Mary gave the talk this week on Titus 3. She spoke of following the spirit of the law instead of the exact letter of it.
We discussed that we should not be judgmental of how other people worship Jesus or how they live as long as they are living as the Biblical example of Jesus shows us to live. If we have something that we are questioning about how someone else worships, we should simply go to the Bible for the answer. I found this to be excellent advice.
God wants us to present our uniqueness to God as worship. Not only is singing worship, but so is work, and even play.
Instead of excluding people for some religious rules of what church has to be, we are trying to pave the way for people to worship Jesus through their distinct strengths and talents. Everyone needs to learn to honor God in all their lives: those who love Harry Potter, or blackjack, or ice skating. We are even working to gather church church communities around interests like Disc Golf or Legos. We need to learn how to worship God through every part of our lives.
We spoke as a group about ways Christians have been judgmental of how other people practice Christianity – or things they do that some don't like – such as females teaching or people playing card games or dancing.
Mary brought copies of the Monopoly rules for each person. It turns out, many of us improvise in the way we play Monopoly, however we keep the spirit of the game intact. She connected that to how families adopt different patterns of spiritual and family life that honor Christ, even though they don't have the exact same elements. It is up to each of us to interpret God's Word and worship Him in the way we do life together.
The Week's Challenge
This week we are going to work on being aware of how we might be judging other people and try to keep the spirit of the law and be welcoming of others we encounter.