Strength In Unity

Here are a few of the notes from our leadership meeting and Jesus’ Rx for Unity found in Matthew 18:15-17

So How Do We Apply This Practically?

When you have a problem or conflict with someone, go to them PRIVATELY and try to work it out.

When you have a question or problem about something in your church, go to the Leader of that Ministry PRIVATELY and try to work it out.

If someone wants to talk to you about someone else or about an issue in your church in a negative way…

  1. Ask them if they want to obey Jesus
  2. If YES – Say – then don’t talk to me – go to the person(s) involved in the problem
  3. If NO – Say – then I don’t need to hear it

If someone says something before you can stop them or before you realize what’s happening.   Say: I know _____ and believe they’d be willing to talk with you. Why don’t we call them right now and set up a time to work this out.

WHY? Because the cause of Christ is more import than me.

WHY? Because of Jesus’ prayer in John 17

21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:21-23 NLT

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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