Sunday Sermon: September 15, 2019

Pastor Bryan George

Our Church on the Move: Mission and Values

Welcoming All People

Scripture: Romans 15:7, Mark 2:1-11, Romans 12:9-13; 3 John 5-12

Focus: As Jesus welcomed all people by offering salvation and healing, followers extend that invitation to all who are hungry for grace.

I) Our Mission: “Connecting all to Christ to become healthy in God and courageous in love.”

  • The first Core Value: “Welcoming all people”
  • “Welcome one another, as Christ as welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7)

II) Why should anyone jump on the Christian Ship crossing in a big ocean of beliefs?

  • Appealing to Reason?
  • Avoid contact with different ships?
  • Sink the other ships and force there sailors into service?
  • Welcoming Hospitality?

III) Welcoming Hospitality rooted in life and death of Jesus Christ

  • Jesus welcoming the children (Matthew 19:14)
  • Healing of the paralytic (Mark 2:1-11)
  • Accepting the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28)
  • Giving life to the thief of the cross (Luke 23:39-43)

IV) Welcoming each other despite tension in church

  • Diotrepes attempts to shut out people while Gauis invites all to the family of faith
  • Not much has changed in 2000 years! 

V) Becoming a crew member: Invitation, Introduction, Initiation

  • Be willing to reconcile, worship, and work together
  • Don’t dismiss each other
  • Serve one another