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In the fourth teaching block in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addresses the church and the formation of a new family. Within that family, we must focus the quality of our relationships. The spiritual practices we must cultivate are lowly humility, gracious relationships, longsuffering reconciliation, and radical forgiveness.
The quality of our relationships with others demonstrates the quality of our relationship with God. Let us strive to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus when we consider others.
In Galatians, Paul contrast justification by faith with attempts to be justified by the law. The mark of faith is the Spirit, which was received by faith. Therefore, we ought to live by the Spirit.
Jesus told his apostles they would be his witnesses in Jersualem, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. These geographic locations represent the movement of the gospel among different groups of people--among those who already have faith (Jerusalem), those who have an awareness of God but need to go further (Samaria), and those who do not know God at all (Gentiles).
By looking at how the early church shared the gospel, and by examining how Jesus preached the good news, we can learn how we can share the gospel today with those who need this message.
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