If the Church is defined by the Gospel then why should we destroy the work of God over matters that have no relevance to the Gospel? In the Roman Church these issues were meat, drink and holy days. In our day and culture these issues could be personal disputes, political opinions, individual differences over matters... Continue Reading →
The Christian Army has a dreadful tendency to turn its guns on its own soldiers and then bury the wounded. In Romans 14 Paul deals with this issue and how to heal the self inflicted wounds of division.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (i) The Brevity of Time Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of... Continue Reading →
How can I live the Christian life? How should I live? Are there rules I should follow? What is the Christian Moral code? The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (h) The Moral Code Romans 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For... Continue Reading →
When we are wronged, despised, abused; How do we react. With love or hatred? With grace or bitterness? With prayer or revenge?
If only the Church could learn and employ the true "charisma" the gifts of grace, given by the Holy Ghost our congregations would be future proofed against carnal strife and division. The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (e) God's Grace Gifts to his Church Romans 12:6-8 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given... Continue Reading →
A key aspect of this chapter which deals with Christian Behaviour is the teaching concerning the use of our gifts for the benefit of the Church family. Before we can begin using these gifts with success, however, it is necessary that we understand what the Church is.
The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (c) The Self Awareness of the Christian Mind Romans 12:3 In teaching the Roman Christians how they ought to behave Paul begins with the surrender of the body (v1) before progressing to the dedication of the mind (v2). In so doing, he is laying an important foundation, for practical Christian... Continue Reading →
The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (b) The Christian Mind And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2) In developing some principles in relation to Christian behaviour Paul lays down... Continue Reading →