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Unreconciled conflict is always a distraction that pulls us away from the work of getting the good news into the hearts of people. When God's people are distracted in church conflict, inwardly focused, becoming too proud to back down from their position in personal conflict, our witness in this community will crumble. When this church refuses to hold onto our conflicts, but rather exercises the humble, others-focused love which God has shown to us through sending his own Son to come and serve us and bless us and heal us and wash our feet and forgive us on the cross, then our gospel light will shine brilliantly in the night sky. We will demonstrate the power of the gospel which has united us in the Lord Jesus Christ. The power of the gospel is available to help us to lay down our pride and resolve our conflicts. The advance of the gospel is enhanced when Christians are living out the reconciling power of the gospel when they get into conflict. So let that be our goal and our desire because in the church our relationships matter for the sake of the gospel.
Paul and Barnabas disagree and part company over John Mark - but who was right?
Conflict in a relationship can either strengthen it or destroy it. It all depends on how you handle that conflict; so the question asked today is, "Do you fight fair?"
Paul was one of the most effective missionaries in history. This passage shows us how he viewed the imprisonment which curtailed the freedom of his travels. Likewise it challenges us to think about how we respond to the circumstances of our lives: Do we see our hardships as opportunities for the gospel? Do we see our conflicts as opportunities for the gospel? Or do they rob us of Christian joy and force us to give up hope?
Our love for one another in Christ should shape the way that we approach conflict with each other in the church.
The first of our "modern problems" series. Join us as we explore the history behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We all have a need for security and affirmation. We look everywhere in creation for that security—our loved ones, our jobs, our appearance, our possessions, our reputations. We will never feel fully secure by relying on those things. We will always have an overarching sense of conflict and insecurity because we are in conflict with our creator. The good news is that Jesus Christ's mission in coming to earth on Christmas was to resolve that conflict and bring you peace.
Do you see the importance of truth? if God is holy, and He is, then truth matters. Once we decide that God's word is not authoritative there are natural consequences that cannot be avoided. So what do we do? Let's learn from the rebellion of Abner as we study God's word this week.