Jesus: Friend of Sinners

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt

There is a shadow of doubt over almost every aspect of our lives. From economic uncertainty and political instability to questions about environmental sustainability and global health, we are regularly confronted with conflicting theories about what to believe and how we should respond. At the end of the day, every choice we make requires a measure of faith. The question is not whether or not we have faith, but in what or whom we will place our faith. Join us…

Jesus and Death Row Inmates

Even as Jesus was dying on the cross, He proved to be a friend to sinners. Jesus was crucified between two other men who had also been condemned to die. Both of these men were guilty. Both had been convicted. Both men would be dead within a few hours and both men were in close proximity to Jesus. But only one would accept Jesus’ offer of friendship. Join us for part five of Jesus: Friend of Sinners as we consider…

Motley Crew

As Jesus assembled His disciples, He was not looking for the religious credentials you might have expected. Instead, He called fishermen, tax collectors, political malcontents, and otherwise completely unremarkable people. Join us for part four of Jesus, Friend of Sinners as we explore how God chooses and uses a motley crew to reach a diverse world.  Passage (read them): Luke 5:27-39 Luke 6:12-16 Principles (know them): Old Wine: Religion                     New Wine: JesusOld Wineskins: Priests               New Wineskins: The Priesthood of all Believers Old Wine: The Law     …

With Friends Like These

If Jesus was a friend of sinners, then it stands to reason that people who follow Jesus should be friends of sinners, too. But how, exactly do we do that? Join us for part three of Jesus, Friend of Sinners as we see how four of Jesus’ earliest followers modeled the kind of friendship that can changes sinner into saints. Passage (read it): Luke 5:17-26 Principles (know them): Friends of sinners . . . . . . genuinely care.. . .…

Unclean!

Social distancing and mask mandates have made us all more aware of the potential for contamination. In Bible times, people who were infected with various diseases were required to yell, “Unclean!” as they made their way in public. Masks, social distancing, and yelling “unclean” are all motivated by the same idea — unhealthy people contaminate healthy people. It doesn’t work the other way around. A sick person doesn’t get well because they are touched by a healthy person … unless…

Before and After

Even the most basic reading of the Gospels tells us that Jesus was loved by sinners and repeatedly challenged and questioned by the religious people of His day. In fact, Jesus’ harshest words were not directed towards people far from God, but rather to those who claimed to be the closest. Then why does it seem like the church caters to the religious and resists the “sinners” of our day? Why do sinners often resist the church and Jesus’ followers…