|Jesus and his Followers|
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There seems to be an unwritten law among ministers that they should never consider accepting a pastorate of a church in their home town where they are known.
It is difficult to minister among people who know you and you grew up with.
Jesus grew up in his home town of
The people of
The townspeople were amazed at the miracles, but they were offended at Jesus. To them he was a stumbling block and a rock of offense.
Pastor read from: 1 Peter 2:4-8 (KJV) To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
In history one of the central leaders speaking about George Washington said, “I never had confidence in George, because I knew him as a boy, and I don’t believe that he could ever lead an army.”
Jesus sent out disciples and told them to preach the
Pastor suggested that as we go our way this week -- to show the love of Jesus, and if we are not accepted, to be polite but to back off and allow the person to reflect on what you have told them.
Pastor told us to understand that perhaps later that person will remember your words and actions and come to Christ. The Holy Spirit continues to strive with men.
This post is Linked up today with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday Use it on Monday