Reinventing Church: Acts 11:1-18
By Pastor Bill Flavin | Scripture: Acts 11:1-18

The early church is challenged to answer, who is part of our group? What defines being part of this? Previously you had to be Jewish. Now a non-Jew has heard the name of Jesus and professed faith, is that person “in?”

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This week we take a break from Nehemiah and look into Thessalonians. Both of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church address either an individual or individuals who are perfectly capable of working but have adopted a rebellious attitude and are refusing to work. This refusal to work places significant weight on the community of faith, and needs to be addressed with pastoral sensitivity (culminating with Paul’s instruction regarding discipline). I will demonstrate how the refusal to work continues to be a relevant issue today, and conclude with how at creation, God invited us to partner with Him in the gift of work, and even though sin has distorted this gift, in Christ Jesus, God has already begun to redeem the gift of work.