Summary: 1 of 3. James revealed the solution to conflict within the local church body. Church conflict can be cured. But how? The cure for church conflict is challenged/hindered by....
CURING CHURCH CONFLICT-I—James 4:1-17
A Cure & its Challenge...
A new miracle doctor had just arrived in town. He could cure anything & anybody, & everyone was amazed with what he could do. Everyone except for Mr. Thompson, the town skeptic, who didn't believe a thing.
Grumpy old Mr. Thompson went to this 'miracle doctor' to prove he wasn't anybody special. "Hey, doc, I have lost my sense of taste. I can't taste nothin.' So what are ya goin' to do?"
The doctor scratched his head & mumbled to himself a little. Then he told Mr. Thompson, "What you need is jar number 47."
So the doctor retrieved the jar & told Mr. Thompson to taste it.
He tasted it & immediately spit it out, "This is gross!" he yelled.
"I just restored your sense of taste Mr. Thompson," said the doctor.
So Mr. Thompson went home very mad.
One month later, Mr. Thompson went back to the doctor with a new problem. "Doc," he started, "I can't remember anything!"
Thinking he had the doctor stumped now, he waited as the doctor scratched his head, mumbled to himself a little, & told Mr. Thompson, "What you need is jar number 47..."
Immediately Mr. Thompson was cured & fled the room!
Church Conflict can also be cured!
*Our own behaviors can circumvent the very cure we need.
“The tensions in my church are are obvious. As soon as you step on the property you know it. Visitors sense it. The community talks about it. Everybody hates it. We’re losing members right & left.
?Can our church ever be free to serve God like I know we used to, like I know we’re supposed to, & like I know we can?”
James revealed the solution for conflict within the local church body.
There is a known cure for conflict within the local church.
How can church conflict to be cured?
8 challenges to the cure for church conflict.
1—The cure for church conflict is challenged by....
Explanation: (:1-2a) Lust
:1—“Where do wars & fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”
Christians & thus the church in general can be the locus of whole “Wars” & its resulting skirmishes which take place among their own number. These confrontations are, in fact, a contest of wills which arise from the collision of selfish pleasures(lusts). These “pleasures” actually arise & begin their damage plan within our own bodies. An absolutely flesh-derived want-to.
“Wars/Quarrels”(See :2—V.)—polemov—N. m.—1) A war; 2) A fight, a battle; 3) A dispute, strife, quarrel. Polemov ordinarily means war, i.e., the whole course of hostilities; mach, battle, a single engagement. It is also true that mach has often the weaker force of strife or contention, which is very seldom found in polemov. Strong—from pelomai(to bustle); Warfare (literally or figuratively; a single encounter or a series). RWP—War (polemov, old word, Mat. 24:6) pictures the chronic state or campaign, while mach (also old word, 2Cor. 7:5) presents the separate conflicts or battles in the war.