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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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When Should We Partner with Churches That Don’t Share Our Beliefs?

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When Should We Partner with Churches that Don't Share Our Beliefs?

“By this all people will know you are my disciples,” Jesus said, “if you love one another” (John 13:35). But what does it look like to love Christians who aren’t from our theological tribe or denomination? Does brotherly love include partnering as churches?

TGC Council members Darryl Williamson, Ryan Kelly, and Julius Kim sat down to discuss such questions. They talk about the need to define primary and secondary theological issues as we look for ways to work together as churches. Kelly referenced Al Mohler’s article on theological triage to discern which doctrines are of first-, second-, and third-level importance. Williamson points out that some doctrines, such as the prosperity gospel, should present genuine obstacles to church partnerships. But we should be eager to work together with churches of other denominations and traditions that hold to the same core doctrines in common mission.

You can watch a video of their discussion or listen here.



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As noble as the idea seems on the surface we should be very careful about becoming unequally yolked.  That being said, there are ways churches can work together where their different theological viewpoints will not come into play.  One such example is a charity near where I used to live that would provide material things for those in need that different churches donate to, which includes thrift stores.

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