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Is Our Church Open?

Galatians 3:26-29

26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

112015 Ray McDonaldThis was such a radical idea in the day that Paul lived.  The Jewish Church was not very open to people who were different than them or didn’t follow their rules.  Peter and some of the other disciples even wanted the Gentiles who came to Christ to become Jewish before they could become Christians.  Just like this picture of a cat and a dog sleeping together – some thought Paul was crazy to suggest what God gave him to write – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

When Paul wrote in his Epistle (letter) to the churches in Galatia the words of today’s Scripture lesson – I would imagine that eyes rolled – some argued and some jumped ship.  No difference between Jew and Greek (Gentile = anyone not Jewish) – are you kidding me?  No difference between slaves (different type of slaves than early America but slaves none-the-less) and free – what is this radical religion you are writing about Paul?  No male or female – now you’re really stepping in it Paul.  There are differences for a reason.  I can hear some people saying separate but equal under their breath. Continue reading

February 20, 2016 Posted by | Bring, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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