LIVING IN COMMUNITY WITH THOSE WHO HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON COVID THAN YOU DO
(6 questions here, no pressure to hit them all, do not skip #6!)
1: We said that "health and harmony" in a local church is to be prized and protected, and that some threats to this REQUIRE judgments and division be made, while others do not. How can we know the difference?
2: In the church at Rome, there were folks with different convictions around how to engage with "FOOD potentially sacrificed to idols" and with "special DAYS to potentially recognize and celebrate." What are some ways that folks could respond to one another? What effect would that have on "health and harmony?"
3: A.P. instructed everyone to "be fully convinced in own mind" about their convictions. Did this counsel surprise you? Why or why not?
4: A.P. instructed everyone to NOT despise or judge one another, but rather to welcome one another despite different convictions on these issues. Where did he ground this counsel and why?
5: A.P. said that BOTH parties were honoring God with their convictions/actions, even though those convictions/actions were in apparent contradiction to one another. How is this possible? What does this suggest would have happened if one side despised/judged/separated from the other?
6: In regard to COVID-19, what has your heart level response been to those who have formed a set of convictions different than what you have formed?
(Please note that in this sermon we "assumed" that convictions around COVID practices were conscience issues not to be divided over, but did not give an apologetic for this, so if that comes up do your best. Also, we did not get into the end of Romans 14 where we are charged personally to bend toward the other even if their conviction seems to us to be not deeply gospel-informed. Do your best if someone brings this up as well!)