Coping with Controversy

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In the text, controversy arises between believers. We will learn seven strategies for coping with controversy.

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Coping with Controversy

  1. 1. Coping withControversy Acts 15.1-35, CB NT p. 235-237
  2. 2. 7for stepsCoping withControversy
  3. 3. 1. Go back to the source.
  4. 4. 2. State the problem clearly.
  5. 5. 3. Consider and Debate.
  6. 6. 4. Answer Clearly
  7. 7. • God knows the heart• God bore witness to them• God gave them the Holy Spirit• God made no distinction• God cleansed their hearts by faith Peter• YOU are putting God to the test• You are placing a yoke we could not bear• WE are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus
  8. 8. Signs and wonders God had donethrough them among the Gentiles Paul
  9. 9. • God visited the Gentiles ... — to take from them a people for His Name• Prophets agree (Amos 9.11- 12)• My judgment... — not trouble the Gentiles — Abstain from James 1. things polluted by idols 2. sexual immorality 3. strangled 4. blood
  10. 10. 5. Listen Respectfully.
  11. 11. 6. Reach a Clear Resolution.
  12. 12. 7. Give a Proper Response.
  13. 13. Coping with Controversy 1. Go back to the source. 2. State the problem clearly. 3. Consider and debate. 4. Answer clearly. 5. Listen respectfully. 6. Reach a clear resolution. 7. Give a proper response.
  14. 14. Will today be the day you decide to go to heaven?
  15. 15. Photo Credits: (All photos from istockphoto.com are copyright protected. Please do not use without permission.)http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target3.htmlpodiums: iStock_000008697179Jews: jews_with_torah.jpgPink Panther: http://www.bloggingfor.info/pink-panther-blogging-value/Ear: iStock_000004610139Whisper: iStock_000002252576Clasped Hands: iStock_000006741261White board guy: iStock_000007097826To men arguing: iStock_000001852501Megaphone: iStock_000000650824
  16. 16. Miscellaneous 2012 Compiled and Presented by: Dave Stewart 10 June, 2012#08 www.churchofchristmiranda.com Coping with Controversy Acts 15.1-35 Synopsis: In the text, controversy arises between believers. We will learn seven strategies for coping with controversy. “Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”

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