– God requires us to be good stewards of our time. Eph 5:15-16
– The life of a disciple is a life of work and service. Eph 4:12
– God has given us a broad range of commands that require balance in order to be faithful stewards.
– Over-doing it in any one area can cause us to be unfaithful in other areas.
– Strive to see God as the ultimate agent working in your life.
– Value correction of all kinds as if it contained gold.
– Even mean-spirited correction can be helpful.
– Even inaccurate correction can be helpful.
– Recognize pride as the great killer of progress toward Christlikeness.
– We are tasked with raising our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, which includes training them regarding life priorities. Eph 6:4; Prov 22:6
– Meaningful involvement in the Body is not only commanded, it is essential for our spiritual growth. Heb 10:24-25
– Set Biblical priorities in stone; fit in other things as is spiritually expedient.
– There is nothing wrong biblically with holding 501c3 status.
– The Bible does not portray the government as a natural adversary of the church.
– The NT authors assumed that decisions would need to be made on issues not addressed by the Scriptures.
– It is not sinful to have a conflict and try to address it.
– The issue cannot be reconciled until the issue is understood.
– To understand the issue we must listen well.
– Mentally divide the conversation into halves: listening and solving.
– In the listening part, the only objective is to understand the other person’s perspective.
– Only move on to the solving portion of the conversation after agreeing that both perspectives are understood.