It’s the end of the week, and I’m exhausted, so I thought I’d put together a quick quiz concering what the Bible has to say about the causes and solutions to conflict.
If you finish the quiz – regardless of your responses – you get an automatic “A+” from me.
And if you get all 7 questions right, please let me know. You’ll find the answers at the end of the quiz.
1. If your relationship with a Christian friend is strained, what does Jesus tell you to do about it?
a. Get a new friend.
b. Tell your other friends about the problem.
c. Tell your pastor about the issue.
d. Talk to your friend directly.
2. In which book of the Bible do we find this counsel: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
a. The Gospel of John
3. Many Christians are suprised to learn that the Apostle Paul had such a sharp disagreement with a fellow leader that they parted company. Who was that believer?
4. True or false? The NT teaches that God will destroy those who destroy his church.
5. The NT mentions the names of specific troublemakers in its pages. Which person is not mentioned as a troublemaker?
6. What does the NT say that a church should do with members who abuse and slander others?
a. Love on them real good.
b. Break their necks.
c. Report them to denominational headquarters.
d. Identify them, confront them, and if they’re unrepentant, remove them from the church.
7. If people in a church accuse their pastor of wrongdoing, which of the following should NOT happen to the pastor?
a. He should be kicked out immediately.
b. He should be treated with dignity and respect.
c. He should be treated without partiality.
d. He should be able to face his accusers in private before he’s accused in public.
Jesus tells His followers in Matthew 18:15, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”
Most relational and church conflicts would be resolved if we’d just put that one verse into practice.
This verse is found in Romans 12:18. It tells us that while we can control our responses to other people, we can’t control their responses.
The story is found in Acts 15:36-41 and has been a blessing to many Christians … because try as we might, most of us have found that there are Christians we like with whom we cannot serve. On this occasion, Paul and Barnabas parted company over the value of John Mark.
4. True. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
The pronoun “you” in these verses is plural. The temple mentioned here isn’t the temple of our body (as in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) but the place where God dwells with his people. Destroy a church, and God will destroy you. I didn’t say it … I’m merely pointing it out.
The household of Stephanas is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16:15 as being Paul’s first converts in Achaia. John had a problem with Diotrepehes in 3 John 9-10. Paul had problems with the other two guys in 1 and 2 Timothy.
But churches today don’t do this. We prematurely forgive antagonists and troublemakers without ever rebuking them or asking them to repent. It’s like we’ve cut these verses out of our Bibles because we lack the courage to obey Scripture.
1 Timothy 5:19-21 lays out principles for dealing with pastors and church leaders in a fair way that are accused of wrongdoing. Paul tells us in verse 21 that all of heaven is watching the way a local church deals with its pastor. However, many … if not most … churches restort to option “a.” If the pastor is accused of doing something wrong, he’s assumed to be guilty and is driven out of the church. This is a scandalous plague that needs to be eradicated in Christian churches.
How did you do? Let me know if you got 100%.
I apologize for sending out two of these quizzes prematurely. I hit the “enter” button twice trying to format the outline.