Matthew: Handle Conflict The Right Way

Northgate

14-01-2024 • 44 mins

When a bingo game at a wedding I officiated led to a full-blown conflict with another pastor, my journey into the heart of conflict resolution in the Christian community began. This episode brings to light the challenges and opportunities we face when addressing conflict and sin within our churches. Through personal stories and biblical exploration, we discuss how to approach these delicate situations with grace, aiming for restoration rather than punishment. It's a candid look at the transformative power of love and the steps we can take to foster healing and growth in our faith communities.

Navigating conflict can be as tricky as deciphering a teenager's text messages, but it's a crucial part of building a strong, caring community. We unravel the intricacies of Matthew 18, inviting a spirit of empathy into the difficult conversations we must sometimes have. This episode isn't just about correcting each other; it's about the way we do it—reflecting Jesus's heart in every step. From the personal to the communal, we explore how accountability, handled with care, shapes a grace-filled environment where everyone is welcome to explore their faith.

Lastly, we turn our focus to the outsiders, the 'pagans and tax collectors' of our time, and how our outreach and conflict resolution tactics can truly embody the love of Christ. We share stories of community events and personal interactions that show the profound impact of extending grace, modeling what it means to live as Jesus taught us. Join us as we consider how to represent His teachings in our relationships within the church, and be the agents of inclusion and transformation we are called to be.

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