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Theme: Jesus Sends us on Mission to those not like us. Purpose: That we go out of our comfort zone to witness to those not like us. Mission Connection: Serving in Christ's Name involves serving those not like us. Gospel Connection: Christ Broke down dividing walls on Cross, The Holy Spirit empowers us to cross the rubble.

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Jesus Sends on Mission to those Not Like Us.

Acts 8:4–8 LEB
Now those who had been scattered went about proclaiming the good news of the word. And Philip came down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Christ to them. And the crowds with one mind were paying attention to what was being said by Philip, as they heard him and saw the signs that he was performing. For many of those who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them, crying out with a loud voice, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
    Here is the Agenda for our meeting this Coming Tuesday, 7.10.2018 at 7 p.m.  I am also attaching a proposed Consistory agenda for 7.31.2018.
Chip and Rob, 
Story of Philip and the Samaritans -
    Although I know you are officially off the Executive team at this point, I am inviting you both to the next two Executive Team meetings to aid in the transition to new team members.
Blessings,
Pastor Gary
Story of Philip and the Samaritans -
Scattered because of Persecution
Found themselves in foreign land - here Samaria.
Notice what they did - Witnessed wherever they went.
Did what Jesus did - Proclaimed the Kingdom, Cast out evil spirits, and Healed the Sick.
Acts 8:4–8 LEB
Now those who had been scattered went about proclaiming the good news of the word. And Philip came down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Christ to them. And the crowds with one mind were paying attention to what was being said by Philip, as they heard him and saw the signs that he was performing. For many of those who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them, crying out with a loud voice, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
Acts 8:4-
Samaritans, Not Like the Jews.
Samaritans, Not Like the Jews.
Half-Breeds of the Northern Tribes
Believed first 5 books Torah
Not too keen on a Davidic King
Resisted the Jews when they tried to restore the temple/Jerusalem after exile.
Worshipped on a different mountain Mt. Gerizim- Not Jerusalem, Still to this day.
Christ Broke Down the Dividing Wall -
Ephesians 2:14 LEB
For he himself is our peace, who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of the partition, the enmity, in his flesh,
The Holy Spirit Empowers us to cross the rubble.
The Holy Spirit Empowers us to cross the rubble.
Who are those not like us in our community?
People of a Different Race?
People of a Different Economic Status
Micro-Cultures?
Different Communities with Different Stereotypes - North Side/South Side
People of Different Political, Religious, or Social views than us?
Focusing on our Similarities as Bridges
The Samaritans had this in common
Common Heritage, Common Scriptures, Common Celebrations, Common Hope in a Messiah.
The First Starting Point is to humanize the other - As Jesus did with the Woman at the Well. - Should we focus on differences?
Common Interests, Common life issues (family?), Common Struggles.
Appreciate Differences
Be a Witness - Children’s Message.
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