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John and Eric meet together regularly to pray for each other, their friends, and their school. John and Eric go to two very different churches. John attends a very large, modern church with a huge youth group, lots of people under fifty, a worship band comprised of professionals, and a young, hip pastor. Eric’s church is much smaller, has a youth group of ten, a mix of all ages, and an older pastor. The worship team is all volunteers.
[LINK] Is it possible for Christians to disagree? What do you do when you and another follower of Christ don’t see eye to eye?
[THINK] Certain beliefs we hold are central and can’t be changed. Some of these central beliefs include believing that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for our sins, and that He was resurrected from the dead. Christians should be in complete unity and agreement about these core beliefs.
[LIVE] Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome: Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (Romans 14:19). When you and your friends disagree on an issue, how you handle it can either build them up or cut them down.
Writing off your friends’ ideas or insisting, “It’s my way or the highway” are quick ways to end friendships. Instead, ask your friends how they came to their belief on an issue. Don’t be afraid to discuss your differences, but be careful to be respectful of each other’s opinions during the conversation.
[NXT LVL] Paul wrote about dealing with differences between Christians in Romans 14.
Reprinted with permission from YouthWalk magazine, © 2005 Walk Thru the Bible, Inc. To learn more about YouthWalk, visit www.youthwalk.org
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