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To grow so that we can be used effectively by God, it can be helpful to look at those who have gone before us who really got it; heros of the faith; role models.Perhaps you are that person to someone else (whether you know it or not). It would appear that Paul is setting forth Timothy as just such a role model to the church in Philippi, since Timothy exemplifies exactly what Paul has been exhorting in the first major block of teaching in this letter. Timothy had the same mindset as Paul, and he had proven character. We need people like Timothy in our local churches today. So, strive to be a person of proven character and shared vision.
Different people in the church view things differently, whether it relates to how the money is being spent or the building and grounds are being maintained or improved or what style of music or Sunday School curriculum is being used. We're not talking about doctrinal disputes but rather differences of opinion on disputable issues. Paul addressed this subject in several of his letters. One example can be found in Philippians 2:14-18. In this passage, we find that peace in a church is a powerful testimony. In contrast, quarrels short circuit effective ministry. So, when differences of opinion arise in a local church and lead to conflict, sometimes the best thing to do is to fight it out. However, fight right! Be open, talking with the people with whom you disagree. Make honest inquiries rather than heated accusations. Finally, consider the testimony of the church and, if necessary, just let it go. Healthy churches fight; but when they fight, they fight right.
Executive Director Jim Newheiser speaks about the prevalence and issues related to dealing with anger in counseling.