OVERVIEW: Paul shares his faith story, but the crowd is incensed that God would allow Gentiles to believe.
BIG IDEA: Keep your eyes and ears open to all God is doing around you through people and circumstances.
KEY VERSE: Acts 22:22 (The crowd angry with Paul)
The crowd listened until Paul said that word. Then they all began to shout, “Away with such a fellow! He isn’t fit to live!”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
The Church is not an exclusive club. Don’t be angered by the idea of welcoming people who are not like you. Make adjustments to your life and attitude to welcome all people from all races and cultures with my love. Following me is not about creating divisive labels or declaring how special you are. Following me is about serving others to bring all people together. Following me is inclusive. All are welcome.
You have never met or seen a person that I did not love. The blood sacrifice that my own Son made on a cross two thousand years ago was for every single soul, whatever their background, worldly status, reputation, success, or failure. When you love others, you love me. When you don’t love others, you reject me. Do not let your pride or prejudice keep you from loving others. Show my love and represent me by welcoming others. Open your heart and arms and wild community. Love and serve others.
In what ways are you prejudiced? Ask God to reveal any blind spots and then ask for God’s help to overcome those areas.