Welcoming: An Unfortunately Loaded Word Today

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Welcoming: An Unfortunately Loaded Word Today

  1. 1. A Loaded Word
  2. 2. welcoming& affirming church?”“Is this a
  3. 3. welcometo accept h to receivealways been a challenge for churches
  4. 4. Churches have never welcomedeveryone to join.racially unlike majorityex-consmentally illspecial needsideological opponentspolitical oppositesdisgracedrecovering addictsgayshomelessoutcastsunwed momsex-gang membersphysically challengedmisfitspoor
  5. 5. The Sin of Self-inflationMark 9:33 At last, they came toCapernaum where they gathered in ahouse.Jesus: What was it I heard youarguing about along the way?34 They looked down at the floor andwouldn’t answer, for they had beenarguing among themselves about whowas the greatest of Jesus’ disciples.
  6. 6. The Problem withPecking OrdersAncient IssuePermanently StuckProblems with Worth*EverywhereFour-chapter Gospel
  7. 7. Mark 9:35 He satdown with the twelveto teach them.Jesus: Whoeverwants to be firstmust be last, andwhoever wants to bethe greatest must bethe servant of all.
  8. 8. Mark 9:36 He then calledforward a child, set thechild in the middle ofthem, and took the childin His arms.Jesus: 37 Whoeverwelcomes a child like thisin My name welcomes Me;and whoever welcomes Meis welcoming not Me, butthe One who sent Me.
  9. 9. Still Powerless& Unimportant?
  10. 10. Jesus calls us towelcome everyone,especially people we think areunimportant and unnecessary.
  11. 11. And whenever we do, weshould realize that we arealso welcoming Jesus tobe with us, too.For He came to us as apowerless, unimportant child.
  12. 12. Look for Jesusamidst theresulting messand chaosmore than enough love
  13. 13. Colossians 1:3 We always give thanks to God, theFather of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and ofyour love for all Gods people. 5 When the true message,the Good News, first came to you, you heard about thehope it offers. So your faith and love are based on whatyou hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven.

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