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  1. Resolving Conflict Among Brethren Matt. 5:23-24

  2. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matt. 5:23-24 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  3. “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY WORD MAY BE ESTABLISHED.' And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” Matt. 18:15-17 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren Matt. 18:15-17

  4. “ESTABLISHED. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matt. 18:15-17 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  5. 1. First Go “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” Matt. 18:15 “The Lord hates…one who sows discord among the brethren” Prov. 6:16-19 “First be reconciled to your brother…” Matt. 5:24 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  6. 1. First Go Principles of Resolving Conflicts It is not you against me… Active listening Get on the same side of the fence Don’t be a mind reader Avoid character assassination Your relationship with brother/sister more important Love keeps no record of wrongs Have the heart of Jesus Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  7. 2. Take Witnesses But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY WORD MAY BE ESTABLISHED. Matt. 18:16 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  8. 3. Tell It To The Church And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. Matt. 18:17 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  9. 4. Let Him Be To You As A Gentile And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a Gentile and a tax collector. Matt. 18:17 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thess. 3:15

  10. 5. We Must Forgive Each Other For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. 6:14-15 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

  11. “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?” Gal. 2:11-14 Resolving Conflict Among Brethren

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