Sermon: “Do Not Judge the Neighbors”
Theme: We are called to be people who practice love and acceptance, showing the grace and mercy of God.
Purpose: The congregation will focus on acceptance of those who are different.
Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-11 There is no longer Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, set your mind on the things that are above.
Matthew 7:1-5 Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
What does holding grudges and prejudices end up costing us emotionally and spiritually? What happens to our relationship with God If we hold onto thoughts of judgment and condemnation? What is the cost to our fellowship together if we support suspicion, hostility, and bitterness? How do we learn to be people who are free from intolerance and condemnation of others? What leads us to practicing “wrath, malice and slander?” What leads us to focus on the things that divide us? In what ways can we be healed as we serve to bring healing to our communities?