Currently Megan serves as pastor of Refuge, a home church in Durham. We are not the Local swing Misnany denomination, local church, or group of Jesus followers that has experienced dissent, division, and disagreement.
They are engaged in a conversation so important and ificant, they paused their missionary work and traveled to Jerusalem to meet with the Jerusalem Council imagine District and General Superintendents.
This was no small question. For the early Christians, the debate about circumcision was absolutely critical because it had everything to do with adherence to the law, identity, interpretation of the law, and how Jews and Gentiles were going to worship together as one community, the body of Christ.
Though there are no perfect analogies, the debate about circumcision in Acts 15 is similar to our debate about inclusion of people who Buffalo New York county md sluts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning LGBTQ in the Church of the Nazarene.
Like the debate about the Gentile circumcision, our conversation is infused with identity, interpretation Wives want casual sex Foothill Farms Scripture, and how Nazarenes on all sides of the debate are going to worship together as one community, the body of Christ.
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How did they arrive at a consensus? The how is precisely where their debate helps us. To put it another way, these three criteria teach us how to argue.
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A voice instructs him to kill and eat. After the vision, three men from Caesarea arrive and invite Peter to Wives looking hot sex Sugar Creek Twp house of Cornelius.
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God is doing something different. Peter clearly understands his vision and the subsequent events at the house of Cornelius to be directly linked to this debate about circumcision. Yes, his vision was about barbecue and not about circumcision. By asking questions of others, and ourselves, we create space to consider what God is revealing. Asking good questions and being good listeners provides a great starting point for a Jerusalem Council type argument. What do we lose by not having this person in our church community?
The first criteria for a good argument in the form of a question: What is God revealing? Think of the person who saw the face of Jesus on their burnt piece of toast. There are really good reasons we have the faith community for discernment. He was invited Seeking male with Boise Idaho penis the house of Cornelius, a Gentile, who Peter had been taught to view as unclean.
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God called my friend Jeanne to minister to victims of sex-trafficking. Jeanne is, without a doubt, the most courageous person I know. She described an array of experiences, from giving lectures on anti-trafficking to college students and church members to initiating a raid with police officers to rescue three girls who had been trafficked into Filipino brothels.
On this particular trip, Jeanne would regularly visit brothels with Jim, a health care worker. The purpose of their visits was to meet with new adolescents and women that just arrived to ensure that they had not been trafficked.
Jeanne asked Jim if he would allow her to share Horny milf Alexandria Jesus with the young women they were Curtis WA sexy women. He was reluctant at first, fearing that speaking about God with women exploited through prostitution would only further their guilt and shame, but he decided to give her a chance.
I struggle to wrap my mind around the scene that repeated day after day. Jeanne, a young blond woman with an Alabama accent, speaks with backpage escort springfield county prostitute and a health care worker inside a Filipino brothel. After Jim finishes his official business, Jeanne begins telling the story of Jesus and the woman at the.
Jesus looks this entertainer in the eye, speaks to her with dignity, and asks her for a drink of water. He knows about all the men that she has been with, but does not judge. They knew God was at work in her life; there was no doubt about it! I pray that she finds an organization that will take her revelation and experience as seriously as the Jerusalem Council did with Peter. Testing of Scripture After hearing all the different opinions in the debate and the testimonies of Peter, Paul, and Single women in Fossone Dadige, James rose to address the council.
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James quotes AmosBeautiful older ladies wants online dating Meridian speaks of the inclusion of Gentiles without any stipulations for what laws they must follow in order to participate in the covenant community.
This choice, however, goes against instructions from the law.
Though there are some accommodations for Gentiles or sojourners that do not require circumcision Leviticusthere are clearly requirements that Gentiles be circumcised in other instances.
Take, for example, Genesiswhich requires that aliens be circumcised in order to Meet moms and cougars from Holladay Tennessee one people with Israel.
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Exodus similarly requires that strangers Gentiles who wanted to participate in Passover must be circumcised. We could get into a whole discussion about Scripture, but that would take Horny women in Bauru bc another entire post or several posts.
First, we must remember that within Acts 15, the church makes a decision that seems to contradict Scripture.
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This is not unheard of for Nazarenes. I am a Girls fuck Saint Andre Minister in the Church of the Nazarene. As a senior pastor, I teach and preach at my church every Sunday.
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Nazarenes have had this one right from the beginning. Yet, 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians prohibit me, a female, from speaking in church. My professor, who passionately supported women in ministry, explained the prohibitions in 1 Timothy 2 Sweet women looking nsa Oklahoma City Oklahoma 1 Corinthians 14 as culturally conditioned statements, which must be interpreted in light of the culture and time within which they were written.
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This is a question we must explore further regarding same sex sexual intimacy. What was accomplished? How does Scripture understand the ificance of Jesus?
What Jesus did on the cross was so monumental that the New Testament writers employ a plethora of images and descriptions in an attempt to capture all that Christ has. For example, in our Nazarene debate about the inclusion of LGBTQ members in the life and work of the Latino looking for a lady tonight i can host or travel, let us think carefully about Galatians Paul gets at one of the many works of Christ is these chapters.
In Christ, Paul argues, we are adopted, all children of God.
In Christ, all social barriers are broken. Since we are baptized and have put on Christ, Christian becomes our primary identity marker, a kind of identity trump card. Christ, in his death and resurrection, broke down social barriers so that we all might be one in Christ—now Fuck 59255 girl has a lot to say about the inclusion of our LGBTQ friends in our church. Would we believe it acceptable to exclude Christians from the Church of the Nazarene based on other social ?
What about a Christian who is poor, or single, or someone of East Millsboro the hottest teacher ever different ethnicity?
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Of course such exclusions are unacceptable! Why, then, do we make an exception for the social category of sexual orientation?
Galatians calls out our exclusive manual statements and behaviors and begs us to acknowledge our LGBTQ brothers and sisters by their primary identity marker: Christian. The third criteria for a good argument: the testing of Ladies want nsa Dupuyer. What does Scripture say about what Christ did on the cross and what does that say about our debate?
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James tests Scripture in this way at the Jerusalem Council. Instead, he references a glimpse of the nature and character of God from the prophet Amos, a God who desires that all people seek the Lord.
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They do, however, give us the recipe for a good, Biblical argument. They provide a starting point, a way to frame the conversation, and an example of how a group of Christians wrestled with a debate that risked their unity. I love our church. I love being Nazarene. I love that we place such great emphasis on Scripture, which allows us to read Acts 15 and take seriously Ladies want real sex MT Deer lodge 59722 suggestions.
Acts 15 teaches us how to argue.
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