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  • Church Fighting? Series

    Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 30, 2015
     | 2,026 views

    What causes problems in the church?

    Let us continue our worship of God by learning from the Letter by James. Open your Bibles to James Chapter 4…… We will focus on the first 3 verses this morning, but let us read v1-12….. Read along with me…. Let us note again that this letter is written to Christians. ...read more

  • A Good Church Fight!

    Contributed by Bradford Robinson on Oct 28, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 4,157 views

    Ding Ding! What happens when a church fights? This sermon looks at some causes and effects of church fights.

    Have you ever seen a good church fight? I mean not the casual disagreement about something but I mean the old fashioned fist flying, head-butting, table crashing, chair smashing on the back, bottle over the head church fight? Well I haven’t seen one either, and I hope I never do, but this week I ...read more

  • What To Do With Your Criticism

    Contributed by John Hamby on Jul 24, 2003
    based on 53 ratings
     | 3,333 views

    Dealing with Criticism in the life of the church.Fighting the Worship Wars.

    “What To Do With Your Criticisms!” The title of this message could have been, “What you Can Do With Your Criticism” but that has a couple of interpretations. It could also have been entitled, “What You are Doing with Your Criticism.” But we need to recognize that one of the ...read more

  • True Faith Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Jun 18, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,856 views

    Churches fight over worship. Members leave over worship. But what is true worship, worship that is acceptable to God?

    Introduction I. Worship A. Church talk about it B. Churches fight about it C. Churches sometimes even split over it. II. When it comes to the issue of worship A. I have heard people say, “I go to that church because of their incredible worship.” B. I have heard people say, ...read more

  • Disputing Disputable Matters

    Contributed by Robert Sickler on Jan 6, 2016
     | 2,212 views

    We are not all at the same level of spiritual maturity, and we do not all walk the exact same path with Jesus; therefore, let us not get disagreeable over opinions.

    Disputable Matters Illustration – The Hatfield and McCoy feud (1863–1891) In most cases, when a dispute ends in violence there is a bit of history behind the dispute. Probably the most famous dispute in America was between two families living in the West Virginia/Kentucky area ...read more

  • Was The Early Church The "Golden Age"? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Aug 31, 2018
     | 343 views

    Christians today tend to romanticize the early church as a Golden Age when passages like this one present a picture of a church with plenty of struggles. What does that mean for how we should view the church today?

    - Read 2 Corinthians 1:12-17 and 2:1-10. An Early Church Story: - What we are looking at today is just one story from the early church. 1. There was serious sin in the church. - 2 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13. - We know this from 1 Corinthians 5 and Paul’s extensive instructions to ...read more

  • United Or Untied?

    Contributed by Russell Brownworth on May 19, 2003
    based on 37 ratings
     | 5,323 views

    Church fights, anger and power-positioning -- the church is so much like the world we hardly have anything to offer as an example of the Christlike life. Here is how to straighten out!

    THE PASTOR’S POINTS sermon ministry of CEDAR LODGE BAPTIST CHURCH Thomasville, NC A fellowship of faith, family and friendships. ------------------------------------------------------- Russell Brownworth, Pastor 1 Corinthians 1.10, 3.23, Psalms 133 There is a chorus I love; it is a ...read more

  • Are We Following Jesus?

    Contributed by David Rigg on Oct 11, 2015
     | 2,939 views

    Why do we have so many denominations in Christianity? Is it right to be that way? How did it all get started? Why do so many churches fight among themselves rather than work together? This sermon deals with those questions.

    Are We Following Jesus? Luke 9:49-50 49 Now John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us." 50But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side." Back in the 1890's ...read more

  • Unity

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 25, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,979 views

    Paul’s final appeal in this letter is a call for unity. In the first nine chapters he addressed the majority of the Christians in the Corinthian assembly. In chapters 10 - 13:10, his words were directed primarily to those who questioned his integrity. In

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: In the church there is a bond of family, yet room for variety. The devil tries to disrupt unity. To chickens tied at the legs and thrown over a clothesline may be united, but they do not have unity. (Leslie Flynn, Great Church Fights - Swindoll’s Book of ...read more

  • Why Men Don't Ask For Directions Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Jun 1, 2004
    based on 16 ratings
     | 3,111 views

    Independence and self-will are at the heaert of prayerlessness.

    Why Men Don’t Ask For Directions —Part 1 James 4:1-10 Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO. Our text connects these important themes. I want to set the stage for this study in this message and continue it next week. James is one of the most ...read more

  • Four Mistakes In Approaching A Dangerous World

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jul 9, 2018
     | 460 views

    Jesus' words about sheep and wolves point us toward the right approach with interacting with the dangerous world around us.

    FOUR MISTAKES IN APPROACHING A DANGEROUS WORLD: 1. IF THE WORLD IS MESSY AND DANGEROUS, IS THE WISE OPTION TO JUST WITHDRAW? No, Jesus is sending us out. - Matthew 10:16a. - Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 16:18. - Our tendency is to withdraw from the world because it’s a scary place. - ...read more

  • Your Internal Conflict Just Spilled Over Into The Church Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Sep 27, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,873 views

    The disastrous reign of our own desires threatens the health of Christ’s people. James confronts us with the need to address this dreadful malady that contaminates the work of God.

    JAMES 4:1-3 YOUR INTERNAL CONFLICT JUST SPILLED OVER INTO THE CHURCH “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do ...read more

  • We Believe Better Than We Behave Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Sep 20, 2008
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,748 views

    Confronting the normal tendency to promote our own interests,even while surrendering to the reign of God’s Spirit, goes a long way toward promoting unity within the congregation.

    JAMES 4:1–3 WE BELIEVE BETTER THAN WE BEHAVE “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do ...read more

  • Faithful?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jan 27, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,117 views

    Because God is faithful to us, we must remain faithful to Him.

    I Corinthians 1: 1 – 9 / Faithful? Intro: A man swims from his sinking ship and arrives on a beach. He discovers that he is completely alone. 2 years later he flags down a passing ship. The rescue crew arrives and their first question is, “Where is everyone else?” ...read more

  • The Faith

    Contributed by Anthony Smith on Mar 22, 2004
    based on 18 ratings
     | 2,196 views

    A closer look at false doctrine and the Faith of a Christian.

    The Faith Every man has been given a measure of the Faith,but the Apostle Paul tells us that not all men have faith. This is a look at false doctrine in troubled times. As the United States fights religious zellots ,we in the ...read more