When God’s People Don’t Get Along

May 3, 2020

Sermon Notes

In any family, conflict is unavoidable, but, in the family of God, it must be dealt with, or else the church will suffer. Paul singles out two disagreeing church members and instructs us all how to reconcile when conflict comes.

Personal conflict must be addressed, or else the entire church will suffer.

Philippians 4:1-3

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Affirm (4:1)

  • God not only made us his children but also each other’s siblings.
  • A church should be marked for their enduring love for one another.

Address (4:2)

  • Relational conflict among Christians is so dangerous that it must be directly addressed.
  • You cannot expect reconciliation to take place if you don’t do your part.

Assist (4:3)

  • Some hurts are so deep between Christians that they require a mediator to assist them.
  • If we are going to spend eternity together, we better start learning how to live together right now.

Do you want to be remembered for allowing your personal conflicts to hinder the work of the gospel?

Take an initial step towards reconciliation before this day is over.