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The Heavenly Missionary

The Heavenly Missionary

In his second sermon introducing the ideas in Crucifixion of the Warrior God, Greg suggests a metaphor to help us frame the things we encounter in the Old Testament that seem at odds with the God we find in the life and death of Jesus. God is a heavenly missionary who stoops to accommodate our fallen ideas about who he is in order to eventually win us over and reveal himself fully.

If you’d like to view the whole sermon, you can find it here on the Woodland Hills Church website. You can find the first sermon in the series here.

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