Summary: Recently we had an incident in worship that inadvertently evoked some strained relations within the congregation. This lesson deals with HOW to treat one another in such instances.
A traveler was driving along one day and had an accident. He drove his car into a ditch in a desolate area. A local farmer came by to help with his horse named Buddy.
Well, the farmer hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move. Once more the farmer hollered, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't respond. The farmer repeated this action again, with the same results.
Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse finally dragged the car out of the ditch.
The motorist was really appreciative but he was also curious. He said to the farmer "I really appreciate what you did for me, but why did you call your horse by the wrong name?"
The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind - and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try."
2. The bible reminds us that we are partners in the gospel
a. Partners with God
b. Partners with one another
3. An incident happened two weeks ago in worship that has strained the partnership of the gospel here.
a. Two small groups of people have pushed to extremes on the issue
b. The rest of us have been caught in the middle -- to you I apologize for this message, but then again, I don't as we all deal with conflict and differences from time to time
c. Recall a slogan from the founders of our Movement in America:
In DOCTRINE -- Unity; In OPINION -- Liberty; In ALL THINGS -- Charity
4. Acts 18.24-28
I. Aquila and Priscilla were a Team
A. In their Marriage
1. Sometimes Aquila is mentioned first (18.2; 1 Corinthians 16.19)
3. It means they were teamed together as one
B. In their Occupation as tent makers--18.1-4
C. In their Ministry -- "fellow workers" with Paul
II. Priscilla and Aquila were True:
A. To God -- part of the deportation of Jews from Rome under Claudius
1. Some think they were expelled because of Jewish believers and "Chrestus"
2. Regardless, they did not deny their heritage or hide; but went with God
B. In their Understanding of Jesus
C. In their Understanding of Scripture
A bible class teacher starts each new member class with a jar full of beans. He asks his students to guess how many beans are in the jar, and on a big pad of paper writes down their estimates.
Then, next to those estimates, he helps them make another list: Their favorite songs. When the lists are complete, he reveals the actual number of beans in the jar. The whole class looks over their guesses, to see which estimate was closest to being right. He then turns to the list of favorite songs. "And which one of these is closest to being right?" he asks. The students protest that there is no "right answer"; a person's favorite song is purely a matter of personal preference.
The teacher asks, "When you decide what to believe in terms of your faith, is THAT more like guessing the number of beans, or more like choosing your favorite song?" Some things are objective, some are subjective. Worship styles fall into the subjective arena.