One In Christ Jesus Our Lord

In preparation for teaching the good news on Sunday, I am studying Ephesians 2:11-22. In this passage, the apostle Paul deals with unity of the Jews and Gentiles in the Church (two groups who hated each other). A question one might ask while reading a portion of Scripture like this is, What value does this have for me today? Two things to think about.

  1. It teaches us the truth that every Christian should be accepting of other Christians in the church regardless if they are male or female, rich or poor, young or old; what their cultural background, or social status.
  2. We can learn that everyone who belongs to Christ our Lord belongs to every other believer.

That is what unity looks like. I am blessed to attend a church that is a unified body of Christ. But a reminder is still needed. As Christians we REALLY need to know what this means because it runs contrary to our natural inclinations and the current world view.

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Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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