Thursday, September 6, 2012

Keeping Watch Over Your Souls III

1.      If you disagree with something the elders did or are doing, talk to us about it. If you feel that we have sinned against you, let us know.  If you have a problem with us, do not spread it abroad among the members of the body. Bring it to us. You have taken a vow as a member of Christ Church to promote the peace and purity of the church and submit to the elders.  This vow is tested when you disagree with us or we have hurt you in some way. We are not perfect. If we are wrong or have sinned, we will confess it and turn.  If it is a miscommunication, we will seek to clear it up.  If you are wrong, we will correct you gently, following the pattern of II Timothy 2:24-25.  The point is come to us if you have a concern.
2.      Below is a list of some, but certainly not all, of the reasons to contact your elders. 
a.       If you are having financial trouble or trouble at work and/or could lose your job.
b.      If you are having marital difficulties, including sexual issues, communication problems, anger, etc.
c.       If you are having trouble with your children.
d.      If you are single, you can contact us about sexual issues, problems with parents, problems with friends or anything else that you feel you need advice on.
e.       If you have theological questions or questions concerning the interpretation and/or application of Scripture.
f.       If you have questions about our worship, a specific sermon, a teaching or practice of Christ Church.
g.       If you are having physical problems, such as ongoing sickness.
h.      If you are having a conflict with another member of the church or with someone who is not attending our church that you are unable to resolve.
i.        If you have committed or are involved in a serious sin and need guidance on how to overcome it.
j.        If you are thinking of leaving the church.
k.      If a crime has been committed against you or you have committed a crime.
l.        If you are having trouble with pornography and cannot seem to overcome it.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8