It is easy to get derailed from our mission when disagreements arise. Persons and problems become our focus rather than “fixing our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Paul was not derailed from God’s plan and purpose for the church because there was a disagreement with Barnabas. He “chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord” (Acts 15:40). Notice that the church in Antioch is wholly in agreement with Paul moving on with Silas, to strengthen existing churches, and no mention is made of disunity in the church.
Let me propose to you that where the Holy Spirit is at work in a local church, there will be unity in the church and with the leaders (Read Ephesians 4:1-3 and see the prerequisite attitudes). And more importantly, God’s work will advance rapidly!
Is this happening in your church? If not, isn’t it time to return to the biblical model?
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