For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of Godʼs truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed.
The Romans 15:8 network is a new voluntary grouping of Church leaders who wish to publically identify their support for upholding, teaching and exploring the Biblical understanding of Israel within God’s redemptive purposes. The network would see this Biblical understanding in terms of five broad core convictions:
Church leaders, theologians, ordinands and anyone with a preaching, teaching or pastoral ministry within the Church.
The network seeks to be a welcoming network in which each member will be encouraged and equipped in order to grow in their understanding of Israel within God’s purposes.
This will be done by providing good online resources, a forum for discussion, peer review of teaching material, and occasional public conferences and meetings. Wherever possible the Romans 15:8 network will seek to cooperate with other ministries which have similar values and aims.
The Church today faces many important issues and often there is confusion and division over core teaching and ministry practice. One such issue is the Biblical understanding of Israel. The understanding one promotes has implications for almost every area of theology and mission practice, but especially for Biblical interpretation, Jewish-Christian relations, Ecclesiology and Eschatology.
It is vital as leaders in these testing times and as we face such important issues that we seek always to know and share “…the whole will of God.” (Acts 20:27) and to “…contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude v3). It is hoped that the Romans 15:8 network may make a contribution to aid such an important calling.