Posts Tagged ‘Unity

14
Aug
18

Seeing Eye To Eye

The apostle Paul mentions some people in Philippians 4 by name. It seems that there were two women who had quite the disagreement. He wrote:

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. – Philippians 4:2-3 (NIV)

It is so important that those who make up a church family be of the same mind when it comes to contending for the good news of Jesus. We’ve got to work together in spite of our differences. We are not going to see eye to eye on every issue, but we need to always keep our eyes on the bigger picture. The bigger picture is sharing God’s good news about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with the world. We’re all on Team Jesus. We’re all working toward the same goal. Let’s set aside our personal preferences and focus on the most important thing. His name is Jesus.
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06
Aug
18

If We Think Differently

In the church, we are to do our best to get along and be united in Jesus. This is not always possible because of our varied backgrounds and sinful nature. We may think differently on things from time to time, but should always strive for unity. When we do disagree, we need to pray with and for one another that we would maturely come to a united mindset. Paul said as much when he wrote:

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. – Philippians 3:15-16 (NIV)

God desires unity in His church. If we think differently on things, we should seek the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. While we will not attain perfection or even perfect unity in this broken world, we have to trust that God is leading us to that place. Let’s turn to Him to guide us into Truth through prayer and the study of His Word.
08
Jul
18

Rejoicing Even If Your Country Is Falling Apart

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on the book of Habakkuk.

04
Jul
18

Binding Up The Wounds

We are a nation that has become increasingly divided. There is division everywhere you look. Political parties are fractured and their constituents are fighting. People of different ideologies are bickering. People of different colors and ethnicity are against one another. Even the church is divided, which breaks the Father’s heart.
But what if…
What if the church could clean house and do away with division and fighting?
What if the church could stand as one in the name of Jesus to combat hatred and discord?
What if the church could shine the light of Jesus into the darkest corners of our country and show the world His love?
What if the church could bind up the wounds of a divided nation and demonstrate what true unity looks like?
What if we could be one church under God so as to lead America back to being one nation under God?
Jesus’ prayer was that His people would be one.
May we, as His people, strive for unity in essentials, liberty in opinions and charity in all things so as to let the world know that Jesus is Lord.
03
Jul
18

Like-Minded

The apostle Paul’s greatest desire for the Philippians was that they would be one in heart, spirit and mind. It would bring great joy to him. He wrote:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)

Imagine what would be possible if a church family could come together as one to work together in unity. What would happen if a group of God’s people could be one in love and purpose? What would happen if your church was one in spirit and mind? Instead of fighting with one another, they would be contending for the souls of people. Instead of complaining about not getting their way, they would be focused on more important things. The apostles of the book of Acts were united and God used them to change the world. Imagine what would happen if your church was united behind loving God, loving people and sharing the good news about Jesus and His love. Just imagine that…
29
Jun
18

Harmony In The Church

Paul wanted the Philippians to be one in Spirit and in faith. He wrote:

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. – Philippians 1:27-28 (NIV)

Division is one of the enemy’s most powerful weapons against the church. If we are fighting one another, how can we fight against the enemy? When we fight against, bicker with, gossip about and slander one another, we forget our real enemy – the devil. We need to work and strive together to share the good news of Jesus. This is how we conduct ourselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” We have to work together in love and harmony for the sake of Jesus. When we do, we’ll show the world that we belong to Him and that His love can conquer anything.
25
Sep
17

A Simple Command

One of the last commands Jesus gave to His disciples was a simple one: Love one another. He told them that the world would know that they belonged to Him if they did just that. Evidently, this is what the apostles taught everyone as they shared the good news of Jesus with everyone. John says:

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. – 1 John 3:11 (NIV)

In the church, love has to be primary. We need to love each other in the church. If we who come from so many different backgrounds and have so many reasons to be divided can learn to love one another, we demonstrate the power of Jesus to a divided world. If we can be united in Christian love, then there’s nothing we cannot do. Love makes the world take notice. Love changes lives.



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