Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 05-MAY-2019 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Easter 3 – A professional rugby player for Australia, Israel Folau ('Izzy'), a committed Christian, is in trouble because of a social media post on Instagram, in which he has quoted from a few verses of scripture (Galatians 5:19-21) to tell various classes of sinners that they will be going to hell. His own addition of homosexuals to the list has upset many people. Such messages of condemnation and punishment are likely to draw people away from Christ. Has he spent time with the people he condemns, to get alongside them and discover how and why their lives are so robbed of joy? When Saul of Tarsus was following the written Law to the letter, he believed he was doing the right thing by vigorously persecuting and punishing members of the expanding Christian community – until he encountered Jesus, and found for himself the love and grace of the God who does not set about punishing and condemning, but who loves us unconditionally, warts and all,
Acts 9: 1-6

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