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Everybody lives with a certain set of beliefs, but not everybody believes the same things. The has the potential to create many challenges because someone may think that what they believe is right and because it’s right the world would be a better place if everybody else believed what they do!
At SRC, we do our best to major on the majors and minor on the minors. We do this by separating biblical doctrines into four different categories (or “Jars”): Jar 1: What is essential for salvation. Jar 2: Core Teachings of the Scriptures. Jar 3: Denominational views. Jar 4: Individual views.
As an example, core teachings of the scriptures include the importance of baptism and communion (Jar 2). Every denomination will agree these are core teachings of the Scriptures. But each denomination may have a different perspective on how and when these practices take place (Jar 3). As followers of Jesus, we recognize that judging or criticizing those who may see things a little differently is outside of God’s desires. We believe followers of Jesus can remain united in love by prioritizing the Gospel principles which are in Jars 1 & 2.
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 4:3, MATTHEW 7:1-5 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: What do you find yourself talking with others about most? Is it Jar 3 or 4 topics (or topics that don’t fall into any category, such as politics)? What core teachings of the Scriptures can you make a more regular part of your vocabulary (e.g., love for others)?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Judging or criticizing others who are not in sin goes against God’s desires. Pay close attention to how often you have a judgmental or critical thought toward somebody else today. Ask God to remove those thoughts, and then consider something you appreciate about this person.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as Richard Foster wrote, I pray that I recognize that it is You who provides deep transformation in others, not me. May this truth transform how I see others and communicate with them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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