Our passage this week brings us back to the book of Romans. Romans is actually a letter written by Paul to the believers in Rome. Many of the original founders of the Roman church were Jewish Christians, but sometime in the 40’s A.D., the Emperor Claudius banished the entire Jewish community from Rome. From that time until Claudius’ death in A.D. 54, the Roman Church was entirely comprised of Gentile Christians.
When Claudius died in A.D. 54, many of the Jewish community
returned to Rome and dissention between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile
Christians began. Paul wrote his letter
to the Romans in A.D. 57 to address these “growing pains” as culture clashes
continued to become more apparent.
In our passage this week, Romans 12:9-21, Paul uses a teaching
style called parenesis. This teaching
method consists of a series of instructions that have little connection between
them (“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be
devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Romans 12:9-10). Generally, most of Paul’s
directives in this passage encourage the Romans to get along with one another!
Getting along with one another begins with the command that
love must be sincere. The word Paul uses
here for love is agape (avga,ph). This term for love refers to an
unconditional, not expecting anything in return kind of love. As “The Church” we are called to love one
another without condition; not a fakey, façade, showy love, but a true love
filled with concern and care for each other.
We are excited to be launching our PoC|Coverage (the new
Thursday evening prayer service/initiative) on April 9 at 6pm. This will be an awesome opportunity for us to
express agape love to our church family.
We would love to see you on April 9!