Our relational commitments among Highlanders include ‘loving beyond agreement.’ We want to be a community who does the hard work of love and respect even when we disagree theologically, politically, or personally. Do we really mean it when we say, “Conservative AND Liberal here, we’ve ALL gotta give a little here?” This week’s provocative sermon includes 10 brave Highlands Church people who demonstrate what it means to follow Christ into the realm of loving beyond agreement.
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though Christ was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
Christ humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.