Sermon: Neighbors We Aren’t Sure How to Welcome
Theme: God’s call crosses boundaries and causes us to be in relationships with people whom we hadn’t thought of as part of the family of God.
Purpose: To call the congregation to let go of bias against people thought to be unacceptable.
Scriptures: Acts 8:26-40 Phillip baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch.
Mark 5:15-20 The man with the demon is rejected by his community and goes to proclaim Jesus among others.
Who have we found it particularly difficult to accept as brothers or sisters in Christ? In what ways have we allowed judgment or discrimination to affect our attitude towards other people? In what ways do we prejudge and distort perceptions of groups, cultures, economic groups, or backgrounds? What does that do to us as Christians? What does it do to the church’s testimony of Christ?