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Iowa City Church Podcast

Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Dec 16, 2019

The birth of Jesus pulls us to this powerful truth - Jesus came to make outsiders, insiders.  The birth of Jesus on it's own displays this truth (more in the sermon).  However it didn't stop there.  As Jesus' ministry flourished in the region of Galilee, he was often seen eating meals with outsiders; tax collectors, prostitutes, and other "sinners".  These "sinful" associations were not missed by the religious leaders.  They did not approve, but it didn't deter Jesus.  He was determined to help outsiders become insiders.

What does any of this have to do with Christmas?  Advent?  Our relationship with Jesus?  Actually more then one might think.  To really embrace the gift of Jesus, his mission needs to be our mission: helping outsiders become insiders.  Maybe for Advent this year, we all need to set an extra place at our meal table.  It appears there are a lot of outsiders in our world, community, and neighborhoods and they need to know that because of Jesus, outsiders can become insiders.  Give a listen to this sermon and learn how we can be a part of Jesus' mission of making outsiders, insiders.  We hope you find it helpful!