WHY CAN’T WE JUST GET ALONG???
Text: Mark 9:38-50
John said, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he was not one of us.”
Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against us is for us.”
I. Estimate: 33,000 Christian denominations in the world!
A. Jesus is teaching in Capernaum
B. John says, “Stop the man who is healing….”
C. Jesus says, “Whoever is not against us is for us”
D. We tend to think anyone not for us is against us
E. Is that why we can’t get along with each other?
II. We have trouble getting along with each other
A. Proposal: Christians should not kill other Christians”
B. So is it okay to kill non-Christians? Not by Jesus!
C. We live in a PRE-Christian society—not post Christian!
D. We have never lived out “Love your neighbor/enemy”
III. God’s dream is for the WHOLE WORLD to get along
A. Jonah in Nineveh (‘enemy’ territory!)
B. God loves all people; He calls us to love all as well
C. We need to start loving family, neighbors
IV. There will be no peace in the world till it’s in our hearts
A. I John 4:8 “Perfect love casts out fear”
B. We need to fill our hearts with love…not fear
C. When we insult God’s children, we insult God!