To appearances, John and I have very little, if anything, in common. He’s black, I’m white. He grew up in an inner city, me in a small town in Kansas. He was finely dressed in a suit and tie, I looked more like I belonged in the garden. He’s a fundamental Baptist, I’m a liberal Methodist.
John is the pastor of a city church. It’s in a somewhat depressed area. I’m active in a church recognized as being in an affluent area. His church is very small, mine fairly large.
NOPE. John and I have NOTHING in common!
Our mutual love for Jesus Christ!
As I said, I was doing some research (on predestination and free will.) John was preparing his sermon for Sunday on the Blood of Christ.
We got into nearly an hour’s worth of conversation covering many topics: The Nature of Jesus, Creation, Baptism, Predestination/Free Will, Hell, The Garden of Eden and others. I have to say that our views differed on each and every one of the specific topics we discussed. We asked one another many questions, each listening carefully to what the other had to say. It was a very enlightening, positive give and take for both of us. I learned a lot, and he was taking some notes, commenting that he how had some new sermon topics.
John and I are both within the Body of Christ. We both seek opportunities to minister to others. We ministered to each other, I believe. I know I came away greatly inspired and much more informed.
I’m sending this to John, along with some other information he requested. I’m REALLY looking forward to learning more from him as well.
Maybe this is another opportunity for me to meet with John and invite my Jewish friend Elliott to join us! What a wonderful opportunity that would be
Ministry opportunities come in unexpected and unusual ways. We need to have our eyes and ears open to be ready for them. We need to strap on the armor of God. It is useful even among friends.
This was truly a case, as John commented, of iron sharpening iron.
What a blessing!
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