Sunday to Monday | Breaking Down Barriers

On Sunday, the topic of Pastor Dave's sermon was "Breaking Down Barriers...."

“I believe that in all men’s (women’s) lives…one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local ring and the terror of being left outside.” ~C.S. Lewis

Forgive us , O God , for thinking we have you all figured out. We pretend we know who is in and who is out of your family, as if your care were not for all of us. We want people to be like us before we help them, and we welcome into our community only those who will benefit us. Forgive us . Reconcile us to those we have treated as worthless or unwanted; mold us into a community where all your children are accepted, included and loved. (Adapted from a prayer of confession by Lavon Baylor)

Some questions to think about as you start your week....
· Why might it be helpful to approach Jesus asking for “mercy?” (Matthew 15:22)

· When have you had a need and been sent away? When or how do we send others away who are in need? (Matthew 15:23)

· The Canaanite woman never takes offense. She is a model of persistence. How well do you persist without taking offense?

· What does it mean for you/us that Jesus’ objective is to include and offer grace? (Matthew 15:28) How might we grow as witnesses to Jesus?

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