Today I was paying very close attention to the sermon…at least half of it. Several times during the message I looked up verses, jotted notes, and scrutinized the pastor’s eyebrows. I did not agree with him. It is good to After a lifetime of Sunday sermons, I am still not sure how to respond to the Pastor as he makes a point I do not agree with. Here are some thoughts I have:
- Take a humility check. You’re not the one standing up front, and you are not accurate 100% of the time.
- Verify your opinion and your memory of Scripture. Check the context. Ask God to help it be an opportunity to learn.
- Decide if the point is worth discussing. Would it help the church and the pastor to bring it up? Maybe it would make a great question for a small-group discussion.
- Pray over it! It may be worth bringing to his or her attention.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about many things, encouraging them to pursue unity, stop corrupt behavior, and work together. In 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, he closes:
“13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.”
And in 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-15:
“12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.”
The letter to the Hebrews closes in chapter 13, focusing on relationships between people: