Understanding Romans 14

Text: Romans 14:1-9 Romans 14 teaches the need to accept and not judge those with whom we differ on matters of opinion. Some have tried to expand the scope of this chapter to include matters of faith. But on matters of faith, we are not to tolerate departures from the faith (Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9; 2:3-5). […]

Diligent to Preserve the Unity of the Spirit

Text: Ephesians 4:1-6 Unity among God’s people is important to the Lord. He prayed for it before His death (John 17:20-21). It ought to be important to us as well. How can we have unity? To answer this, we can look to what Paul wrote about the unity of the Spirit. Unity of the Spirit Not […]

The Problem with Division

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10 The first of many problems that Paul addressed in his first letter to Corinth was the problem of division. There were factions within the church. Paul appealed for them to have unity. He did so by explaining what is the problem with division. When We Are Divided, We Are… Not Complete Complete – “perfectly joined […]

The Gospel of Unity

Text: Galatians 2:1-21 This is the second of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of unity. The Announcement There is liberty in Christ (Galatians 2:4) – Paul mentioned the liberty that we have in Christ (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17); does not mean we are free to […]

Lessons Learned from the Tower of Babel

Text: Genesis 11:1-9 The account of the towel of Babel is the final event recorded in Genesis before we are told of Abraham and God’s plan through him. The promise to Abraham was a pivotal point in the scheme of redemption. However, the story of Babel was not included in Genesis simply as a matter […]

“Make My Joy Complete”

Text: Philippians 2:2 One of the themes in Paul’s letter to Philippi is joy. In our text, he talked about his joy being made complete. This would be done if these brethren maintained unity – in mind, love, spirit, and purpose. Be of the Same Mind “Likeminded” (KJV) – common understanding Unity comes as a result of […]

A Tax Collector and a Zealot

Text: Matthew 10:2-4 When Jesus sent out the twelve apostles on the “limited commission,” Matthew recorded their names. Aside from Judas who would betray Him, this record only provides us with information about previous activities for two men – Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot. As we examine the differences between these two […]