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Subversive Christmas

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:


Subverting the Subversion

• Greg Boyd

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


Empire of the Baby

• Greg Boyd

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


Subverting the Empire

• Seth McCoy

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


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