I like being right.
[new_line] Actually, I love being right – especially about college football. And when I am right about college football, I don’t hesitate to let you know that I am right. And when on those rare occasions I am wrong about college football, I make fun of the people who happen to be right in the moment. Hence, I publicly remind Keith Hilyer when the Gators are doing poorly, make a joke of it when Toby Forrer’s Buckeyes get beat, make excuses for my Dawgs when they lose – and don’t get me started on Tom Denton’s UCF Knights.
[new_line] But let’s be real – we all like to be “right.” And that strong desire in us can lead to conflict that goes way beyond the fun-filled banter of college football. In fact, it can lead to divisiveness and disunity, in our personal relationships and in the church.
[new_line] The reality that we all like to be “right” might make it challenging to read the scripture verses for this week. Pastor Dale will be sharing a message about “I Will Be a Unifying Church Member” and everything you are going to read is going to be about love and humility and making every effort to maintain unity among believers.
[new_line] In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following”
- I Corinthians 13 – while we often hear this chapter read at weddings, but in context it really is about what is needed to keep the body from ripping itself apart.
- Ephesians 4:1-6 – unity does not happen without work.
- Philippians 4:2 – “Ladies, please try to get along” (how would you like to have your name put in a letter being circulated to all the churches that points out how contentious you are?)
- Colossians 3:12-14 – by the time you get done with these verses you will see that God doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on church members “being right.”
[new_line] Pastor Jim
[new_line] P.S. Our next Leadership Meet and Greet Plus Discovering Avalon Class is Saturday, February 8 at 9:30am. The Meet and Greet is an excellent opportunity to interact with all the leadership at Avalon Church; and the Discovering Avalon Class is part of the process of becoming formally associated with the local gathering called Avalon Church.