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Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

What does it look like for Christians to resolve significant conflicts with each other in significant ways? In the ninth week of our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy Ateek shows us four reasons why conflict is an inevitable opportunity.

Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
1 Corinthians 6:1-11

In This Series (10)
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022

Summary

What does it look like for Christians to resolve significant conflicts with each other in significant ways? In the ninth week of our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy Ateek shows us four reasons why conflict is an inevitable opportunity.

Key Takeaways

  • Conflict isn’t a matter of “if”; it’s a matter of “when”; it is an inevitable opportunity (1 Corinthians 6:1)
  • Even very serious conflict can glorify God.
  • Conflict is an inevitable opportunity to live out your identity (1 Corinthians 6:2-6).
  • When it comes to conflict, identity should determine your activity. Who you are should impact what you do.
  • One of the sweetest realities of the gospel is that we have been saved into a family (1 Corinthians 6:5-6).
  • Conflict is an inevitable opportunity to display the gospel’s credibility (1 Corinthians 6:6).
  • The gospel can do supernatural things in people’s lives; it can solve the most complex conflicts.
  • Conflict is an inevitable opportunity to grow in intimacy (1 Corinthians 6:7-8).
  • If your goal is to win a conflict, you have already lost. Rather, to lose is to win (1 Peter 2:19-23).
  • The more we are like Jesus, the more we see and enjoy Jesus.
  • Conflict is an inevitable opportunity to demonstrate authenticity (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
  • As Christians, the greatest shaping force in our lives is not the world or our rights; the greatest shaping force in our lives is Jesus Christ.
  • Steps to take in conflict:
    1. Respond to God instead of reacting to the person.
    2. Be a problem solver instead of a problem spreader.
    3. Ask for help.
    4. Consider sharing in Christ’s sufferings.
  • Don’t major in the minors; the size of our problem should match the size of our reaction.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Are there any other Christ followers with whom you are not living peaceably? What can you own in the conflict and how can you make it right?
  • Do you have a tendency to manage conflict on your own before going to God?
  • How can you be a problem solver instead of a problem spreader?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11; Ephesians 2; 1 Peter 2:19-23; Romans 12:18
  • Resource: Conflict Field Guide