I saw them eating and I knew who they were.
—Ancient Near Eastern Proverb
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.
The mafia and the church are the two places where you have to be bad to get in.
As holy as Jesus was and as righteous as He was, irreligious people were comfortable being with Him.
Sermon Summary: It seems that everything in our world requires some sort of qualification; “What are your qualifications? “Is she qualified for the job?”, “He qualified for the Olympics”. What about grace? What are the qualifications? Come this Sunday to hear what Jesus has to say about grace..
Passage to Consider: Mark 2:13–17
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 And the scribes of[a] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[b] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Confession of Sin:
We confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you
with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be,
so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your holy name.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Song to Consider: Holy Hands