It isn’t women’s roles. It isn’t instrumental music. It isn’t clapping or dancing. If I had to boil down to what our real issue is it is this – how we read scripture and the presuppositions we bring to the table when we read the Bible. A necessary and related discussion is our view of grace and the Holy Spirit. Our view of grace and Holy Spirit should be part of our presuppositions coming to scripture and how we read and understand the Bible and our reading of the Bible should feed back into our view of grace and the Holy Spirit. We have made our search for unity about the symptoms rather than about the deeper issues. It is hard to play checkers if someone is playing chess and the other person is playing ping pong. What we really need is a larger discussion on how to read, understand and apply the Scriptures. That is our underlying issue and out of that discussion will come a healthier understanding of opposing views on the symptoms (instruments, women’s roles, etc).
I have complied a single page list of prayer prompts from two sources and added a list of my own.