Mountain View Church of the Brethren
Continuing the work of Jesus: Simply, Peacefully, Together.
August 29, 2018
Hello! I’m glad to see the website for your congregation. I enjoy visiting other Church of the Brethren congregations via the internet – it’s fun and inspiring to see what we’re all up to! Best wishes and thanks for your ministry, both in your local community and here on the internet.
Dear Pastor and Elders,
Our pastor, Julio Garcia (Calvario Latino, Meridian) asked if we could help find a location for the church group to meet on a weekly basis on Sunday at 2:30pm and Thursday at 6:30 pm. We are flexible on the time and dates but need to find a location by June 1st to continue to meet as a group. He is looking for a church to host approximately 150 people and they are willing to contribute to building expenses and cleaning. Please let us know if you and you church elders would consider hosting.
Fernando & Leticia Plata
Romans 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! May it never be, on the contrary, we uphold the law.
What does the text say?
It says, ‘Do we overthrow the Law? By no means! We uphold the Law.’
For clarity, let’s look at some of the words that Paul uses in Romans 3:31.
The word “overthrow” is Strong’s G2673, καταργοῦμεν/katargoumen in the Greek. This is the word that Paul wrote to tell the whole world what the Law is not. Katargoumen is defined by Thayer’s Greek Lexicon as: to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish; This is what Paul says the Law of God given through Moses is not.
Very clearly, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul states the Law is not overthrown or abolished or annulled or terminated by our faith.
What then becomes of the Law?
Paul concisely states, “we uphold the Law”!
The word “uphold” in the Greek is Strong’s G2476, ἱστάνομεν/histanomen, and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states this to mean: to stand by, to stand firm, to establish, to keep in place, to uphold, to continue safe and sound. This is the word that the apostle Paul used to tell the whole world what we are to do with the Law of God given through Moses.
This word “uphold”, histanomen in the Greek, is a Present Tense Verb which is Active Indicative and 1st Person Plural; that is:
1. the tense is present describing action taking place now;
2. the voice is active meaning that the verb’s subject (“we”) is doing the acting and not being acted upon;
3. and the mood is indicative which demonstrates true reality;
4. and the viewpoint of the narrator/speaker refers to or talks about himself together with others.
“Uphold”; this is the word that Paul used to tell us what “we” are supposed to do with the Law, “in the here and now”. He says we are to – stand by it, uphold it, keep it in place, establish it, stand firm in it! According to the Apostle Paul, we are to observe and keep the Law; not to be justified or to earn salvation, but to walk rightly and set-apart before our Creator and King.
May God bless your time in His Word,
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, >>”And Teaches Men So”<<, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven | Matthew 5:19
I really enjoyed your sermon today pastor don it would of been a nice one for my husband Joe James to of heard I have been doing my readings every night
Love the church and fellowship on line gives me a chance to connect and be part of something greater than my self. Love pastor don and cathy and bill. Do well today with Gods help. Thank you some much.
I love eveyone at church and now can see them on Facebook. My goal is to get well enough to attend church. I will make it
Thankyou for evey thing the spirit and the word. Love you all this Sunday. Gary
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