Archive for November 2010

Agape Is part 10

As we continue our study of Agape Is, we come to a passage that causes many Christians some confusion and perhaps even doubt about living in Agape. But, this block of five verses from the last part of Chapter 12 is an essential component on who we are in Christ, and how we are to [...]

Agape Is part 9

The first part of Romans 12 is concrete instructions—directions actually—that tell us to get refreshed in the Lord, learn what job he has for us, then do that job in His Agape. But this is not the only place that God gives us those instructions. It seems that the early church, and the church through [...]

Agape Is part 8

As we continue to look at the guidelines for Christian living, as outlined in Romans 12-15, we come to 12:9-10: Rom. 12:9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Rom. 12:10 Love one another [...]

Agape Is part 7

Beginning in Romans 12:4, Paul lays out the guidelines of a true Christian life. This is the practical application of Agape to a godly existence, both as a sign and wonder to the ungodly and as the way we are to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ. Verses 12:4 through 12:8 form a cohesive [...]

Agape Is part 6

OK, so Romans 12:1-2 are really the core two verses that direct the ongoing development of our personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Let’s stop for just as second and look at the single most important ingredient in the mix: faith. Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [...]

Agape Is part 5

We’ve been looking a bit deeper at our life in Christ through the eyes of Agape. This Agape is instilled in every one of God’s kids by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5), and is the chief characteristic that identifies a Christian. It is, therefore, the characteristic that we most need to cultivate and most need [...]