Three churches - Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian - worked together to sponsor a community-wide revival. After the revival had concluded, the three pastors were discussing the results with one another. The Methodist minister said, "The revival worked great for us. We gained four families as new members of our congregation." The Baptist preacher said, "We did even better than that. We gained six new families as members of our congregation." The Presbyterian pastor said, "Well, we did even better than that! We got rid of ten of our biggest troublemakers!"
Conflict is pretty hard to avoid in life. If it weren't for other people, we might have a pretty peaceful existence... However, being alone still leaves me with myself and he often gets on my nerves, too! So the only real answer is getting beyond the conflict and experiencing reconciliation.
We're moving into the fourth chapter of Philippians this Sunday, August 9th, and Paul gets pretty specific as he finds an application for his previous teaching on humbly "thinking of others as better than yourself." (Phil. 2:3) And it's not just Paul who thinks unity is a big deal. God emphasizes it over and over throughout scripture. Why? That's what we're going to discuss on Sunday. I hope you can join us.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church