The Freedom to Disagree • Alpine Chapel
Tough questions are being addressed by culture that need to be addressed by the church, too. The problem is that we seem to have lost the ability to “agree to disagree”, both inside and outside the community of faith. As the church, we can lead the way in talking about things that matter to us knowing that the way we talk matters to God. We may not always agree, but we will always be family.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our brand new series, “Asking for a Friend”. Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd lays the “ground rules” for our conversation using Romans 14 as a model and these words as a motto: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”

TEACHING & DISCUSSION (45 MINUTES)

For groups process this weekend’s message from Alpine, spend time watching the message before you meet together. After watching, use the questions below to help get the conversation going:
  • Start your conversation with a low-intensity question that people will have differing opinions on: is a hot dog a sandwich? Should Christmas trees have multi-color lights or white lights? Cubs or Sox?
  • Are you naturally more comfortable with disagreement or more bothered by it? Why?
  • Read Romans 14 together as a group. What stands out to you from the reading?
  • Take time to pray for one another, your group, and Alpine as we continue in our new series: that God would help us have unity in the essentials, liberty in the non-essentials, and charity in everything.

This guide is intended for online community groups who are meeting digitally to care for one another in this season and discuss the weekly messages from Alpine. Looking for a community? CLICK HERE.

GIVING (2 MINUTES)

Take a few minutes to practice generosity to Alpine Chapel by giving online. After giving, have somebody pray for generosity and provision at Alpine Chapel in this season.
GIVE ONLINE

PRAYER (30 MINUTES)

To conclude your gathering, spend some time in prayer together. Begin with a few minutes in silence, listening for what God might have to say to you or to your group in this moment, then share what came to mind. After a few minutes of listening and sharing, spend time praying for:
  • Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
  • Followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and love in their neighborhoods
  • Wisdom for local, state, national, and global leaders
  • Any needs in your group

RESOURCES FOR USING ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

In light of what’s happening in our world right now, we want to be intentional about being in the kind of community that keeps one another believing. We live like COMMUNITY IS OUR DESIGN and the only way to do that is together. While we may not be able to meet physically, there are a number of digital and video conferencing options that can help us stay connected.
Many of our online community groups use Zoom Video conferencing. You can sign up for Zoom and download the app or browser plugins at  https://zoom.us/download.