The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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The Common Way

"God who I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers....that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other in faith" (Rom. 1:9, 12).

A good introduction sets the tone for any sort of communication. A preacher tries to peak the interest of his listeners by introducing his topic. If someone does not know you, a good introduction helps to break the ice. Is there some truth in the adage, "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." In the first chapter of the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul feels the necessity to make that good impression in preparation for some very important words. He begins by establishing his credentials, much like we would if we were applying for a new job. He next explains his spiritual authority. The authority that makes him eligible, inspired and worthy to be setting forth important doctrine to them, especially in the area of faith. Also in these first few verses of this magnificent book, he establishes his bonds of fellowship with them. It is important for the readers of this letter to know that we share a common bond with this great apostle. "And you also are called to belong to Jesus Christ" (V 9).

Paul was preparing to impart some of the great doctrinal components on them, but first a commonality was to be established. We need to thank the Lord each day for that commonality. It is what has brought us together. It is the common ground for our belief. It is about our common faith....Our common obedience....Our common hope....Our common commitment to the Christian way of life. It is so wonderful each Lord's day to be with people who share these great things. It is fantastic to sing with them, pray with them study the Lord's word with them, and gather around the table of the Great Supper with them. For although our hope of salvation is a personal thing, it is so important to be in communion with those who have that same hope. As Christians, we live in an arena of love, hope and sharing. When the Roman Christians knew who Paul was......that he was one of them, they were ready to hear his words. Both then and now, God's kingdom here on earth is the same....It is a group of people who have found a common hope and a common way of life in Christ...

Have a great day...A RAK or two would be appropriate... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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