No visitors, please

April 28th, 2021

“One day I was walking through a quiet neighborhood. I noticed a church building, or at least, I thought it was a church building. I wasn’t quite sure…What was throwing me off was that it didn’t have a sign out front and there was no information on the door,” begins Ryan Ahlgrim, pastor of First Mennonite Church of Richmond, Virginia. Ahlgrim asked a neighboring pastor and he verified that it was a church. This pastor told Ahlgrim, “They don’t want any visitors…They don’t want people who look different, live different, or believe different.” Ahlgrim says, “Let’s be honest. Maybe that’s what most of our churches are like.” This week’s sermon from Acts 8:26-40 challenges us to think about how welcoming our churches truly are to those who “look different, live different, or believe different.”

This sermon is from A Sermon for Every Sunday, a series of lectionary-based video sermons designed for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes or for individual use.

For more sermon preparation help, check out Pulpit Resource, Will Willimon's weekly lectionary-based sermon resource, available online and through a print subscription.

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