Decision Making 2

Series: Decision Making
Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

In this series, we focus on decision making principles among elders, based on Acts 6 and Acts 15.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why did Paul confront Peter in Antioch?
Because Peter stopped fellowshipping with the Gentile believers when the men from James arrived. His actions supported the notion that a Gentile must be circumcised and follow the Law of Moses in order to be fully accepted into the church.
2. What is the verse the speaker used to show that elders need to take doctrinal error and those who propagate it seriously?
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock … I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:28–30)
3. What are the four causes of disagreements presented by the speaker?
Serious doctrinal error, petty issues, differing perspectives, fear

Discuss It

  1. How do you determine what is a serious doctrine issue versus a petty issue?
  2. How does a person’s character affect whether or not an issue becomes major in their mind and discussions?
  3. Which fear is your tendency, if any? Why?

Apply It

  1. Which of the elder characteristics as found in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 have a bearing on how elders handle disagreements in the decision making process? Explain.
  2. Make a list of all the ways that an elder being a “people pleaser” negatively affects the church and the elders’ work.