The View from the Back of the Line

November 25th, 2018

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Matthew 20:1-16

“I’d love my community if it weren’t for all the people.”  Have you ever heard someone utter a statement to this effect?  Between God’s call to live in community with other believers and to serve and witness to all, following Jesus is going to inevitably require us to figure out how to work with other people.

In fact, Jesus doesn’t simply want us to “play well with others”, He models a ministry that includes a radical welcome, embracing, advocating for, and nurturing of all people, especially the ones we would otherwise struggle with.  Matthew’s parable of the workers in the vineyard is a prime example.  The Grinch’s heart grew three sizes as his attitude towards others was transformed by the Christmas spirit.  What’s in store for our hearts this Christmas?