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Jan 14, 2024 – 8:00am – 2. When I don’t Like Change

Series:

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Hymn Sing – Pastor Dave

Prayers Concerns, Silent Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Stuart

Scripture – Acts 11:1-8, 11-12, 15-18 – Online Minister Ernie

Message – 2. When I don’t Like Change

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart

Benediction

Response – Let There be Peace on Earth – 431

Acts 11:1-8, 11-12, 15-18 – New Revised Standard Version

1 Now the apostles and the brothers and sisters who were in Judea heard that the gentiles had also accepted the word of God.

2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him,

3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”

4 Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying,

5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners, and it came close to me.

6 As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air.

7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’

8 But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

11 At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were.

12 The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.

15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning.

16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

17 If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”

18 When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

We are people of routine & tradition. Reasons we resist change: we’re scared, we’re afraid of loss change brings. We get fatigued by change, feel we’re not competent to deal with change. But the Bible is filled with stories of change. There are times God wants us to enlarge our view of faith and who is welcomed by Christ.

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