FROM THE PULPIT: The church transcends denominations, methods

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 08:11 PM.

This does not mean that because someone does something differently they — or we — are wrong. We are all simply different parts of the same body. We have different gifts and different functions.

God is marvelous! In his wisdom he permits diverse denominations to allow for different styles of worship, different avenues of thought and different ways of speaking to people’s hearts to meet the multitude of different personalities and cultures.

Unfortunately, some people feel they must take issue with others, which causes dissension among the body. It’s like acid reflux that causes heartburn, which keeps a person focused on the discomfort and pain instead of being able to enjoy a meal or conversation. The focus gets skewed, and the greater good is missed.

Yes, there are different parts of the body, but they all function together for the good of the whole.

The human body is a miracle of God’s engineering, different parts all working together for the common good.

The Body of Christ is a miracle of God’s engineering: diverse, different, distinctive and striving to convey the message of God’s love, grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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