Welcome one another – part 2

4 10 2013

I don’t intend to double up on these every week, but again at housegroup this week I noted something I want to mention.

A lot of the content of the sermon and the housegroup discussion seemed to go back to coffees after the service, and how we tend to just stand like a lemon, waiting for someone to talk to us, or just talk to the people we want to talk to.

The idea was to encourage us to talk to someone different, but part of me wonders what’s wrong with it being an opportunity for me to talk to my friends, some of them it’s the only time I see them in the week.

And anyway, if you’re going to keep saying how none of us want to talk to each other, why do I want to put someone through talking to me who obviously doesn’t want to?

Just a thought…..

Welcome One Another

29 09 2013

A week behind, this is last Sunday’s sermon, but hopefully I’ll catch up on these soon enough!

We looked at Romans 15v7 and Romans 16 vv 1-16

To welcome can also mean to accept, to greet, to receive.
It means to look beyond the physical, look beyond the differences, and see them as children of God.

People long for a sense of acceptance.

We’re naturally drawn into friend groups. That’s good, and it’s a God given gift, but we need to not get stuck in them.
It’s good to have close friendships, but not to be exclusive. It’s hard for new people and visitors to break in.

There’s a positive to facebook in that it allows you to know something about what’s going on in someones life, and so when you see them in person to have something to ask them about.

Woman and slaves may have been bottom of the pile, but in Romans 16 Paul spends half of the list bothering to greet them. How do we treat those who are vulnerable and lonely?

Everyone has been invited into God’s family. Christians are those who have accepted the welcome.
Jesus is the welcome of God to us. He opened His arms on the cross and welcomed us home.
The parable of the prodigal son is the strongest example of this.

“Christ will shine forever, loves unfading splendour”