In Lesson 106: Core Beliefs, we’re going to look at why it is important for believers going into ministry together to have the same set of basic beliefs. Most of this is pretty basic, and I’m sure most of you reading this already know the importance. Still, it’s a good reminder for all.
God can bring issues to our mind because He wants us to change something that we’re doing. But Satan can also use conflicts between believers to distract us from our mission.
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” –Mark 3:25
Satan is aware of this, and keeps on bombarding the Church with issue after issue that results in people over here taking a different stance on the issue than people over there. Again, each issue and it’s level of importance someone attaches to it varies depending on the person. If God convicts you about an issue, then by all means obey Him. You are responsible for what God shows you to do:
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” -James 4:17
If you keep having objections or find yourself in conflict with the person you are trying to work with, evaluate it, and pray about it. See whether it is something that the Lord is convicting you about, or if it is Satan attempting to put a wedge in between you and your partner.
In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas had a strong disagreement. These two missionaries were on fire. Yet, they couldn’t agree on whether or not to bring Mark with them. Their dispute became so heated that they split! Wow! I’m sure that God was able to use that for good, but how sad it must have been to see these two pillars of the early church having such a sharp dispute that could no longer work together. While I have no idea about all the particulars of God’s plan for that situation, it would seem to me that that was a secondary issue. An issue not worth dividing over.
If you don’t have the same set of beliefs as your partner, ministering to others is going to be increasingly difficult. Why? Because sooner or later down the road, those differing beliefs will impact how you reach someone and what you say to them. If your core beliefs are different from someone you are working with, then you will both be giving two different versions of the Gospel. This confuses people on the receiving end and does more harm than good. It also makes for division between you and the other person as you will have different ideas and ways of doing things in order to line up with your set of beliefs.
Your “core beliefs” are what you believe about the basic tenets of Christianity: the infallibility of the Bible, Christ’s virgin birth, etc. I would argue that people who have differing views of these foundational beliefs might not be saved.
“Do not be yoked togetherwith unbelievers.For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” -2 Corinthians 6:14
Paul warns about being unequally yoked with unbelievers. While some people differ in their opinions of what “yoked” means, I would say that a basic thing is that you have to be very careful when you choose to do a ministry with someone who is not a Christian.
Another helpful thing is to try and make sure that you and your partner share the same vision for moving forward. This will lead to less conflict.
I wish I could give you one, but so far, the three of us haven’t come across this when working together. We’ve had small disagreements, but not differences of opinion regarding our core beliefs.
If you are in some sort of ministry, this week talk with people you are doing it with and discuss the vision for moving forward. This can help a great deal in making sure everyone is on the same page.
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