The Church is a dwelling place of God where differences and distinctions no longer define us through the power of Christ. In Christ there are no strangers or foreigners. This is where we all begin. It's easy to put up walls and defend ourselves, but Jesus saving act on the cross tears down all walls. The Temple curtain itself was torn into signifying the availability for ALL to come to God!
Pastor Vito finished our series in Romans. When we repay evil for evil, we conform to this world, but when we repay evil with genuine love, even for the unlovable and enemies, God's kingdom breaks in. This genuine love truly transforms lives. May we be the kind of people that doesn't seek revenge, but loves and prays for our enemies.
We finished our Nazarene series remembering that we are a sent people! God is calling all of us to go and proclaim and live out the Good News of Jesus inviting others to join us, participating with God in the redemption of all things!
Just as God sent his Son into the world, and just as the Son sent his Spirit; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit sends the Church, you and I to continue to the ministry of Jesus!
All of creation is groaning as in pains of childbirth. We as Christians are called to steward and care for God's good creation. This is a challenging message as creation care often gets tied up in American politics. In the Church we are called to a different politic - the ways of Jesus! We should be the first ones to be environmentalists.