Would you rather talk to the cashier at check out or not talk to the cashier at check out?
Would you rather say hi to everyone you pass or ignore them and keep going?
Today we’re talking about “Greet one another.” The reality is we all want to be seen and embraced. Yet many people just want to get things done and not have to talk to everyone. On the other hand, some people tend to favor acknowledging only those who are like them, who are more popular, or prominent. But, the truth is God calls Christians to see and embrace one another with generosity and without partiality.
FROM THE TRUTH
Read or review Romans 16:3-16 and discuss these questions recalling what you heard during Sunday’s message.
Some of the people listed would be what we might call key leaders in the church or, on social media, “Influencers.” Can you remember anything about these individuals? What stands out or is interesting to you about them?
Some of the people listed were just regular common people. Can you remember anything about these individuals? What stands out or is interesting to you about them?
What was meant by “a holy kiss”? (You might recall what was said about its connection to 1 Corinthians 12:9.
FROM THE TAKEAWAY
Paul’s greetings demonstrated that he could, first, see each one of the people he named for who they are whether they were Jewish or Greek or Roman, or male or female, or slave or freedmen, an early disciple or a convert, and so on. Because Paul also teaches in Colossians 3:11 that in Christ, there is “no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” So should we see or not see? Should we be color-minded or color-blinded? Or should we be both?
Paul’s greetings also demonstrated that he could embrace each one of the people he named without showing favoritism or partiality. Have you experienced someone showing favoritism that excluded you? Do you see Christians showing partiality in the church? What can we do to ensure that we don’t?
Lastly, Paul’s greetings demonstrated that he could commend each one of the people he named. How does it feel to you when someone notices what you’ve done and commends you for it? How good are you at commending others?
How does living this “one another” make us irresistible people?
First, take some time to ask people to identify prayer needs related to the discussion about encouraging one another. Second, take some time to ask for additional prayer requests. Then close your time together in prayer.
First Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada, with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace, and an ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith with Jesus Christ. We value the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.