"Ruining Our Good Name"
What was church like in the first years after Jesus? Who were the leaders and how did they address the issues and problems they encountered? What do we today still need to learn from these spiritual ancestors?
This week’s text: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-26.
• Who is allowed to belong to the church?
• What is required of those who want to join the movement?
• What happens when a prominent leader makes a significant change in how they understand the church?
• What do we do when we discover our self-understanding needs to change: fight, flight, or find a new way?
• If we dare change, what will people think of us?
Pastor Dave will offer thoughts on these questions and more in his sermon, “Ruining Our Good Name” this Sunday, May 13th.
Also this week in worship: celebrating graduates! Worship gatherings are at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!
"With whom is it okay to associate? Today's controversies were addressed long ago in Acts 10 & 11 - Gentile or Jew, no more! He is the Lord of all. Listen to the story, open your heart to change, and know that it is okay to accept and associate with EVERYONE." - Kathy
"Pastor Dave related Mother's Day with stories/life lessons our Moms taught us regarding reputation. 'Remember who you are and where you are' and then discussed with whom it is okay to associate with. The book of Acts has repeated stories of breaking down barriers and many of these stories were a testament to how powerful 'listening' was to the early church. Pastor Dave shared his own story and describe the "piece that save me" was when he heard the witness of a man during a class in seminary. This man stated, 'I am 100% a man, 100% a Christian, and 100% gay.' We each and as a Church need to declare, 'No one is an abomination and all are loved by God.'" - Glenn
"We can break the barriers that prevent us from accepting others who are different from us. We can do this by listening: to the Holy Spirit and to others who are different. As our heart is changed, we can effect change." - Faye