Whatever the size of the faith community, those coming together should share the Good News and not bear pessimism in their hearts. Certainly small churches easily can be infected by the virus of jealousy looking at the bigger churches.
When looking to much to others, seeing those big communities, the smaller ones can get discouraged and loose track of the positive path they can follow sharing the love of Christ in the intimacy of the small community.
Being part of the body of Christ we all should feel united with each other and should trust God that He knows best what is good for us and how we can grow. We need patience and should have faith in what happens. We must not try to hasten things. We have to let the events like they come in their due time. No matter what happens we know Christ has us in his righteous right hand.
As a community we should also be very careful not to exclude ourselves from others and should reach out our hand to other brothers and sisters in Christ, willing to share the love of Christ with as many people as possible.
It is when that sharing love and feeling of equality is not there that division can come. It is when the own selfish personality stands in the way that conflicts shall arise and division can occur.
Faith, and the nurturing of faith, are relational endeavours. Relationships aren’t mass-produced.
In the Church of God there is no place for people looking down on others. In the Body of Christ all members, how different they may be, have all to feel united in Christ, willing to help each other in the progress of developing Bible knowledge and making church.
- parties to a conflict must share larger or ultimate values in common to resolve their differences
- differences in giftedness + differences of opinion on debatable matters => disrupt unity => effecting areas of service
- two guiding principles require a shared attitude for all believers in all Churches at all times.
- Church leaders = protectors of unity to practice and to hold people accountable to these guiding attitudes
- not think of yourself more highly than you ought
- Practice the core value together with one voice…
- On the Affirmation of Scripture
- United people under Christ
- Patience is the ability to count down before blasting off
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- The Rivers of Refreshing (christmyoasis.wordpress.com)
- Your Word for This Day: “Transition” (thotam.com)
- The Daily Gospel and Readings 21 September 2015 (prayersandmeditations.com)
Conflict management 101
“Virtually all theorists of conflict management agree that parties to a conflict must share larger or ultimate values in common as a basis on which to resolve their differences.” (Hugh Halverstadt, Managing Church Conflict, p. 212).
Two important examples
Two areas that significantly disrupt unity are differences in giftedness effecting areas of service and differences of opinion on debatable matters.
- The apostle Paul addressed both of these in the NT book of Romans and then provided a larger or ultimate value to protect each area from becoming a source of conflict.
- The two guiding principles require a shared attitude for all believers in all Churches at all times.
- It is especially the responsibility of Church leaders (as protectors of unity) to practice and to hold people accountable to these guiding attitudes (see: Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:3; Romans 16:17-18; Jude 16).
- Romans 12:3 — Guiding attitude for…
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