by Ernest Easley

How to Resolve Differences
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 15:1-35
August 31, 2008

How do YOU resolve differences? I mean .. when YOU believe one thing and someone else believes something else and you're at a stand off? How do you resolve your differences? What do You do when you don't see eye-to-eye with another believer?
Do you walk out? Do you bow your neck? Do you dig in your heals? Is it your way or no way regardless of the damage done in the process? How do you resolve your differences?
Well .. that's what I want to talk to you about today from the Word of God as we continue our study of the book of Acts under the heading: Back to the Basics! So take your Bible and turn with me to the 14th of Acts as we learn today How to Resolve Differences. It's a part of our Getting Back to the Basics of what God designed and desired for us as His children AND as His church.
And I'll tell you why this is so important: because differences will come! We're not going to always see eye-to-eye. And when we don't .. we need to know how to resolve them and to resolve them in such a way that the church is strengthened, not weakened.
You say, "Pastor, is that possible?" It is possible! In fact .. it's a part of our getting back to the basics! Learning how to Resolve our Differences!
Now differences touch every area of our life. They touch our Business Life. They touch our Home Life. They even touch our Church Life. And the principles that we're going to discover today from God's Word can certainly be applied in all three areas of our life .. but they can be especially applied in our church life.
Well let's see what these principles are and how we can apply them in our lives because sooner or later differences will come. And if we don't learn how to properly resolve them .. it will impact our WORSHIP .. our WITNESS and our WORK!
Before we begin reading in chapter 15 .. let's back up to chapter 14 and get a runnin ...

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