Any time two or more people are gathered together there is potential for conflict. All you have to do is go to a family reunion to know the reality of that. Families, like offices or teams or churches, are collections of diverse people. And here's the kicker: Almost everyone has a different perspective than almost everyone about almost everything. It's just the way things are. Everyone is unique. And that uniqueness presents a challenge and an opportunity. The opportunity is that diversity can help us grow and develop beyond "the box" of our individual perspectives. The challenge, then, is to use diversity in productive ways.
This sounds easier said than done. And it is. Despite our best attempts, there will still be conflicts. Thankfully, in Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus gives us ways to handle conflict in effective and healthy ways. This Sunday, we'll explore the tips that Jesus shared. So if you'd like to know how to get along with others - even when there is conflict - come to church this Sunday. We're going to explore how the wisdom of Jesus can be applied to our daily lives.
In the end, we'll discover three important things happen when we transform conflict into something productive through healthy communication. First, we feel better. Second, we lose an opponent and gain a partner. And, third, we realize that Jesus truly is present when two or three people are gathered together. It's not magic. It's just the message of Jesus!
All are welcome to join us for worship this Sunday at 9:30.