Hot Topics 2.0

Jul 08, 2018 | Cory Pitts

Return 2 Hot Topics- Offended: Navigating the politics of conflict

Return 2 Hot Topics


Offended: Navigating the politics of conflict


Matthew 5, 1 Peter 3; Matthew 6

 

Offense:


- Biblical Worldview – a disjointed heart that leads to Godliness and redemption.
- Cultural Worldview – a disjointed heart that leads to perpetual anger and cynicism.


You can navigate a culture of offense by:


1) Managing your own hurt and anger. (Matthew 5:38-48)


a. Why am I offended?
b. What do I need to do with it?
c. Am I using this or being used? (Romans 16:17)


2) Gain God’s perspective. (1 Peter 3:8-12 & Psalm 34)


a. Does God see this?
b. How can I imitate Him?


3) Handling offenses Biblically. (Matthew 6:14-15)


1. If you can get over it, get over it. (1 Peter 4:8)
2. If you can’t get over it, go to the person. (Matthew 18:15)
3. If they continue, go to the right people. (Matthew 18:16)
4. If things remain unchanged, go to church leadership. (Matthew 18:17a)
5. Be redemptive in all of this. (Matthew 18:17b)

Final thought: Allow offense to lead you and others to the truth of the Gospel.

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