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Summary: Here’s a story that uses an amusing story to illustrates the uselessness of fighting over things that often divide Christians.

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Some Things Aren’t Worth Fighting About

Titus 3:1-9

[1] Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,

[2] to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

[3] For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

[4] But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

[5] not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

[6] whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

[7] that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

[8] This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

[9] But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.

Gospel Chapel is a nondenominational church.

Some people wonder what that means.

Well, it means we are not Methodists…Baptists…Lutherans.

Episcopalians…Catholics…Moravians

Nazareens…Pentecostals…Presbyterian

Or any other name associated with a group of churches.

One day, a lady asked me why we are nondenominational.

The answer is simple!

We wanted to start a church…

which stays away from things that divide Christians.

Working the past 10 years for a Christian radio station…

Has exposed me to Christians from many denominations.

Since I became a born-again Christian in 1988,

I have heard people suggest that:

· I’m not saved because I’ve never spoken in tongues;

· I need to ask God for a "second blessing"

if I want to be an "Spirit-filled" Christian;

· And, I need to read only the King James Bible.

· If I don’t get baptized by immersion, I won’t go to heaven.

Henry Blackman was a big shot lawyer from Chicago.

One day, he took a vacation and drove to southern Illinois

To do some quail hunting.

He shot a quail and it fell dead in a nearby field.

Pleased with his shooting success,

the big shot lawyer started walking toward his dead quail.

There was a fence around this field where the bird fell.

As Henry was climbing over the fence,

Tom Dixon, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor.

Tom asked Henry what he was doing.

The lawyer replied, "I shot a quail and it fell in this field!

I’m going in to retrieve it."

Old Tom replied. "This is my property.

You are not coming over here."

The angry lawyer shouted, “Listen to me, you old man!

"I am one of the best trial attorneys in Chicago!

If you don’t let me get that bird, I’ll sue you!

I’ll take this field and everything you own."

We’ll find out more about this argument a little later!

What should you do when you run into someone…

who disagrees with what you?

The first principle taught in the Bible is,

Point #1. DON’T ARGUE

Most of us know not to argue with an unbeliever.


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