5th Saturday after Easter

Psalm 79, Romans 15:1–13, 1 Corinthians 8:1–13, Galatians 2:11–15

Yesterday we talked about rules. Today we’re going to talk about rules.
One of the first rules of framily is to build up one another. We have all done this well. We have all done this horribly. Another rule is to live in harmony with each other. Yet another is to accept one another. These rules are incredibly important when we (see Thursday’s, 23 May, al). Doing all of these well is hard, and it is well worth doing.

One thing that always ends up with some kind of tension is and misunderstanding. When discusses food offered to idols, his perspective is it’s fine, ce they aren’t real idols anyways. The meat was sold at a discount ce it was “used” at pagan s to “feed” their gods. was saying it was food. He was supporting the price, except that there were new or struggling or misunderstanding members of the who saw the buying and eating of this meat as participating in and agreeing with idol worship. didn’t agree with them, yet still instructed the more mature believers to avoid the cheap food so that those struggling wouldn’t succumb to the old ways.

is not shy in taking on fellow leaders, like Peter, who quickly yield to tribal (i.e., Jewish) pressure to not be contaminated by . What makes this even more interesting in regards to , it was Peter who led the charge ast it. Even the leaders fall back into old habits.

1) What is the difference between s and rules?

2) How do they function differently in your ? How about your faith ?

3) How do we confuse rules and s with our faith?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.