Talks for Growing Christians
Relating to Fellow Believers in Unity
Lesson Number 17
- We must relate to fellow believers.
- This coming year reach out across the barriers we’ve mentioned to establish some new relationships in the Lord.
- Relative to the Graeco-Roman culture, who were the barbarians and the Scythians?
- What is the theme of Colossians?
- How are we to relate to fellow believers? Describe, or diagram using concentric circles.
- What kind of barrier does each of the following represent?
a. Greek or Jew
b. circumcised or uncircumcised
c. barbarian or Scythian
d. bond or free
- Both were foreign to the Graeco-Roman culture; they were uncultured, and different from the Graeco-Roman economic-social bracket. The worst of the barbarians were wild, nomadic, and savage. Now some were becoming Christians, and a part of the church at Colosse, so they were to be accepted as brothers and sisters.
- The supremacy and all-sufficiency of Christ.
- We must relate with unity to overcome the barriers.
a. Outside circle: relating to non-believers
b. Middle circle: relating to fellow believers
c. Inner circle: victory over sin in our personal lives
- a racial barrier
a. a religious background barrier
b. cultural differences,
c. socio-economic status barrier
- When we find it hard to get along with certain believers, should we isolate ourselves from them, and just keep on serving Christ in our own way?
- Think of specific people in each of the barriers within your Christian sphere. How could you relate or reach out to each these people?
- Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone to reach out to those who represent different barriers? Start in the circle nearest you.
- “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.” Colossians 3:11