Romans 11:13 What’s Common Over What’s Different

Romans 11:13 (KJV)
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Though the word church is not used specifically of Romans, that it is written to a church in Rome is clear. He references the church in Cenchrea and the church in the house of Priscilla and Aquila.

Interestingly, the first portion of the book seems to be written from a Jewish perspective and to Jewish Christians. This passage is clearly written to Gentile Christians. They are obviously in the same church and/or in cooperating churches, i.e. churches of like faith.

This supports, in my view, the principle of Christians dropping their ethnic backgrounds (though perhaps not completely forgetting them) and uniting together in a local church. Inside the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile but the church of God. There are Christians bound together for a common purpose. There are believers focused on their common commission and not their national and cultural differences.


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Romans 11:13 What’s Common Over What’s Different

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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