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Have you ever thought that someone was really different than what they really were because of suppositions you made or things someone told you? Have you ever prejudged someone and then learned that they are not like what you thought — at all? Have you ever negatively stereotyped someone because of what they looked like, who they hung out with, or what they stood for and then found that they were actually a better person than what you thought they were? I mean, you even found out you liked them!
Jesus was a person who was rarely liked by some. The religious men of the Jewish faith thought he was horrible. Jesus healed the sick, raised people from the dead, turned water into wine, along with a host of other wonderful things, but he was condemned for these miracles by them. He was even ridiculed by them because he did some of these things on the wrong day of the week. How horrible can one man be?
These religious men, called Sadducees and Pharisees were so jealous and rooted in their own thinking that they tried to convince everyone else that Jesus was bad for everything he was doing. Unfortunately, some believed them. Today, we know how wrong these men were for saying those things and how wrong others were for believing those jealous men.
Ultimately, if you desire to live in heaven someday, you must believe in Jesus and believe that what he has done, is doing, and what he will do are all good things. Strike that … great things!
We must believe that those men who were so against Jesus were entirely wrong. They prejudged him, negatively stereotyped him, and made others listen to their bad feelings of a great person to turn them against him. I wonder how many of those people looked back after Jesus ascended into heaven and said to themselves, “I wish I hadn’t listened to them. I wish I had formed my own opinion. I now know he was a good man.”
The First Apostolic Church has been in Carrollton, Kentucky since the 1930s. I, as the pastor, have been here two years now. I love and care for the people in our church and in our community.
Through the years our church has changed in many ways, but our belief still stands firmly on the Apostolic doctrine of the New Testament. We really enjoy our church services, fellowship with one another, studying the word of God, and worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Don’t ever let a so called Sadducee and Pharisee destroy the ministry of Christ’s church for you.
I challenge you, come and find out for yourself what things are really like at FAC. Don’t let anyone forge your opinion. Make it yourself with truth. You will find that we are good people and a great church.
I invite you to do two things. First, come to our Community Day at Point Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Check us out. See what we’re like and have a hot dog and soda on us. You will definitely enjoy the music.
Second, if you can’t come, attend just one of our services. That’s all we ask. If you don’t like us, we won’t bother you again. But you will see for yourself, this is good. You will be glad you accepted our challenge.
The Rev. David W. Croucher is pastor of the First Apostolic Church in Carrollton, Ky.