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"Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us"

Mark 9.38-41
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
John thought he would impress Jesus with his zeal, but Jesus lovingly rebuked him for his lack of love and discernment. Did the Twelve think that they were the only ones serving Jesus?

Jesus has many friends and workers. Some have different styles of worship, follow different preferences, and use different methods, but they focus on the common goal of telling people that God’s kingdom has come in Jesus Christ.

We must not confuse loyalty to Christ with loyalty to our approach. We must not be jealous of others whose methods prove more effective. Our common goal to share the gospel and serve others should lift us above rivalry, jealousy, petty loyalties, and bickering. We must be committed to the truth of God’s Word, but we do not have exclusive rights to certain teaching and ministry methods. Enjoy and appreciate the variety of people who follow the Lord—our brothers and sisters in faith.

Do you know someone who is faithfully serving the Lord but is a member of another church? Give them a call today and let them know that you are thankful for their faithful service to Christ.

Pastor Jeff
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