Protecting
                           Your Church
                                      Section 21
                       ...
Eph 4:3 Make every effort
               to keep the unity of the
              Spirit through the bond
                  ...
It is your job to
            protect the unity of
                    your church



Saturday 16 October 2010
NT gives more attention to
     unity than to heaven or
     hell.
     Unity is the essence of how
     God intends us to...
Jesus in the final moments
     before his arrest prayed for     Make every
     unity in the church (Jn            effort...
Focus on what we have in common, not our
     differences

     Rom 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do
     wh...
Conflict usually signals that
     God the focus personalities, backgrounds,
         give us different has changed to
   ...
Conflict usually signals that
     God the focus personalities, backgrounds,
         give us different has changed to
   ...
Warren lists personalities, preferences, interpretations,
     styles, methods - when we focus on these then
     division...
Be realistic in your expectations

     There is a serious gap between
     what God intends for fellowship
     and what ...
Other believers will let you
     down - get over it.
     We can understand things that
     disillusion us - conflict, h...
Forget looking for a perfect
     church - admit your, and others
     imperfections - then work
     towards accepting an...
Choose to encourage rather than to
     criticise


     It is easy to criticise people
     who are trying rather than
  ...
Rom 14:13 ...let us stop passing judgment on one
     another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any
     stumbling bl...
Rom 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother?
     Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will
     all sta...
The devil is called “the
     accuser of the
     brothers”, why do his
     job for him?
     Romans 14:19 Let us
     th...
Refuse to listen to gossip
     Do not listen to gossip if you want to protect your
     church - it is like accepting sto...
Stop!
         I don’t need to hear this
         This doesn’t concern me
         Have you talked directly to that person...
Without wood a fire goes
     out; without gossip a
     quarrel dies down.
     Prov 26:20



Saturday 16 October 2010
Practice God’s method for conflict
     resolution
     See the Principles mentioned in section 20
     Matt 18:15-17 -"If...
Support your pastor and your leaders


     Leaders are not perfect - but
     God has given them authority -
     and dea...
Heb 13:17 Obey your
     leaders and submit to their
     authority. They keep watch
     over you as men who must
     gi...
Warren suggests pastors should deal with
    divisive people in church by;
    •Avoid arguing
    •Gently teach them whils...
Do you put 100% effort into
   protecting your church unity?
   Do you do what is best for
   the body?
   Do you think of...
Point to Ponder:
    It is my responsibility to protect the unity of
    my church




Saturday 16 October 2010
Verse to remember:
    Let us therefore make every effort to do
    what leads to peace and to mutual
    edification.
   ...
Question to consider:
    What am I personally doing right now to
    protect unity I my church family?




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  1. 1. Protecting Your Church Section 21 (pages 160-167) Saturday 16 October 2010
  2. 2. Eph 4:3 Make every effort to 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. 3. It is your job to protect the unity of your church Saturday 16 October 2010
  4. 4. NT gives more attention to unity than to heaven or hell. Unity is the essence of how God intends us to experience life together in the church. Modeled by the Trinity – exemplifying sacrificial love, humble other-centredness and perfect harmony. Saturday 16 October 2010
  5. 5. Jesus in the final moments before his arrest prayed for Make every unity in the church (Jn effort to 17:20–23). keep the God paid the highest price for his church – Jesus – it is unity of the very valuable to him, and Spirit he wants it protected. through the Jesus calls us all to work bond of hard for unity. peace. How should we do this? Saturday 16 October 2010
  6. 6. Focus on what we have in common, not our differences Rom 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Believers share; one Lord, one body, one purpose, one Father, one Spirit, one hope, one faith, one baptism, one love, the same salvation, life and future - things which are more important than any differences we might mention. Saturday 16 October 2010
  7. 7. Conflict usually signals that God the focus personalities, backgrounds, give us different has changed to traits, races, preferences etc. - which are to be valued less important things –such and enjoyed - unity is desired by God not uniformity. as what, what causes We must focus on what matters most - learning to love churches to argue one another as christ has loved us, and fulfilling his purpose for the church. most often? Saturday 16 October 2010
  8. 8. Conflict usually signals that God the focus personalities, backgrounds, give us different has changed to traits, races, preferences etc. - which are to be valued less important things –such and enjoyed - unity is desired by God not uniformity. as what, what causes We must focus on what matters most - learning to love churches to argue one another as christ has loved us, and fulfilling his purpose for the church. most often? Saturday 16 October 2010
  9. 9. Warren lists personalities, preferences, interpretations, styles, methods - when we focus on these then division appears. 1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. Saturday 16 October 2010
  10. 10. Be realistic in your expectations There is a serious gap between what God intends for fellowship and what really happens! Do not get disillusioned. Longing for the ideal yet criticising the real = immaturity Settling for the real without aiming for the ideal = complacency Maturity lives with the tension Saturday 16 October 2010
  11. 11. Other believers will let you down - get over it. We can understand things that disillusion us - conflict, hurt, hypocrisy, neglect, legalism etc. - but the church is made up of sinners, who do hurt one another (deliberately or otherwise). Take time and work problems out properly. Saturday 16 October 2010
  12. 12. Forget looking for a perfect church - admit your, and others imperfections - then work towards accepting and expressing grace in community. Warren suggests a church sign, “no perfect people need apply. This is a place for those who admit they are sinners, need grace, and want to grow” Saturday 16 October 2010
  13. 13. Choose to encourage rather than to criticise It is easy to criticise people who are trying rather than to make a contribution yourself. Consider the following verses, Saturday 16 October 2010
  14. 14. Rom 14:13 ...let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling 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 talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen And finally, Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Saturday 16 October 2010
  15. 15. Rom 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 4 Things happen when you criticise a fellow believer; 1. I lose fellowship with God 2. I expose my own pride and insecurity 3. I set myself up to be judged by God 4. I harm the fellowship of the church Saturday 16 October 2010
  16. 16. The devil is called “the accuser of the brothers”, why do his job for him? Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Saturday 16 October 2010
  17. 17. Refuse to listen to gossip Do not listen to gossip if you want to protect your church - it is like accepting stolen property, you then become guilty of a crime too. What might you say if someone wants to tell you some gossip? Saturday 16 October 2010
  18. 18. Stop! I don’t need to hear this This doesn’t concern me Have you talked directly to that person? Prov 17:4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. Gal 5:15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Saturday 16 October 2010
  19. 19. Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. Prov 26:20 Saturday 16 October 2010
  20. 20. Practice God’s method for conflict resolution See the Principles mentioned in section 20 Matt 18:15-17 -"If your brother sins against you,go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Saturday 16 October 2010
  21. 21. Support your pastor and your leaders Leaders are not perfect - but God has given them authority - and dealing with conflicts involves massive pressure, including trying to make everyone happy. Remember Hebrews 13:17 Saturday 16 October 2010
  22. 22. Heb 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. We honour church by respecting leaders Saturday 16 October 2010
  23. 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 warnings Saturday 16 October 2010
  24. 24. Do you put 100% effort into protecting your church unity? Do you do what is best for the body? Do you think of ‘we’ not ‘I’ What do you do to make the fellowship more warm and loving? 1 Cor 10:24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. Saturday 16 October 2010
  25. 25. Point to Ponder: It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church Saturday 16 October 2010
  26. 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. 27. Question to consider: What am I personally doing right now to protect unity I my church family? Saturday 16 October 2010

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