Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
"Trust but verify." This became a political mantra some years ago. It would be good advice for many in Christianity as well, and it's what Paul does with his own teaching, some 14 years after becoming a Christian. He has been bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles. Many believe on Christ. However, he wants to be sure his teaching is correct.
Rather than simply retreating to a mountaintop and praying, Paul actually goes to Jerusalem to speak with the leaders of the church there. Along with Barnabas and Titus, he visits with James of Jerusalem, Peter, and John, who affirmed that they believed Gentiles could be Christians without converting to Judaism.
Paul expected that his teaching was correct. He was no slouch as a scholar. Yet he wanted to make sure he was not going down the wrong path.
As with Paul, we too do we ll to check our teaching. Waht does the bulk of Christian orthodoxy have to say? We want to verify that we are teaching correctly.
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