The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Living In Harmony With One Another
September 3, 2017

The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Living In Harmony With One Another

Passage: Romans 15:1-7


A continuation of our series the Church As It Is Supposed To Be. A look at the One Another's in the New Testament


“Live In Harmony With One Another” Romans 15:1-7

1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


What an incredible set of verses. Our hope and endurance in the faith through much “Reproach” seems connected to the harmony those in the Church have with one another. The world can be going crazy, but the community of faith remains hopeful when they see the gospel working in their midst. It is together that we glorify God during times of trials. This is why bickering like we see in Philippians 4 between Syntyche and Euodia are very destructive to the Gospel of Jesus. That church was a very good church and were true partners in the Gospel with Paul (See Philippians 1:5cf. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5), but their backbiting spirit was hindering the beauty of the gospel. The Roman church was hemorrhaging because of racial and ethnic tension between the Gentile believers and the Jews. This discord was not in harmony with the gospel, and the love that Jesus had commanded and was becoming detrimental to the Gospel.

Questions For Study

  1. What does “Harmony” in the church look like?
  2. Why is harmony important to the gospel work?
  3. What does “Welcome one another” mean?
  4. Why is this important?
  5. How can you and Anchor improve in becoming more harmonious and welcoming?