This week in chapel, Dr. Max Botner taught from Ephesians 4:1-2 and Ephesians 2: 4-10 to emphasize the importance of being patient and bearing with one another in love. We are unable to bear with one another, if we do not truly know one another. He asks the question, “How are we to fight to maintain the unity of the Holy Spirit if we do not know our brothers and sisters?”

This is especially critical in conversations about multicultural unity and justice within the Body of Christ. Dr. Botner states, “When I bear with my brothers and sisters who are going through different struggles than I am, I find that they have actually been bearing with me the whole time.” Today we are engaged in spiritual warfare, and as the church, we are to overcome the powers and principalities by putting on the armor of God. We triumph over these powers and principalities when we make the decision daily to bear with one another in love. Listen to the whole sermon below.


Dr. Max Botner, is the new assistant professor of New Testament at GRTS, and he recently joined the seminary faculty this fall. Dr. Botner holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher, lecturer and author. In addition, he worked closely to Professor N. T. Wright as a research assistant.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Botner enjoys sharing life with his wife and three children, reading and watching basketball.