Featured Sermon Series: Scandalous Love
The Scandalous Love series is often considered one of Greg’s and Woodland Hill’s most foundational series. In fact, it was so important that it subsequently led to the Can’t Stop the Love series. Defining the true character of God is at the heart of what ReKnew is all about, so we wanted to host the entire series here.
Our culture has badly twisted the meaning of the word “love” and the church hasn’t helped much. What does it mean when the Bible says “God is love”? The answer to that question is more astonishing and challenging than you can imagine. It’s scandalous! As followers of Jesus, we need to know and receive his “scandalous” love. This series will open up your imagination to experience God for who he really is, and realize that he is passionately in love with us!
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SERMON 1: Love Is…
It is impossible to fully grasp God’s love because it is infinite! The best we can do is humbly recognize our limitations in this way and give ourselves over to the overwhelming love that God extends to us.
SERMON 2: God Is Love
The love of God expressed in Christ on the cross was “foolishness to the Gentiles” and “a stumbling block to the Jews”. God’s love is scandalous to us all in different ways.
SERMON 3: Covenantal Love
The love of God expressed in Christ on the cross shows the radical lengths God is willing to go to restore us. This healing of our relationship with God takes the form of a covenant, not a contract.
SERMON 4: Victorious Love
God’s love is victorious! But perhaps not in the way that you’d expect. We often associate victory with our ability to control or defeat others but God’s victory encourages our freedom rather than squelches it. (We love discovering art that connects us to God in unique ways.
SERMON 5: Burning Love
God’s desire for us is that we become all that God created us to be. Life is the process in which we can resist or yield to God’s desire for us. When we yield we sense God’s burning love as warm and liberating. When we resist we experience God’s burning love as pain and wrath.
SERMON 6: Returning Love
God’s love for us is overwhelming! But that’s not the whole story. As we receive God’s love we are able to return that love to God and others.
SERMON 7: Empowering Love
We, as Jesus followers, are called to reflect God’s love in this world. We are to live lives of love, as imitators of God. We are to do everything in love and live in the unity of love with other Christ followers.
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