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Aim in Preaching

For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Cor. 7:8-10)

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. (1 Thess. 2:13)


Keeping Our

Eyes On the Goal

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)


Pressing Toward

the Goal

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13-14)


Fight, Finish,

and Keep

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

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  • Denotes ambition, self-seeking, rivalry, self-will being an underlying idea in the word; party-making; seeking to win followers (Phil. 1:15; 2:3; Jas. 3:14-16; Rom. 2:8).
  • Faction is the fruit of jealousy (2 Cor. 12:20; Gal. 5:20)
  • Causing division, not necessarily “heretical” in the sense of holding false doctrine (Titus 3:10)
  • Can be factious and never introduce false teaching
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Factionalism: Possible Causes of Jealousy

Jealousy,Rivalry, Desire for pre-eminence

Another’s Ability

Educational Level

Dress, Looks

General Behavior


Wealth, Success


Social Standing

Office in the Church

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Factionalism: Possible Causes of Rivalry

Jealousy,Rivalry,Desire for pre-eminence

Factionalism: Possible Causes of Rivalry

Jealousy,Rivalry,Desire for pre-eminence


Have to Win

Desire for Power

Control Others

Ego: “My way is best.”

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The Factious Person At Work

  • Works behind the scenes
  • Lines up followers for his cause
  • Uses Gossip, Backbiting, Slander, Rumor, Hearsay
  • Bullies his way; Intimidates; Threatens; Pouts
  • Manipulates in order to control
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Stopping the Factious Person





Press toward the mark… Phil. 3:14

Work to win souls to Christ, not some faction… John 17:20-21

Love the brethren… John 13:34-35

Grow in grace and knowledge… 2 Pet. 3:18

Create and maintain peace and harmony… Eph. 4:1-3

Overcoming Factionalism


When a matter of judgment not settled to my satisfaction…

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Rom. 12:3)

Matter of judgment not worth dividing the body over…

Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. (1 Cor. 8:13)

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Rom. 14:19)

Have the Attitude of Christ in you… Phil. 2:5

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:1-4)

Have the Attitude of Christ in you… Phil. 2:5

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. (1 Peter 1:22)