Yes, it is possible to live in harmony with believers that have a different set of standards and convictions. In Romans 15:1-7, the Apostle Paul gives the task, the focus, and the end result when it comes to the stronger believer's treatment towards the weaker believer.
Anyone could come to the conclusion based upon what Paul said at the end of Chapter 10 that God has forgotten about His chosen people, but Paul makes it clear in Romans 11 that God still has a plan for Israel.
We all learn better through examples. In Romans 4 Paul uses Abraham as an example to support the fact that salvation is through faith only, not works. In this first section, Paul uses both the example of Abraham and David to support the fact that we can do nothing to accept the grace of God but believe in faith.
I'm not a puzzle person. Quite frankly, I don't have the patience. The other day my son wanted me to put a puzzle together with him. It wasn't a hard puzzle, perhaps 25 pieces or so. I laid out all of the pieces with each picture facing up and attempted to place them together. Without seeing the big picture of the finalized product that they show on the outside of the box, it wasn't happening. Up until this point, the Jews and other listeners only received a small snapshot of how the Gospel intertwined with the law. The past Sunday we focused on Romans 3:27-31 and how Paul explained the Gospel's relation to the Old Testament law.
Most likely, sitting in your home is a beautiful trashcan (maybe it's not beautiful, but it could be). It may look pretty on the outside, but the moment you open the lid, the horrendous smell of the rotting contents takes away the outside beauty of that trashcan.
Because the heart of mankind is entirely wicked, and this goes for all mankind, his character, conversation, and his actions are the mere stench of his wicked heart.
IS THERE ANY HOPE? Find out in this weeks episode.
What if you were told that everything you stood for and everything you believed was wrong? The same emotions you would experience is exactly what the Jews experienced in Romans 3:1-8 as they objected to Paul's presentation of the Gospel. Were they justified??
If you were to die today and stand before God and He were to ask you, "why should I let you into my heaven?" how would you answer that? Your answer will reveal where you place your security regarding your faith. Is the object of where you place your security actually secure enough?
Imagine if you were Mary the moment that the Angel Gabriel appeared before you and told you that you were going to be the one to supernaturally deliver the Messiah. Think about the utter impossibility! Through this message, see how God will give you the power to accomplish the call He has for your life.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a person that experienced the birth of Christ? This Christmas we will examine the perspective of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Angels as they experienced the birth of the Savior
Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt like you were fighting the battles of life single-handedly? It seems as if no matter how hard we pray, God just seems silent. Through the life of Elijah, we learn that we can have hope when God seems silent.
Martha was a doer, Mary was a dreamer. We often separate "working for the Lord" and "worshipping the Lord" when both should be one. Through the story of Martha and Mary, we see God's desire for service being in the form of authentic worship.