Dear Chapel Family,
This past Sunday, we gathered together for our final Nature of the Chapel forum to continue exploring the Apostle Paul’s command in Romans 14:1 “not to quarrel over opinions,” (ESV) which has also been translated “disputable matters” (NIV). As a reminder, our first session focused on our core Statement of Faith and Membership Covenant, as well as how to study the Bible to distinguish between core issues and disputable matters. Our second session looked to church history to find examples of believers who did this well. We learned about Jeremiah Burroughs and his conviction that “difference of belief and unity of believers is not incompatible.” We learned how to have more productive discussions when it comes to disputable matters by looking at several “Postures for Biblical Polemics,” and we practiced exhibiting these postures by discussing our first case study on the use of charismatic gifts in the church. In this final installment of our series, we turned to a second case study where we examined four views on the roles of men and women within the various offices of the church. Through it all, we continued discussing and modeling how we can honor and esteem brothers and sisters in Christ who may hold different views on topics that fall outside of our core Statement of Faith.
The video from this past Sunday's forum is available below:
As we have done each week, the videos and additional content from each session are available by clicking the button below:
Please click HERE in order to view the slides from my presentation on Sunday. You can also click HERE for a copy of the Table Discussion Questions. While the panel was able to answer several important questions, we could not hope to tackle all the questions submitted in such a short amount of time. However, in order to make sure that every question received an answer, the Associate Pastors and I met once again for a time of Q&A in my office. To view that video, please click the image below:
As we finish our time around tables for our Nature of the Chapel forums, I am reminded of Jesus’ words to his disciples in the upper room, right after he had washed each of their feet. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) Jesus’ disciples came from diverse backgrounds and yet He called them to love each other sacrificially even in the midst of their differences, teaching them that their expression of love and unity would be a witness to the watching world. May our union in Christ and our love for one another in the midst of our diversity of thought and practice be a similar witness to a world in desperate need of the One True Triune God.
See you Sunday,