Sermons

In addition to sermon audio and video files, many of our sermons have other resources available, like Focus Scripture, Extended Summary, Sermon Homework and more. Our archive dates back to 1992 and all resources are free to download and distribute. Most sermons are by our Senior Pastor, Greg Boyd.

Below are our most recent sermons. You may also check out our archive using the links at the above left.

The Force Awakens07/16/17

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Faith, Fear, Identity in Christ, Calling
  • Each of us is unique. We each have our own story, our own calling, and our own distinct set of giftings, talents, and experiences that shape our uniqueness. However, many of us are stuck living in stories of all the reasons we are disqualified from having a life of purpose and impact in the kingdom. Shawna uses the unlikely heroes of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to remind us that God can nullify any of the objections our minds present that keeps us from living out our identity in Christ.

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Our Heavenly Wedding07/09/17

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Baptism, Marriage, Repentance
  • Later this month Woodland Hills will be doing our annual baptism ceremony at Lake Phalen, and so in light of that Greg used this week's sermon to talk about baptism and contrasting it with the magical way of thinking about it that we see in the movie 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou'.

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Hidden Figures07/02/17

  • Speaker – Nikole Mitchell
     
  • Topics – Reconciliation, Relationships, Peace
  • God’s Kingdom is breaking in upon this world in beautiful ways. Yet, many of us have a difficult time feeling on the inside of this movement, many of us struggle with feeling as though we are outsiders. In this message, Nikole Mitchell shows us through the movie “Hidden Figures” a central piece of the Gospel message that often gets neglected – that God has destroyed every wall that divides us as humans… He has taken every outsider, and made us insiders.

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Repent!06/25/17

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Forgiveness, Repentance
  • The word "repent" is often associated with fear based tactics like street side preachers shouting “turn or burn!” Though fear based attempts to motivate change rarely have lasting positive impact. The New Testament picture of repentance is instead displayed as a joyful invitation to acceptance of the grace and mercy poured out by a God of love. 

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Why We Can't Know Why06/18/17

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Free Will, God's Will
  • This week in our Moving Pictures series we explore the film 'The Adjustment Bureau' to better understand the complexities of a world with free will. Every decision we make unfolds massive ripple effects, making it almost impossible to know why things happen as they do. Our hope in the midst of this beautifully complex world is found in God who is infinitely smarter than we can ever understand.

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The Beast of Shame06/11/17

  • Speaker – Sandra Unger
     
  • Topics – Love, Transformation
  • The story of the transforming power of love over shame is all around us. This past weekend Sandra showed us this theme in the movie 'The Beauty and the Beast', and we learn how powerful love can be to defeat even the most paralyzing shame.

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Fatal Illusion06/04/17

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Pain & Suffering, Free Will
  • This is our first week of the new sermon series, Moving Pictures. In this series we will look at different movies that show a particular theology. This week we were entertained with the film, Bruce Almighty, a film which highlights the question of free-will. Greg takes us through the illusion of fatalism. The foundation of fatalism (also understood as determinism and/or Calvinism) suggests the world and all its happenings are determined. All that unfolds, including all suffering, is a result of fate, a pre-determined destiny of events established by God. But, there is a different way of understanding the world and God’s relationship to the created order. God created a world with free-will; where humans have the capacity to freely choose life or choose death. God is a relational God and longs for relationship with humans who freely choose love. With the free-will understanding of the created order we discover God is not the author of all that unfolds in the world, but that humans play an integral role in what comes to pass. 

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