Sunday School Today: Doctrine and Convictions

There is a difference between the clear statements of the Holy Scriptures and those areas of Scripture that are not essential to the faith. While all scripture is profitable and beneficial to us (2 Timothy 3:16-17), we need to be prepared to have discussions with others where there is not always an agreement as to the importance of certain texts or verses that are supplemental to the cardinal doctrines of Jesus Christ. While you may be convicted to follow Christ with certain behaviors in your efforts of sincere reverence of Him, these are not to be presented in such a way to others on the level of a cardinal doctrine such as that of salvation or the resurrection. Avoid situations where your convictions of God’s Word can cause arguments with others or show a lack or respect for others because they do not have the level of conviction that you do. It is important for all of us who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior to continue to read and study and grow in our knowledge of God’s Word through the Holy Spirit, but in areas where we do not agree we need to allow for disagreement for the sake of unity within the body of Christ. We are all to be open to learn more through God’s Word, and vain arguments and discussions over our convictions and related differences are to be avoided at all costs for the sake of the gospel of Christ (1 Timothy 1:3-4; Romans 14:1-15:7).


About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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