It is no secret that “love” is a popular theme in contemporary culture. Nearly every song on the radio has something to say about the topic, and there are countless television shows that are built around the concept of finding love in a few short weeks. The word “love” can also be used flippantly in everyday language. We “love” our favorite restaurants, we “love” our families, and we fall in and out of “love” romantically. With such a wide variety of definitions and popular culture shaping so much of the narrative surrounding “love”, it can be difficult for us to figure out what love actually is.
Importantly, the Christian vision of love is anything but abstract or watered-down. The love that is demonstrated to us in the Bible is incarnational. It looks like something. It looks like forgiving one another as God forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). It looks like counting others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). It looks like laying our lives down for others as Jesus laid down his life for the world (1 John 3:16).
This 3-week series “Love Is” unpacks what it looks like to walk out the biblical vision of love in a variety of relational contexts – and we have some fun along the way! From a marriage-focused game show to a singles panel discussion, there is something for everyone in this series. Rather than searching for a definition for “love” in popular culture, join Pastor Miles as he explores the Biblical definition of what love is.