PEACEFUL PRACTICES: CURIOSITY
Message by Josh Mutter – September 17, 2023
Big Idea: Having curiosity can help us explore the perspectives and experience of others.
Acts 2:1-13 NIV “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
John 14:16 NIV “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…”
1. Diversity is a part of God’s plan for His people.
2. Relationships are possible when God is at the centre of our differences.
3. Curiosity is the starting point to understanding things that were previously unknown to us.
- Curiosity acknowledges that we have blind spots
- Curiosity transforms how we see others
- Curiosity prioritises understanding over assertions
- Curiosity requires that we slow down our inner dialogue
- Curiosity means that we are willing to have our lives shaken up
- Curiosity is disarming
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