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Sherratts’ Serving November 2017

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for
you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3 v 28

In Acts 16 Luke describes the conversion of some of the earliest believers into the Philippian church; and a right motley crew they were too. There was Lydia, a wealthy religious woman who heard the message about Jesus; there was an unnamed slave girl, previously demon-possessed and used by her master to fortune-tell for money. She experienced the vastly superior power of Jesus, releasing her from the dark forces that were oppressing her. And thirdly there was a Roman jailer who witnessed first-hand an unique attitude to suffering, life and death in his two Christian prisoners. There are a number of important lessons for Christians the world over in this chapter. Firstly I need to remember that the gospel of Jesus really is cross-cultural in the fullest sense: Jesus calls people from every nation, culture, gender, religious heritage, educational background, political view… And so I must not be a barrier to any person or group hearing the good news….

Sherratts’ Serving November 2017


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