Quarter’s Theme: CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE CHURCH
UNIT 1 – The Reality Of Conflict In The Church (Lessons 1-3)
LOYALTY CAMPAIGN MONTHS
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 208, 215
Devotional Reading: JAM. 3:14-18
Topic For Adults
UNDERSTANDING OUR DIVERSITY
Topic For Youths
HANDLE YOUR DIFFERENCES WITH CARE
Topic For Intermediates
BE OF ONE ACCORD
MATT. 16:16-19; JAM. 4:1-3; ACTS 15:36-40; PROV. 10:12; 2 COR. 1:9, 12:7-10; JAM. 4:1-3; 1 COR. 10:31 – 11:1
10/9/2017 LESSON 2
REASONS FOR CONFLICT IN THE CHURCH
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins (Prov. 10:12) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Envy And Jealousy
Envy and jealousy are as deadly as cancer. They should not be found among Christians if we indeed hearken to Jesus’ instruction to serve with humility (Matt. 18:1-5). Envy and jealousy are found in the church today because of members’ selfish ambition which makes them cling to leadership. The evidence of this could be seen in strife and competition. They speak lies and deceive. These result into disharmony. To curtail this evil phenomenon, let’s be pure, loving and selfless. Each of us should operate in the areas where we have comparative advantage. There is no one who is not important if he or she decides to be responsible. Avoid the spirit of strife, envy and evil competition, desire to complement others.
Point of Emphasis: Envy and jealousy are the root of hatred. Avoid them because they kill without remedy.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me to eschew envy and jealousy. Let embrace things that promote peace among brethren.