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4 Keys To Keeping Division From Destroying A Church

Here are four ways to keep your church from dividing or destroying it.

Stopping Gossip

Gossip is one of the most destructive forces, not only in society, but particularly in a church. Gossip can cause division within a church and might sow the seeds of the destruction of the church. Gossip must be stopped in its tracks or it will divide the church and cause the church to perhaps self-implode. One way to stop gossip, besides preaching on the evils of it, is to inform the members on how to respond to gossip. When someone comes up to you with gossip, tell them this: “I see why you’re concerned about so and so. Why don’t we call them right now and schedule a time to talk to them about this? Better yet, let’s go and meet with them right now and see if we can’t help them deal with what you just said about them.” You could also say “I will talk with them about what you said and see if they need help in this area (whatever it is) and tell them you’re concern.” If the person who is being gossiped about is there, say to the person gossiping, “There they are over there. Let’s go over to them and talk to them about this right now. Let’s tell them what you heard and see what they say.” You could also rebuke the one gossiping and tell them that unless the person they’re talking about is not present, it’s rude to speak about them behind their back. The Bible says “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends” (Prov 17:9) and “a gossip separates close friends” (Prov 16:28b).

5 Surefire Ways To Keep The Youth Active At A Church

Here are five surefire ways to keep your youth active in the church today with the goal of their staying in the church as an adult.

Hands On

If you want to get someone involved with something, ask for their help. When you get others to participate in what you’re doing, you’re likely to keep them involved in what you’re doing. Young people may not tell you they want to help or tell you that they want to participate in the activities of the church but inwardly, many do. Don’t take their body language serious; they might only be acting that way because their peers are looking on. It might not seem “cool” to be the first to volunteer to help so ask them, either individually or collectively. You don’t receive because you don’t ask (James 4:3). I think when some youth start to participate, it won’t be long before most of them will want to and when they do, thank them, encourage them, and brag on their involvement. Showing and giving appreciation goes a long way in having the youth be involved.

6 Warning Signs Of An Unbiblical Sunday School Teacher

Here are six signs of an unbiblical Sunday school teacher that you need to know about.

Hearing about doctrinal Error

This is perhaps the most critical of all signs of an unbiblical Sunday school teacher because the key word is “unbiblical” and all teaching should strictly be doctrinally sound. There is no time to waste in the urgency for this teacher to receive correction and sound counsel on what is correct biblical teaching and doctrine like in regards to salvation. The church and the church leadership will be held accountable before God for allowing unbiblical teaching in the church. This is Jesus’ church, not ours, and He is the Head, not we (Col 1:18). We are responsible for what is being taught and what is not. When you hear hints or clear language about what someone is teaching and it doesn’t square with Scripture, you must react to this immediately. The way to prevent something like this from happening is to assess what the Sunday school teacher knows. Do they believe in the divinity of Christ? What about His sinless-ness and His resurrection? Do they believe that we are saved by faith alone and not by any works (Eph 2:8-9)? Do they believe that every word of God is inspired? Do they hold to the veracity and inerrancy of Scripture? If some of these things are not clear with the teacher, they’ll even be less clear to the students.

5 Ways Accountability Partners Help Us Overcome Sin

Here are 5 ways that accountability partners can help us overcome a besetting sin which is often a stronghold in our life.

Accountability to God

First and foremost, you and I must consider that we are all accountable to God. Daily reading of the Word of God will convict us where we fall short but the Word of God is better than an accountability partner because it cuts in order to heal. We need human accountability partners but we need more than human accountability partners; we need God’s Spirit but Paul confidently wrote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Paul thanked God that it was Christ Who “has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service” (1st Tim 1:12) and encouraged the Ephesians (and us!), “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph 3:16). In our weakness in the flesh God says “my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me” (2nd Cor 12:9). That doesn’t mean we’re off the hook because Paul also wrote “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:13) but thankfully “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil 2:13). Our work join’s with God’s Spirit to change us (sanctification), not meaning we work our way to salvation but we work because of our salvation. We work with God and His Spirit.

5 Preaching Tips To Help With Sermons On Sensitive Topics

Here are 5 preaching tips that I hope can help you with preaching on sensitive topics.

The Authority of God

Pastors cannot avoid controversial subjects if they are preaching biblical messages and those sensitive areas must be addressed because God’s Word addresses them. What the preacher must do is to remind the church that the real authority is God Himself and what He says in His Word is what they are responsible for preaching and that is the whole counsel of God from the whole Word of God. You cannot avoid offending some and even shocking others but we cannot compromise the truth of the Bible. It is what it is because God says it is. Pastors are held accountable to God and not to the church. That sounds a bit contrary to today’s politically correct world and some churches have bought into that idea that we must not offend because we don’t want to ruffle feathers but you can’t gather eggs without ruffling a few feathers. Tell the congregation that what you are about to preach on is straight from the Word of God and is not your own opinion or ideas. If the Word of God has it, we must teach it. There’s nothing wrong with warning some of the congregants that the subject of today’s sermon is on a sensitive area. You might even give notice to the parents of young children that they might not want to hear certain things and you can give them the option of screening their children from certain sermons but you can’t hide the truth. The Word of God comforts the afflicted but it afflicts the comfortable and it is worth the risk of offending some if it means speaking the truth out of the Bible. The Word of God cuts but it cuts in order to heal. Place the responsibility on God for that is the only true source of truth in the world. Make sure you demonstrate from Scriptures that you’re being completely biblical.


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