Agree to Disagree

 

This saying is faithful, and concerning these things I desire that you affirm confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men; but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:8 WEB

 


Years ago, I thought that everyone needed to believe the same thing that I did, and I could make a convincing argument as to why. In Bible College, we often had vigorous discussions about some petty point of doctrine. Yet not once that I remember, did I actually convince anyone of anything except to avoid me when they saw me coming.

Jesus told us to Love God, and to love each other. Yet by large we search out reasons to disagree. It is great to witness, but when you reach a point of disagreement, and it is clear that neither party is going to change their mind, move on to the next topic. It is perfectly fine to disagree. We are all wrong about something, and no one needs our approval to go to heaven. So be nice, and be loving in your conversation.

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One Big Family

 

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. (Galatians 3:26-29)

Relate: Sometimes it seems like the disparate pieces don’t quite fit together. My church here in Southeast Turkey is in many ways three different churches that all meet under one roof. There is an English speaking, a Turkish speaking, and an Arabic speaking service every Sunday. Even in the English service there are between 12 to 20 different nationalities and cultures represented any given Sunday. Many of these are African and sometimes the worship can get a bit… rowdy. Others in the congregation are from Central or Eastern European countries and are coming from a very high church background where you would never imagine such exuberance in the sanctuary.

For many English is actually a second or third language and so it is difficult to structure and shape a message that can be both challenging and clearly understood. I have to admit, sometimes things don’t always fit together. Egos get in the way. Sensibilities are upset. Cultures clash. But these are moments to grow and stretch. We are a family and I don’t know about you but growing up in my home sometimes siblings…  well, they taught their parents the necessity of patience. Honestly, I would be very worried if someone said there was always perfect agreement and serenity in their home. Either someone is very dishonest or something very weird is going on in that house. I’d put my money on an alien mind control device. Is there any way I could buy it off you or at least borrow it for a couple of my classes?

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Making burdens light without making light of burdens

~ Ruth Baker

“A problem shared is a problem halved”—but sometimes a problem shared is a problem now two people have.

Paul tells us to carry each other’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal 6:2). We stumble, we fall, we crumble, we hide; our transgressions beat us down. As the community of believers, as God’s family, we lift each other up again. In Christ, we are joined together and rise to become a holy temple in the Lord (Eph 2:21). It’s a lovely image—but is it realistic? Jesus’ burden is light, but sometimes we feel like the burdens of our brothers and sisters are heavy.

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Why Church Community Matters

https://jonathanhayashi.com/2017/07/10/why-church-community-matters/

Community in the Presence of God

https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/community-in-the-presence-of-god/

5 Ways to Minister to Other Christians This Sunday

5 Ways to Minister to Other Christians This Sunday

Every Christian is a minister. According to the book of Romans, every Christian is called upon by God to minister the Word of God to other believers (see Romans 15:14 and the words “able to instruct one another”). But what does that actually look like? How can normal people like you and me fulfill this responsibility? Truthfully, there are as many ways as there are Christians and congregations. Still, let me offer a few common ways you can minister God’s truth to others, even this week as you gather with your church.

First, minister truth in resolving conflict. Because we are sinful people, we will at times behave sinfully toward one another. There will always be some measure of interpersonal conflict within a church, and in Matthew 18 Jesus clearly addresses how such disputes are to be handled. It is interesting and important to note that the elders are not mentioned until the very end of the process. Conflict resolution begins with an individual approaching another individual and showing from the Bible how that person has sinned. If he does not repent, then two church members approach that individual and demonstrate from the Bible how that person has sinned. First alone and then together, they minister truth and trust that this ministry of the Word will confront the person and cause him to repent.

31 Powerful Bible Verses About Love

by Isabella Cox

We can learn so much about the character and nature of God by examining the Bible verses about love. After all, God is love (1 John 4:8). We are called to love one another by a loving God, who redeemed us through His love! Amazing, right?

Unfortunately, love is also a very misunderstood topic in the Bible. The world’s idea of love is not always the same as godly love.

If you’d like to dig deeper into this very important topic, here are some of the most important verses you need to know. Let’s begin!

Luke 6:35
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

There is more at: https://hellochristian.com/8606-31-powerful-bible-verses-about-love?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017Aug08