Resolving Church Conflict
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now as we continue our series of messages through the book of Acts, take God's word and turn with me to chapter 6, where we read about the first church conflict.
Conflict is nothing new to the church! You get two Baptist together and you'll have three opinions! I've known of churches divide over what the color of the carpet should be. I pastored a church once that got divided over weather or not we should have a coke machine in the Fellowship Hall. And I'm still asked from time to time if I miss pastoring! Perhaps this short video will give you my answer!
''To dwell above with Saints we love,
O that will be glory!
But to dwell below with Saints we know,
Now that's a different story.''
You can know that the Devil is never happy about a growing church. He always notices when a church is making an effort to reach the lost. When he sees a growing church that's winning souls, he always tries to divide the membership and discourage the leadership. And when his efforts fail from the outside through persecution, he then tries from the inside through dissension.
When it comes to the church, his plan is simple: divide and conquer! And he will use anybody outside the church or inside the church to do it! What kind of Christian are you?
''10 little Christians, standing in line, 1 disliked the preacher, then there was 9.
9 little Christians stayed up very late, 1 overslept Sunday, then there were 8.
8 little Christians on their way to heaven, 1 took the low road and then there was 7.
7 little Christians chirping like chicks, 1 disliked the music, then there were 6.
6 little Christians seemed very much alive, but one lost his interest then there was 5.
5 little Christians pulling for Heaven's Shore, but one stopped to rest, then there were 4.
4 little Christians each busy as a bee, 1 got his feelings hurt, then there were 3.
3 little Christians knew not what to do, 1 ...
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