You want to know something?
It is so refreshing to have long held convictions challenged in the light of Jesus in scripture and be found to be misguided on those convictions and then gracefully corrected.
The role of women, the importance of full-time ministers and having your own building used to be such a big deal for me and those views have been substantially and gracefully changed over the last 4 years.
My take on the Sabbath has changed. My perspective on scripture has changed. My view on church, baptism, discipleship, mission, the Lord’s Supper, evangelism, community, sin, culture, the nature of man, the holiness of God, the importance of the Holy Spirit, the definition of fellowship and of course the beauty of cherry bakewell tarts have all experienced change in the last 4 years at least.
I praise and thank God for that and am also aware in the light of that not to be so dogmatic in what I believe and why I believe it, and always be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit in all things.
What does all this mean? Well it means that even as you change as you grow so you should expect that in Christ. As a result I should be a lot more gracious to other believers on this Christian pathway whatever their convictions knowing that as long as they are in Christ God by His Spirit will lead them into Truth (as in Jesus) in His own way, in His own time, for His own glory even as He does so in me.
There. Now you know something.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden