Week #1: The big Jesus. Differences in perspectives, but the same person.
Today: How can we be this Church that handles the differences?
What is said at Mars Hill by the leaders and preachers, can there be differences, with out controversies?
1 Corinthians 3
Paul for whatever reasons, the Church is identified with the leader and not Jesus.
Tendency to base trust on what can be seen, not on what is invisible.
Rob and Shane is not the master they are servant interpretor of Jesus. They are people wrestling with God themselves.
They don't take yourselves to serious. They are only there to plant, not there to make grow.
With a big Church. You are open to all kids of disagreement. Allowing space for that to happen, is ok.
Mutually friend named Zac. Brought Shane and Rob together. Instant connection, for this teacher thing.
When you talk your throw yourself into it, but you also let go of it. A paradox. Control of what you say, but lack of control of how other engage to it. Once person plants, the other person water, but God makes it Grow. Only one master!
Lot's of time in the bible. Jesus asked What do you think. Many other passage the as the questions. How do you read it?
Jesus may be comfortable with people seeing things different?
Is it ok? Differences.
The body of Christ. From the trivial to profound differences. We must be centered at the table.
We are wearing lenses and hearing things at different angles. CRC and RCA.
How you agree everything that is said from the stage, there? Wait that is why we are hear, to ask questions. To talk about it. We are just interpretors of the masters. Plenty of room for that.
Figuring out what it means to be true to Jesus in the World we live in?
Firm Center......it frees you to be able to handle all sorts of diversity.
But what about true disagreements. Right and Wrong stuff?
1) Fortify and confront. Seek and destroy.
2) Cut ties, leave. Because I don't want to be associated with.
Sometimes the disagreement is not what it appears to be.
The bud before the blossom. Extract it so soon, you will miss the beauty of what God is planning.
The challenge is to determine what is a weed and what is a wild flower.