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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Sunday Service at Junior Partner Ministries

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ICorinthians 1:10

We are not perfect, in Christ we can share his perfection. If we were duplicates of each other, one of us would be unnecessary. God knows we will not always agree on everything. What we can do, what we must do, is not argue over non-essentials. This does not give us an out, so we can say, "Hah, we are right and it is essential that you believe in post nasal drip like we do."

The essentials, as copied here from the Junior Partner Ministries website are:

A) Eternal salvation is a gift not earned through works.

B) Salvation is only through Jesus Christ'’s willing, sacrificial death for you.

C) The great mystery of the Trinity, one God, three persons; Father God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ. Look at Matthew 3: 16, 17 to see the three interacting. Now read the Whole chapter, then the whole book of Matthew to get the quote in context.

D) Jesus was God made flesh among us, Jesus died for us, Jesus rose from the dead in victory, and Jesus Now sits at the right hand of the Father.

As you grow, you will become aware of a huge list of areas where you need God'’s help to change. You will also notice others are in need of change. There are two points to consider here. First, what bothers you most in others may be a problem you need to work on in yourself. Second, what God considers the most important problem in another may not bother you at all. Have patience with your fellow Christians, pray for them as God works his will in them in God'’s order and time; and pray they will have patience with you.

If you must find fault, look at yourself. We all have errors and false doctrines that we have left unchallenged. Pray and ask God to help you root out those errors in yourself that most distress him. We need to get the log jam out of our eyes so we can see if that really is a speck in our brother's eye.

Judge righteous judgment, judge yourself first.

Perhaps as we see the depth of error in our own thoughts we will develop the humility to allow an occasional (forgiven in Christ) transgression in others.

We are not perfect, our fellow believers are not perfect. We can be in agreement and just do as God tells us to do; live in love, not division.

Jesus is Lord!