1 Corinthians 16:1-4 “Creating Communion”


Many of the Jewish believers in Jerusalem rejected the inclusion of gentile believers who were uncircumcised and didn’t observe Jewish Law and traditions. Paul leads the gentile churches in a response of love, taking up a gentile collection for the poor in the Jerusalem Church. This demonstration of love revealed the gentile Christian’s acceptance of Jewish believers and sincere desire to be in unity with them. Yet, it also maintained the conviction that gentiles were indeed God’s children without having to become Jewish. As followers of Christ, we too can practice tangibly loving those who reject us and seek genuine unity without compromising our convictions.