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Returning Love

• Scott Boren

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.

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Beginning with the Great commandment (Matt. 22:37-38), Scott Boren reminded us that in addition to God’s scandalous love for us, there’s a role for us to play too. We are to return that love back to God and to others. Scott reminded us that if we view the Great Commandment as a contract it can feel like a burden rather than an invitation to dance the beautiful dance of life with God.

Scott contrasted two “rhythms” or ways of navigating the dance floor. One he called the “conformed rhythm” the other the “transformed rhythm”. The conformed rhythm consists of the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2). Some examples Scott offered were: working too much, being too busy, worrying too much, stress, and ignoring relationships.

The transformed rhythm consists of the following: renewing of the mind, an alternative pattern, a different dance, a vastly different dance partner (God!), a dance that fits love.

Life is about learning to dance to the transformed rhythm. But this takes practice! Scott gave lots of examples of ways we can practice dancing to the transformed rhythm. Here are some of them:

  • Practicing the presence of God (could use Greg’s book Present Perfect for this)
  • Listening to Scripture using the Lectio Divina exercises in the prayer journal
  • Worshiping with your community
  • Reflect on Scriptures that speak truth about who we are in Christ and reflect on those both as individuals and as a group
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Topics: Love, Transformation

Sermon Series: Scandalous Love

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Focus Scripture:

  • Matthew 22:37-38

    Jesus replied: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.

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