It has been said that “church fights are the worst fights,” perhaps because they break out among people who profess to believe in unity and love. You name it, Christians fight over it. Sometimes the disagreements are over trivial matters, but often they are serious conflicts from different viewpoints.
In Acts 15:36-41, we have a real example of a personal conflict between Paul and Barnabas regarding John Mark. From their sharp disagreement, we can learn how to preserve unity and resolve conflicts when they come up. We need God’s Spirit to HEAL our relationships.
We can talk about God’s grace, sing about His love, preach the Gospel, and share its message, but it’s in resolving conflict that we prove its worth and work.
sermon by: Larry Murray