Romans 14-15:13, pt.2

Tonight we will be reading through Romans 14:1-15:13.  The discussion tonight will conclude the substantive part of Paul’s letter.  Next week we will read back over Paul’s appeal for material support for his ongoing missionary journey and will read through his extensive farewell. One of the great themes throughout Paul’s letter is the unity of the Church.  He begins with the idea that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Rom. 3:23.  The promise of salvation made to Abraham was made for all, not just his lineal descendants Rom. 4:16.  For as Adam’s disobedience condemned all, so Christ’s righteousness gives life to all. Rom. 5:18.  In Christ there is no distinction, for the same Lord is Lord of all. Rom. 10:12. And, therefore, we cannot think of ourselves as more highly than anyone else. Rom. 12:3.  Rather, we must necessarily treat each other with love and respect, and not pass judgment on each other nor cause anyone to fall. Rom. 14:13.  And in doing these things, we are simply following the example of Jesus himself. Rom. 15:3.  For tonight, think through what this looks like.  Paul’s command to us is not to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals, but it is to live in love and peace and harmony with those with whom we may strongly disagree.  For if you only love those who love you, what good is that? Matt. 5:46.

Dinner is at 6. The menu is Mexican (yes, this is a change). Discussion about 6:45.  Hope to see you here. (And please bring a hymn suggestion.) 

Lead a life worthy of your calling, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

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