Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 9

Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

Questions for Reflection:

Are you know as a peacemaker who strengthens church unity or, are you often part of some contentious argument? Do you act like a “self-appointed” critic and judge to set everyone else straight? Are you quick to talk about the shortcomings of others? Do you increase the faith of your church by a positive attitude or, do you tear it down by focusing on its imperfections? Are you quick to divide up and take sides? Do you tend to be a part of church cliques? Are you known as a complainer and one who is easily upset? Have you been critical and condemning for those with different tastes in music and worship style?

Scripture

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

Questions for Reflection:

This generation has witnessed a shocking increase of preachers and lay-leaders being fired or mistreated for small reasons. Certainly, when a leader sins, he or she must be held accountable. Yet today, many churches have forgotten the biblical principle of respect and honor for those who lead the church. In many churches, the Holy Spirit is quenched because the congregation has sinned against a pastor or church leader.

Have you been critical or slanderous of Christian leaders? Do you fail to respect and honor those called to lead the church? Do you undermine their authority? Do you tend to “pick them apart” rather than give consistent encouragement and prayer support? Are there leaders or other believers with whom you have parted on angry terms? Do you tend to slander or mock other denominational groups, ministries or leaders who may not agree with you on every point?

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October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Religon, Theology

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