May 08 2022 • Greg Boyd
Each day, we are presented with a choice: to love or to judge. When we choose to judge another person, we stand with Satan – the accuser – on one side of the courtroom, cross-examining them and looking to prove them unworthy. When we choose love, we examine not through the lens of judgment, but through the lens of the cross, where Jesus declares that all people have unsurpassable worth. In this series, we turn to the core biblical themes of love and judgment, and the absolute necessity of living in love and leaving judgment to God alone.
Sermons in this series:
This sermon address the nature of God’s judgment at the end of time and how it relates to the suffering we are encountering in the midst of the struggles of this present life.
Topics: End Times,
This sermon provides a brief report card on how well humans are doing at caring for God’s creation, specifically as it relates to Earth’s climate.
Topics: Creation Care,
The vision of Woodland Hills is “Learning to Love Together.” This is practiced in four dimensions: loving God, loving ourselves, loving other people and loving creation.
There is a direct, organic connection between how humans live in love and the well-being of creation. The calamity experienced at the hands of the environment is a natural result of human failure to care for it as God intended.
God called all people to care for his land and animals as his stewards. This is a basic mandate that was part of the creation narrative.
What does it mean to trust God as the ultimate judge? This is an important question if we are going to live in love and forego judgment of others.
In this sermon, Greg provides a big picture overview of the series on God’s final judgment and why it is so crucial, especially during this time in history.
Kingdom of God
We long for justice, and we hope that God will deliver his justice at the end of times. This sermon introduces a series on the coming justice of God and what this means for us today.
Topics: End Times,
John’s first letter tells us that we are God’s children and that the world is controlled by the evil one. But even more, it tells us how to know Jesus in the midst of this evil so that we might have resurrection life.
We get off the “high horse” by not judging others or seeing ourselves as superior to them. We also get off the high horse by living relationship with others and having the humility to receive feedback from them.