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October 04, 2007

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Nichole

Scottie,

I have long thought that denominations were more about pleasing people than they were about the people who lead them necessarily. Obviously to lead a certain denomination you should share the core values, but at the heart of Christianity the core beliefs and dare I say the ultimate goals are (hopefully) the same. If one style worked for everyone that's what we'd have...but I like to sing contemporary songs and worship God in that way while my neighbors prefer to sing hymns with an organ. The important thing is we're working for a common goal and how awesome is it to see that lived out in all kinds of different ways?!?

heather

I must say that is encouraging... and that is how revival breaks out. The church for far too long has been divided along lines of doctrinal issues (really of which are of no issue usually)
It is God's heart to see His people as 1. I love the song by Jason Upton -Glory come down check it out http://www.jasonupton.net/com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=252&Itemid=443

Scott

Nichole,
You're right. I've heard some people say that we should "Major in the majors, and minor on the minors" meaning we should focus on the major foundations of our faith as Christians and provide freedom in the areas that are not essential or not clearly defined in the Bible.

Heather,
Thanks for pointing me to this Jason Upton song. I haven't listened to it before... but I love Jason Upton!

Scott

Heather,
Also check out Fusion Ministries (http://www.fusionministry.com/home.php). Their whole purpose is to work with villages and cities around the world where groups of churches are hungry for God to move in their citiy and the leadership comes together humble themselves, repent and to seek God. It often results in transformation and revival. I am building a relationship with Steve Freeman from the ministry as he lives here in Indy.

bjc

Scott,
It gives me no small comfort to know that you are connected to Godly leaders locally. I have seen the alternative and understand a little better now than 20 years ago the power of the passage you link to above (John 17:20-22). As the passage continues in v. 23 "...May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me". Wow, what a mission, what a reward.

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