Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.
When Paul wrote the book of Romans he had yet to visit the city of Rome. He had spent a lot of time traveling throughout their empire but he had not been there in person to see the church there. That is evident in today’s reading (Romans 1). We also see today the reputation of the church in Rome had … “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” The church in Rome had a famous faith known throughout the churches of the world.
So how is your church known? Would outside churches, people in your community, people across your state know and brag about the faith of your church? From today’s reading we see this as a noble thing for other churches to see in us.
What about the way we view other churches where we do not attend? Paul also prayed for the church in Rome even though he wasn’t a part of their gathering. Do you pray for other churches? Do you view them as your churches competition? Or do you see them as partners in carrying out the gospel of Christ? I know in my own life I admire the work of several different churches. The ministry and the work they are doing is just through the roof. In many ways I pray for the continued success of these churches … Savannah Christian Church, Southeast Christian Church, Laurel Avenue Church of Christ, North Terrace Church of Christ, Philippi Church of Christ, Towne South Church of Christ, Verve, Forefront, and Momentum Christian Church.