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Jesus Church (1 of 11)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
She was an immoral woman. When the Scripture says she was a sinner that means she was an immoral woman. She was well-known as a prostitute. And she comes in, and she comes to the Lord's feet, and she's weeping. And the tears are falling on His feet. And she's wiping them with her hair. And she anoints His feet with the perfume from that alabaster box. And that's the picture that we see here.
Hey, what is a Jesus Church? Three distinguishing marks:
First mark: A Jesus Church is filled with love, filled with love. First John chapter 4, verse7 and 8 says, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." And Jesus is God! And Jesus has love for people, even for this woman, even for Simon, the self-righteous Pharisee.
And here's the thing: The mark of a Jesus Church - sinners feel welcome. They're welcomed to come. Now would the woman have ever gone to Simon the Pharisee's house if Jesus hadn't been there? Did she feel like, "I've got a green light from Simon, this religious leader and now he accepts me, and he would talk to me, and he would deal with me?" No way! Simon, the Pharisee, he had a not-welcome sign written on his house, "Prostitutes are not welcome here. Sinners, tax collectors, you're not welcome here. You're unclean. You're immoral. You're unwelcome." But, see, a Jesus Church has a welcoming presence. Sinners are welcome. You know what the Scripture says in Luke chapter 7? They said of Jesus, "He was a friend of sinners." Well, man, that's good news, because I'm a sinner. And if you're a sinner, you can say, well, that's good news. Jesus is a friend of sinners. So at a Jesus Church there is love and sinners are welcomed. But not only are they welcomed. Sinners are wanted. We want you to come to a Jesus Church if you're a sinner. We want you to co ...
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