Decision Making 4

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. What is one example of a biblical “tradition” that was handed down by the apostles?
The Lord’s Supper as taught in 1 Corinthians 11
2. How is it that some people can gain unusual power in the church, even though not in a position of authority?
They may have been at the church longer than anyone else, they may be eloquent or persuasive in their words, or they may be well connected with or related to many others in the church.
3. What is a strategic, important verse to always keep in mind when dealing with all issues in the church?
Philippians 2:1-3

Discuss It

  1. Why in your opinion are traditions so hard to change?
  2. Of the special issues presented, which do you find the most difficult to deal with?
  3. What is it about the family dynamic that affects an elder’s perspective on decisions related to his family or relatives?

Apply It

  1. Find someone who enjoys a different kind of Christian music than you do. Share together the stories behind your favorite songs or hymns, and why they are meaningful to each of you. Listen closely to the other person, and then repeat back to them your understanding of why those songs or hymns are important to them.
  2. Find someone who holds strongly to a tradition in your church and is resistant to change. Ask them (and then listen carefully) why the tradition is so important to them? Try to discern what their fears might be. Ask if they would be willing to sacrifice that tradition if it meant more young people might come to the church?

Digging Deeper

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict,by Ken Sande