A model statement on Living with Contradictory Convictions
Prepared by the Methodist Church's Marriage and Relationships Task Group
We continue to believe that God has been revealed in Jesus Christ, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and live in communion with God and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We cherish our place within Christ's Church recognising that it is Christ alone who chooses, calls and confirms us as members of His church, the body of Christ.
Whilst we may not all agree about everything, we recognise the importance of the truths which bind us together as well as the issues which currently divide us.
Therefore, we resolve:
To engage with each other openly, honestly, prayerfully and graciously
To treat each other with respect and dignity, recognising the sincerity of the faith of those who may see things differently
To seek to learn from one another as we travel together as fellow pilgrims
To renounce all language and behaviours that attempt to coerce others to change their views or beliefs
To seek, as far as conscience allows, to preserve the fellowship of Christ's Church
To unite under the authority of scripture as we seek live as authentic Christian disciples in our own generation
The Living with Contradictory Convictions report and supporting resources can be found on the main Talking of Marriage and Relationships page