Pastor James MacDonald Urges Congregation to Welcome Others In Church Without Judgment
Pastor James MacDonald, the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago area, started a three-week series, “This is What We Do,” and in his first sermon on Sunday he urged the congregation to welcome others in the church without judgment.
What’s happening in the culture today is quite the opposite of what God wants, MacDonald told the members of his church, explaining that culture is man-centered and all about “me, me, me.” The new series, he added, won’t be like that, as he will talk about “us,” as the church.
The pastor said the church is “a place that will welcome you without judgment.”
“No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done … you should feel welcomed in church,” he underlined.
The word “welcome” means “receiving appreciatively the presence of another and communicating that to them,” he said, adding that “judgment, on the other hand, means “negative assessment of another person based upon a superficial sense of superiority.”
He quoted Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Jesus welcomes all who come to Him, MacDonald told the congregation, referring to Luke 7:36 which reads, “When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post