With the launch of our new year on September 8, we’ll begin to explore the new overarching theme for our 2019–2020 sermons: “Love for Life.”
Oscar Wilde said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all.” The Bible teaches that love is the key to go from existing to living. Love is both the most simple and yet profound concept in the universe. Not only was it central to God’s plan of redemption, we’re told God himself is love (1 John 4:8). It’s one of his character traits that makes him so incredibly attractive.
Through a variety of different series in both the Old and New Testaments, we’ll give attention throughout the year to the double meaning of this theme: the obligation to love and the reward we receive from it. The love God envisions for us is a thoroughly committed kind of love—a kind of love to be lived out comprehensively by each one of us, often in the mundane, sometimes under complex and demanding circumstances. As it turns out, God’s vision for love is far more about sacrifice than sentimentality. To the degree to which we realize this in the rigors of daily life, we discover we’re not merely existing, but living. And that becomes possible as we draw upon the unending resources found in God’s love toward us in Jesus.