Christians, not taking their unity in the church seriously, tend to treat one another as the world treats one another. One way this becomes manifest is through how conflict is often handled between Christians. Our conflicts often look just like the world’s conflicts, and this is due to our own hardness of heart. In Corinth, this was manifested through the believers taking each other to the civil courts over “trivial” issues.
This passage is meant to show us that, even in the midst of conflict, the church must strive for unity and peace. This means we should work hard to handle hard situations amongst ourselves, rather than displaying sinful conflict to the sinful world. When we, as local bodies, do not handle conflict well, we work against several aspects of God’s will for his people.
Today’s proposition is best summed up as a question: What is the danger of mishandling conflict? Our main points are as follows:
- Mishandling conflict undermines eternity.
- Mishandling conflict undermines life and mission today.
- Mishandling conflict undermines the gospel.
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 "Mishandling Conflict"