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Draw the Circle Wide Sermon Series
“I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another.” - Acts 10: 34
The astounding event on that first Easter morning has sent “ripples that make waves” throughout all of human history. In this post-resurrection season, we will explore what it meant for the early church to draw the circle wider and wider as they spread the Gospel Good News of liberation from death through Jesus, the Christ. What could it mean for us to continue to draw the circle wide in order to offer the world a vision of the rippling effects of grace and peace, reconciliation and joy?
Ripples of Hospitality
– Sixth of Easter
“I have a responsibility both to Greeks and to those who don’t speak Greek, both to the wise and to the foolish. God’s righteousness is revealed. That’s why I’m ready to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. I’m not ashamed of the gospel: it is God’s own power for salvation to all who have faith in God, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:1-17
Paul’s openness to spreading the Gospel of Jesus among Jews and Gentiles alike is probably one of the most important catalysts in the spread of Christianity and the growth of the early church. Paul was not only a Jew but also inherited Roman citizenship from his father. Adopting his Roman name, “Paul” for his writing and ministry to the Gentiles no doubt helped to put them at ease as he preached the liberating word of Jesus’ grace available to all. Are we willing to open ourselves to others for the sake of embodying a gracious and hospitable presence?
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