My God is an inclusive God!

Paul experienced so much dissension, threats, accusations, heretical preaching and teaching in every church that he planted that he had to appeal to Jerusalem (KKQ 390-392).

Galatians 3:28 (NIV) speaks to the inclusivity of The Body of Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. We are “The Church” first, and then we are father, mother, sister, brother, citizen “Kane” or whatever NEVER! Why? Because who we are in Christ should be evident in all of those roles!

Our allegiance must be to the purity of the Gospel and nothing else! We cannot straddle the fence of political or religious correctness. We must stand up for the Holiness of Scripture without bashing others. We must speak and live as one, body, one spirit, and faith! We are not ourselves. We are no longer just “nationalist!” We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. The Body of Christ has become so political that the living, preaching, and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is becoming compromised because of our allegiance to political, and nationalistic alliances.

So, open your arms. Be the inclusive Church of The Living God. The Blood of Jesus was shed to cover every human being born from the day of His resurrection until the day when this earth is renewed (See Revelation 21). Are you glad that you are a part of The Family of God? Are you will to allow ALL type of people to enter into the “building” where you meet? Your inner circle of friends? You national sanctum? If not why not? Every day I make sure that I ask myself if I am an inclusivist or an exclusivist? Am I growing closer to God and learning to love people better or am I just being sheep and following the majority? “The People of The Way” have never been in the majority and they never will! So, read “The Bible” for yourself and know that we are called to be different. Know that people who are different will always be persecuted. We are supposed to stand up for the oppressed, the underdogs, the unwanted, the unloved – that is what Jesus would do! I have never been a person who spoke Christianese- to be quite blunt I always found that verbiage quite exclusive. I have so much to learn about how to love as God loves that I cannot afford to hinder anyone from accessing the “Cross” because of my behavior! Grace and peace to all this Sunday afternoon. If you have any questions about this devotional please feel free to contact us!

Reference

Köstenberger, Andreas J., L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament. Nashville, Tenn: B & H Academic, 2009.

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The Family of God.

#TheFamilyOfGodLovesALLPeople even #NONChristians

Today of all days of the week we will have an opportunity to “Be Jesus” to someone. Maybe a stranger comes to our place of worship, or a member whom we have never spoken to will need one simple act of kindness. I remind myself daily that how I love others reflect how I believe I am loved! I cannot give love unless I know what love is. I will not know what love is until I have experienced love! So, will you join me today by “showing love to at least one person in your place of worship today?” – We are all a part of the Family of God!

John 1:12 ESV But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Love is an action verb. God shows us that in  1 John 3:1-2 ESV “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. ” Therefore, Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV proclams that we “are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”  Because of this the declaration in Galatians 6:10 ESV solidifies the type of actions our Heavenly Father should see in our daily lives “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” As living examples of God’s love we must be willing to show what 1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV tells us that we ought to do and be “ If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”  Finally, The Lord did not leave us without insructions. Note in John 13:34 ESV He left us a simple directive. There is no if, and or but at the end of this directive. There are no clarifying statements, there are no indicators of exceptions to the rule, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

Can you imagine Jesus being so angry with the Father that He refuses to commune with Him? NOPE! Therefore, so shall I live-that is my on-going daily prayer! Have a wonderful spirit filled Family Reunion Day!
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