Week 22 Day 6
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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1 John 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
No matter how many times we are remonstrated against the idea of excluding people we must be forcefully brought back to one of the most fundamental of all Christian tenets. That is, that Jesus became the Christ, the Messiah, our deliverer from sin through his death on the cross, and that in accepting that sacrifice and His forgiveness none may ever be excluded. I don’t care if you don’t like them. I don’t care how they look. I don’t even care where they come from or what their cultural traditions are.
When we serve the Lord Jesus by witnessing and teaching, we are following his Great Commission. That is, to make disciples in all the nations. The principle of homogeneity which causes us to gather in little “church” enclaves of like individuals is not I believe what Jesus had intended when he said; “I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18) He was telling Peter (-Greek-petros meaning little rock or per haps “Rocky”) that his testimony, thou art the Christ (ibid 16:16), would be the foundation stone, the petra on which the Church must be built. To that end, while I insist that we should not discontinue meeting together as often as possible we must, in our worship times “…spur one another onto good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)