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← Do You Love Christians Who You Disagree With? - Jesse Barrington

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Showing Revision 1 created 04/22/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. How you respond to that person

  2. who disagrees with
    your doctrinal position;
  3. how you respond to that person
  4. who comes to a different conclusion
  5. on how you should educate your children
  6. or what premarital relationships
    should look like;
  7. how you respond to that person
  8. is the evidence and depth of your love
  9. in the local church.
  10. You see, if we just keep
    surrounding ourselves
  11. within the church
  12. with little subcultures -
  13. well, we're the homeschooling group.
  14. We're the courtship group.
  15. We're the amillenial group.
  16. We're this group. We're that group.
  17. And anyone who doesn't
    agree with you in those areas,
  18. although you do have
    union with them in Christ,
  19. that's not good enough
    for fellowship anymore.
  20. I won't let my kids be around anyone
  21. who doesn't homeschool.
  22. What are you teaching your children?
  23. That homeschool is more important
  24. than union in Jesus Christ.
  25. I think some of us are
    going to wake up one day
  26. and realize we put all
    of our hope and faith
  27. in educating our children at home.
  28. Homeschooling doesn't save anybody.
  29. It's Jesus Christ that saves.
  30. And I homeschool my kids.
  31. Listen, I'm not implying
  32. that the love you have
  33. with the group of people
    you've surrounded yourself with,
  34. that hold to those same convictions -
  35. I'm not saying it's not love.
  36. It is love. I think it's love.
  37. What I want us to look at is this:
  38. But what's the depth of my love?
  39. And Paul seems to think
  40. the depth of your love is revealed
  41. not with those you've gathered
  42. around yourself who affirm you all day,
  43. but the one who doesn't
    see it the same way
  44. and how you treat that brother or sister
  45. is the reality of the depth of your love
  46. for the local church.
  47. Let's look at it in v. 4.
  48. Paul says, "Love is patient."
  49. "Love suffers long."
  50. Assumed in this first characteristic
  51. of love is offense.
  52. He assumes that there's provocation here
  53. between two people.
  54. He assumes there's differences
  55. and disagreements here.
  56. Why do we say that?
  57. Because know this,
  58. you don't have to suffer long with people
  59. who agree with you in
    every point of doctrine
  60. and live out the same way you do.
  61. You don't suffer with those people.
  62. You just sit around and affirm each other.
  63. Look how spiritual we are!
  64. Look how unspiritual they are.
  65. I don't suffer long
  66. if you just build me up all day
  67. and agree with me in every area.
  68. That's not suffering.
  69. But Paul says genuine love suffers long.
  70. Genuine love is revealed
  71. in the face of adversity;
  72. in the face of disagreement.
  73. So how long are we suffering
  74. with those who disagree with us
  75. or have offended us
  76. because they haven't come
    to the same conclusions?
  77. Well, that's the reality
    of the depth of your love.