It is nothing like being empowered to do great things in the kingdom of God. Every New Testament Christian needs to be empowered to be faithful to the Lord. At the Jerusalem council (Acts 15), the Jewish church in Jerusalem asked the Gentile church in Antioch not to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols. Paul was at the Jerusalem council, and he accepted this request not because he felt that eating such meat was wrong in itself, but because this practice would deeply offend many Jewish believers. Paul did not think the issue was worth dividing the church over; his desire was to promote unity. So he concludes, “if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.“Paul’s practice was to honor, as far as possible, the convictions of others.
Believers are called to accept one another without judging our varied opinions. However, when the situation has to be faced, how should we deal with those who disagree with us? Paul’s response is that all believers should act in love so as to maintain peace in the church. The bottom line is that all believers should strive to promote peace and mutual edification regardless of convictions (Romans 14:19).
Sinclair, we should be encouraged to participate in “EMPOWERING THE SAINTS.” The words of Jesus are prevalent today, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)Remember, you have not truly witnessed the “East Texas Experience” until you have worshipped at the Sinclair Church of Christ!
Because He Lives,