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September 3, 2017

Sermon: A More Intercultural Church: Where to Start

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Scripture Lesson

Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 1:28-2:1

Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever sinning.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious towards parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know Godís decree, that those who practise such things deserve to dieóyet they not only do them but even applaud others who practise them.

The Righteous Judgement of God

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
A More Intercultural Church: Where to Start
Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 1:28-2:1

I. Introduction: Miami neighborhoods
II. Series: A More Intercultural Church
III. The story of the church in Rome (Rom. 1:28-3:24)
     A. Segregated house churches
     B. Where cultural assumptions can lead (1:29-31)
     C. A rhetorical device
     D. The turn (Rom. 2:1)
     E. Paulís points
         1. All have sinned (3:22-23; Ecc. 7:20)
         2. All are justified in Christ (3:24)
         3. All are equal
IV. Central Presbyterian
     A. Our cultural assumptions
     B. Where our cultural assumptions can lead
V. How do we become more intercultural?
     A. Recognize
     B. Learn
     C. Pray
VI. Conclusion: Michael Caine and Shakira Baksh Caine


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