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  • Stop Debating On Non-Essentials

    Contributed by Greg Gordon on May 29, 2015
     | 1,007 views

    I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10 Hav ..

    I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10 Having a healthy discussion on a topic, ...read more

  • Defeating Intolerance Series

    Contributed by Landon Winstead on Dec 31, 2013
     | 2,002 views

    In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.

    At first glance, you might wonder just what all this writing about eating has to do with your Christian faith. After all, the text was penned with Jewish and Gentile Christians in mind and specifically written for the church at Rome. The Jewish converts had a problem with the rigid Jewish laws. ...read more

  • Discerning Between The Essentials And Non-Essentials

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on May 23, 2006
    based on 24 ratings
     | 2,519 views

    This I pray that your love would abound still more and more in real knowledge and depth of insight. So that you may discern what is best

    Discerning Between the Essentials and Non-Essentials Phil. 1:9-11 "This I pray that your love would abound still more and more in real knowledge and depth of insight. So that you may discern what is best." "I pray that you would be filled with the knowledge of His will with all ...read more

  • Accept One Another

    Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Sep 29, 2013
     | 2,935 views

    There are many controversial issues that cause us to devour one another instead of “receive one another” as Paul commands us in Rom. 15:7. This message discusses Paul's instructions about disputable matters that believers divide over in our churches.

    Accept One Another Message 4 in “One Anothers” series Chuck Sligh September 27, 2013 A PowerPoint presentation for this message and all the sermons in the One Another Series is available upon request at chucksligh@hotmail.com. NOTE: The H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. acrostic regarding Roman’s 14 and 15 ...read more

  • Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right?

    Contributed by Dr. Ronald Shultz on Sep 17, 2006
    based on 16 ratings
     | 4,706 views

    There are no nonessential doctrines or gray areas to God.

    In 1986, one of the songs high on the charts was entitled, Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong or Right) by Restless Heart. The question came up in the song because a couple was deciding whether or not to have an affair and wondered why it had to be black or white or why you had to hurt one to ...read more

  • Lesson 49: Preach With Balance Series

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on May 9, 2018
     | 523 views

    How can we teach our congregations to balance Christian essentials with non-essentials? How can we overcome bigotry on non-essential doctrines, while still maintaining our preference.

    Lesson Goal Introduce some basic elements of balanced preaching. Lesson Intro In Acts 20:27 Paul informs the the church of God in Ephesus that he had preached to them the whole counsel of God. Most preachers that do not have a structured annual preaching plan are guilty of over-preaching ...read more

  • Accept No Subsitutes

    Contributed by Kerry Haynes on Jul 28, 2019
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,400 views

    Paul's advice to the Colossians is still appropriate for us today: Build your faith on Jesus alone, reject any subtitutes or add-ons, and stay away from unhelful squabbles and judgments over non-essentials. Outlines available: e-mail kerry.n.haynes@gmail.com

    Colossians 2:6-10, 16-19 Accept No Substitutes (Outlines in MS Word are available if needed; e-mail me at kerry.n.haynes@gmail.com) Paul lived in a time--much like today--when there was a lot of interest in spirituality. Some people were into worshipping angels. Others were coming up with ...read more

  • The Reason For The Season

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Nov 7, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,862 views

    This sermon uses a life-sized nativity on stage and strips away all of the non-essentials to find the real reason for the season... Jesus

    The Reason for the Season This sermon was instigated by things I have heard this past week on T.V., on t radio, and in listening to others talking. I feel that there are some misunderstandings that MUST be addressed. This week I have heard personalities in media who have said things ...read more

  • Acts 15 - Resolving Conflicts Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 14, 2013
     | 5,513 views

    Learn from the Council in Jerusalem. Unite around the essentials. Make concessions in non-essentials. Show love in everything.

    We have been looking at troubles and persecutions from without. • Today, we are going to look at problems from within - disagreements among believers. • Christians will quarrel. Nothing wrong with that. If you had never had an argument with a brother or sister, I’m more ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Discern Between Essential And Non-Essential actions

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 18 ratings
     | 3,002 views

    1. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment between essential and non-essential actions through His still small voice of calm.

    1. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment between essential and non-essential actions through His still small voice of calm. David wrote, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10) Listen to the Spirit’s voice in helping you determine ...read more

  • Reasons For Our Suffering

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on May 1, 2003
    based on 29 ratings
     | 1,668 views

    Suffering can teach us that we may have to realign our priorities, values and sense of what is essential vs. non-essentials

    Suffering - To experience adverse effects of something unpleasant. To feel pain, grief or discomfort. Illustration:Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" he replied. "They’re the only ones who can take it." Unknown. "Although the world is full of suffering, ...read more

  • Building A Community Of Unity Series

    Contributed by Rick Duncan on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 29 ratings
     | 3,020 views

    This is a message encouraging believers to follow the wisdom found in the following: In essential things, unity. In non-essential things, liberty. In all things, charity.

    Remember Pat Tillman? He’s the football player who turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the Army in May 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. Tillman was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Sports pages all across America told his heroic story. ...read more

  • "In All Things, Love”

    Contributed by Keith Foskey on Jun 8, 2006
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,331 views

    INTRODUCTION: There is a famous quote used by many churches that goes like this: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love.”

    A few months ago I was going through some of the church archives and I ran across this quote printed on a very old bulletin. The more I thought about the quote, the more I began to wonder where it came from and why we used it. I will ask you all to now humor me as I give you a very brief history ...read more

  • Them Dry Bones

    Contributed by Pastor/Revivalist Terry Sisney on Aug 2, 2002
    based on 87 ratings
     | 17,547 views

    It doesn’t matter what denomination you are: Dry is Dry, let’s quit arguing over non-essentials and get to the heart of the matter (we need revival).

  • I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends Series

    Contributed by Ken Mckinley on Mar 10, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,623 views

    Sermon 22 from our series on the Baptist Faith and Message

    Cooperation (BFM #22) I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends Text: Philippians 1:15-18 By: Ken McKinley (Read Text) This morning we are on article 14 of our study of the BFM – In the coming weeks we will be finishing up this series and I’ve already started praying about what I should be ...read more