Coming this Spring …
Bridging the Gap: Pilgrims Together
Spring Semester: Feb. 3 – May 5
Wed. evenings 6:30-7:30 pm
online via Zoom
“For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe . . . . I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” – I Cor. 3: 3-7
What is the apostle Paul saying? Converts were arguing over which was the better pastor? You mean there was disagreement within the very first Christian churches? How could this be? Weren’t they all followers of the one true God?
We have only to look at the 200 distinct denominations in this country today to know that people differ in how they read the Bible, worship, and practice their faith. In Knoxville, one can spot a Christian church on almost every block –Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Pentecostal. Why not all worship together? Why are churches territorial? Why do some denominations stand on one side of every controversy and some on another? (And why are there disagreements about faith within my own extended family?)
These are the questions BridgeBuilders will address this spring. Beginning February 3rd and continuing through May 5th, we will bridge the gap as Pilgrims Together – continuing the weekly Zoom gatherings, hosting guest moderators, reading relevant material, and discussing what we learn.
The customized curriculum will challenge us to think more deeply about what it is we believe, understand how beliefs vary even within and across denominations, and employ empathic listening and compassionate dialogue to love those who see things differently.
Past participation in BridgeBuilders is not required to enroll for the spring. ALL ARE WELCOME!
For those who belong to Erin, it is an opportunity to become bridge-builders, and to extend God’s love beyond the walls of our church. Please join us in praying for this venture, that God’s wisdom will guide our planning and infuse our gatherings!
Kellan Sarles and Pastor John Stuart, Curriculum Planners
Series sponsored by your Ministry Integration Team