Miroslav Wolf, Exclusion to Embrace (2002)
“How should we live as Christian communities today faced with
the ‘new tribalis...
Reframing the Discussion
From its inception, Christianity has been defined by those who choose to follow
Christ, clinging t...
Congregational Discernment Process
Why have we told ourselves that we don’t need to apply these
Christian truths to fellow...
All Included in God’s
New Family
A Grateful and Mutually Submitting
F A I T H V I L L A G E
“The Household of God”EPH219-22 That’s plain enough, isn’t it?
You’re no longer wandering exiles. This
kingdom of faith is...
“The Household of God”
•The Foundation:
Saved by Grace
•The Core Nature:
Reconciliation, Unity & Peace
•The Function:
Heal...
Being a member of the
Household of God is
God’s gift to everyone
who believes in Jesus.
EPH28 For it is by grace you
have ...
Most golfers don’t have a prayer
of ever playing “Amen Corner.”
Where there were two, now there is one.
EPH213 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near
b...
GENTILESThe Jew had a low estimate of the Gentile's character.The most vile and unnatural
crimes were imputed to Gentiles....
Very real differences remain, but
they NO LONGER PREVENT US
from being brothers and sisters in
the NEW FAMILY that Christ
...
“The Household of God”
•The Foundation:
Saved by Grace
•The Core Nature:
Reconciliation, Unity & Peace
•The Function:
Heal...
This Is Really Possible!
EPH42 Christ-like CHARACTER (fruit of the Spirit)
EPH51-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it...
1Cor134 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others...
“The Household of God”
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All Included in God's New Family

  1. 1. Miroslav Wolf, Exclusion to Embrace (2002) “How should we live as Christian communities today faced with the ‘new tribalism’ that is fracturing our societies, separating peoples and cultural groups, and fomenting vicious conflicts?” “If we don’t figure this out, we’re going to war--a social war. And we’re going to be killing a bunch of people along the way. But the church ought to be leading the charge to talk.” Pastor John Larson, Hope Church, commenting on Wolf’s question. Jeff Chu, Does Jesus Really Love Me? (2013) “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
  2. 2. Reframing the Discussion From its inception, Christianity has been defined by those who choose to follow Christ, clinging tightly to the foundational truths that Jesus both revealed and exemplified, especially during times of great uncertainty, stress and disagreement. SIN We’re all in the same sinking boat but Jesus proved he loves us all HOLINESS Each Christian has chosen to pursue a God-honoring life, but it’s far from simple or without snags CHURCH A radically diverse Body of grateful, reconciled, mutually submitting brothers and sisters in Christ LOVE The No.1 distinctive expected of every Christ-follower; must be unexpected and is often uncomfortable July 20th July 27th TODAY August 11th
  3. 3. Congregational Discernment Process Why have we told ourselves that we don’t need to apply these Christian truths to fellow believers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? What would life together in Christ look like if we did apply these and how would we go about figuring that out together as the Body of Christ? SIN Because God sees them as much more sinful than us? HOLINESS Because they aren’t as committed to living God-honoring lives as we are? CHURCH Because being LGBTQ disqualifies them from being part of Christ’s body? LOVE Because Jesus doesn’t expect us to love anyone who makes us uncomfortable?
  4. 4. All Included in God’s New Family A Grateful and Mutually Submitting F A I T H V I L L A G E
  5. 5. “The Household of God”EPH219-22 That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. (MSG)
  6. 6. “The Household of God” •The Foundation: Saved by Grace •The Core Nature: Reconciliation, Unity & Peace •The Function: Healthy Practices & Ethics welcome! Faith Village welcome!
  7. 7. Being a member of the Household of God is God’s gift to everyone who believes in Jesus. EPH28 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
  8. 8. Most golfers don’t have a prayer of ever playing “Amen Corner.”
  9. 9. Where there were two, now there is one. EPH213 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Where there was hatred, now there is peace.
  10. 10. GENTILESThe Jew had a low estimate of the Gentile's character.The most vile and unnatural crimes were imputed to Gentiles.They considered it not safe to leave cattle in their charge, to allow their women to nurse infants, or their physicians to attend the sick, nor to walk in their company, without taking precautions against sudden attacks. The Gentiles should, as far as possible, be altogether avoided, except in cases of necessity or for the sake of business.They and theirs were defiled; their houses unclean, as containing idols or things dedicated to idols.Their feasts and their joyous occasions were polluted by idolatry.You could not leave the room if a Gentile was in it because he might, carelessly or on purpose, defile the wine or food on the table, or the oil and wheat in the cupboard. Under such circumstances, everything must be regarded as unclean. Household of God = United Diverse New Family Members
  11. 11. Very real differences remain, but they NO LONGER PREVENT US from being brothers and sisters in the NEW FAMILY that Christ created by dying on the cross for all our sins. UNCOMMON U N I T Y
  12. 12. “The Household of God” •The Foundation: Saved by Grace •The Core Nature: Reconciliation, Unity & Peace •The Function: Healthy Practices & Ethics welcome! Faith Village welcome!
  13. 13. This Is Really Possible! EPH42 Christ-like CHARACTER (fruit of the Spirit) EPH51-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (MSG) EPH521 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
  14. 14. 1Cor134 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. Arises from hearts overflowing with gratitude. What Does Mutual Submission Look Like? Able to put the concerns of others before your own. Unafraid to give away positional power.
  15. 15. “The Household of God” Faith Village welcome! A Grateful & Mutually Submitting Faith Village
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