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FCL 2: Brothers & Sisters in the Lord
Transcript of FCL 2: Brothers & Sisters in the Lord
In the modern world
In the New Testament
Old Testament background
The Situation Today
How our relationship in CFC-SFC ought to be
BROTHERHOOD OF CHRISTIANS
Non Christians were considered as "outsiders"
You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemies. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Mt 5:43 45
We share not only help, gifts and resources, but also problems
1 Thessalonians 5:12-14
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Importance of our SFC households. Here we live out more intimately a shared life.
Full commitment is difficult, but we can live it out because Christ has changed us
It is not based on feelings, not emotions, but
It is not based on need, desire or attraction.
It is not based on "deep intimacy".
It is not limited to those we know well, nor limited just to our household.
The Year for Canceling Debts
15 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.
20 You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.
21 If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.
7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.