Today you should read: Galatians 2:1-10
We have one gospel but different mission fields. When the apostle Paul wrote this epistle there was some controversy to this statement because at the time the apostle Paul, the disciples and others couldn’t agree on that mission field. The apostle Paul would preach to everybody but felt especially called to preach to the gentiles while the disciples and especially Peter believed that the Gospel was a message to the Jews who awaited their one true savior. Although Peter would put his foot in his mouth again later in this chapter trying to require additional requirements for salvation for the gentiles, these first 10 verses shows how God revealed to all He entrusted with the Gospel in the early church to preach His good news to anybody and everybody.
This is a good reminder for us because if we’re honest, it’s probably easier to just reach out to the people we know, the people we’re comfortable with and the people we share the same interests with. In fact, because of those reasons, WE SHOULD befriend, share the gospel with and invite those people to church for those very reasons. However when reading Galatians 2:1-10 it’s hard to ignore the calling God has placed on Christians to those different mission fields and that we have to be united in our calling. It can be very easy for one inner city church plant to think they have a more important ministry then the stereotypical established suburban church. We can be called to different people but do we support each others Gospel efforts and encourage each other in the mission? So think about where God has called you and entrusted the Gospel for you to share with? Are you doing it? Are you supporting others with it? It took a while for the other disciples to get on board with the apostle Paul and his calling for not only jews but all people to hear and receive the Gospel. Don’t take as long as them to get on board with what God is doing at CPC and in the cities of Lexington and Richmond.
Posted by: Erik Koliser