WS1 – Maintaining Unity – Case study from Acts 15
Lets stop multiplying by dividing!! John 17:22-23 states I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Christ’s High Priestly prayer clearly indicates His desire for his people to demonstrate – UNITY & MATURITY. But we all know that there are conflicts between believers and at times those conflicts rise to the level where the entire church needs to get a resolution of those conflicts.
The secret to unity begins with how we view ourselves within the body and how we view others. The key verse that addresses this is Philippians 2:3.
“The goal of conflict resolution is unity, and unity in the church poses a threat to the devil who will use every opportunity to take advantage of unresolved issues, especially those involving anger, bitterness, self-pity, and envy. These emotions are involved in most church conflicts. Scripture tells us that we’re to “let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from [us], along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Failure to obey this command results in division in the body of Christ and grief to the Holy Spirit. We’re also told not to allow a “root of bitterness” to spring up among us, leading to trouble and defilement (Hebrews 12:15). Clearly, a biblical method of conflict resolution is needed.” Website –“GOT QUESTIONS”