The Gift of Unity - Tuesdays with Terry

September 15, 2015

 

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

John 17:20-23

 

One of the secrets of life is not taking the blessings of life for granted.  Whether it is health, friendships, money or loved ones we need to always be in a state of appreciation.

 

At Creekside, we have come to expect wonderful worship, rich fellowship, solid teaching from Scripture, brothers and sisters, who pray and care for us and unity that draws all of these characteristics together.

 

On Sunday, September 13th, we were reminded of these great truths regarding unity in the church:

  1. We don’t create unity, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit, present in all believers.

  2. Although we don’t create unity, we can preserve it or destroy it.

  3. There is a direct correlation between our individual unity with Christ and our corporate unity in the church.

  4. In Jesus’ last great prayer, He prayed specifically for the “oneness” or unity of the Body.

  5. Unity is one of the most powerful testimonies to an outside world that is looking at the church.

  6. Unity is enhanced by how much we, “one another” one another.

  7. Unity is not just a slogan within the church, rather it is a mandate for the church.

  8. Unity is not equal to uniformity.  We are individually and hand-crafted by the Creator.  We are unique and that is good!

  9. Unity is best preserved with an attitude of servanthood toward others.

  10. Our willingness to set aside our will, yielding first to the Lord’s will, then to others within the church, is a recipe for unity being preserved.

 

See you Sunday, if not before.  May the Lord bless and keep you and your family!

 

In His Grace,

 

Pastor Terry

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