[PC-USA] 2001-07-22 - Passages About Conflict in the Church

Today we will read some passages from God's word about how to deal with conflict in the church.

Mat 18:21-22 (NRSV) Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times."

(Romans 12:17-18 NAS) Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,'' says the Lord.

(Mat 18:15-17 NRSV) If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

(1 Corinthians 6:7-8 NAS) Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.

(1 Corinthians 1:10-13 NAS) Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul,'' and "I of Apollos,'' and "I of Cephas,'' and "I of Christ.'' Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Jan

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