Image for God's Love

Elmwood has good company in turning to look at the love of God. The Archbishop of Canterbury recently described the idea of the Trinity as a "community, perfect in love and acceptance and giving out, going out. We are to be like that in the church". Our series on God's Love starts from the very loving relationship at the heart of God that Justin Welby is describing (the love within the Trinity between Father, Son & Holy Spirit) and goes on to examine what this looks like as it spins outwards, inviting others in, and radically enlarging our ideas of what love is and what power it has.

Part 1: In the Trinity

by Mike Hall June 7, 2015 6:30pm

John 17: 23

Love is right at the heart of God. The bible tells us that 'God is Love' and we are invited into the loving relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Humanity is made in the image of God and therefore made toenjoy loving relationships with each other and with our Creator. Jesus reminded his disciples that these loving relationships would be the litmus test for the watching world to recognise that he was sent by God.

Part 2: Return to a Restored Life

by Dave Oakley June 14, 2015 6:30pm

Jeremiah 31: 1-9

As we consider the lavish everlasting love of God we will see that restoration is possible for people and community. This restoration will include rest (peace) and rejoicing (celebration) through reunion with our Heavenly Father and each other. This restoration is guaranteed in Heaven but what about here on earth?

Part 3: Gods love for Israel and the Church

by Dave King June 21, 2015 6:30pm

Isaiah 43: 1-6, John 16: 27

Looking at the great love God has for Israel and the root of that love going back to the Garden of Eden. Also looking forward to His love for His Church and the impact of His love on our lives today.

Part 4: For the Unlovely

by David Fowler July 5, 2015 10:30am

Deuteronomy 7: 7-8, Romans 5: 8

Part 5: In the Gift of Jesus

by Marijke Hoek July 12, 2015 10:30am

1 John 4: 9-10

God’s love, expressed in Jesus, is the paradigm that defines love. What does love look like? Look at the cross; it is expressed in sacrificial self-surrender. We not only receive the love of God, but it also moves us. The love of God is being made visible through the ongoing life of the community of faith that lives by this story.

Part 6: Transforms Human Love

by Mike Hall July 12, 2015 6:30pm

1 John 4: 19, Matthew 5: 43-45