Welcome One Another Just as Christ Has Welcomed You
“Our churches are in an uproar! Our members are at each other’s throats over conflicting interpretations of scripture! We can’t even celebrate the Lord’s Supper together because of our disputes and disagreements!”
Sound familiar as the state of the church today? This was also the state of the new churches in Rome when Paul wrote his influential letter to them in the late 50s of the first century. In those early decades following the death and resurrection of Jesus, local churches included both Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus. As a result, they often struggled painfully with how to live together peacefully. Then, as now, they were concerned about how their disputes over faithful practice undermined their unity in Christ. Paul’s letter addresses this and other important concerns about Christian living and believing.