Sermon Illustrations

Let me read you an e-mail from a missionary in Africa. “What an unintentional ’curse’ has been thrust on some parts of the African Church, certainly in our country, by missionaries not only preaching the Gospel but importing with it their own denomination and a Western way of worship. The result is, sadly, a type of ’Christian Tribalism’ where one group feel justified even in showing agression to all others who are not of their denomination.... We have been so grateful for opportunities here over recent years to arrange to meet with various groups together and to preach & teach on the ’The Church’ as one body... It has been precious to see God’s Spirit doing amazing things in people’s hearts bringing healing and reconciliation between factions who once thought that aggression towards other Christian groups was justified!!”