Sunday School Today: Conflict Is Sometimes A Good Thing

In our discussion about what makes up a person’s religious beliefs, we noted that a person’s doctrines and convictions about areas of Scripture or even the development of other believers within the Body of Christ may bring about a difference of opinion, which can lead to conflict between believers. While we do not generally like when conflict occurs, it sometimes is a good thing when it does occur. God, in His infinite wisdom, works through all of these matters to accomplish His purpose and for His glory. We are advised in Scripture that conflict may separate believers to serve the Lord in different areas to reach others for Christ (Acts 15:36-41). It also may occur for the purpose of correction and reminding us what is most important (Galatians 2:11-21), and to remind us that, within the body of Christ, our faith is demonstrated by our actions (James 2:8-26). Even if it means churches split to separate from the body those who operate with selfish desires, conflict is good because it protects the true followers of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:26-28).

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About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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