Lesson 3: December 17, 2017
Faith to Persevere: Acts 14:8-11, 19-23
Teaching Strategy: Have participants talk about how they face doctrinal and practical conflicts that arise when Christians of different faith traditions seek to minister together, such as the prosperity gospel, same sex marriage, gays and lesbians in the pulpit, etc. How do these controversies affect their Christian life and ministry?
Increased – even extreme – polarization in the U.S. has affected not only partisan politics, but also the unity and ministry of Christian churches and denominations. For some believers loyalty to a particular party has become more important than living that is faithful to Christ and consistent with his teaching. Ultimate allegiance to God has been replaced by ultimate and unquestioning allegiance to America as they envision it. With regard to particular issues, such as acceptance of LGBTQ persons and marriage equality, or attitudes about the Middle East, the differences among Christian perspectives are profound and seemingly insurmountable. In these difficult times all Christians are challenged to live in accordance with their understanding of God’s will and at the same time seek the unity that is promised in Christ. We can do so only with God’s help.
- Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican; Evangelical Conservatives are Proving their Harshest Critics Right
- What Churches Must Do Right Now to Stop Being Part of the Sexual Harassment Problem; In Alabama, Evangelicals Weigh Good, Evil and Roy Moore
- NCC Opposes U.S. Decision to Declare Jerusalem as Capital of Israel; Why Evangelicals are ‘Ecstatic’ about Trump’s Jerusalem Move
- Current Tax Bills Cannot Be Biblically Defended; What Christian Leaders Are Saying About The Tax Bill
Winter 2017 Theme: Faith in Action
Unifying Principle: Sometimes the good things we do are blocked by an unexpected obstruction, but we pick up and go on anyway. What gives us the strength to keep going? Even though he was stoned and persecuted, Paul’s faith in his message impelled him to continue to proclaim the good news of God.
Posted on: December 11, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing