We invite them to situate those differences within the context of Christian worship. And over the years, we’ve seen the Holy Spirit act in amazing ways. We've seen believers, who thought each other enemies, begin to show deep patience and forbearance with one another in the midst of their differences. (Ephesians 4:1-2)
Every forum starts with praise and worship. It continues with sharing stories about faith and how we’ve come to think the way we do. We explore issues that surround the conflict, clearing up misinformation we might have about each other. As we close our time together, we bring things back to God. That can take the form of praise and gratitude for what happened, lament for things that went wrong, confessing our sins, or sharing hope for the future. Whatever the case, God is glorified.
Countless times, participants placed their differences at the foot of the cross to see what the Spirit would do with them. Through Colossian Forums, we engage believers of different ages and ideologies on a variety of divisive topics. We work with high school and college students, faculty, administrators, college trustees and presidents, pastors, elders and youth, and public intellectuals.
While there have been plenty of bumps and bruises along the way, we continually encounter delightful surprises. We see friendship where there was animosity. Delight where there was anger. Light where there was heat. New avenues for exploration and investigation where there was deadlock.
Colossian Forums are an important first step toward transforming Christians into the kinds of people who can engage tough cultural topics well. You can see a list of upcoming forums on our events page.
Of course, we’ve not overcome conflict in the church—there is still plenty of opportunity to receive conflict as a gift! Yet through Colossian Forums, we encounter the power of the Gospel right at the heart of conflict. We also experience the truth that God has given us everything we need to be faithful.