Feb 2019

A Community Where Everyone Is Welcome

Dave Rodriguez

Feb 3, 2019

It's important to talk about a community where everyone is welcome. Why?

  1. We live in lonely times.

  2. Jesus gave us a clear mandate to be a community of love.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus

Becoming a welcoming community of love will not be easy. Right off the bat the first churches founded within decades of Jesus mandate of love struggled and had to be reimagined.

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you. Galatians 3:26-29

The point is clear: Stop discriminating, stop excluding, stop tribalism, stop segregation.

The community of Christ is one in which all are welcome.

In Jesus' church everyone belongs!

My friend, you who are lonely...isolated, lost, messed up, questioning, without faith and without hope.

Welcome home. You are loved here.