Most recent Sermons on Sermon Cloud All Time
Sermons about Conflict
The Four G's of Resolving Personal Conflict
Pastor Todd discusses conflict resolution
Conflict is unavoidable, even within the relationships of the body of Christ. So how is the believer to respond to conflict in his or her life? James 4:1-12 considers conflicts within the local church and applies the gospel solution.
LIving a radically different life calls believers to live at peace with one another. We are different in so many ways and often have different values and ways of thinking that causes conflict. Resolving this conflict by intentionally pursuing peace with each other is essential to making an impact for Christ.
The King in Conflict (Radio Broadcast)
The presence of it can be incredibly liberating and the absence of it can be extremely debilitating. When injected into a crisis of conflict, it is a refreshing drink on the hottest day. But when rejected from such a tense exchange, it is a knife to the heart. Its shortage can dissolve the best of relationship; its supply can absolve the root of bitterness.
Paul, Silas and Timothy moved on from Philippi. It appears that Luke stayed behind because the narration changes from “we” to “they” in chapter 17. The team moved on to a city that had a synagogue and a city that would soon have an important Church; the city of Thessalonica. Here they are eventually described as “men who have turned the world upside down”. Our world needs that now. Our nation needs to be shaken up and turned right side up, because it is upside down now, and that’s how the world was that Paul was talking to as well. What does it take to change things? What did these men have? I. Courage (I Thess. 2:2) A. They travelled to a place they had not been (Acts 17:1, 2) B. They went to the synagogue 1. They had no idea how they would be accepted 2. They knew some would dislike them C. For three Sabbath’s they kept going back (I Thess. 2:9-12) II. The right content (Acts 17:3) A. He reasoned with them from the scriptures 1. Explaining and proving it was necessary for Messiah to suffer 2. Explaining and proving it was necessary for Messiah to rise from the dead B. He explained that Jesus was this Messiah III. This resulted in A. Converts (Acts 17:4) 1. Some of those (the Jews) who heard were persuaded 2. A great many of the devout Greeks believed 3. Some leading women believed as well B. Conflict 1. This made the Jews jealous because they were following Paul and Silas 2. They stirred up some wicked men (Acts 17:5) a. They formed a mob b. Set the city in an uproar c. Attacked the home of Jason – seeking to bring out Paul and Silas 3. Paul and Silas weren’t there at the time 4. They dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the authorities (Acts 17:6, 7) 5. Here is the accusation they made a. Jason received men who have turned the world upside down b. They say there is another king besides Caesar…Jesus 6. The people and authorities were disturbed by this half truth (Acts 17:8, 9) a. They ended up setting a bond on Jason and the rest b. They let them go Paul, Silas and Timothy left town. They had to for the sake of Jason and the brothers. They left behind a Church on fire for God (I Thess. 1:6-10), and it was hard for them to leave (I Thess. 2:17, 18). Nevertheless, they left an indelible mark and changed the whole region by courageously speaking the truth.
People of the world malign and misunderstand the church. Sure, Christ's body has contributed to its own infamy -- hypocrisy, judgmental, boring, irrelevant -- but these accusations are a straw man. A tour through the NT shows the church was established by Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, and will endure until the Lord returns. This sermon functions more as a dialogue (or diatribe), calling each member of the church to join the walk, the march, to follow Jesus and reflect His glory in the world. God knows: the world needs our light!
God is always at work. We see this truth very clearly in the Biblical Story God has given us in His word. Therefore, we must learn God's Story well. God's people must be shaped by His Story and not the stories of our culture. Sometimes it takes hindsight to see God's hand at work. This is certainly the case with aspects of the story of Joseph in the Bible. Truthfully, we too often see God's hand at work more clearly in hindsight. Yet what we must do is allow our growing awareness of His continued work to form in us a resolve to trust Him in the midst of whatever we face. Indeed, as Christians mature there needs to be a shift from asking "Why?" so often to asking "How?" and/or "What?". E.g., "How do I respond faithfully?" or "What is the faithful response in this situation?" We will likely never outgrow asking "Why?". But since God is trustworthy, we can confidently assert He is still with us. That is a truth in His Story - and we are to be shaped by it.