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Jesus’ Inclusive Community

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Pastor Dennis Allan walks us through Mark 2:13-17 where we see Jesus invite Levi, a tax collector, to become one of His followers and we see Jesus attend a party at Levi’s house filled with “tax collectors and sinners.” Levi is reviled in Jewish religious culture and “tax collectors and sinners” are known to be wicked, intentionally choosing to exist well outside acceptable Jewish society. And yet Jesus invites Levi to follow Him in front of a large crowd and Jesus intimately engages with the “tax collectors and sinners” in full and open view. If Jesus walks in perfect step with the Spirit, if everything He does is intentional, if all that He does is on purpose and in alignment with God’s heart for humanity, then what is the point Jesus is trying to make in this story?