“Extension of the church’s welcome to friends, neighbors, strangers, and enemies.” The early church churned on one central problem for a very long time: how could the God of Israel, and Israel’s Messiah, be for Gentiles, too? For the very people they had defined themselves against for generations? The church today keeps asking: who are our “Gentiles”? the ones who are not like us, but for whom God has already prepared a welcome we are meant to embody? We’ll meet Peter, some “circumcised believers,” Cornelius, and a bunch of “uncircumcised believers.”
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