Church #nofilter 8.3
Thank God for his word and ask his Spirit to speak to you as you read it and reflect on it.
Read: 1 Corinthians 6:7-11
If a conflict happens in the church, Paul’s first recommendation is to see if we can overlook it. If not, he says that we should deal with it internally not in court. What we should never do, he says, is repay their wrongdoings with our own wrongdoing.
What’s Paul’s argument for not repaying wrong with wrong? (vs 9a)
But, based on the rest of verse 9 & 10, you’re probably already disqualified from God's Kingdom. Which of the items on that list are you already guilty of?
Is Paul surprised by what you’ve done? (11a)
What hope does Paul give us in the rest of verse 11?
Why does Paul make this argument?
In this passage, Paul makes it clear that through Jesus we’ve all been greatly forgiven. Therefore, we should be quick to forgive others. He also reminds us that we should take our sin seriously because by continuing in it would be an abuse of God’s grace.
Read Eph 4:31-5:2
What does it mean to forgive, just as Christ God forgave you?
Paul calls this type of behaviour a “sacrifice”. (Eph 5:2) What does that mean?
What emotions and actions does Paul prohibit from our conflict with each other?
Isn’t ‘kind conflict’ an oxymoron? What would this look like?
What is the benefit of everyone in the church approaching conflict this way? (Eph 4:32)
As we look to buy, renovate and move into a new building. Conflict within our church will be inevitable. What can we do with these passages now, to make sure we apply them then?
· Thank God for forgiving us through Jesus, even though we don’t deserve it.
· Ask God for forgiveness for sins you continue to willingly engage with.
· Ask God for the love, compassion and kindness needed to forgive like him.