This week we come to the end of our sermon series on conflict and our Christian response, as we study the second letter of Paul to the church at Corinth. Weíve talked about many of our outer conflicts with culture and other people. Weíve talked about many of our inner conflicts with doubt and self-criticism. And last week we honed in on the central conflict that we have with God over who will be in control of our lives. In each week, we offered possible faithful responses to these various conflicts, but this week, as we wrap up the series, we look at one last conflict, which is what happens when the Christian faith gives us a response to conflict that causes us conflict?
For example, Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and through this series weíve learned that both ends of that love are crucial in facing conflict in our lives, but the truth is we donít always like that teaching. The heart of the Christian gospel is grace, but grace is hard. We donít always like that teaching either. Itís hard to offer to others. Itís often hard to give to ourselves. What do we do when we have conflict with the basic teachings of Jesus? If youíre curious, come walk with us for a week. I promise Parkside is a place where you belong!