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MoreBig Tribe

TribesWe are Tribal

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It is good and right to have Convictions

It is good and right to have Convictions

It is NEVER right for them to Become a means righteousness Or point of condemnationTribes= Sense of Belonging

Societal cues and how to Live among others

Tribalism= Fallen Nature

Tribalism= Fallen Nature

Identity and Sense of WorthAllegiance to and Demonization of

Tribalism= Fallen Nature

Identity and Sense of WorthAllegiance to and Demonization ofIdolatryWhat happens whenGod shows up?

When God becomes big?Is he all chill with it?Peter's LinesShould we call down fire?

We told them to stop castingout demons in your nameCuz they weren't with us!Corneliusdevout and God-fearing;he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly

Cornelius

Sends men to get PeterAs an angel instructs

Peter went up on the roof to pray

He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance

God shows up

God becomes BigThings are about to get All blowed up

He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four cornersIt contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds

Then a voice told him, Get up, Peter. Kill and eatSurely not, Lord! Peter replied. I have never eaten anything impure or unclean

I have my lines, my tribeSono!The voice spoke to him a second time, Do not call anything impure that God has made cleanIn everythingGod decides where the lines are

Our only decision is loyaltyOr disobedience

The Faith:We never draw our linesTighter than Jesus did

We never excuse away the linesThat Jesus has clearly drawnThe voice spoke to him a second time, Do not call anything impure that God has made clean

This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heavenWhile Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision

Does God really want meTo defile myself with unclean food?!? Tribalism dies hardWhile Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simons house was and stopped at the gate

They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there

While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Simon, three men are looking for youSo get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them

Why would he hesitate?Literally, "making no distinction"

They aren't part of his tribeHe's a Jew. They ain'tPeter went down and said to the men, Im the one youre looking for. Why have you come?The men replied, We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish peopleA holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say

Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guestsThe next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along

The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friendsAs Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. Stand up, he said, I am only a man myselfWhile talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to themYou are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile

I'm not supposed to be hereYou guys are dirty, unclean

But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or uncleanI wouldn't be hereBut God made me

So I guess I'll have to accept you

So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right

"My Tribe isn't the only oneAnd we're not the best ones

It's grace, not favoritismBased on how awesome we are"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on GentilesFor they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God

God became BigAnd blew up Peter's Tribe

Obliterated his linesThen Peter said, Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have- Acts 10God became bigAnd blew up Peter's lines

Ended his tribeAnd gave him a better oneWhat happens when God becomes Big?

He blows up our tribesAnd erases our linesTo set us freePeter should have known

receive poweryou will bemy witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea andSamaria, andto the end of the earth- Acts 1:8Peter should have knownForthe promise is for you andfor your children and for allwho are far off, everyonewhom the Lord our God calls to himself- Acts 2:39Tribalism ends in ChristGod refuses to let it go

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostilityby abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace

and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility- Eph. 2:14-16They'll continue to struggle

Jerusalem council

Jewish TribalismWill continue to fight against

What God is doingAnd harm people along the wayWhen God becomes Big

Tribalism dies and Lines get wiped off the mapWithout a Big GodWe continue to draw lines

That grieve God's SpiritI appeal to youthat all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you

it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you

What I mean is that each one of you says, I follow Paul, or I follow Apollos, or I follow Cephas, or I follow ChristIs Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?- 1 Cor. 1:10-13Blasphemy- dragging Jesus' Name through the mudThe Scriptures end tribalism Around preachers and

Denominations and churchesDanger of Tribalism:- Miss God- False Imputed Righteousness- Condemnation/Alienation- Blindspot on shortcomings- Adopt anti-biblical valuesDanger of Tribalism:

- Make silly, non-eternal thingsThe standard for Fellowship- See people as less than

God wants to obliterate your lines

And remove your tribalismSo that you can be freeTo serve him by loving peopleGod's Lines:

- Adopted by grace thru faith- Provisioned by not adopted

Among Churches:

Accept with differing convictionsRefuse outright heresy

Not-Yet Sheep, Sheep Shepherds and Wolves

Lines: Reach, DiscipleObey as they Serve, Protect FromWe are only tribalisticTo the degree that our God

Stays small and controllableBecause then he's on our sideAgainst themThe answer to Tribalism:Big God= Big Picture

Eternal eclipses Temporary

It is good and right to have Convictions

It is NEVER right for them to Become a means righteousness Or point of condemnationThe answer:Big God= Big Picture

We become Isaiah: Woe is me!I don't deserve, so how can I Look down on you?Am I tribalistic about Temporary things?

Seek God. A BIG GodCommit to eternal things first

As a churchWe know where we stand We teach truth but

We don't let them divide usOver temporary thingsIf we win a tribalistic culture warWe've lost the pointOf our King's sacrifice

On a bloody crossQuestions, CommentsDisagreementsPrayBlack Friday Serve