Geographical Location and Nationality Make No Difference in Christ's Church
We learn from Mark 16:15 that the Lords disciples (apostles) were to go into
______ _______ _______________ to proclaim Gods GOOD NEWS, and these men were to be
WITNESSES (see Acts 1:8), not only in Jerusalem and in Judaea and in Samaria, but where
else? __________________________________________________ In Acts 13:47 we find that the message of SALVATION
would shine forth "unto ______ E_______ _____ _____ ___________." In fact "all
men ___________________" (Acts 17:30) are invited to become members of Gods assembly,
even those that are A______ O______ (Acts 2:39). The reason
LOCATION makes no
difference is found in Acts 17:26-27. It makes no difference where a man lives on the face
of the earth because GOD IS ________________________________________________________________(v.27).
1) The disciples were told to teach (make disciples of) _____ ____________ (Matthew 28:19).
2) The disciples were to preach among _______ _____________ (Luke 24:47).
3) God is not a R_________________ ____ P____________ but in ______________ ____________ the person who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted with Him (Acts 10:34-35).
NOTE: The expression "respecter of persons" comes from a Greek word which means "to receive (someones) face." In other words, it means to act differently towards a person because of his FACE or his OUTWARD APPEARANCE or his EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES (situations that people are in and that they cannot change). If I am a respecter of persons then this means that I make a difference in the way I treat a person because of outward things (things that are not really the most important). I might look down on someone because of the way he looks, the way he dresses, the color of his skin, the country he is from; his family background, his religious background, how rich he is, how popular or famous he is, how powerful he is, and so forth.
Read James 2:1-9. According to the illustration that James gives in verses 2-3, how were these people respecters of persons? Is it possible for us to do the same thing in our local assembly as visitors come to the services? How (in what ways) might we do this? How might we do this at school? How can we teach ourselves not to do this?
Notice what God thinks about those who are respecters of persons in James 2:9: "But if ye have _______________ ____ ________________ , ye commit __________, and are convinced (convicted) of the LAW (see in the law Leviticus 19:15 and Deuteronomy 1:17) as transgressors."
One of the reasons we know God is not a respecter of persons is found in 1 Samuel 16:7: "But the LORD, said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance (his outward appearance), or on the height of his stature (how tall and powerful he seems to be from mans point of view), because I have refused him; for the LORD seeth not as man seeth." According to this verse, how does man see? ______________________________________________________________________ How does God see? ______________________________________________________________ Therefore, is God a respecter of persons? ______ Were the Corinthian believers that Paul wrote to seeing things the right way (see 2 Corinthians 10:7)? _______ Because God is not a RESPECTER OF PERSONS, nationality makes no difference (Acts 10:34-35).
4) The gospel message is made known to ______ _____________ (Romans 16:26; compare Romans 1:5). God's gospel (good news) goes to all nations--THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE! God has good news, not just for a select few, but for everyone!
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