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This message looks at the role of conflict to either defeat or grow the believer in Christ. It challenges people to learn to deal with offenses in a spiritual manner and remain free of the debilitating effects of offendedness, hurt and bitterness.
Revival is more than just paying some guy to lead 7 services at your church then leave.
The fight for and of Christian faith, is the fight to think and act in harmony with God's word in the presence of alternative ways of thinking and living. Every culture has its own stories about reality and human life that both harmonize and conflict in various ways with God's word. Both Noah's life and the account of it given in Scripture encapsulate this fight of faith that calls us to think and and live in obedience to God's word.
Ordinary conflict resulting from life together in a congregation is to be expected, but division in leadership is quite serious and to be avoided whenever possible. It doesn’t mean that leaders have to agree on everything, but they are expected to be “likeminded,” sharing the same vision and the same goals and using the same sources, guides and authorities in their decision-making, leadership and teaching. Leaders should all tow the ropes of the church in the same direction.
The Crossing looks at the "Big Idea" for the Israelites as they faced Pharaoh's army and the reasons they gave for disliking the circumstances.
It is futile to deny the reality that conflict is all around us (e.g., circumstances point to the obvious existence of it despite statements to the contrary). Similarly, it is unwise to think we can escape from the conflict all around us (e.g., as followers of Jesus we will, by default, be caught in the middle of it whether we want to be or not). The continual establishment of God's Kingdom inevitably leads to conflict. While this may be unsettling, what truly matters is the authority of Jesus - which is clearly on display in Mark 1:21-34.
The three weeks of the Fellowship Series brings Conflict into play aboard the FellowShip and we see Paul give hope to the passengers after the wind is blown from their sails. The Crossing examines how you blow the wind out of someone and how Jesus can put it back into them.