Division persists along political, racial, and socioeconomic lines (cf. James 2:1-13). The way we speak about others often reinforces these divisions (cf. 3:1-12). But because the gospel eradicates selfish ambition, God’s people can pursue peace. Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on James 2:1-13; 3:1-18.
After the resurrection, the gospel spread from Hebraic Jews to Hellenistic Jews, to god-fearers, to proselytes, and ultimately to Gentiles. God has broken down the barriers that divide to make one new body in Jesus Christ: the church. Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on Acts11:19-21, Acts 16:9-10, and Ephesians 2:11-22.
The Scriptures have a rather positive view of centurions on the varied occasions they cross paths with Jesus and the church community. There was a centurion of faith who believed in the healing power of Christ, and Cornelius was the first true Gentile convert. Others (at the cross / on ship with Paul) represent people […]
Even in the Old Testament, God cares about all the nations. From the scattering of the people at Babel, to the universal implications of the Abrahamic Covenant, to Israel’s calling as a nation of priests, to God’s heart for Jonah to preach to the Ninevites, to the prediction of the Messiah as a light to […]
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