Unity and Diversity
This past Sunday we launched a new message series called The Essentials where we discussed the gray areas in the Bible and how that leads thoughtful Christians to sometimes hold different beliefs. At Ashworth, we want to be a place to allow freedom on the non-essentials of our faith while still drawing lines and finding unity on those few beliefs we deem as essential to our faith. If you click only one link below, I highly encourage you to watch the video immediately below – as one pastor explains how his church tries to love like a liberal church while being conservative in theology.
UNITY THAT TRANSCENDS DISAGREEMENT
This 3 minute video is so perfect in explaining how you can still keep unity even if you disagree with others about beliefs. My favorite line is that, “We want to love so wildly and well that people assume we are a liberal church even though we are conservative in our theology.”
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Gen Z is Looking for Religion, But Not Their Parents
With young people less engaged in faith, we need to be looking for new ways to reach them where they are. Pew Research Center reports that those under 30 are the least likely to tune in to virtual worship. Similarly, new data shows teens attended in-person religious services at rates similar to their parents — but they were much less likely to pray.
Calvinism VS Arminianism Explained
This past Sunday we mentioned the centuries-long debate about the tension between these 2 famous theological beliefs. If you were curious, here’s a 4 minute video which explains the difference and lands where we do at Ashworth – in between
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Unity, Liberty, and Love
Message Discussion Questions
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- Thinking about your spiritual upbringing, were you raised with many or few essential beliefs? How has your understanding of what is essential changed over the years?
- How open are you to differing views in your beliefs? Are you even willing to have a conversation with an open mind with someone that differs from you?
- Take a peek at our church’s beliefs and let us know if you have any questions you would like to see addressed in this message series.
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