Sunday Sermon on January 15, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
1.What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful or eye opening? Explain.
2.Tell of a situation where you saw someone hurt bad by a conflict that did not get resolved in a healthy matter and the effects it had on them(hurting from parents when children, wife with husband or vise versa, siblings, friends…)?
3.Share a time when you have had a conflict that did not get resolved and how it effected that relationship and others?
4.Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. How important is it to enter into conflict resolution with love? How do we often go into it? Don’t we often just go into to prove ourselves right? Have you ever thought to ask yourself if you could just forgive them and move on without confronting? This is different than not confronting but still resenting what they did.
5.Read Proverbs 15:1-2. Some think whoever speaks loudest and last wins. How is this the wrong attitude? How can you apply this proverb to your life?
6.Resolving conflict requires self examination (Read Matthew 7:1-5). How important do you think it is to ask yourself how have you added to this problem and examine yourself?
7.Resolving conflict requires good motives (Read Romans 12:16-19). How important is it that we have good motives and are truly seeking peace not just our own way? How can you leave room for the Lord to resolve your conflict?
8.What does Matthew 18:15 say is the first step in handling conflict with someone? Why is this so important? Why do so many go around gathering numbers on their side before and after attempting to handle conflict? How is gathering numbers divisive and destructive? How have you seen this in church?
9.Read Matthew 18:21-35. How do you define forgiveness? Is saying you forgive but still having resentment true forgiveness? Who do you need to truly forgive in your life?