to be subversive with the Christmas culture of the western world.
Topics: Generosity, Humility, Identity in Christ, Money, Politics, Sacrifice