Uncategorized

They’ll know we are Christians by our love

Posted on behalf of Cally Tuckey

Date of sermon: 2 August 2015.  This was the introductory framework to initiate discussion

Where: St Francis


I have been doing studies related to theological education. I looked at what it is that contributes most to making people, who are studying theology and training for the ministry true disciples of Christ. My conclusions were interesting but in many ways obvious. What makes the greatest difference are the things that involve relationships. In many ways this is obvious as we all, deep down know the importance of relationships and value them, yet in theological education institutions and in churches we put other things first above relationships.

Much of our education is about knowledge, learning facts. This is important. We need to know what is right and good. Paul urges us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). We need to know, but that knowing needs to be accompanied by relating and it is as we relate this knowing to ourselves, others and our daily lives that it transforms us and the way we live. Similarly in church, we persist with sermons, that do not require people to interact with what is being said, to discuss it, question it and really take it seriously.

Jesus said that his disciples will be recognized by their love, rather than their great knowledge or their beautiful worship services. Hence building relationships is what we need to affirm and try to do. There maybe times when we compromise on certain issues for the sake of relationship, because we love others. This could be embracing the noise of children during the service rather than complaining. Accepting and trying to accommodate the type of worship or kind of music that we have at church. If getting what we want, breaks down love, we are not acting as true disciples of Christ.

Discussion

One thought on “They’ll know we are Christians by our love

  1. This reminded me of a well known song we used to sing. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoENAD7OCiI .

    And here’s a summary of the words:

    We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
    And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
    And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
    They will know we are Christians by our love

    We will work with each other, we will work side by side
    And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride
    And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
    They will know we are Christians by our love

    We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
    And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land
    And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
    They will know we are Christians by our love

    Like

    Posted by Mike | 5 August 2015, 10:59 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 88 other followers

%d bloggers like this: