No In-N-Out Groups

Series: Returning to Matthew

No In-N-Out Groups

August 09, 2020 | Paul Duppenthaler

Pastor Paul teaches about In-Group and Out-Group bias. Jesus had to teach and demonstrate the idea of equality as the early Jewish Christians had a hard time including anyone outside of their In-Group! People from other nations, with other languages or ethnic difference were a stumbling block that had to be overcome. Do we have blind spots that need to be healed? 

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No In-N-Out Groups

Matthew 15:21-39 NIV 

“Once we identify our In-Group, we tend to apply an In-Group Bias. This is the often-subconscious tendency for us to give preference to people we perceive as being part of our group. This preferential treatment is associated with an increased level of trust, patience, benefit of the doubt, interest, and comfort around those in our In-Group. Those who aren’t part of our In-Group are part of our Out-Group. Those are the people we identify as being not like us. We tend to be much less familiar, less trusting, less patient, and less interested in members of our Out-Group.” --Miles McPherson, The Third Option.


Genesis 22:17–18 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me. 


Eph 2:14 NLT Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.


Rev 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.


Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 


Matthew 15:35-37 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. 


1 Corinthians 12:13 We were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—
whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

“We can only nurture unity by honoring the value that God places on each of us. Honor assigns value to someone, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or what they have done.  Recognizing a person’s priceless value makes them inherently honorable and causes us to cherish them as we would a prized possession.” --Miles McPherson, The Third Option

 Discussion Questions

  1. Can you give some examples of ways you might subconsciously treat others as “Out-Group” people?
  2. What are ways that you naturally favor people in your “In-Group”?
  3. How have you experienced discrimination by someone else who doesn’t include you
  4. What are ways you might especially honor others who are different than you this week?

Series Information

Matthew became the most important of all Gospel texts for first- and second-century Christians because it contains all the elements important to the early church. In this series, we are picking up where we left off in chapter 9 and going on through chapter 13. We'll be covering the importance of getting Jesus' identity right, his healing miracles, discipleship, and several parables. This series will take us through the first half of 2020.

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