The Roman church had two groups at odds with each other over the question still keeping Moses' kosher dietary laws and the Jewish liturgical calendar. Paul sided with one group...but demanded that all treat each other with love.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Was the "wine" consumed by the Israelis, Christians, Greeks and Romans what we call "wine" today?
***NOTE*** Due to "technical difficulties" the last few minutes of the audio were not recorded over the church audio/visual equipment. However, I brought a small digital recorder with me to the pulpit and I captured the whole message. I have uploaded this audio only recording to YouTube as well. It may not sound the best but it is easily understandable for those curious to know how the sermon ended.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Roman church had Jewish Christians who didn't feel free to discard elements of the Mosaic ceremonial Law. Gentile Christians wouldn't feel any obligation to the Law. How to deal with the disputes and tension?
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Apostle Paul drew a sharp contrast between the Roman Christians—those who were to live with no light of day exposing shame—verses Roman pagans who lived shamefully in the dark, literally and figuratively.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Today we saw Jesus' apostolic call given to Matthew (Levi), a tax-collector. Matthew invited his friends to a feast with Jesus, friends who were outcasts as well. These Jesus accepted. Self-righteous Pharisees despised these sinners and challenged Rabbi Jesus' propriety for welcoming them. Jesus then rejected the rejecters with a rebuke that could make your blood turn cold.