Though we come as equals to the table, our diversity will at times produce disagreement which if unresolved can cause division. Conflict among family is a very painful experience but forgiveness and reconciliation so beautiful and freeing.
Why are there divisions and conflicts in the church community? What are some of the big divisions and conflicts in the early church? How did they resolve these, or did they? What are some of the things that cause division and conflict in the church today? How might we best resolve conflict and remain around the table?
Jesus is the one who brings us to the table, therefore we are all equals. And yet we are all different - equality doesn't mean identical. Some of our diversity is beautiful and some of it is not. Discerning this is vital in creating a new culture that embraces the beauty of each other's uniqueness and culture, while transforming the brokenness we also each share.
What would diversity in unity look like at CBC? In how we meal together, how we show compassion, how we make decisions, how we celebrate, how we pray, how we worship.
John invites us to join Jesus in the upper room and experience the full extent of his love. Imagine for a moment Jesus, shirt off, towel on, kneelling before you, washing your feet ... cos that's just what he wants to do for you ... and for you to do for others. John 13.
This Sunday we looked at how Jesus fully embraced the idea of hospitality and we heard Hannah Print and Elisabeth Taylor share their stories of how they have discovered and embraced the gift of hospitality in their own lives and families.
In our new series LoveONEAnother we have been looking at the idea of community particularly through the prayer that Jesus prayed for the Church's unity in John 17. This IN LIFE Sunday we continue our community-focused journey as we hear from Anna and Mark about their real life experiences and passion for God's community.
How is God connected to himself? And us to each other? And together we all connect in this thing we call community? John 17 remindes us how central community is to God's plan and Jesus' prayer. This week we take another look at God's ultimate plan of creating community by taking a few steps to the side to look at it from another angle.