Jon and Yolande shared their personal experiences with handling disagreement; something none of us have ever had to deal with. Lucky for them, an issue that had been sizzling for months finally came to a boil this past week. They explained how they worked through their disagreement and how they came to a solution that was better than one they could have produced on their own.
Core to the issue is staying rooted in love (Ephesians 3:14-20). We should be able to love those we agree with as well as those we disagree with. Often times the need to be right gets in the way of properly expressing that love. In fact, the need to be right can lead us to leave love at the door because we are “right” and we need to fight to prove that. Most of us are prone to one of three things in disagreements. Fight, Flight, or Freezing. None of which help us move towards love. Jon shared a story of a people in search of a new town to live in. As they come to the gates of a new place they discover that “wherever you go you bring yourself with you”. In other words, we often think that leaving (flight) will fix the problem, while in reality we are the problem. This is why it is wise to work through things as they happen so you don’t bring your baggage with you (Hebrews 12:15). At the end of the day, as Jesus prayed in John 17, our goal should be to get closer and more unified then further and more segregated.
Chris explained the purpose behind naming the youth group ministry “Borderland”. He describes “Borderland” as a place, or space, between places. In nature, this is best described as an ecotone, where it represents a transition area between two communities. This is especially indicative of the teenage years, where middle and high school students transition from childhood to adulthood in a short few years. Chris also mentioned that God’s Kingdom is all about love. Living in God’s Kingdom means living in the will and the way of God. Mark 12:30-31 states: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Chris described the fact that a diagram of a triangle between God, us, and others is short-sighted because it neglects the truth that we need to love ourselves if we are to successfully love others.
"Biblical Creation - Removing the Confusion"
Society often considers science and faith to be at odds with one another. However, this need not be the case. Chris Rupe makes a case for both science and faith, providing specific examples in which science supports of the Bible. Chris also highlights conflicting ideologies society has adopted despite a “lack of scientifically rigorous support.” Drawing from biology, paleoanthropology and genetics, we see both new scientific evidence and reinterpretations of old scientific evidence point to the validity of the Bible, revealing God’s handprint across history. For detailed information regarding the material Chris presented this Sunday, visit back2genesis.org or the Northgate Facebook group.
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