Faith, The Lifestyle of Saints
The Culture of Faith
The mass adjustments of cultures blending and specific to geographic locations was a significant concern for the People of God, especially the Apostles who were charged with teaching the doctrines of the church at large (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19, Luke 14:23 and Acts 1:7-8).
Although we face similar challenges today, especially with the world and urban missions, we must make emphasis with the early church in its struggle to promote the sanctity of Christ's intent. Peter felt the challenge by the vision of the "common and unclean" (Acts 10:28, Acts 11:4-9) and struggled with his position especially in the face of his fellow Jewish colleagues.
Do we dismiss the Grace of Jesus for the sake of native culture? This innate difference that was the experience in the early Church reflects what we identify as racial prejudice today; a resistance to treat all humanity with equality and include those believe that Jesus Christ concerning their nationality or cultural background (Ephesians 4:5-6). We must be careful with the popularity of acceptance in diversity because it has become a diversion tactic of Satan, and our social awareness must always focus on Jesus.
We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
God of My Life, El Hayyay (Psalm 42:8); we thank You for the Faith of the Gentiles who come from other nations and cultures. We praise You for the common and the unclean things that You showed Peter in a vision. We decree and declare blessings upon those who reach others to win souls, so that; by focusing on Jesus, we build the Kingdom of God. Now, for the sake of the Kingdom and the Glory of God, we petition, with anointing in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.
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