In every math class across the globe right now there is a kid asking himself, “where will I ever use this stuff in real life?

The answer is–church!

When it comes to science and faith, Algebra can teach us about relationships.

So let’s start with a simple Algebra equation:

a + b = c + d

In this simple equation we can see the life of the church and family.  On each side of the equation we have the unique functions (a, b, c, d).  Each part brings something unique, but added together they remain equal in value.

In The Church

Elder + Elder = Sheep + Sheep

Leader = Follower

 In Life

Man  = Woman

Rich = Poor

 In The Family

Father = Daughter

Wife = Husband

Brother = Sister

Mother + Father = Son + Daughter

God has created and equipped us for a diversity of roles within the church and within our families.  We must learn to embrace our differences rather than normalize them.  Mothers have authority over their sons but each person is equal in value and purpose in the Kingdom of Jesus.  The husband is the head of the wife yet they remain equal in worth to their families and to God.  Elders have authority over the flock but each person is equal in value and purpose to the life of the Church.

The giftings of the Spirit and our natural talents set us apart for unique service to the Lord but drawing us together is the shed blood of Jesus Christ which makes us equal at the foot of the cross.

I think there is a lot we can learn from using Algebra in the Church.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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