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  • 1.ProtectingYour Church Section 21(pages 160-167) Saturday 16 October 2010

2. Eph 4:3 Make every effortto keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.Col 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love,which binds them all together in perfect unity.Saturday 16 October 2010 3. It is your job to protect the unity of your churchSaturday 16 October 2010 4. NT gives more attention tounity than to heaven orhell.Unity is the essence of howGod intends us toexperience life together inthe church.Modeled by the Trinity exemplifying sacrificial love,humble other-centrednessand perfect harmony.Saturday 16 October 2010 5. Jesus in the final momentsbefore his arrest prayed for Make everyunity in the church (Jneffort to17:2023). keep theGod paid the highest pricefor his church Jesus it is unity of thevery valuable to him, andSpirithe wants it protected. through theJesus calls us all to work bond ofhard for unity.peace.How should we do this?Saturday 16 October 2010 6. Focus on what we have in common, not ourdifferences Rom 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to dowhat leads to peace and to mutual edification.Believers share; one Lord, one body, one purpose,one Father, one Spirit, one hope, one faith, onebaptism, one love, the same salvation, life and future -things which are more important than any differenceswe might mention. Saturday 16 October 2010 7. Conflict usually signals thatGod the focus personalities, backgrounds,give us different has changed totraits, races, preferences etc. - which are to be valuedless important things suchand enjoyed - unity is desired by God notuniformity.as what, what causesWe must focus on what matters most - learning to love churches to argueone another as christ has loved us, and fulfilling hispurpose for the church.most often? Saturday 16 October 2010 8. Conflict usually signals thatGod the focus personalities, backgrounds,give us different has changed totraits, races, preferences etc. - which are to be valuedless important things suchand enjoyed - unity is desired by God notuniformity.as what, what causesWe must focus on what matters most - learning to love churches to argueone another as christ has loved us, and fulfilling hispurpose for the church.most often? Saturday 16 October 2010 9. Warren lists personalities, preferences, interpretations,styles, methods - when we focus on these thendivision appears.1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name ofour Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with oneanother so that there may be no divisions among youand that you may be perfectly united in mind andthought.Saturday 16 October 2010 10. Be realistic in your expectations There is a serious gap betweenwhat God intends for fellowshipand what really happens! Do notget disillusioned.Longing for the ideal yet criticisingthe real = immaturitySettling for the real without aimingfor the ideal = complacencyMaturity lives with the tension Saturday 16 October 2010 11. Other believers will let youdown - get over it.We can understand things thatdisillusion us - conflict, hurt,hypocrisy, neglect, legalismetc. - but the church is madeup of sinners, who do hurt oneanother (deliberately orotherwise).Take time and work problemsout properly.Saturday 16 October 2010 12. Forget looking for a perfectchurch - admit your, and othersimperfections - then worktowards accepting andexpressing grace incommunity.Warren suggests a churchsign, no perfect people needapply. This is a place for thosewho admit they are sinners,need grace, and want to growSaturday 16 October 2010 13. Choose to encourage rather than tocriticiseIt is easy to criticise peoplewho are trying rather thanto make a contributionyourself. Consider thefollowing verses,Saturday 16 October 2010 14. Rom 14:13 ...let us stop passing judgment on oneanother. Instead, make up your mind not to put anystumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.James 4:11 Brothers, do not slander one another.Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talkcome out of your mouths, but only what is helpful forbuilding others up according to their needs, that it maybenefit those who listenAnd finally, Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge someoneelse's servant? To his own master he stands or falls.Saturday 16 October 2010 15. Rom 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother?Or why do you look down on your brother? For we willall stand before God's judgment seat.4 Things happen when you criticise a fellow believer;1. I lose fellowship with God2. I expose my own pride and insecurity3. I set myself up to be judged by God4. I harm the fellowship of the church Saturday 16 October 2010 16. The devil is called theaccuser of thebrothers, why do hisjob for him?Romans 14:19 Let ustherefore make everyeffort to do what leadsto peace and to mutualedification.Saturday 16 October 2010 17. Refuse to listen to gossipDo not listen to gossip if you want to protect yourchurch - it is like accepting stolen property, you thenbecome guilty of a crime too.What might you say if someone wants to tell you somegossip? Saturday 16 October 2010 18. Stop!I dont need to hear thisThis doesnt concern meHave you talked directly to that person?Prov 17:4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liarpays attention to a malicious tongue.Gal 5:15 If you keep on biting and devouring eachother, watch out or you will be destroyed by eachother.Saturday 16 October 2010 19. Without wood a fire goesout; without gossip aquarrel dies down.Prov 26:20Saturday 16 October 2010 20. Practice Gods method for conflictresolutionSee the Principles mentioned in section 20Matt 18:15-17 -"If your brother sins against you,go andshow him his fault, just between the two of you. If helistens to you, you have won your brother over. But ifhe will not listen, take one or two others along, so that'every matter may be established by the testimony oftwo or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them,tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even tothe church, treat him as you would a pagan or a taxcollector. Saturday 16 October 2010 21. Support your pastor and your leadersLeaders are not perfect - butGod has given them authority -and dealing with conflictsinvolves massive pressure,including trying to makeeveryone happy.Remember Hebrews 13:17 Saturday 16 October 2010 22. Heb 13:17 Obey yourleaders and submit to theirauthority. They keep watchover you as men who mustgive an account. Obeythem so that their work willbe a joy, not a burden, forthat would be of noadvantage to you.We honour church byrespecting leadersSaturday 16 October 2010 23. Warren suggests pastors should deal with divisive people in church by; Avoid arguing Gently teach them whilst praying they will change Warn argumentative people Plead for harmony and unity Rebuke people who are disrespectful of leaders Remove divisive people from church if they ignore two warningsSaturday 16 October 2010 24. Do you put 100% effort intoprotecting your church unity?Do you do what is best forthe body?Do you think of we not IWhat do you do to make thefellowship more warm andloving?1 Cor 10:24 Nobody shouldseek his own good, but thegood of others. Saturday 16 October 2010 25. Point to Ponder: It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church Saturday 16 October 2010 26. Verse to remember: Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Rom 14:19 Saturday 16 October 2010 27. Question to consider: What am I personally doing right now to protect unity I my church family? Saturday 16 October 2010