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Six verses.  The primary conflict in the United Methodist Church today comes down to six verses.  When I hear people discussing our conflict and differences, this question is always asked:  “But what about those six verses?”  Those verses are not unimportant as we attend to our understanding and discernment of Scripture, the holy and inspired Word of God.   But, are they to be elevated over every other verse in Scripture?  Are they to be read apart from every other verse of Scripture?  Are they verses on which we should stake our lives, our relationships, our message and witness to the world?

We all have our “canon within the canon:” our go-to, favorite verses that have called out to us and define our relationship with God. They shouldn’t be the only verses by which we define ourselves and our relationship with God, for we should be dedicated to reading, studying and embodying the whole of Scripture. But, in light of “the six verses” that seem to be the primary focus of our division, I’ve been thinking a lot about six verses.  Just six verses.  If I had to distill and elevate six verses from Scripture that I believe are the crux of my Christian conviction, what would they be?

While I reject basing my whole Christian life on six verses (because I believe the whole of Scripture is critical and essential), these are six verses that I believe should guide my Christian witness and on which I would base my life’s work if I could only choose and elevate six:

  1.  'I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.' Matthew 25:40
  1. "I give you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other." John 13: 34-35
  1. I'm convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. Romans 8:38-39
  1. From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things. Philippians 4:8
  1. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. I John 4:9-11
  1. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

What would be your six verses? If you went on the road to promote six verses of Holy Scripture, what would they be?  Send us your six verses, and we will post them on the North East District’s Facebook page.

Peace and grace,

Alice

District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586
alice.rogers@ngumc.net

 

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Holley Butkovich
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northeast@ngumc.net

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