Lighthouse Church

Our Easter sermon series is called, "A Living Hope," and it's based on the epistle readings in the Lectionary, which are from 1 Peter.

Recently, we finished up a video series by Max Lucado in Bible study called, "In the Footsteps of Jesus." These talks were given in the Holy Land.

The final lesson was focused on the story of Peter and Cornelius. Peter was a Jewish follower of Jesus and Cornelius was a Gentile. God used Peter to reach Cornelius and invited him into the fellowship of the church. While that may not sound like a big deal to now, it was a very big deal then. Peter broke all kinds of religious rules in order to follow God's leading!

In the talk, Max Lucado began with a story of starting a clubhouse as a child with the goal keeping some people out (for example, girls!). He later said the church is to be a lighthouse!

Peter said, "God has shown me that I should never call a person impure or unclean" (Acts 10.28).

Years later, when some pharsaical people tried to stir things up, Peter remembered remembered Cornelius, and said, "we believe that we and they are saved in the same way, by the grace of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 15.11)

Lucado said, "The role of the church is not to shut people out, but the role of the church is to bring people in."