There are basically three responses to any church problem, whether it is as serious as embezzlement (ch. 5) or as subtle as prejudice (ch. 6):
- Ignore it and hope it will go away (it won’t).
- Split the church over it (but in the process, each party takes with it the seeds of the old problem).
- Deal with it prayerfully, biblically, and decisively.
The solution may involve discipline, reorganization, or better channels of communication. But notice what happens when problems are dealt with in a God-honoring way (5:14; 6:1-7): God’s work goes forward triumphantly.
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