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Romans 16.1-16

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Who’s getting Christmas Cards?

Greet

Who...
Twenty Six people. Two families. Three churches.
mi: Because the Gospel is the declaration of God’s acceptance of us we need to greet and accept each other.
Bobbi Jean
How would you feel if your name was called out in church?
There’s a sense of pride when we’re mentioned.
Proving: All people desperately long for acceptance; Community.

Acceptance

Everyone desperately longs for acceptance.
mi: Because the Gospel is the declaration of God’s acceptance of us we need to greet and accept each other.
SEVEN: Why the Church is the best place for acceptance
Not based on ethnicity - Jewish book. Mostly Gentile names on this list.
Not based on bank account - Half of the people on this list are slaves.
Not based on knowledge...
Not based on Spiritual performance - two people on this list.
Not based on performance, period - half the people on this list we have no idea who they are.
Not based on sin…holiness…or level of maturity or how long you’ve been a part - “…in the Lord” (v.2)
Problem:
Affinity
Crisis
Crisis

Gospel

Whom…Jesus lived for (Incarnation) and whom Jesus died for.
mi: Because the Gospel is the declaration of God’s acceptance of us we need to greet and accept each other.
Christmas is the celebration of God ‘greeting’ us. Though we sing, “Ye child we greet thee...” Chrismas is much more, Christ greeting us!
Affinity.
Crisis.
Gospel.
How to be a Christian in 2020 and Parables
Good Samaritan. Prodigal Son. Dishonest Manager. (“Paradox, Outrage, Vindication”).

So, the Gospel creates this community where unity, peace, brotherhood, partnership…for our enjoyment and God’s glory!

Greet...
Some won’t want to (v.17).
And then there is Natalie and MK. (Desiree’s List).
Greet...

Gather

So, gather.
mi: Because the Gospel is the declaration of God’s acceptance of us we need to greet and accept each other.
Application:
MCL: Write Christmas Letters to your Missing People.
In fact, Text them now.
Write a Christmas Card to everyone in your house.
Write a Christmas Card to a neighbor.
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