Sunday Sermon Recap!
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 12:02PM
David McElrath

Good Wednesday to you,

 

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Lydia of Thyatira on Sunday. As Jesus spoke with the woman at well, so Paul speaks with the women at the river just outside Philippi; both extending dignity and respect to the women to whom they were speaking. It is a perfect illustration that in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, no slave or free, no male or female. There is not an ounce of prejudice present in this narrative, although historically there should have been. That is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That Paul, given his background, would be freely conversing with these gentile women is a clear example of the transforming power of God.

 

As we strive to live into the truth that all are due respect and dignity as “image barers,” I realize that we have just as much work to do inside the Church as we do outside the Church. As I was preparing this sermon, Jody sent me an open letter written by Beth Moore. It not only broke my heart, but made me realize that the Church has a way to go before we eliminate prejudice from our midst. If you like, you can read it here . If we are not seeing transformation in our own lives, how will the world ever see the power of the Gospel? The more I grow in my faith, the more I see the “walls,” the “barriers” in my own life that must come down. We do not relax the Law, but we must increasingly live and give grace upon grace.

 

Next week, we will continue in our trek though Acts, looking at Paul’s arrest and incarceration in Philippi. Revelation 22:12-14 will be our call to worship, Psalm 97 will be the Old Testament reading in the first service, and Acts 16:16-34 will be the sermon text.

 

I hope to see you soon!

 

Grace and peace,

 

Pastor David

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