What are the biggest problems facing Christians?
Another big problem Christians have is rightly identifying what tier the issue should be categorized in. This takes a lot of biblical maturity, humility, dialogue, and reliance on the word of God. In summary of this point, people argue and disagree so often and so poorly when they put issues in the wrong tier.
Do Christians disagree with each other?
We Christians disagree a lot, sometimes about the craziest things. I don’t know if you know it or not, but Christians have been disagreeing with each other since the very beginning. It goes all the way back to the days of the New Testament.
What do Romans and I Corinthians disagree on?
When you read Romans and I Corinthians, you discover that Christians were disagreeing on things like eating meat offered to idols, on whether or not to observe the Sabbath Day, on whether to eat meat or be a vegetarian, on whether to drink wine or whether you should not drink wine.
Can God use disagreements to advance the cause of Christ?
But when they booted him out, he established churches based on the teaching of justification by faith, and from that beginning the Gospel spread to the ends of the earth. I’m not in favor of church splits. But God is able to use disagreements to advance the cause of Christ. Calvary Memorial Church is proof of that fact.
Find Common Ground
One of them is this: is there anything that the person I’m disagreeing with says that is true? Is there something that’s true and good that I can affirm? That’s one of the first places.
Understand the Other Position
Secondarily—and this is kind of tied to the first—do I rightly understand my opponent’s position? In other words, can I properly articulate their position in a way that they would say, “Yeah, you’re you’re disagreeing with something that I’ve actually said and not some kind of straw man or something like that.” I think it behooves us as Christians who love our neighbors to show that love by spending the time, investing the energy to understand exactly what it is they are saying..
Thirdly, I think we do have to recognize that there are times for public disagreement and there are times where maybe disagreement shouldn’t be made public or maybe even needs to be ignored.
What does Jesus say about love?
Jesus commanded Christians to love one another and told us our love for each other is the greatest proof that we love Him and follow Him (John 13 ). The unity and oneness of the church is a primary evidence that the Good News is true.
What to do if playback doesn’t begin?
If playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device.
Who is Randy Alcorn?
Randy Alcorn ( @randyalcorn) is the author of fifty-some books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries .
Is true love and unity achieved at the expense of biblical truths?
True love and unity are never achieved at the expense of primary biblical truths. But they are achieved at the expense of personal pride and preferences on second and third level issues. It isn’t our secondary beliefs that are most important, but our hearts of love instead of resentment, humility instead of pride, …
What does it mean to obey Paul’s exhortations?
What this means is that you are responsible to obey both Paul’s exhortations to the weak and his exhortations to the strong, since (1) there are usually people on either side of you on any given issue and (2) you yourself likely have a stronger conscience on some issues and a weaker conscience on others. This brings us to Paul’s second principle when Christians disagree on scruples.
What are the two groups of the church?
Concerning any area of disagreement on third-level matters [i.e., disputable issues that shouldn’t cause disunity in the church family], a church will have two groups: (1) those who are “weak in faith” (14:1) on that issue and (2) those “who are strong” (15:1). The weak in faith have a weak conscience on that matter, and the strong in faith, a strong conscience.
What would happen if we thought more about our situation before the judgment throne of God?
If we thought more about our own situation before the judgment throne of God, we would be less likely to pass judgment on fellow Christians. On that day we’ll be busy enough answering for our own life; we don’t need to spend our short life meddling in the lives of others. In these matters where good Christians disagree, we just need to mind our own conscience and let God be the judge of others.
What is the book of Concience?
This book walks readers through relevant Scripture passages on the topic of concience—a largely neglected topic in the church today—to offer guiding principles and practical advice for aligning our consciences with God’s will.
What does it mean to bear with the weak?
For a Christian, to “bear with” the weaknesses of the weak means that you gladly help the weak by refraining from doing anything that would hurt their faith. Romans 15:3 emphasizes the example of Christ. We cannot even begin to imagine the freedoms and privileges that belonged to the Son of God in heaven.
What does Paul say about welcome him?
. .” But here in 15:7 Paul adds a comparison—“as Christ has welcomed you”—and a purpose—“for the glory of God.” It matters how you treat those who disagree with you on disputable matters. When you welcome them as Christ has welcomed you, you glorify God.
Why does God call on the weak?
One obvious reason is that they are strong, so God calls on them to bear with the weaknesses of the weak ( Rom. 15:1 ). Not only that, of the two groups, only the strong have a choice in third-level matters like meat, holy days, and wine.
What to do when you disagree with Christians?
When you disagree with Christians, welcome them, calibrate your conscience, aim to please, and follow Jesus.
What do we do with people who disagree with us?
What do we do with people who disagree with us? “Welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions” (14:1). Why? The end of verse 3 says, “God has welcomed him.” Verse 4 says, “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another?”
What does Paul say about the weak?
In the first couple of verses of chapter 15, Paul says, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
What is the good thing about Christianity?
The good thing about Christianity is that it brought former enemies together as part of one church. Their agreement in Jesus Christ was enough to overcome so many of the barriers that would have kept them apart. But when you put two very different groups of people together, with very different convictions, those issues still lurk underneath the surface.
How did non-Jewish people struggle?
Some of the non-Jewish people struggled too. They hadn’t come from a strict background; quite the opposite. Sometimes it felt like they were being judged, and when you feel judged, it’s easy to get defensive. Many of them would have come from a background that ridiculed the Jewish people for their peculiarity around food. They also had this habit of taking a strict day off every week. Maybe you used to find that lazy, but you’d gotten over that. Maybe you’d even decided it was fine for your Jewish believer friend to do this, but not everyone has that option. Not every slave, for instance, is going to have a master who’s excited about giving them a day off every week.
What does it feel like to be in the middle of a conflict?
No matter how hard you try, disagreements can generate a little bit of heat. It can feel like you’re going over the same issues over and over again, and it can feel frustrating that the person with whom you are disagreeing can’t seem to see your logic.
Do we have to imagine examples today?
We don’t have to imagine examples today.
What is the word for a sharp disagreement between Paul and Barnabas?
Let’s go back to the text. Verse 39 tells us that Paul and Barnabas had a sharp disagreement. The Greek text uses a word from which we get the English word paroxysm , which means a violent disagreement. This particular word means a violent, hostile, angry, harsh, sharp, bitter disagreement. It’s not as if Barnabus said, “Well, I would like to take Mark.” “I’m not sure that’s a good idea.” “But he’s such a fine boy.” “But he left us.” “Let’s pray about it.” No! They weren’t that nice about it. In fact, the verb is in the imperfect tense, which mean a continual quarrel—unending,unyielding, ongoing,heated, intense, deep disagreement between them.
What did Barnabas say when the time came for the second trip?
When the time came for the second trip Barnabas said, “Let’s give him a second chance. Maybe he did drop out, but he deserves a second chance.” But Paul says, “Forget it. We’re not taking him.” So they argued over whether to take John Mark with them on the second trip. We pick up the story in verse thirty-nine:
What did Paul say to Barnabas?
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back to all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.
What is the story of the ancient quarrel between Paul and Barnabas?
In order to help us answer that question, let’s study the record of an ancient quarrel between two old friends. Acts 15:36-41 is the story of the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas. They had just finished a very successful missionary journey in which God had given them great results.
Why is Reformation Sunday celebrated?
This should not surprise us because throughout history, the church has often grown through disagreement. Each year we celebrate Reformation Sunday at the end of October. How did the reformation start? It started over a disagreement about justification by faith. The record is clear. Martin Luther never intended to start a new church. He truly meant to reform the existing church. But when they booted him out, he established churches based on the teaching of justification by faith, and from that beginning the Gospel spread to the ends of the earth.
Where did Barnabas go to go?
Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strenghthening the churches.
How do you know if you’ve crossed the line?
Number one: When the issue becomes a controlling passion of your life. You’ve crossed the line when all you do is lie awake at night thinking about that saxophone on Sunday morning. You wake up and you can just hear that saxophone blaring “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” and it bothers you. And that’s all you can think about, it’s all you can talk about during the day. You’ve gone too far when whatever the issue is becomes the controlling passion in your life. If arguing about gambling is your issue, you’ve gone too far when that becomes the controlling passion of your life. If arguing about home schooling, public schooling, or private schooling becomes your controlling passion, if that’s all you can think about, all you can talk about, you want to argue about it all the time, you’ve gone too far.
What does Galatians 5:22-23 mean?
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV. Each of these fruits is essential to being able to disagree respectfully with a non-Christian. As you abide in Christ, ask Him to help grow these things in your heart, and be willing to put in the effort to practice what he is teaching you.
Why is it irresponsible to disagree with someone?
If you can’t answer why specifically, that the other person is wrong, there is a chance that saying you disagree with them would be irresponsible because you have no line of reasoning.
Why is it dangerous to disagree with someone?
One of the dangers of discussing differing opinions with someone is the opportunity to get angry. When we don’t handle disagreements with respect, humility, and the fruits of the Spirit, it is very likely that we will become angry or frustrated in our attempt to “win over” the other side.
What is the goal of abide in Christ?
This is the goal, to abide in Christ, not to bear good fruit. The good fruit is a result of abiding. When we set our eyes on the wrong thing and try to grow the fruit ourselves the result is disastrous.
How should Christians handle disagreement?
How should Christians handle disagreement? Christians should handle disagreement, with both Christians and non-Christians, with respect, humility, and the fruits of the Spirit. They should not allow anger or frustration to govern their actions but allow their life to bear the good fruit of walking with Christ.
What does Ephesians 4 mean?
Ephesians 4 describes unity in the church: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
How to deal with antagonized people?
If the other person feels antagonized it will quickly become an argument where no one is listening instead of a polite discussion.
What is the first principle in Romans chapter 14?
The first principle to mention in this chapter is we are to welcome those we have disagreement with and are to do so without trying to cause an argument or prove them wrong. Rather than passing judgement on each other or despising the other person, we should all understand God has accepted, welcomed, and embraced them as His child (see Romans chapter 14, verses 1-4 ).
Is the Bible clear about disagreements?
The Bible is very clear about a lot of issues and it is necessary for Christians to determine if the Bible is explicitly clear or if there is some degree of uncertainty. Either way, whether we disagree with Christians or non-Christians we have the responsibility to be respectful, gentle, humble and loving.
Does the Bible teach us to love one another?
Thankfully, the Bible provides some principles for teaching Christians how to get along with one another (and yes, even to love one another) in areas where the Bible doesn’t give us clear instruction.
What is the difference between disagreement and argument?
I believe there is a difference between a disagreement and an argument. A disagreement is when two people don’t see things the same way. An argument is when two people are upset at one another because they don’t see things the same way.
What happens if you get a tier one issue wrong?
Issues like the divinity of Christ, the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus, salvation through faith and grace alone, and many other similar issues are tier one.
What does it mean when you believe something has more consequences?
What I mean is that certain truths have more consequences if you believe or don’t believe them. For example: If you believe the age of the earth is thousands of years old while your pastor believes the age of the earth is millions of years old, this is a big difference. One of you is right and the other one is wrong.
What does Jesus want?
Jesus wants his people to be unified ( John 17:20-23 ). He wants us not to argue with one another ( 2 Timothy 2:23-26 ). And yet Christians argue and fight all the time.
Why did the statue makers get mad?
When Paul preached the gospel in Ephesus and then the people stopped buying the local idol statues, a riot occurred because the statue makers got mad ( Acts 19:23-29 ). Likewise, when you threaten to tamper with someone’s idol they get very mad at you.
Should Christians be unified?
If you can’t get past the ideal and accept reality you will turn into a pessimist ranting about what the church “should be.”. Yes, all Christians “should” be unified on every thought, doctrine, and biblical interpretation. And one day we all will be when God glorifies us for eternity in our new resurrected bodies.
Is sin a part of God’s design?
I mean that sin is not a part of God’s original design. But the fact is sin does exist. All Christians are not yet fully glorified in the Lord, and thus there will always be real differences in our understanding and outlook on extremely important issues.