Avoiding Church Splits
|Philippians 2 (NKJV™)|
|1||Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,|
|2||fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.|
|3||Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.|
|4||Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The early church grew by addition and multiplication. It seems the modern church prefers to grow by division: one group splintering off on its own only to replicate that cycle again and again. The Christian community at Philippi was a vibrant, growing church but it was experiencing a period of disharmony. A split between two personalities was threatening the integrity of the church’s testimony. Here we learn how such a split can be avoided.
The Church. Who really needs to be a part of it? Why should we belong to something so archaic and so narrow? The culture around us seems to ask this question relentlessly, but what is the answer? Pastor Skip Heitzig presents a series of reasons why the church, as Christ established it, is so vitally important to the Christian walk. From God's original intent for His church, to the ways in which He uses us today, and the reasons why people attend and leave the church, this series emphasizes the importance of the Church and the need to revere it as divinely established.