To understand the roots and causes of conflict To understand the potential of conflict for ill or for good To learn how to deal with conflicts through personal peacemaking To learn how to deal with conflicts through mediated peacemaking To follow God’s principles when conflicts cannot be resolved
The Potential of ConflictHow do we usuallyrespond in times of conflict?
The Potential of ConflictDishonoring of God’s name
The Potential of ConflictBut conflicts can also be an opportunity…• To glorify God (1 Cor 10:31)• To obey God’s word (James 1:22-25)• To love our neighbor (1 John 3:14-15)• To apply the grace of God (Titus 3:3-8)• To experience transformation (Eph 4:20-23)• To grow in our faith (Philemon 1:4-7)
Known by self Not known by selfKnown by others Open Self FEEDBACK Blind Self DISCLOSURE Self Awareness and GrowthNot known by Unknown Self Hidden Self others Unknown Self
Philippians 2:1-16 1If you have any encouragement fromCommunity of being united with Christ, if Faith any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion…
Philippians 2:1-16 2…then make my joy complete by being like-Community of minded, having the same Faith love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Philippians 2:1-16 3Donothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,Community of but in humility consider Faith others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:1-16 4Each of you should look not only to your ownCommunity of interests, but also to the Faith interests of others.
Philippians 2:1-16 5Your attitude should be the same as that of ChristCommunity of Jesus… Faith
Philippians 2:1-16 12Therefore, my dear friends, as you haveCommunity of always obeyed—not only Faith in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…
Philippians 2:1-16 13…forit is God who works in you to will and to actCommunity of according to his good Faith purpose.
Philippians 2:1-16 14Do everything without complaining orCommunity of arguing, 15so that you may Faith become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation…
Philippians 2:1-16 …in which you shine like stars in the universe 16asCommunity of you hold out the word of Faith life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
Group Discussion• Without naming names or giving details, describe some of the negative results of conflicts in your life.• Now that you know that conflicts can also have positive results, how would you respond if ever they happen again?