Summary: Here’s a story that uses an amusing story to illustrates the uselessness of fighting over things that often divide Christians.
Some Things Aren’t Worth Fighting About
 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
 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,
 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
 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.
 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.
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.
Listen to 1 Corinthians 2:14-16:
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.
16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Jesus knew not to argue with unbelievers.
Listen to Mark 8:11-13:
11 And the Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.
12 And sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation."
13 And leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side.
The Pharisees were not interested in learning anything from Jesus.
They just wanted to argue with Him.
And Jesus knew it.
He responds to them by "sighing deeply in His spirit."
So what did Jesus do with unbelievers who wanted to argue?
Mark 8:13 tells us that He simply left.
An unbeliever is spiritually dead.
He needs the Holy Spirit to understand spiritual things.
When we share the Gospel with them,
it is the Holy Spirit who makes the good news of salvation
understandable to a spiritually dead person.
It is not until unbelievers place their faith in Jesus Christ,