Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Part 20

Is the status quo all we can hope for in the  modern-day church? (After all, every church is filled with normal self-centered people.)  Please explain your answer.

My answer to discussion question #1 Part 20

There is a vast difference between the normal human response to disagreements and the Holy Spirit-empowered response.  The normal human response is for disagreements to turn into bitterness and division.  The Holy Spirit-empowered response is for there to be loving and humble attempts at reconciliation, even if there is a need to confess sins to each other.

Discussion  question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Part 20

Why do you believe there are so few attempts at reconciliation between those who have divided over some issue in the church?

My answer to discussion question #2 Part 20

Where there is no attempt to reconcile between those who have become divided in a church fight, what caused the division still remains unresolved. The solution to division is love and humility. We seek to reconcile with our brothers and sisters because we truly love them. We are able to do this because we have changed our outlook on them and are willing to admit that our former attitude was proud and selfish. If we do not seek to be reconciled, we do not truly love them and we are too proud to admit it.

Discussion question #3 on The Silent War in the Church Part 20

What can we do so that there will be reconciliation between those who have divided from each other in a church fight?

My answer to discussion question #3 Part 20

We can be willing to humble ourselves and reach out in love to those we have divided from and we can pray that reconciliation will take place where there has been division.  Then, revival will break out to the degree this type of humility and love has taken place.

Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Part 19

How can we be victorious in The Silent War in the Church?

May answer to discussion question #1 Part 19

We must–believe–in what God teaches us to believe and we must–do–what God commands us to do!  That is how we fight the “good fight.” (II Timothy 4:7)  Satan can only win if he can somehow cause us to doubt what God wants us to believe and disobey what God commands us to do.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Part 19

What must we–believe–that will enable us to be victorious in The Silent War in the Church?

My answer to discussion question #2 Part 19

We must believe that we are new creatures indwelt by Jesus Christ so that we are now able to be like Him; that our battle is a difficult one; and that we are never alone!

Discussion question #3 on The Silent War in the Church Part 19

What must we–do–that will enable us to be victorious in The Silent War in the Church?

My answer to discussion question #3 Part 19

We must do the following to be victorious in The Silent War In the Church:  (1) We must choose to love and obey our King.  (2) We need to forgive each other.  (3) We need to humble ourselves.  (4) We need to give and serve.  (5) We need to love each other.  (6) We must seek to grow in union with fellow believers who are also dedicated to obeying Jesus.  (9) We must remember that obeying Jesus must be our voluntary choice (not forced on us or forced in any way on others).  (10) We need to correct each other in a humble and loving way.  (11) We need to confess our sins to God and to each other.  (12) We need to seek God’s power to enable us to be victorious.  (13) We need to use God spiritual weapons.  (14) We need to persevere until the end.

Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Part 18b

Why do we need God’s power so that Christ will dwell in our hearts?

My answer to discussion question #1 Part 18b

The Christian life is not something that we can do alone.  We can only be the Christian God wants us to be if He enables us by His power so that we can truly live Jesus’ life.  Then, we in the church will experience every dimension of Jesus’ love in the way that we love each other.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Part 18b

What do we do so that God’s goal for the church will become a reality in His churches?

My answer to discussion question #2 Part 18b

We need to seek after God’s goal for His churches with all of our hearts, praying as Paul prayed for God’s power so that He will fill us with His life and power.  ” . . .  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)

Discussion question #3 on The Silent War in the Church Part 18b

But, with all of our human failings, how is this possible?

My answer to discussion question #3 Part 18b

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generation, for ever and ever! Amen.”  We need to seek after His power which is more than able to enable us to fulfill His will for the church in us.

Discussion question #4 on the Silent War in the Church Part 18b

What does it look like when the church and when a church is filled with the fullness of Go?

My answer to discussion question #4 Part 18b

The fullness of God will lead to a growing oneness in the church, agreement on what is true and real, and geninue loving relationships developing between Christians in churches.  Also, as Christian maturity develops, Christians will agree on what is false teaching and reject it.