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Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)
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Life Together: Welcome One Another (Romans 15:5-7)

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We graciously welcome each other because Christ has graciously welcomed us. …

We graciously welcome each other because Christ has graciously welcomed us.

The message was given on Aug 4, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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  • 1. Today’s Scripture: Romans 15:5-7 Page 949 in our guest Bibles.
  • 2. We are told to see everyone as NICE and to be NICE, but this is really a sinister slippery slope toward taking no one in the least bit seriously. If we are ONLY NICE, we do not truly appreciate the other’s uniqueness and potential blessing in my life. We just walk by with a shallow smile, wave, and nod.
  • 3. If we are ONLY NICE, we have yet to care for the wholeness and well-being of the other. If we are ONLY NICE, we take no interest in the story that has shaped their beauty, pain, and even ugliness. And, to our great shock, we discover that no one knows our story either. Nor does it seem they care. Our world is left to us DESOLATE.
  • 4. “We are NICE strangers, indifferent and tolerant from a safe distance.”
  • 5. BE DEVOTED to one another LOVE one another SERVE one another ENCOURAGE one another PRAY for one another
  • 6. Our default mode should be “we” instead of “me.”
  • 7. “WELCOME ONE ANOTHER” Romans 15:5-7
  • 8. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.... ROMANS 15:5
  • 9. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe through their message, that all of them may be ONE... Jesus of Nazareth John 17:20, 23 (NIV)
  • 10. May they be brought to COMPLETE UNITY to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Jesus of Nazareth John 17:20, 23 (NIV)
  • 11. “Some bad behavior is an accurate reflection of a belief, while other bad behavior is such a CONTRADICTION of its belief that it is no reflection at all.”
  • 12. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.... ROMANS 15:5
  • 13. ...that together with one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ROMANS 15:6
  • 14. It is one of the defining marks of our time that God is now weightless. I do not mean by this that he is ethereal but rather that he has become unimportant. He rests upon the world so inconsequentially as not to be noticeable.
  • 15. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. ROMANS 15:7
  • 16. We graciously welcome each other because Christ has graciously welcomed us.
  • 17. Aim for true community, not cliques. 1
  • 18. We often surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, thus forming a club or clique, not a community. Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to form a community. “ ” ~ Phillip Yancey
  • 19. Practice true tolerance2
  • 20. Max Lucado A Gentle Storm
  • 21. Extend the very welcome of Christ to one another 3
  • 22. To be a community of light from which the light of Christ will emanate we need to be INTENTIONAL in our relationships—to love the unlovely, forgive the unforgivable, embrace the repulsive, include the awkward, accept the weird.
  • 23. It is in contexts such as these that sinners are transformed into disciples who obey everything King Jesus has commanded.
  • 24. Giandomenico Ricci: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89872081@N00/437450539/ Don Sutherland: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67832671@N00/8555297809/ flickr images courtesy of: other: Photos.com: Balázs Åcsi / 153562559

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