Contributed by Glenn Durham on Feb 12, 2008
The story is told that John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, changed his view about church division after a dream in which he was first transported to the gates of Hell. He asked, “Are there any Presbyterians here?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Any Roman Catholics?” “Yes.” “Any Congregationalists?” “Yes.”
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 16, 2008
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, no person in all of East Germany was more despised than the former Communist dictator Erich Honecher. He had been stripped of all his offices. Even the Communist Party rejected him. Kicked out of his villa, the new government refused him and his wife
Contributed by J. Allen Lucas on Mar 17, 2008
After Pilate realized Jesus was innocent of the charges brought before him, he wanted to let Jesus go, but when he told the people what he wanted to do, they got upset.
They didn’t want justice, they wanted death! They wanted blood! They wanted the blood of Jesus and they got it!
If you want the
Contributed by Ajai Prakash on May 9, 2008
Years ago, a large statue of Christ was erected high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile. Called "Christ of the Andes," the statue symbolizes a pledge between the two countries that as long as the statue stands, there will be peace between Chile and Argentina. Shortly after the
The word division means to “rip” or “tear” (1 Cor. 1:10). The Christians in this church were tearing the church apart – they were allowing the spirit of offense to rip
DIVISION IN THE CHURCH
We might sum up the divisions in this church this way according to Parsons:
i. "I follow Paul" -- This group may have taken the attitude that Paul started this church and he will always be the leader. These are the traditionalists.
1. They always live in the past and
A news story from Wales told of a feud in a church looking for a new pastor. It read:
"Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to shout above the others. Both called for hymns, and the congregation sang two--each trying to
Contributed by Jacob Kutty on May 30, 2008
THE TAILOR'S NEEDLE
A tailor was at work. He took a piece of cloth and with a pair of shining, costly, scissors, he cut the cloth into various bits.
Then he put the pair of scissors at his feet. Then he took a small needle and thread and started to sew the bits of cloth, into a fine shirt.
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Jul 7, 2009
TRAMPLED IN THE CHURCH
An African proverb says, "When elephants fight, grass gets trampled." Elephants do not throw their weight around for nothing. The average African elephant weighs 16,534 lbs. The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall! Wild elephants eat
IN CHRIST, NO DIVISIONS (Spanish and English)
Estoy seguro de que han escuchado aquella celebre frase de divide y vencerás...
Divide et vinces, es una de esas citas históricas atribuidas a todo el mundo: desde Julio César hasta Napoleón Bonaparte. Sin embargo, su autor es desconocido. Fue
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 28, 2010
ELEPHANT FIGHTS IN CHURCH
An African proverb says, "When elephants fight, grass gets trampled." Elephants do not throw their weight around for nothing. The average African elephant weighs 16,534 lbs. The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall! Wild elephants
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 16, 2011
In Winchester, Ohio there’s a church called the Bethlehem Church of Christ. It’s been in existence for over 150 years, and over the years different events have been recorded in their “history” book. One of their recent ministers was reading back over the different entries in this
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 26, 2011
A man was stranded on an island. Alone for a number of years. Finally he was located and some people came ashore to rescue him. Before they took him off the island, he wanted to show them around. He took them to his hut and said "This is the home I built with my own 2 hands."
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 8, 2011
THOMAS CAMPBELL AND THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT
Back in early 1800's there was a preacher in Western Pennsylvania named Thomas Campbell. He was a preacher for the Old-light, Anti-burger, Seceder Presbyterian Church. Each of those phrases described a political division within the Presbyterian Church
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 31, 2011
TRESPASSES AND DEBTS
The story is told of two congregations that were located only a few blocks from each other in a small community. They thought it might be better if they would merge and become one united, larger, and more effective body rather than two struggling churches. Good idea ... but
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 9, 2012
THE DAMAGE OF DISUNITY
Dwight L. Moody once stated, "I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord's people were divided." Notice what Phinehas said: "This day we perceive that the Lord is among us" (Jo 22:31). The Lord's presence was among His people, because they walked in
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 4, 2012
THE THREE-LEGGED CHICKEN
One day a traveller was driving down a back country road when he noticed that there was a three-legged chicken running alongside his car. He stepped on the gas but at 50 miles per hour, the chicken was still keeping up. After about a mile of running, the chicken ran up a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2014
Let me read one of Aesop’s Greek fables; In the forest, there lived four oxen. They were very good friends and always went together to graze in the fields. However, every time they went, a hungry lion tried to attack them. The lion longed for their meat. But they withstood his attack by fighting
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight it's the