May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same
attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one
mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to
bring praise to God. (Rom 15:5-7)

the need
1/ Can you describe a time when you felt unwelcome somewhere? What do you think it takes to make someone truly welcome?

the Gospel
2/ In Rom 15:7 how does the gospel (re-)shape us to welcome and accept people who we may find hard work? (Why should church be different from any other human organisation? What is the reason & motivation we have to treat people a certain way? Why would this bring praise to God? Do we care?)

the impact
3/ How might this shape the way we:

4/ What one thing will we commit to do or change? How realistically will we help one another with this?


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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their three young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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