fbpx Chalke Talk 72: Did the Apostle Paul really teach exclusion? | Open Church Network
14th May 2019
Chalke Talk 72: Did the Apostle Paul really teach exclusion?

“The culture we inhabit is just like the air that we breathe." And this week, Steve argues that trying to understand the Apostle Paul without understanding his culture will fail to give us the full picture. 

Paul’s culture was Second Temple Judaism: an ideology built around the core belief that God – the God of all creation - had made an unbreakable promise to the people of Israel. Steve suggests, "if you were to try to convince an orthodox Jew that by praying a certain prayer she or he might be ‘saved’, they would find your words incomprehensible.”

To understand Paul’s worldview, how it was counter-cultural to the ideas of his day and why it’s based deeply in inclusion, it’s best to look at Isaiah 25. “The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from ALL faces…’ “For Paul,”  Steve argues, “this is a revolution; the beginning of a new creation; a new liberation – not just for the Jews – but for ALL the people of the whole world.” 

So some questions.

If it is true that this is the way that Paul understood the world, what difference do you think it makes to the core message of what we call ‘the gospel?’ What difference should it make to the message and work of any and every local church?

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION... 

  On Facebook

  On Twitter

  Subscribe to our youtube channel

  Subscribe and download the podcast on Soundcloud (android users)

  Subscribe and download the podcast on iTunes 

SHARE:

Comments

2 + 2 =

Latest Comments

You may also like

Chalke Talk 73: Apostle Paul: Preacher or Political Revolutionary?

“Jesus is Lord” is often viewed as a resounding imperial call, when actually it’s root is about...
21st May 2019
 

Chalke Talk 72: Did the Apostle Paul really teach exclusion?

“The culture we inhabit is just like the air that we breathe." And this week, Steve argues that...
14th May 2019
 

Chalke Talk 71: What do the Apostle Paul and Elvis have in common?

What do these two seemingly unrelated famous men share in common?
8th May 2019