Apr 17 2012 • Greg Boyd
Find out how our beliefs at Woodland Hills have been woven together from various strands of the Church over the centuries. People at WH come from a wide range of church traditions. And our church’s beliefs and values have also been shaped by a number of historic movements and factions of the Christian faith.
Sermons in this series:
We held a Q&A night to wrap up our Tapestry sermon series on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. During the teaching portion of the evening, Paul and Greg provided a review of the Christian threads covered during the series – Protestant, Pietistic, Charismatic and Anabaptist – and also unpacked how our beliefs have been influenced by the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Then they opened it up for questions about the series and how Woodland's values and theology have been shaped by various church traditions.
As we finish up our study of Tapestry, Bruxy Cavey teaches us the importance of visible Kingdom community and separation of church and state. These two aspects of the Kingdom were best lived out by the Anabaptists.
Topics: Anabaptism, Community, Non-Violence, Politics
The teachings of the Anabaptist church are important to Woodland Hills Church. In this sermon, Greg talks about four of the six distinctive teachings of the Anabaptist movement (next week will cover the last two), and they are still relevant today.
Topics: Anabaptism, Baptism, Non-Violence, Simplicity
The Charismatic thread helps us understand and delve into how the Holy Spirit works. In this sermon, Greg talks about the life of William Seymour and how the gifts of the Spirit are to be used today, in addition to counter-cultural Charismatic perspectives on race and gender that were a part of the movement from the beginning.
Topics: Community, Controversial Issues, Reconciliation, Role of Women, Spiritual Gifts
The life and theology of John Wesley influenced many portions of WHC. Whether it was the pietistic way of life, his ideas on free will, or his love-centered Kingdom theology, we have a lot in common with Mr. Wesley.
Topics: Free Will, Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God
There are many values of Lutheranism that flow through the life of Woodland Hills Church. In this sermon, Greg talks about these threads and how they impact our way of doing church. Whether it’s sola scriptura or the faith/grace interaction, we are not alone in our use of Luther’s teachings.
Topics: Faith, Grace, Nationalism
We see a lot of Christians base their lives on different things. Some base them on wayward things, such as government, the economy, their own job, or their health—the things that are here one day and gone tomorrow. However, Jesus says that he is the one foundation. In this sermon, Greg talks about how we are to base our lives upon Jesus, and also shows how Woodland Hills has done this.
Topics: Identity in Christ, Relationships, Simplicity