Turn To Your Neighbor: Curiosity

Turn To Your Neighbor, reimagining evangelism, valuing the thresholds of the journey that lead to a deep encounter with Jesus.

This week, Natalie Mariscal shares thoughts and reflections on Sunday's message.

This sermon, part of the broader series called “Turn to Your Neighbor” is one in which Pastor Rich dives into what it looks like to faithfully serve our neighbors and share our faith with them.

The sermon was based on the text from John 8:1-11, the story of when a group of Pharisees caught a woman in the act of adultery and challenged Jesus on how the woman should be dealt with.

We, like the Pharisees, are no better than the woman.

Here we clearly see both the humility and grace of God and the condemnation of sin. Jesus both embraced the woman, but also said “Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11) Jesus humbled those that were condemning the woman by saying: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) The Pharisees were no better than the woman because although they may not have committed the act of adultery like the woman, they may have committed adultery in their own hearts. This shows me that we, like the Pharisees, are no better than the woman.

When we consider the people that God has allowed to be in our lives, our schools, jobs, families, etc, do we judge them just like the Pharisees did or do we embrace them in whatever journey they are in their lives? Are we clear demonstrations of Jesus? 

Because of the world we live in today, before they say yes to Jesus, they have to say yes to Christians.
— Pastor Rich Perez

As a believer this challenges me to seek God as my daily bread, not my weekly or monthly portion. If in fact we seek God daily, then we are able to love those around us better. God himself will transform them.  

Finally, Jesus was able to invite the woman in John 8 to free her from condemnation because later that week he would die for her sins. Jesus was for the marginalized and his love for them fueled the greatest act of love in history, him dying for them. For me. For us.

With this in mind, I am humbled to know that my very own sin put Jesus on that cross. BUT by his grace, we are transformed. This is what we are inviting our friends, families and coworkers to, an eternity with the God whose love for us is beyond comprehension but tangible at the same time.