Let’s be honest, sometimes other people can be ahem difficult to deal with. Whether we are talking about a family member, a friend, a coworker, or a neighbour, we inevitably find ourselves dealing with tough stuff as we interact with other people. This Sunday, Pastor Josh began a new series called Tough Stuff, looking at some of the things that Jesus taught about the issues that too often arise in our relationships with other people.
Message by Josh Mutter – January 13, 2019
Matthew 18:15-17 (NLT) If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
STEP 1 – MAKE ROOM FOR A PERSONAL CONVERSATION
- Conversation, not confrontation.
- Goal is for restoration, not humiliation.
STEP 2 – MAKE ROOM FOR A TRUSTED FRIEND (OR TWO)
STEP 3 – MAKE ROOM FOR COMMUNITY
Matthew 18:18-20 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
THE CHURCH HAS A UNIQUE ROLE TO PLAY IN RECONCILIATION