Do Sinners Love Being Around You?

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Do sinners like being around you?  Do they love coming to your church?  Do they feel welcomed and loved, even though they are confronted with their sins and told of their need to repent?

We church people try so hard to make our churches attractive to sinners.  We think we need the best preacher, the loudest music, the most fun kid’s ministry, and the best coffee bar.

Jesus had none of that, and yet sinners were glad to be around him and share a meal with Him.

What if the reason sinners loved coming to our churches had nothing to do with what the church experts tell us.  What if sinners loved coming to our churches because there they would be…

“loved better and deeper than they have ever been loved before”.

Dear Christians…it isn’t a matter of our churches having the best preacher, the loudest music, or the best kid’s ministry and building.

It IS a matter of us loving sinners the way that Jesus did and still does.

Do sinners love being around you?

Here’s the sermon version.

Mark 2:15-17 (NKJV) 
15  Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.
16  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17  When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”