Come Together :: Focusing on Essentials
August 30, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Unity requires holding tight to the essential and loosely the non-essentials Hold tight to these… 1. Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 1:10a :: I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, 2. A Christ-like attitude 1 Corinthians 1:10b :: but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 3. The cross of Jesus 1 Corinthians 1:17 :: For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Come Together :: We Are Family
August 23, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Unity comes when the people of the church recognize one another as family Unity calls us to see that… 1. A commitment to Jesus makes us family Matthew 12:50 :: For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” 2. The family unit is a model for the church Ephesians 2:18-19 :: For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God 3. The church is a body whose members have responsibility to one another 1 Corinthians 12:18-19 :: But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? 4. Individualism has led us to… Separate our relationship with God from our relationship to the Church 5. Diminish the importance of our earthly family and therefore our heavenly family Hold our earthly family as more important than our heavenly family
Come Together :: Unity Through Community
August 16, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Essential to creating unity is being in community In community we can best… 1. Recognize what we have in common Ephesians 4:3 :: eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 2. Remove the danger of isolation Ephesians 2:5 :: even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 3. Rehearse the “one anothers” Romans 15:5-6 :: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Come Together :: Biblical Unity
August 9, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Christian unity is God’s gift to the church to show the world His glory 1. Unity is a good gift Psalm 133:1 :: Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2. Unity in the church is global Ephesians 2:14 :: For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 3. Unity starts with God’s people Ephesians 4:13 :: until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ 4. Unity is evidence of the Gospel John 17:21 :: that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.