Pathways Baptist Church
Sermon Series - Snapshots ll
Welcome! We are glad you are here. Pastor Jonathan continues our "Snapshots ll" sermon series in Mark 2:13-17, 'Jesus Is Calling.' Fill out a Connection Card (link provided below) and let us know how we can serve you.
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  • Pathways Baptist Church
    200 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM

Today's Worship Songs

The music in today's worship service is now available using the Pathways playlist on Spotify. Enjoy listening to the entire playlist throughout your week.

https://pathways.family/PathwaysPlaylist
Praise Song: STILL I WILL WORSHIP YOU

Scripture - 1 Corinthians 12:21-27

Responsive Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 (NIV)

Leader: The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

People: On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.
Leader: and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.

People: But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
Leader: If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

All: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Graduate Presentation Slides

Masters Degree Graduate: Erin Keating

College Degree Graduate: Sydnee Conley

High School Graduates: Emily Barros, Mikayla Durr, Vinh Huynh, J.T. Moutsos, William Villavicencio

Middle School Graduates: Christopher Egelebo Jr., Ryan Friedman, Ma'Kayla Polite, Solo Jawara
STUDENT MINISTRIES: Burn Your Homework Bonfire

Calling all SM students! Come on out to the farmhouse on Wed., June 16, for a bonfire/ End of Year celebration.

Time: 6:30 to 8p, officially... but 5:00p for those who are going to help gather wood and start the bonfire and who just wanna hang out!

Place: 3110 Emory Church Road, Olney, MD

Bring: masks and your own drinks (work gloves for wood), blankets / chairs, something representative of the school (that's safe to burn)







MUSIC NIGHT

Everyone is invited to a music worship night at Pathways on Saturday, June 19, from 7-8p. Enjoy the music presented by the students and young adults from Pathways and IBBW. A special guest will be joining us.
GRILLIN' AND CHILLIN'

Hot dogs and ice cream for all Pathways Kids (Preschool and Elementary) and their families on Father's Day, Sunday, June 20. Join us outdoors at the Pathways playground / Picnic area at noon. Please RSVP by texting "YES" and the number of people in your party to 240-277-6021 by June 16.
SAVE THE DATE: JULY 4TH

Pathways is celebrating July 4th with a church family picnic at the farmhouse (3110 Emory Church Road, Olney, MD). Plan to join us at 1pm following worship. We look forward to getting together with you and your family! More details coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Plan to join us on Sunday, August 29 for our Annual Congregational Meeting and lunch. Let's celebrate what the Lord has done for and through the people of Pathways during the pandemic. We look forward to serving you and our community in the coming year.

NEW SUNDAY SMALL GROUP SERIES

Now is a great time to join a Sunday School class. Sign up today using the link below. For more details, please contact Pastor Paula Moutsos (pmoutsos@pathwaysbc.org).

https://pathways.family/SMALLGROUPSUNDAY
Graduate Video and Recognition

Giving Your Offering Online

Thank you for your financial support of the ongoing ministries at Pathways. It is greatly appreciated. In an effort to reduce personal and paper contact as much as possible, we offer a safe and secure online giving link. We look forward to serving you at Pathways.

https://pathways.family/GIVING
Sermon Series: Snapshots ll
Sermon Title: The Outcast Among Us
Jonathan Der, Student Ministries Pastor
Mark 2:13-17
Opening Questions

Think of someone you know who really annoys you... because of something you’re not allowed to talk about. (Their skin color or their focus on their ethnicity, their politics, sexuality, gender, their religion, their life choices, etc.)

This person is your Outcast.
Do you think they feel the same way about you?
Why were tax collectors so Outcast?

For assessment purposes, tax collectors were allowed to search anything except the person of a Roman lady; any property not properly declared was subject to seizure. In Egypt, tax collectors were sometimes so brutal that they were known to beat up aged women in an attempt to learn where their tax-owing relatives were hiding. Ancient documents reveal that when harvests were bad, on occasion an entire village, hearing that a tax collector was coming, would leave town and start a village somewhere else.
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
A plastic and fake culture, of the veneer of acceptableness, is empty religion, and is anathema to real and authentic relationships. Shame and the fear of shame, and the lengths we go to, to avoid the possibility of shame, have no place within a loving church.

Religion breeds damaging isolation. Authenticity makes room for true community and for Jesus' healing.

The Authentic Church Prayer List

Click on the connection card and send in a prayer request for something real and messy in your life, or a celebration for some hardship He’s helped you through.

https://pathways.family/CONNECT2PATHWAYS

The Chosen

Free access to Season 1 AND the current ongoing Season 2!

https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen
Levi's job as a tax collector so colored everything about him and from him, that we might even go so far as to call it his core identity.

Not all identities can be changed, but in our identities, we can choose to live in the ways that Jesus shows us to give us the most joyous life.

Which is more important to you? To live by your own way and by your own wisdom, or to follow the God who loves you and calls to you to follow Him?
The Outcast in your life, do you just keep your distance and speak judgment AT or ABOUT them?

Or do you welcome them into your home with love and acceptance to live out life WITH them?
We can love people. Fully.And not agree with everything about them. Jesus did it. And He asks us to do the same.
The Outcast in your life - it’s probably going to cost you something deep to learn how to love them. But the depth of your love for them, the love that Jesus gives you for them - it will shock you, and you’ll be deeply glad for it.
Part 3: Jesus' Mission (and genius!)
When did the Church forget about those to whom we're obligated?

When did we start to consider ourselves "acceptable!" and those "out there" as "NOT Acceptable?"
Jesus and sinners|| Doctors and the sick || The Church and… ?
Just as doctors are to facilitate healing, so Jesus always offers healing correction as well.
We are the sick. In here. Out there. Both.
There is no us or them.
The only one who isn’t like us, is Jesus.
And He calls us family.
And He calls us welcome.
And He calls us loved.

If you are hearing this message, then He is calling to you.
So don’t stand in your own way, and don’t let anyone else stand in your way of being welcomed to Him.

If this is a decision you want to make today, or a decision you want to renew, then tell someone. Let us know by clicking the connection card below. We want to eat with you like Jesus did and we want to walk out life with you, with Him, together.
Discussion / Meditation Prompts
(These are also in your email.)

1. What’s our Pathways vision and mission again? (check out the About tab on our homepage.) Is it possible to live these out without persons of difference in your life and in our Pathways community? Where do you want to start with your next step in pursuing the vision and mission in your own life?

2. Friendships are built from community, which take time. And very few of us have extra time. More likely, we have to reorder and reprioritize how and where and with whom we spend our time. Does this task seem daunting or impossible? What do you hear God saying to you about your patterns of how and with whom you spend your time? What of your time patterns can be changed to better pursue our vision and mission?

3. Changing our ways towards Jesus may not be easy, but He commands His children to change, and the change is for our benefit. What do you imagine might be the benefits to changing your time patterns, increasing your community connections within Pathways, serving others both in the church and outside the church, and embracing Others as Your Friends? What would these changes cost you?

4. Who might be the Other, the Outcast in your life of whom God keeps reminding you? Make a specific plan and a specific goal with measurable steps to reach out, invite, and keep intentionally growing that relationship. Who will you enlist to help you, be it in prayer, encouragement, accountability, or in presence?

Growing in Jesus at Pathways

If you would like to learn more about Pathways Baptist Church, please visit our website using the link below.

https://www.PathwaysBC.org

Connection Card:

We want to hear from you. Your comments are important to us. Maybe you would like to speak to one of our pastors. Maybe you are seeking a small group to connect with others (online). Please use the link below and let us know how we can help you as you grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God.

https://pathways.family/CONNECT2PATHWAYS

Thank you for coming. Have a blessed week.