Have you ever wondered how Paul did it? He reached the nations from north to south, east to west with the gospel. Reaching diverse pagan cultures and being able to connect with them, all without compromising his holiness.
Even though we don’t belong to this world, we can still connect with the lost as both Jesus and Paul did. In fact, Paul writes of how he did this in the last few chapters of Romans. He not only addresses how we can connect with the unbeliever, but also how to walk out our role with those in fellowship, and how to conduct fellowships.
Living a life that encourages harmony with those around us is a commandment and one that someone’s eternity can depend on since we are walking representations of Yeshua. There is not a lot of things more valuable than reaching the lost with the gospel, by all means necessary.
When it comes to our opinions, we can easily get really excited. Sometimes over-excited – lifting conspiracy theories like flat earth, our organic diets, or even “spiritual” practices to the level of law, considering ourselves “better” and alienating those who don’t believe what we do regarding disputable matters. And just like today, Paul faced many of the same issues and tells us to be humble about them.
Romans 14 is also misunderstood by mainstream Christianity as the food chapter where Paul says we can “eat whatever we want”, and keep a sabbath on “any day we want”. Both these ideas are a severe misunderstanding of the cultural issues Paul were facing, and if we understand them, you’ll see it’s actually pretty simple: Paul was never nullifying the law of God, but rather the laws of men.
Topics Discussed: We can eat anything? / Have the sabbath any day? / Conspiracy Theories (Flat earth, etc.)
When Paul wrote that we are to “be subject to the governing authorities”, it might shock you to discover that he was under a governing authority that did not even believe in God! So how could Paul write such a thing? What are we to do with this passage when we are ruled by governments who oppose God?
And what did Paul really mean when he said that all of them have been “instituted by God”?
In this video, PD and Christina delve into the controversial Romans 13, to better understand God’s heart behind this passage.
Our calling is to be the light, to turn the other cheek by how we love God with all we are. Then to accomplish what Yeshua came to do: To gather the lost sheep of the House of Israel, not to boast against them. To provoke the jew to jealousy, not replace him.
In this episode, we explore what it truly means to “provoke the Jew to jealousy”, the error of replacement theology, and the witness of Spirit & Truth of this age.
The preacher is up there, he takes a deep breath, and proclaims: “We need to walk in the Spirit! We need to be led by the Spirit!”
But have you ever wondered what that really means? Sadly, most Christians don’t. It’s not just about an oogly googly feeling, but scripture pins it down as something all believers must do, and if they don’t, scripture says that they cannot please God.
Scripture also says this very thing is the “secret” that will open the eyes of the Jewish people to their Messiah.
So I guess it’s quite important for us to understand what scripture defines as “walking in the Spirit”? Let’s find out.
What if I told you: Paul was against a different law!
Often Paul’s writings are used to substantiate that he is abolishing parts, or the entire Torah of God, that we are now “free” from that “burden”, and no longer “under the law”. But what if he was speaking about something different, something going on in the culture of his day: A certain group of Pharisees.
Join PD and Christina as they unveil the different factions of Pharisees that were present around Paul, to better understand who Paul is writing to, and what issues he was addressing. Furthermore, understand Acts 15’s “letter to the gentiles” in this proper context like never before.
Acts 15 is not a ticket out of obedience, but an urging for it.
Paul had to deal with many who were circumcised in flesh, but uncircumcised in heart. Those obsessed with their outward expressions, instead of inward transformations. A transformation that can only ever be accomplished by the filling of the Holy Spirit and faith in Yeshua.
Many have thought of Paul’s writings against those of “the circumcision” as being opposed to God’s law (torah), but was this really what he meant?
We started a series on going through the book of Romans – chapter by chapter! May He write His law on your heart (Jer 31:31).